1 in 8 UK adults are ‘convinced atheists’ – Gallop poll

A Gallop poll indicates that 13%, more than 1 in 8 of the UK adult population, are ‘convinced atheists‘ (4). Most noteworthy, a further 53%, more than 1 in 2 adults, are non-religious. Only 30%, less than 1 in 3 of the UK adult population, are religious (1,3).

In this poll, almost twice as many men (16%) than women (9%) are ‘convinced atheists’. Moreover, there were twice as many ‘convinced atheists’ who had completed higher education (20%) than those with only had completed secondary education (10%). So for more details click the table below for ‘convinced atheists’ by age, working status and income (2).

In November 2014 ORB International for Gallup International conducted an online poll of UK adults (18+) (1).

The poll asked 1001 adults ‘Irrespective of whether you attend a place of worship or not, would you say you are? (2):

  • A religious person – 30% (304 adults)
  • Not a religious person – 53% (527)
  • A convinced atheist – 13% (127)
  • Do not know / no response – 4% (43)

13% of UK adults are 'convinced atheists'

Convinced Atheists

In 2014 the UK population was 58 million adults & children of which 49 million were adults (1). There are 6.4 million (13%) ‘convinced atheist’ adults. A further 26 million (53%) adults are non-religious. However, only 14.7 million (30%) adults are religious. (2).

In conclusion, for every 1 ‘convinced atheist’ adult in the UK there are a further 4 non-religious adults but only 2.3 religious adults (2).

h/t Wikipedia

Worldwide ‘convinced atheists’

The Independent reports this worldwide survey by Gallop (4). In summary, the UK has 13% convinced atheists (for some reason redacted on this map).

convinced atheists
‘Convinced atheists’ worldwide (the UK has 13% – so in 10-19% category, not grey as shown). Click on the image to make it larger.

Sources

(1)  Gallop Poll Methodology  

(2) Poll data – go to Table 10 on page 10 (or click above table)

(3) End of Year 2014 by Country / UK 

(4) The Independent newspaper

 

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