Counting Religion in Britain, June 2022

Counting Religion in Britain, No. 81, June 2022 features seven new sources of British religious statistics. The contents list appears below and a PDF version of the full text can be downloaded from the following link No 81 June 2022

OPINION POLLS

  • British Muslim attitudes: Savanta ComRes poll for Hyphen
  • Overestimating demographics: YouGov poll for Campaign for Common Sense
  • Religious correlates of attitudes to animal testing: Savanta ComRes poll for RSPCA
  • Disinclination to marry: are religious factors at play?

OFFICIAL AND QUASI-OFFICIAL STATISTICS

  • Government diversity monitoring data: latest reports
  • Response rate to Scotland’s census, 2022 still below target

NEW DATASETS

  • Opening up the Roper Center’s historical archive of British Gallup Polls

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Counting Religion in Britain, May 2022

Counting Religion in Britain, No. 80, May 2022 features 22 new sources of British religious statistics. The contents list appears below and a PDF version of the full text can be downloaded from the following link No 80 May 2022

OPINION POLLS

  • Attitudes to continued presence of Church of England bishops in the House of Lords
  • Attitudes to existing Sunday trading hours in England and Wales
  • Perceptions of anti-Semitism and Islamophobia as problems in UK society
  • Perceptions of anti-Semitism and Islamophobia as problems in UK professional football
  • Science and religion: more results from YouGov/Theos/Faraday Institute polling

FAITH ORGANIZATION STUDIES

  • Mapping Christian youth ministry in south-west England
  • Annual report of Church Commissioners for 2021
  • Church of Scotland congregational statistics for 31 December 2021
  • Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) membership statistics for 31 December 2021
  • Growth of strictly Orthodox Jewry: European Jewish Demography Unit estimates
  • Performance measures of religious education in England and Wales

OFFICIAL AND QUASI-OFFICIAL STATISTICS

  • Marriages in England and Wales, 2019
  • Social capital in the UK, 2020–21
  • Response rate to Scotland’s census, 2022 still below target
  • Results of 2021 Research Excellence Framework published

ACADEMIC STUDIES

  • Calculating decline and extinction potentials for UK Churches
  • Religion and the supernatural during the 1990s: evidence from Mass Observation
  • Some psychological insights into churchgoing in the UK
  • Coronavirus chronicles: gendered responses to Covid-19 in the Church of England
  • Coronavirus chronicles: rural Anglican lay attitudes to online worship during Covid-19
  • Coronavirus chronicles: God, prayer, personal wellbeing, and the pandemic
  • Ethos of Anglican primary schools in Wales

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Counting Religion in Britain, April 2022

Counting Religion in Britain, No. 79, April 2022 features 14 new sources of British religious statistics. The contents list appears below and a PDF version of the full text can be downloaded from the following link No 79 April 2022

OPINION POLLS

  • Easter as a ‘proper’ special occasion: international YouGov poll
  • Planned attendance at religious services over the Easter weekend
  • Religious or spiritual wellbeing as source of greatest happiness: Ipsos global poll
  • Science and religion: YouGov poll for Theos and Faraday Institute
  • Talking Jesus: HOPE Together’s 2022 research
  • Importance of teaching Religious Studies at secondary school: YouGov tracker data

FAITH ORGANIZATION STUDIES

  • Future of UK church buildings: results of National Churches Trust consultation
  • Coronavirus chronicles: some Anglican experiences of distanced church
  • Coronavirus chronicles: Methodist responses to ‘Covid-19 and Church-21 Survey’
  • Coronavirus chronicles: Baptist Union statistics, 2021
  • Two recent blogs from Muslim Census

OFFICIAL AND QUASI-OFFICIAL STATISTICS

  • Scotland’s census of population, 2022

ACADEMIC STUDY

  • Levels of religious commitment among British Catholics

NEW DATASET

  • UK Data Service, SN 8928: Annual Population Survey, January-December 2021

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Counting Religion in Britain, March 2022

Counting Religion in Britain, No. 78, March 2022 features 10 new sources of British religious statistics. The contents list appears below and a PDF version of the full text can be downloaded from the following link No 78 March 2022

OPINION POLLS

  • Coronavirus chronicles: Covid-19 and British Jewish and Muslim communities
  • Anglican attitudes towards same-sex marriage: YouGov poll for Ozanne Foundation
  • Antisemitism Barometer, 2021: surveys of the British public and Jews
  • Removal of British citizenship: the case of Shamima Begum, the Islamic State bride

FAITH ORGANIZATION STUDIES

  • United Reformed Church statistical returns: not such a happy birthday
  • Coronavirus chronicles: Church of England cathedral statistics, 2020

OFFICIAL AND QUASI-OFFICIAL STATISTICS

  • Updates on religious censuses: England and Wales, Scotland, Ireland

ACADEMIC STUDIES

  • Four recent journal articles

NEW DATASETS

  • UK Data Service, SN 855354: Catholics in Britain Survey, 2019
  • Pew Research Center: Global Attitudes Survey, Spring 2021

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Counting Religion in Britain, February 2022

Counting Religion in Britain, No. 77, February 2022 features 13 new sources of British religious statistics. The contents list appears below and a PDF version of the full text can be downloaded from the following link: No 77 February 2022

OPINION POLLS

  • Changing public views on the possible timeline and causation for human extinction
  • Fashion and faith: Savanta ComRes poll for Tearfund

FAITH ORGANIZATION STUDIES

  • Churches and mental health: Christian Research Resonate panel survey
  • Safeguarding LGBT+ Christians survey, 2021
  • Jewish identities of UK and European Jewry
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in the UK exhibit steep rise during 2021
  • Coronavirus chronicles: Jewish mortality exceeds 1,000

OFFICIAL AND QUASI-OFFICIAL STATISTICS

  • Coronavirus chronicles: odds of testing positive for Covid-19 vary by religious group
  • Census of population, Scotland, 2022
  • Scottish Household Survey: analysis of religion in relation to culture in 2020
  • Religious affiliation of the legal profession in 2021

ACADEMIC STUDIES

  • Religion and science: still a gap to close among the clergy
  • Coronavirus chronicles: doubts about the long-term viability of online worship

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Counting Religion in Britain, January 2022

Counting Religion in Britain, No. 76, January 2022 features 10 new sources of British religious statistics. The contents list appears below and a PDF version of the full text can be downloaded from the following link: No 76 January 2022

OPINION POLLS

  • Exploring spirituality and alternative beliefs with YouGov
  • Islamophobia in contemporary Britain: University of Birmingham and YouGov study
  • Perceptions of anti-Semitism and Islamophobia as problems in the UK
  • Perceived threat posed by Islamic State in Britain
  • Attitudes to Sunday trading legislation in England and Wales: YouGov tracker

FAITH ORGANIZATION STUDIES

  • Coronavirus chronicles: Church of England Living Ministry panel survey wave 3 report
  • Coronavirus chronicles: update on Jewish mortality

OFFICIAL AND QUASI-OFFICIAL STATISTICS

  • Coronavirus chronicles: vaccination rates by religion to 31 December 2021

ACADEMIC STUDIES

  • Recent articles in academic journals: ‘Coronavirus, Church, and You’ (four articles)
  • Three other recent academic outputs

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The Soul of Britain, 2000 – a Tribute to Gordon Heald

In the December 2021 edition of Counting Religion in Britain, we mourned the passing of Gordon Heald (1941–2021), one of the most influential opinion researchers of his generation.

He ran the Gallup Poll in Britain between 1979 and 1994 and Opinion Research Business (ORB) between 1994 and 2009.

One of his most significant projects at ORB was The Soul of Britain, commissioned by the BBC to underpin a nine-part television series of that name airing on BBC1 in June-July 2000.

Presented by Michael Buerk, this series examined the values, attitudes, and religious and spiritual beliefs that shaped Britain at the turn of the Millennium.

Fieldwork for the survey was conducted by telephone between 25 April and 7 May 2000 among a sample of 1,000 adults aged 16 and over.

Detailed computer tabulations of results from this study were never released into the public domain, and no dataset is known to exist in any data archive.

However, topline results were tabulated by Gordon, including comparisons with earlier (mostly Gallup) polls, which are here reproduced, as attachment A, by kind permission of Johnny Heald: Soul of Britain A Data

The BBC issued a press release about the principal findings from the study on 29 May 2000, as per attachment B: Soul of Britain B press release

Beforehand, the Sunday Telegraph had been given an exclusive preview, for its edition of 28 May 2000 (p. 3): Jonathan Petre and Ian Cobain, ‘Revealed: Britain still believes in God, a Devil, heaven, and hell’.

Gordon prepared his own special report, which was published in the Roman Catholic weekly The Tablet on 3 June 2000 (p. 770), reproduced as attachment C: Soul of Britain C Tablet

A feature based on the survey was later published in UK Christian Handbook, Religious Trends, No. 3, 2002/2003, ed. Peter Brierley (London: Christian Research, 2001), p. 5.15, reproduced as attachment D: Soul of Britain D Religious Trends

In an email to the present author on 6 June 2000, Gordon indicated that the plan was to publish a book on the project by the end of that year. Sadly, it never materialized.

Hopefully, this webpage will serve as a small memorial to a crucial snapshot of British religion and spirituality at the Millennium, one that otherwise could so easily be lost sight of.

Please note: the data are © ORB International 2022

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Counting Religion in Britain, December 2021

Counting Religion in Britain, No. 75, December 2021 features 17 new sources of British religious statistics. The contents list appears below and a PDF version of the full text can be downloaded from the following link: No 75 December 2021

OPINION POLLS

  • Depicting the ethnicity of Jesus Christ: what is acceptable?
  • Ipsos MORI Veracity Index, 2021: trust in clergy and priests to tell the truth slightly up
  • Trust in the Church/organized religion and other institutions, as measured by YouGov
  • Non-stun slaughter of animals for religious reasons: the debate continues
  • Extra-terrestrials, Ipsos MORI, and the public

FAITH ORGANIZATION STUDIES

  • Coronavirus chronicles: Evangelical Alliance’s latest survey on Changing Church
  • Coronavirus chronicles: Church of England Statistics for Mission, 2020
  • Coronavirus chronicles: Christmas special events in churches, 2020 and 2021
  • Jewish children in Jewish schools: Institute for Jewish Policy Research’s latest report
  • Estimating the level of anti-Semitism on Twitter in the UK
  • Jewish perceptions of Labour Party membership: still more to do?
  • Recent reports from the National Association of Teachers of Religious Education

OFFICIAL AND QUASI-OFFICIAL STATISTICS

  • Population estimates by religion, England and Wales, 2019
  • Coronavirus chronicles: vaccination rates among the over-50s by religion

ACADEMIC STUDIES

  • Counting religion in Britain, 1970–2020: new analysis and compendium of data tables
  • Other academic outputs: two collections of essays and three journal articles

PEOPLE NEWS

  • Gordon Heald (1941–2021)

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Counting Religion in Britain, November 2021

 

Counting Religion in Britain, No. 74, November 2021 features 19 new sources of British religious statistics. The contents list appears below and a PDF version of the full text can be downloaded from the following link: No 74 November 2021

OPINION POLLS

  • Latest updates to YouGov tracker polls on religious issues
  • Popularity of national and religious events: YouGov Ratings data for quarter 3, 2021
  • YouGov@Cambridge Globalism Project, 2021: conspiracy theories
  • Knowledge and awareness of the Holocaust: multinational survey including the UK
  • Savanta ComRes polling for the Centre for Enterprise, Markets, and Ethics
  • Other Savanta ComRes polling: hospitality, marriage, Christmas, religious prejudice

FAITH ORGANIZATION STUDIES

  • Perceiving the Church of England: an insider’s reading of outsider views
  • Church of England’s energy footprint: annual report for 2020
  • Evangelical Alliance survey of Christians and climate change
  • Coronavirus chronicles: children’s ministry and the pandemic
  • Mapping England’s spiritual needs: estimates by Peter Brierley
  • Coronavirus chronicles: Co-operative Funeralcare’s 2021 music charts
  • Coronavirus chronicles: update on Jewish mortality
  • Representations of Muslims and Islam in the British media

OFFICIAL AND QUASI-OFFICIAL STATISTICS

  • Crimes in churches, 2020/21: Freedom of Information data

ACADEMIC STUDIES

  • Round-up of recent publications: four articles, a thesis, and a report

NEW DATASETS

  • UK Data Service, SN 8867: Community Life Survey, 2020-2021
  • UK Data Service, SN 8870: National Survey for Wales, 2020–2021

PEOPLE NEWS

  • Professor Linda Woodhead MBE, now at King’s College London

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Counting Religion in Britain, October 2021

Counting Religion in Britain, No. 73, October 2021 features 13 new sources of British religious statistics. The contents list appears below and a PDF version of the full text can be downloaded from the following link: No 73 October 2021

OPINION POLLS

  • UnHerd’s response to Savanta ComRes poll on frequency of churchgoing and prayer
  • YouGov Death Study: some afterlife beliefs
  • Trustworthiness of clergy or priests: Ipsos MORI global study of professional rankings
  • Anti-Semitism in Europe: Ipsos SA survey for the Action and Protection League
  • Coronavirus chronicles: a comeback for Halloween?

FAITH ORGANIZATION STUDIES

  • Coronavirus chronicles: Church of England Statistics for Mission, 2020
  • Results of elections to the Church of England General Synod, 2021
  • Economic and social value of church buildings in the UK
  • UK Jews and climate change: Institute for Jewish Policy Research panel survey
  • Muslim Census survey about Muslim university student finance

OFFICIAL AND QUASI-OFFICIAL STATISTICS

  • Religious hate crimes recorded by police forces in England and Wales, 2020/21
  • Offender management statistics as at 30 September 2021

ACADEMIC STUDIES

  • Six recent articles in academic journals

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