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Religious and paranormal beliefs, practices and attitudes (1746)

Type of Data: Religious and paranormal beliefs, practices and attitudes (1746)

Faith Community: General, Alternative

Date: 1991, March-May

Geography: Great Britain. Part of multinational survey

Sample Size: 1257

Population: Adults aged 18 and over

Keywords: Afterlife, assembly, astrology, Bible, blasphemy, censorship, church activities, church attendance, Churches, churchgoing, confidence, devil, faith healing, fortune telling, God, heaven, hell, horoscopes, influence of religion, life after death, lucky charms, miracles, morality, paranormal, politicians, politics, power, prayer, prejudice, religious affiliation, religious education, religious experience, religious leaders, religious organizations, religious turning-point, self-assessed religiosity

Collection Method: Self-completion questionnaire

Collection Agency: Social and Community Planning Research (now known as the National Centre for Social Research, or NatCen)

Sponsor: International Social Survey Programme

Survey Instrument: British Social Attitudes: The 9th Report, eds. Jowell, Brook, Prior and Taylor, pp. 291-307

Published Source:

  • Andrew M. Greeley, 'Religion in Britain, Ireland and the USA', British Social Attitudes: The 9th Report, eds. Roger Jowell, Lindsay Brook, Gillian Prior and Bridget Taylor, Aldershot: Dartmouth, 1992, pp. 51-70
  • Anthony Heath, Bridget Taylor and Gabor Toka, 'Religion, Morality and Politics', International Social Attitudes: The 10th BSA Report, eds. Roger Jowell, Lindsay Brook and Lizanne Dowds, Aldershot: Dartmouth, 1993, pp. 49-80
  • Bernadette C. Hayes, 'The Impact of Religious Identification on Political Attitudes: An International Comparison', Sociology of Religion, Vol. 56, 1995, pp. 177-94
  • Richard Breen and Bernadette C. Hayes, 'Religious Mobility in the UK', Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series A, Vol. 159, 1996, pp. 493-504
  • Bernadette C. Hayes, ‘Gender Differences in Religious Mobility in Great Britain’, British Journal of Sociology, Vol. 47, 1996, pp. 643-56
  • Robin Gill, Churchgoing and Christian Ethics, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999
  • Pierre Brechon, 'The Measurement of Religious Beliefs in International Surveys', Modern Society and Values: A Comparative Analysis Based on ISSP Project, eds Niko Tos, Peter Mohler and Brina Malnar, Ljubljana: Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana, 1999, pp. 291-315
  • Nan Dirk de Graaf and Ariana Need, 'Losing Faith: Is Britain Alone?', British Social Attitudes, the 17th Report: Focusing on Diversity, eds. Roger Jowell, John Curtice, Alison Park, Katarina Thomson, Lindsey Jarvis, Catherine Bromley and Nina Stratford, London: Sage Publications, 2000, pp. 119-36
  • Andrew M. Greeley, Religion in Europe at the End of the Second Millennium, New Brunswick: Transaction, 2003
  • Detlef Pollack, 'Explaining Religious Vitality: Theoretical Considerations and Empirical Findings in Western and Eastern Europe', Religiositat in der Sakularisierten Welt: Theoretische und Empirische Beitrage zur Sakularisierungsdebatte in der Religionssoziologie, eds Manuel Franzmann, Christel Gartner and Nicole Kock, Wiesbaden: Verlag fur Sozialwissenschaften, 2006, pp. 83-103
  • Andrew M. Greeley, 'Unsecular Europe: The Persistence of Religion', The Role of Religion in Modern Societies, eds Detlef Pollack and Daniel Virgil Adolf Olson, New York: Routledge, 2008, pp. 141-61

    BRIN ID: 1746


    Multinational survey, undertaken in 15 countries besides Great Britain. Dataset available at ESDS as SN 3062. A module of the British Social Attitudes Survey, 1991 (ESDS SN 2952) which also included, in the main sample (n= 2,918), questions on religious affiliation, churchgoing and preferences for single or mixed religion schools

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