Monthly Archives: November 2010

Eurobarometer Interactive Search System

To enhance access to its public opinion polling data from 1973 to the present, the European Commission has just released an interactive search system, interrogating a database of results for 56 core questions which have been run over the years. … Continue reading

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The European Commission has recently published Special Eurobarometer 341 on Biotechnology. This is based upon face-to-face interviews by TNS with representative samples of the adult population aged 15 and over in the 27 member states of the European Union plus … Continue reading

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Religion and Morality in the 1950s and 1960s

We reported in the summer on the ongoing scholarly debate about ‘When was secularization?’ (in Britain) – see In particular, we noted the arguments of Professor Callum Brown for regarding the 1960s as the major tipping-point on the trajectory … Continue reading

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Youtube and Radical Muslim Clerics

Last week Roshonara Choudhry, a 21-year-old British Muslim woman, was convicted at the Old Bailey of the attempted murder, on 14 May, of Stephen Timms, Labour Member of Parliament for East Ham, in retaliation for his endorsement of the Iraq … Continue reading

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Equality and Human Rights Commission – New Research

We recently highlighted the publication of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC)’s first triennial review, and of its relevance for British religious statistics. See We can now report that the EHRC has commissioned two new research papers, which, … Continue reading

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Future of the Citizenship Survey

There have been several posts on the BRIN website this year highlighting key religion-related findings from various reports on the Department for Communities and Local Government’s Citizenship Survey of England and Wales. The Survey commenced in 2001 and currently runs … Continue reading

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Religion of Prisoners

Government has regularly reported on the religious affiliation of prisoners in England and Wales, and time series for recent decades, until 2008, are already available on the BRIN website at: Data for 2009 were released during the summer in … Continue reading

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Violent Extremism

One of the four strands in the previous Labour government’s CONTEST counter-terrorism strategy was focused on preventing extremism. It was especially concerned to stop the radicalization of young Muslims, following the London bombings in 2005. In an effort to improve … Continue reading

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More Church of England Statistics

The Church of England issued two statistics-related press releases on 28 October. The first concerned parochial finance for 2008 and licensed ministers for 2009, complementing the parochial affiliation and attendance data which were made available in February.  The financial statistics … Continue reading

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