The Sunday Times reports that 42% of 2,200 people taking part in a poll carried out by YouGov considered religion had a harmful effect. 17% thought the influence of religion was beneficial.
16% of those polled called themselves atheists; 28% believed in God; 26% believed in “something” but were not sure what; and 9% regarded themselves as agnostics.
43% said they never prayed, 31% hardly prayed, and 10% prayed every night.
When we asked which of the main religions was ‘most effective’ in getting its message across, 32% said Christianity and 10% cited Islam.