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C of E "still the Tory party at prayer"

... according to this BBC article:

Church of England worshippers are more likely to vote for the Conservative Party, according to new research.

The data also suggests Catholics tend to support the Labour Party.

Theos, a Christian think tank, published its report after compiling surveys of voters in Britain stretching back to the 1950s.

The research also suggests attitudes to welfare spending differed according to how frequently worshippers attended religious services.

The findings were revealed in a report, Voting and Values in Britain: Does Religion Count?, which analysed data from the British Election Survey and the British Social Attitudes survey. [...]

While overall the researchers found people who describe themselves as Anglicans tend to vote Conservative and Catholics Labour, there were differences within denominations. Nominal Anglicans - those who rarely attend religious services - have historically tended to vote Labour, though this changed for the first time in 2010. In contrast, those who attend Catholic services either frequently or infrequently have usually supported the Labour Party. Nonconformist Christians such as Methodist and United Reformed worshippers are more fluid in their voting intentions.

The researchers said that analysing voting patterns for non-Christian religions was more difficult, because of the smaller sample sizes available.
But in the 2010 election, Muslims favoured Labour, while the Jewish vote went to the Conservatives. Hindus tended to support Labour, while Sikhs were evenly split between the two main parties. Buddhists disproportionately voted for the Liberal Democrats at the last election.[...]

Nick Spencer, who co-authored the report, says that it is the first hard evidence of a link between faith and voting patterns. But he said that, unlike the United States, there was no block vote of people with religiously-driven concerns - such as abortion or sexuality - that British politicians could court.

Well, at least they won't say that about the CofS.
Politicians have said a lot of things about the Kirk...not all complimentary.
The fact that we are a national, but not established, Church means we can get up the noses of ALL parties!

(And we  do....with gleeful regularity!)

Shame, I don't appear in the stats.  But then again, I'm not CofE and I'm a 'floating voter' - depending upon the personalities and the personal ethics of those wanting my vote.  So I guess I'd mess up the figures.  Shame we no longer get Monster Raving Loony candidates because it means I've had to spoil too many ballot papers.

I wonder how representative were the sample? Forum Index -> Christian chat
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