A Place for Pride

‘People who are religious are more likely to be patriotic than are those who self-define as atheists or non-believers.’ So claims a report launched today by the think-tank Demos, and based on interviews with a representative sample of 2,086 adult Britons aged 18 and over in May 2011.

Sponsored by the Pears Foundation, A Place for Pride (ISBN 978-1-906693-88-6) is written by Max Wind-Cowie and Thomas Gregory and is available for free download at:

http://www.demos.co.uk/files/Place_for_pride_-_web.pdf?1321618230

The full data tables from the survey do not appear to have been released as yet. So all BRIN can currently offer are a few religion-related snippets extracted from the published report, as follows:

  • Among the population as a whole 79% said that they were proud to be a British citizen, but the proportion rose to 88% of Anglicans and Jews, 84% of Nonconformists, and 83% of Muslims 
  • Asked whether Britain’s best days were behind her, 44% of the entire sample agreed –  Anglicans (50%) were more pessimistic than average, although Muslims (31%) were more inclined to optimism, with secularists (43%) about the norm 
  • Almost four-fifths of respondents believed that people in Britain were less proud of their religion than 50 years ago – just 35% said they took pride in their own faith 
  • 20% of Muslims but 10% of those without religion claimed strongly to take pride in Britain’s treatment of gay people 
  • 14% claimed to have attended a Church of England service in the past six months and 15% another religious service 

A word of warning. Unless they were deliberately oversampled, which seems unlikely, the cell sizes for some faith groups must be fairly small. 

There is a consequent danger in over-egging the results, as The Sunday Times could be said to have done yesterday with its preview of the report under the headline ‘Muslims are Britain’s greatest flag wavers’.  


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One Response to A Place for Pride

  1. Clive Field says:

    Data tables, extending to 164 pages, have now been posted on the internet by YouGov (the company which undertook the online fieldwork for the survey) at:

    http://cdn.yougov.com/cumulus_uploads/document/ski77hwxk6/YG-Archives-Pol-Demos-Patriotism-211111v2.pdf

    The good news is that replies to all the questions on pride and patriotism are broken down by religious affiliation (pp. 83-123). The bad news is that the categorization has been collapsed to: ‘none’ (unweighted base 355), ‘Christian/Jewish’ (992), and ‘Muslim, Hindu, Sikh, others’ (174). This is not entirely satisfactory for the purpose of testing the robustness of Demos’ interpretation nor for secondary analysis more generally.

    The overtly religion-related content in the questions has mostly been picked up in the original BRIN post. However, we may additionally note that 15% of respondents thought it should be a requirement for every religious building to fly the Union Jack.

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