Beyond belief: poll finds most B.C.ers non-religious
Winston Blackmore the religious leader of the polygamous community of Bountiful, B.C. shares a laugh with six of his daughters and some of his grandchildren, in this April 21, 2008 photo. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)
Published Tuesday, April 30, 2013 4:21PM PDT
Almost two-thirds of British Columbians are shirking organized religion, according to a new poll commissioned by the B.C. Humanist Association.
Just 33 per cent of respondents in the Justason Marketing Intelligence survey said they practice a particular religion or faith, while 64 per cent subscribe to none.
A full 70 per cent said they believe in a higher power, however. The remainder either expressed agnostic or atheistic views.
Asked how often respondents attend religious services, almost 15 per cent said they go once per week or more and just under six percent said they go several times per year.
Sixty-eight per cent said they never attend.
Respondents were most likely to be non-religious if living alone, while the chances went down slightly for households of three or more.
More women said they were religious than men, by seven percentage points.
The mixed phone-online poll surveyed 600 B.C. adults from April 15-23. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 per cent.
For more findings, visit the B.C. Humanist Association website.