I appreciate this may not be good news for readers of faith. While I welcome this news, I don’t mean my report to be in any way dis-respectful of those who do adhere to a religion.
A Survation poll for the Humanist Society (Scotland) found that 72.4% of Scots said they were not religious while only 23.6% said they were. This is quite an increase from a similar poll in 2011 in which 56% said they were not religious and 35% said they were.
Official Census statistics are based on a differently worded question where they are asked if they ‘regard themselves as belonging to any particular religion’ tend to return figures suggesting a higher level of religiosity and the Humanist Society have complained that this leads to religious institutions having too much say in society. This, they argue is especially true in education where Scotland’s churches hold the balance of power in local education committees.
The above map gives an idea, based on 2010 statistics of the degree of religiosity across Europe.