Tuesday, December 26, 2006

A poll on religious beliefs in the West

This might sound really shocking to read, but as opposed to a civilization that I don’t need to name, we Westerners understood that the fight against religious corruption was a step towards democracy. While the attraction of religious faith is becoming strangely stronger in the Muslim civilization, the USA gives the strange feeling to us that it is culturally taking its distance with the Western civilization.

Obviously, this is due to the pathetic importance of religion (definitely one of the worst inventions in History, in my opinion) in this puritan country called the United States of America. Even though most Western countries put aside religion, this century is certainly not just the century that illustrates the rise of religious attachment in the Muslim civilization.

A recently published survey conducted on adults by Harris Interactive and the Financial Times magazine reveals us that “people in the U.S. [are] more likely to believe in God or any kind of Supreme Being than those in five European countries (France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy and Spain)”. The percentage of religious believers in the USA reached 73%.

Of all the countries, France wins the award of the most “unreligious” country. In fact, only 27% of the French believe in “God or any Supreme Being”. Does this percentage surprise you, actually, the French, throughout their History, endured the coercion of the church for a very long time…

This FT/Harris Poll was conducted online by Harris Interactive® among a total of 12,507 adults (aged 16 and over), within France (2,134); Germany (2,127); Great Britain (2,090); Spain (1,991); the United States (2,078), and Italy (2,087), aged 18 and over, between 30th November and 15th December 2006.

Anyway, I’ll leave to you some questions that were asked in this survey and have fun reading the stats.

Question 1:"Thinking now about religion, would you say that you are a…?"


Great Britain

France

Italy

Spain

Germany

USA

%

Believer in any form of God or any type of supreme being

35

27

62

48

41

73

Agnostic (one who is sceptical about the existence of God but not an
atheist)

35

32

20

30

25

14

Atheist (one who denies the existence of God)

17

32

7

11

20

4

Would prefer not to say

6

6

8

8

10

6

Not sure

743343


Question 2:"Do you feel that children should be allowed to wear a religious sign or article of clothing at school which is representative of their beliefs (such as crucifixes, headscarves)?"

Great BritainFranceItalySpainGermanyUSA
%
Yes481061444077
No368329435114
Not sure1571013108

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