Only 16% of those polled called themselves atheists; 28% believed in God; 26% believed in “something” but were not sure what; and 9% regarded themselves as agnostics – like [poll commissioner John] Humphrys himself, who had a religious upbringing in Wales but calls himself a “doubter”.
He writes: “Even though the dominant faith – by a massive margin – is Christianity, only 17% thought the influence of religion was beneficial. That is even fewer than those who claim that they believe in a personal God.
There was one more interesting result, too:
In the survey 43% said they never prayed, 31% hardly prayed, and 10% prayed every night. “More than half of those who say they believe in a personal God cannot be bothered to pray to him every night,” writes Humphrys.
Humphrys is the author of the forthcoming book In God We Doubt: Confessions of an Angry Agnostic.
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