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.

Is science compatible with religion? A lot of people don't think so

Asked about whether 'science and religion are fundamentally in opposition with each other', 40 per cent said they were.

More than half of adults in England and Wales have a religious faith

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

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Top Google searches

The top questions asked on Google

October 2019

  • who wrote the bible
  • what does halloween mean in the bible
  • how many books are in the bible
  • what is the bible
  • when was the bible written

If the Bible were a person, what would it think?

Participants were asked to imagine the Bible as a person and to decide whether it would be for or against difference causes – or if it would just be silent.

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Average Sentiment

The average sentiment of tweets relating to the Bible.

Sentiments

Most people think the Church's main role should be serving the poor

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'.

More people don't believe in God than do believe

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

A quarter of adults in England and Wales want to know more about the Bible

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?

Most Christians in England and Wales are Anglican or Catholic

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.

Christian denomination

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People think the Bible is outdated and contradictory – but they say good things too

Participants were asked to choose five words that described their response to the Bible from a list containing positive and negative expressions.

Only a fifth of Christians actually go to church

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?

London has the lowest proportion of Christians

It's often held up as an example of what 'works' in terms of churchgoing, but only 33 per cent of Londoners identify as Christians.