Wednesday, 6 March 2013
Irreligious Scots - a majority have no religion
Probably a majority of Scots now have no religion
In the 2001 census 28% of Scots reported that they had no religion
If we apply the same pattern of growth - 89% - to this group of respondents that has applied in England and Wales between the censuses of 2001 and 2011 we should expect 51% of Scots replying to the census of 2011 that they have no religion.
The Scottish Social Attitudes Survey in 2011 found that the majority of Scottish adults (53%) reported that they have no religious faith
This survey also found that of Scots 22% were Church of Scotland, 12% Roman Catholic, 10% other Christian denominations and 3% other religions.
These figures involve substantial reductions since 2001 in those professing to be in the two bigger churches
On census results in England and Wales visit http://www.brin.ac.uk/news/2012/12/
For the Scottish Attitudes Survey visit