The number of Britons who believe in God has fallen by four percentage points in under two years, a new survey on religious attitudes has found, leaving atheism to pull significantly ahead.
A YouGov poll for The Times found that the number of people professing a belief in God has dropped from 32 per cent in February 2015, when the question was last asked, to 28 per cent today. At the same time, those who say they don’t believe in any god or higher spiritual power has risen from 33 per cent to 38 per cent, putting atheism ten points ahead of belief in a deity.
The poll of 1,595 adults, taken on December 18 and 19, also found that the proportion of people who don’t believe in God but think there may be some sort of higher power has remained static at 20 per cent, while 14 per cent said they don’t know.
Men are far less likely to believe in a deity – 50 per cent of men rejected any notion of God or a spiritual power, against 28 per cent of women who did the same.
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