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Religion and the British Social Attitudes 2016 Survey

The British Social Attitudes (BSA) 2016 survey dataset has been released via the UKDS. This post updates the long-term religious data available from the BSA surveys. Figure 1 charts the data on affiliation for the period 1983-2016. Key features include … Continue reading

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Religion and the British Social Attitudes 2015 Survey

The British Social Attitudes (BSA) 2015 survey dataset was released recently and this post provides a brief analysis of long-running data on religion available from the BSA surveys. It focuses on religious affiliation, religion of upbringing and religious attendance. Firstly, Figure 1 reports the … Continue reading

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The European Social Survey 2014: Political Attitudes of Religious Groups in Britain

This short BRIN post is the second one looking at religious data in Britain based on analysis of the European Social Survey (ESS), a cross-national survey which has so far involved seven waves conducted every two years since 2002. The … Continue reading

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Re-examining religious and paranormal beliefs in mid-1970s Britain

A recent YouGov survey shed interesting light on levels of religious beliefs and other forms of belief in contemporary Britain. This BRIN post takes a historical turn by analysing one of the few available surveys enabling assessment of religious and … Continue reading

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Exploring Religious Data in the British Social Attitudes 2014 Survey

The latest British Social Attitudes 2014 survey has recently been released via the UKDS, which holds all of the other surveys in the BSA series (as well as the data having being added to the online British Social Attitudes Information System). This … Continue reading

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Religion and voting at the 2015 general election

The British Election Study 2015 recently released the dataset for wave 6 of their panel study, the fieldwork for which was undertaken immediately after the general election on 7 May (conducted between 8-26 May). This post looks at voting behaviour at the general election based on religious belonging, looking at the picture for Britain overall and then separately for Scotland and Wales. Continue reading

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Anglican and Other Issues

At its afternoon session on 12 July 2015, the Church of England General Synod received a presentation by the Committee for Minority Ethnic Anglican Concerns, supported by a paper (GS Misc 1108) entitled ‘I Too Am CofE’. This highlighted the … Continue reading

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Religion and Attitudes Towards Faith Schools

The expansion of faith schools in recent years, as part of a broader parental choice and diversity of provision agenda in state-sector education, has been a prominent and divisive issue, both within religious traditions and between religious and secular lobbies. … Continue reading

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Is being Christian important for being British?

The most recent BRIN post presented across-time data on public opinion looking at (i) whether Britain is a Christian country and (ii) whether Britain should be a Christian country. Another perspective on public attitudes in this area is provided by … Continue reading

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Census 2011 – Any other religion?

In a world of tick-boxes, write-in responses are always fascinating.  The ‘Any other religion’ line on the census form is an invitation to self-expression that was accepted by hundreds of thousands of people in England and Wales in 2011. They … Continue reading

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