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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
For the Scottish Attitudes Survey visit