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In April 2013, the British Columbia Humanist Association commissioned a poll from Justatson Marketing Intelligence to probe the province's religiosity and support for secular values. The results show that two-thirds of the province is not religious and one in five do not believe in a "higher power."

Results will be released over the coming weeks as our staff and volunteers begin to analyze them.

You can see some of our results in the following presentation:

For our initial results, please share these infographics, highlighting the key results of our poll. Click to enlarge.

 

Survey details:

Justason Marketing Intelligence

  • Sample size: n=600
  • Represents: BC adults 18+
  • Telephone-online hybrid
  • Field dates: 15-23 April 2013
  • Margin of error: +/- 4.0 percentage points

Do you practice or participate in a particular religion or faith?

Yes: 33.1%
No: 64.2%
Don’t know: 2.8%

Which of the following best describes your religion?
Respondents were only those who participate in or practice a particular religion or faith

Christianity (net): 77.2%

  • Protestant: 27.2%
  • Catholic: 24%
  • Christian Orthodox: 4.7%
  • Other Christian: 21.4%

Other religions (net): 20.7%

  • Buddhist: 2.9%
  • Sikh: 2.4%
  • Jewish: 1.2%
  • Muslim: 1.7%
  • Other: 12.5%

Don't know: 2.1%

Regardless of whether you participate in a particular religion or faith, do you believe in a higher power?

Yes: 70.4%
No: 20.2%
Don't know: 9.4%

How often do you attend religious services such as church, synagogue, mosque or temple?

About once a week or more often: 14.7%
1 to 2 times a month: 4.3%
Several times a year: 5.8%
Only on holidays: 3.2%
Never / Don't attend: 68.3%
Don't know: 3.7%

Do you agree or disagree with the following: Public education in British Columbia should...?

  Encourage students to explore their personal spirituality. Encourage students to explore personal options in organized religion. Encourage students to practice a specific religion or faith. Encourage students to learn about religions and faiths from around the world. Not teach about religion. Not teach about spirituality.
Strongly / Somewhat agree (NET) 59.1% 43.5% 21.5% 77.4% 39.6% 33.3%
Strongly agree 23.8% 14.2% 8.5% 41.0% 22.0% 15.2%
Somewhat agree 35.3% 29.2% 12.9% 36.4% 17.6% 18.2%
Strongly / Somewhat disagree (NET) 34.6% 50.1% 72.7% 18.2% 54.5% 58.9%
Somewhat disagree 16.0% 19.4% 16.5% 8.2% 24.5% 27.7%
Strongly disagree 18.6% 30.7% 56.2% 10.0% 29.9% 31.2%
Don't know 6.3% 6.4% 5.9% 4.4% 6.0% 7.8%

Which comes closest to your view about religion and Canada's federal government? Would you say...?

Gone too far in keeping religion and government separate: 13.3%
Gone too far in mixing religion and government: 22.6%
Struck a good balance in terms of the separation of religion and government: 43.1%
Don't know: 21.0%

In February 2013 Premier Christy Clark made a statement to a small audience at the Vancouver Club: "I think we should be doing much, much more to involve faith communities in the work that government does, to serve the people." Do you agree or disagree?

Strongly / Somewhat agree (net): 31.6%

  • Strongly agree: 7.3%
  • Somewhat agree: 24.3%

Strongly / somewhat disagree (net): 59.0%

  • Somewhat disagree: 25.3%
  • Strongly disagree: 33.7%

Don't know: 9.5%

Demographics of for British Columbia's non-religious

 

Age

Religious?

18-34

35-54

55+

Yes

32.0%

36.7%

30.7%

No

66.3%

60.0%

66.1%

Don’t know

1.7%

3.2%

3.2%

 

 

Region

Religious?

Metro Vancouver

Vancouver Island

Interior

Yes

33.8%

30.0%

33.5%

No

64.2%

65.4%

63.4%

Don’t know

2.0%

4.6%

3.1%

 

 

Detailed Region

Religious?

City of Vancouver

Metro Vancouver

Capital Region

Rest of Island

Northern BC

Rest of Mainland

Yes

23.6%

37.7%

30.3%

29.7%

39.7%

32.2%

No

75.5%

59.9%

64.4%

66.4%

57.9%

64.6%

Don’t know

0.9%

2.4%

2.4%

5.3%

2.4%

3.2%

 

 

Voter Intention

Religious?

BC Liberal

BC NDP

BC Con

BC Green

Undecided

Yes

37.8%

24.9%

45.1%

30.8%

35.3%

No

59.5%

73.1%

49.9%

67.8%

60.6%

Don’t know

2.7%

1.9%

5.0%

1.4%

4.0%

 

 

Income

Religious?

Up to $50K

Up to $100K

Over $100K

Yes

31.2%

34.7%

29.2%

No

68.1%

64.3%

66.9%

Don’t know

0.7%

1.0%

3.9%

 

 

People in Household

Religious?

1

2

3+

Average

Yes

23.3%

29.4%

37.4%

2.91

No

75.4%

68.5%

59.1%

2.54

Don’t know

1.2%

2.1%

3.5%

2.87

 

 

Ethnicity

Religious?

East Asia

South Asia

South Pacific

Europe /
N. America

All Others

Yes

23.9%

50.3%

41.4%

31.8%

44.1%

No

75.3%

49.7%

58.6%

65.4%

54.4%

Don’t know

0.8%

0.0%

0.0%

2.8%

1.5%

 

 

Believe in a Higher Power

Religious?

Yes

No

Don't Know

Yes

45.5%

3.1%

4.8%

No

52.7%

96.9%

79.1%

Don’t know

1.8%

1.8%

16.1%

 

 

Gender

Religious?

Male

Female

Yes

29.4%

36.6%

No

66.9%

61.6%

Don’t know

3.7%

1.9%

Attachments:
Download this file (Apr 2013 BCHA tabulations.xls)Apr 2013 BCHA tabulations.xls[Results of the 2013 BCHA Poll]275 Kb
 
 
 
 
 

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