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Socio-demographic profile, religious engagement, and attitudes of Catholics in Britain (4191)

Type of Data: Socio-demographic profile, religious engagement, and attitudes of Catholics in Britain (4191)

Faith Community: Roman Catholic Church

Date: 2019, 21 October-7 November

Geography: Great Britain

Sample Size: 1823

Population: Self-identifying Catholics aged 18 and over

Keywords: Abortion, adoption of children by same-sex couples, alcohol, assisted dying, Ben Clements, Catholic schools, Catholic upbringing, climate change, confession, contraceptives, conversation about religious matters, convert, divorce, family planning, friends, God, guidance in making important moral decisions, heaven, hell, Holy Communion, homosexual behaviour, immigration, intercessory powers of the saints, leave Catholic Church, life after death, luxuries, Mass attendance, non-renewable energy, nuclear weapons, parental religion, personal importance of Catholic Church, personal morality, political activism, Pope Francis, prayer, priesthood, purgatory, Real Presence, reincarnation, religious affiliation of spouse or partner, religious miracles, Roman Catholic Church, same-sex marriage, satisfaction with episcopal leadership, Savanta ComRes, self-assessed religiosity, sexual relationship outside marriage, sinful behaviours, spiritual energy, Stephen Bullivant, structural issues, teaching authority, voting

Collection Method: Online interview

Collection Agency: Savanta Comres

Sponsor: Ben Clements, University of Leicester and Stephen Bullivant, St Mary’s University, Twickenham, with funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council

Survey Instrument: Clements and Bullivant, Catholics in Contemporary Britain, pp. 175–92

Published Source:

  • Stephen Bullivant and Ben Clements, ‘The Real Thing’, The Tablet, 14 August 2021, pp. 7–8
  • Ben Clements and Stephen Bullivant, ‘To Conscience First, and to the Pope (Long) Afterwards? British Catholics and their Attitudes towards Morality and Structural Issues Concerning the Catholic Church’, Review of Religious Research, Vol. 63, 2021, pp. 583–606
  • Ben Clements and Stephen Bullivant, ‘Why Younger Catholics Seem More Committed: Survivorship Bias and/or “Creative Minority” Effects among British Catholics’, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Vol. 61, 2022, pp. 450–75
  • Michael Rosie, ‘Scotland’s Catholics, a Distinctive Community?’, Scottish Affairs, Vol. 31, 2022, pp. 366–81
  • Ben Clements and Stephen Bullivant, Catholics in Contemporary Britain: Faith, Society, Politics, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2022

    BRIN ID: 4191


    Dataset available at UK Data Service as SN 855354. Post-fieldwork, the sample was weighted to make it nationally representative of Catholic adults in Britain in terms of age, sex, and region; it was calibrated according to Catholic sub-samples in pooled data from the 2015-17 waves of the British Social Attitudes Survey.

    Posted by: Clive D. Field

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