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Unimportant religious studies - poll
on: March 9, 2018, 15:10

A majority (55%) of the public does not consider it important to teach religious studies (RS) at secondary school, making it the fourth perceived least useful of the 18 subjects covered in the survey by YouGov, after Latin (82%), drama (61%), and classics (58%). RS was felt to be especially insignificant among men (64%) and Scots (61%). It was considered important by 41% of the sample, including 48% of women and 46% of under-25s.

Voting patterns in the 2016 referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union (EU) had a big effect on preferences, with remainers 14 points more likely than leavers to deem RS important and leavers 13 points more likely than remainers to judge it unimportant. The poll was conducted online on 18-19 December 2017 among a sample of 1,648 Britons. Source:

Interesting that remainers seem keener on RS than leavers. As a remainer, I would have thought it would be the other way around.

A very small sample so very unreliable and such polls can be notoriously misleading, but it is interesting that "RS" was how it was described. "RE" was supposed to be supplanted by "RME", religious and moral education. That didn't help as it seemed to equate or link religious education with education about morality. We still have so far to go in this country (UK).

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