British Youth reject Religion
by Will Dahlgreen in Editor's picks, Front Page and Life
Mon June 24, 2013 5:30 p.m. BST
Religious figures have the least influence on the lives of young Britons – and more say religion is a force for evil than a force for good
In the 2011 Census, 59% of the population described themselves as Christian and only a quarter reported having no religion. But a new poll of young people for the Sun by YouGov finds that the place of religion in the lives of young Britons is smaller than ever.
YouGov asked 18-24 year olds which figures have influence on their lives, and religious leaders came out on bottom: only 12% feel influenced by them, which is far less than even politicians (38%), brands (32%) and celebrities (21%).
The reputation of religion amongst young people is actually more negative than neutral: 41% agree that “religion is more often the cause of evil in the world” and only 14% say it is a cause for good.
When asked if they believe in God, only 25% say they do. 19% believe in some non-Godlike “spiritual greater power” and a further 38% believe in no God or spiritual power whatsoever.
Amongst believers, the most represented denominations are Church of England (13%), then Roman Catholic (9%) and Muslim (4%).