Understand the spiritual makeup of England and Wales
We used polling experts YouGov to conduct a survey of 19,101 adults in England and Wales during October and November 2018. We boosted the sample to include a disproportionate number of churchgoing Christians, which allowed us to learn more about what Christians think. After polling, the data was weighted to avoid skewing statements about the national picture.
Bible Society's research for Lumino threw up some fascinating findings about differing attitudes to the Bible among different age groups.
Asked about whether 'science and religion are fundamentally in opposition with each other', 40 per cent said they were.
Participants were asked to choose five words that described their response to the Bible from a list containing positive and negative expressions.
But only just. Asked, ‘If you have one, which of the following best describes your religion or faith?’ 49.45 per cent said they had no religion.
If you have one, which of the following best describes your religion or faith? Please choose one
Asked about their belief in 'a God/gods or some higher power', 38 per cent said there definitely or probably was a God, while 49 per cent said there definitely or probably was not.
Which of the following best describes your belief? Please choose one
Asked, '‘To what extent would you be interested or not in discovering more about the Bible?’ a total of 23 per cent of adults in England and Wales selected 'fairly interested' or 'very interested'.
To what extent would you be interested or not in discovering more about the Bible?
Asked about which denomination they identify with, more than half of Christians – 56 per cent – said they were Church of England or Church in Wales. Just under a fifth – 17 per cent – said they were Catholic.
We asked participants: ‘Apart from weddings, baptisms/christenings and funerals, how often, if at all, did you go to a church service in the last year?’
Apart from weddings, baptisms, christenings and funerals, how often – if at all – did you go to a church service in the last year?
Asked to pick three options from a list of what the Church should be doing in Britain today, more than half – 54 per cent chose 'Serving the poor and those on the edges of society'.