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Shaker

Gender divide in religious belief, survey suggests

Nothing drastically new, but interesting all the same:

Quote:
A big gender divide exists between men and women in their 40s in belief in God and life after death, a poll suggests.

Of the British men surveyed, 54% said they were atheists or agnostics compared with only 34% of women.

The study also showed that Muslims in the survey had the fewest doubts about the existence of God and the afterlife.

The research involving more than 9,000 British people born in 1970 was analysed at the University of Essex.

The figures showed a substantial proportion of those who had said religion was an important part of their lives at the age of 16 became relatively unreligious as adults.

The figures, published by the UCL Institute of Education, were analysed by David Voas, professor of population studies at the Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Essex.

Sixty per cent of the women in the study believed in life after death but only 35% of the men.

Almost half said they did not identify with any religion while most of the others had a Christian background.

Prof Voas said men were twice as likely as women to say that God does not exist.
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Re: Gender divide in religious belief, survey suggests

Floo wrote:
Shaker wrote:
Nothing drastically new, but interesting all the same:

Quote:
A big gender divide exists between men and women in their 40s in belief in God and life after death, a poll suggests.

Of the British men surveyed, 54% said they were atheists or agnostics compared with only 34% of women.

The study also showed that Muslims in the survey had the fewest doubts about the existence of God and the afterlife.

The research involving more than 9,000 British people born in 1970 was analysed at the University of Essex.

The figures showed a substantial proportion of those who had said religion was an important part of their lives at the age of 16 became relatively unreligious as adults.

The figures, published by the UCL Institute of Education, were analysed by David Voas, professor of population studies at the Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Essex.

Sixty per cent of the women in the study believed in life after death but only 35% of the men.

Almost half said they did not identify with any religion while most of the others had a Christian background.

Prof Voas said men were twice as likely as women to say that God does not exist.


I suspect more women will be agnostics/atheists in years to come.


Do you mean more women than men, or more than they are now?
Shaker

Re: Gender divide in religious belief, survey suggests

cyberman wrote:
Do you mean more women than men, or more than they are now?


The question is Floo's to answer: for myself I'd say the latter, absolutely without any question whatever. While women may always lag behind men in the disbelief stakes, what we see happening now in the USA for example lends very strong support to the likelihood that the rates of declared non-religiousness will keep on creeping up generation by generation.

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