The Daily Express reports that British millennials, born between 1980 and 2000, believe they no longer live in a Christian country despite thinking religion plays an important role in people’s lives.
A total of 41 per cent of 18 to 24-year-olds said Britain has “no specific religious identity” in a ComRes poll published to launch the new Faith Research Centre in Westminster. In contrast, of those aged 65 and over, 74 per cent believe Britain is a Christian country while only 20 per cent think the country has no specific religious identity.
Katie Harrison, director of the new Faith Research Centre at ComRes, the public policy research consultancy, said:
“In some of the questions we asked, adults aged between 18-24 and adults aged 65 plus answered at opposite ends of the scale, indicating marked differences between generations in perceptions of religion and belief.
“This is consistent with some of the projects we’ve recently been commissioned to carry out.
“We’re seeing a strong interest in understanding the attitudes and needs of people in their 20s, especially in our faith research work.”