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Britain has become 'less of a Christian country' since last Election - new survey reveals

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05 April 2015
 

Britain has become 'less of a Christian country' since last Election - new survey reveals

Nearly three-quarters (73%) of British adults believe that Britain has "become less of a Christian Country over the past five years", a new ComRes Poll published today reveals.

The result will heighten concerns amongst Christian voters about the cultural impact of the Coalition Government's tenure, according to Christian campaigners.

But Christian Concern has also welcomed the strong public support for Christian freedoms revealed by the research (full details below).

It is urging Christians to ensure that better legal protection for Christian freedoms is an election issue.

Nearly 3 in 4 adults (72%) believe that "it is wrong that health care workers should be threatened with the sack for offering to pray with patients" whilst nearly 2 out of 3 people (66%) believe that the "the right of people to wear Christian symbols such as a cross in their workplace should be protected by law", according to the poll.

Interestingly, support for health care workers was strong among the youngest age group surveyed, with 72% of 18 - 24s agreeing that they shouldn't be threatened with the sack for offering to pray with patients.
 

'Electoral impact'

The results come as political parties are actively seeking to court the Christian vote. David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg have all used Christian media to reach out to Christians and reassure them of their support for practising faith in the public square.

However, the past five years have seen a radical undermining of the nation's Christian heritage and Christians will be robustly challenging candidates on the doorstep, says Andrea Minichiello Williams, chief executive of Christian Concern.

"Same-sex 'marriage' has had a big impact on the political allegiances of many Christians. It wasn't in any party manifesto at the last election. Many feel betrayed. But the continued failure to protect Christian freedoms is also a big issue. Political leaders have ducked their responsibility to defend Christians over the last five years yet now they want Christians' votes," explains Andrea Williams.
 

'Challenging candidates'

Christian Concern is equipping Christians to challenge election candidates about the value of Britain's Christian heritage and the protection of Christian freedoms.

The group has already distributed over 250,000 postcards to help Christians quiz their candidates on a range of issues. It expects to send out many more over the next fortnight in response to orders.

The group's dedicated election website (www.election2015.org.uk) allows voters to check their previous MP's voting record on key issues and promotes local hustings events, a large number of which are organised by local churches.

"The fact that so many members of the public believe that Christians should be allowed to live out their faith in the workplace underlines how out of touch our political elite is with the electorate. This poll should be a wake-up call to all the leaders. They should make sure that their manifestos include robust proposals to protect freedom for Christians and safeguard the Christian foundations of our country before any further damage is done.

“It looks likely that this election will produce an even more fragmented Parliament. Perhaps in the future we will see wider Christian support for independent Christian candidates or parties," adds Andrea Williams.
 

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Notes for editors:

The ComRes poll was commissioned by Christian Concern.

ComRes interviewed 2,057 British adults aged 18+ online between 31st March and 1st April 2015. Data were weighted to be representative of all British adults aged 18+. ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.

For each of these pairs of statements, please indicate which you agree with more:

  • 55%: It is good for the country that Easter is marked as primarily a Christian festival.
  • 33%: In modern Britain Easter is rightly more about having two Bank Holidays together rather than anything religious.
  • 47%: Britain’s Christian heritage continues to bring benefits to the country.
  • 32%: Britain’s Christian heritage is largely outdated and its impact no longer beneficial.
  • 73%: Britain has become less of a Christian country over the past five years.
  • 15%: Britain has not become less of a Christian country over the past five years.
  • 66%: The right of people to wear Christian symbols such as a cross in their workplace should be protected by law.
  • 20%: The right of people to wear Christian symbols such as a cross in their workplace should not be protected by law.
  • 9%: It is right that health care workers should be threatened with the sack for offering to pray with patients.
  • 72%: It is wrong that health care workers should be threatened with the sack for offering to pray with patients.
  • 52%: Christians should be able to refuse to act against their conscience without being penalised by their employer.
  • 24%: Christians should not be able to refuse to act against their conscience without being penalised by their employer.


Full data tables available here and at: www.comres.co.uk

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