Religious affiliation in UK falls by 15 per cent in a generation 12 September 2012
The proportion of people in Britain following a mainstream religion has fallen by 15 per cent in just under three decades, new research has found.
Analysis of statistics from the annual British Social Attitudes (BSA) and Understanding Society surveys - commissioned by the BBC - showed that religious affiliation has dropped from 68 per cent to just over half (53 per cent) between 1983 and 2011.
Nearly a quarter of young respondents (aged 16 to 25) describe themselves as Christian, according to the latest figures, with the largest group (nine per cent overall) saying they were Protestant, and eight per cent Catholic.
Analysis of the surveys also revealed that young Catholics were the least likely to say their faith made a "difference" to their lives - with just 12 per cent supporting this statement - compared to 68 per cent of young Muslims.
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