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(11/12/06) -

World Divided Over Importance of Religion

- Adults in 20 countries appear split on the topic of spirituality, according to a poll by Angus Reid Strategies for Maclean’s. 48 per cent of respondents say religion is a very important component of their daily lives, while 52 per cent disagree.

- Adults in 20 countries appear split on the topic of spirituality, according to a poll by Angus Reid Strategies for Maclean’s. 48 per cent of respondents say religion is a very important component of their daily lives, while 52 per cent disagree.

In Saudi Arabia, Egypt, South Africa, Mexico, Lebanon and the United States, more than 60 per cent of respondents defended the importance of religion. In Spain, China, Germany, Japan, Britain and France, more than two-thirds of respondents believe religion is not a significant part of their lives.

On Nov. 10, Pope Benedict XVI urged for a change in the way religion is taught at Catholic schools, saying, “Programs must be geared towards the Catholic Church’s Catechism, so as to transmit the entirety of the Church’s faith and life throughout the scholastic course. (…) In the past, the content of the catechesis has been pushed into second place in favour of didactic methods.”

Politics In Depth – Religion on the Way Out in Europe

Polling Data

Do you agree or disagree with this statement? – Religion is very important to me in my daily life.

Agree

Disagree

World

48%

52%

Saudi Arabia

96%

4%

Egypt

89%

11%

South Africa

70%

30%

Mexico

65%

35%

Lebanon

65%

35%

United States

63%

37%

India

55%

45%

Italy

51%

49%

Russia

51%

49%

Turkey

51%

49%

South Korea

42%

58%

Israel

41%

59%

Australia

41%

59%

Canada

39%

61%

Spain

31%

69%

China

26%

74%

Germany

24%

76%

Japan

24%

76%

Britain

23%

77%

France

17%

83%

Source: Angus Reid Strategies / Maclean’s
Methodology: Online interviews with 5,800 adults in Australia, Britain, Canada, China, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Turkey and the United States, conducted from Sept. 22 to Oct. 6, 2006.

Methodology Details (PDF)