Significant drop in Irish claiming to be religious

Published by: Richard Colwell


Irish citizens are far less likely to claim that they are religious, according to the latest global poll released by WIN-Gallup International, a world-wide network of leading opinion pollsters represented in Ireland by RED C.

Ireland now rates themselves as one of the least religious countries in the poll.   59% of the world said that they think of themselves as religious person, 23% think of themselves as not religious whereas 13% think of themselves as convinced atheists.

However, when we compare this to the Irish population, only 47% consider themselves religious, placing Ireland low on the index of being religious coming in at position 43 out of 57 countries.

The question was last asked in Ireland in 2005, when 69% considered themselves religious.  As such, there has been a significant decline of 22% who no longer feel they are religious.

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RED C press release – Religion and Atheism 25-7-12