The latest Gallup poll shows that 15.6% of people have no religious identity, up from 15% a year ago, and 2.2% of people gave no response when asked to identify their religious identity.
After suffering a DDoS attack, the Atheist Census is back up and ready to collect data. The heading on the page now reads: [Read more…]
While the Non-Religious Demographic Grows in England and Wales, Ireland Remains a Very Catholic Country
After the release of the UK’s 2011 Census data and the promising growth of the self-identified non-religious, I thought I’d see how our friends over the Irish Sea were getting on. Their census was published way back in March and isn’t quite as promising as the UK results. Christianity and Catholicism in particular is still the dominant religion in Ireland: A whopping 90.47% identify as Christian with 84.16% of the total population being Catholic. The second largest Christian group is the Church of Ireland, representing just 2.81% of the population. In spite of the countless instances of child abuse that have rocked Ireland more than any other European country, people still feel either obligated or proud to call themselves Catholic. [Read more…]
2011 Census Shows That a Quarter of England and Wales Residents Are ‘Nones’ Despite Poorly-Worded Question
The United Kingdom’s Office for National Statistics just released the results of the 2011 census and the results show that nearly 25% of the people in England and Wales profess no religion (PDF) — nearly 14,100,000 people. [Read more…]