The proponents of religious faith in public life in Canada tend to be younger, more educated, and more likely to be voted the Liberal, according to a new survey.
The counter-intuitive discovery puts the common impression that support for public reliġjożi f & # 39; areas such as health care, social services and education is run by people who go to the evangelical church "holy rollers" old observer, old and conservative, "said Angus Reid, a & # 39; the Angus Reid Institute.
"What we find is exactly the opposite," said Reid.
He said that there is "mythology" on the political left who say that church attendance is declining go in & # 39; this is & # 39; support for what he calls "tough sekulariizzazzjoni" society, or the "extinction of faith and religion from any portion of the public square."
Not so, according to the report, Faith in the Public Square, made in partnership with & # 39; Cardus, which describes itself as a think non-partisan tank and based on faith and registered charity dedicated to the promotion & # 39; flourishing society. "
"The larger Canadian society segment (37%), quite independent of whether they have any religious views or not, sees an important role for religious groups and faith in & # 39; many Canadian society dimensions. They strongly support -Full religious freedom Seeing religious groups and & # 39; faith play an important role in health, social services, issues & # 39; social justice. they believe that faith and religion are critical -formazzjoni citizenship and sound values ", said Reid f & # 39; interview. "There is a very significant segment is alive and quite fast, f & # 39; many aspects, on this issue."
When asked about how faith operates in & # 39; lives, the Canadians tend to be divided roughly like this: 20% are ATEA, 20% are engaged in religious, 30% are believers privately and 30% are spiritually uncertain.
But the paste table looks different when the emphasis switched to the role that faith should play in public life, this survey suggests. He found that there are more proponents of & # 39; faith in the public square (37%) than there opponents (32%) or are uncertain (32%).
The survey describes these groups using the Public Faith Index, based on answers to 17 questions.
Public faith is subject to & # 39; frequent and intense public debate, a niqab and religious symbols in public services in Quebec, to fund & # 39; religious schools and the adequacy of Christian prayer in & # 39; local council meetings. In the past, crop does not entail political debate on everything from access to abortion whether Canada should participate in the war.
Seeing religious groups and & # 39; faith play an important role in health, social services, issues & # 39; social justice
This survey seeks to measure the opinion, for example, if the faith is good citizenship, if the belief & # 39; different religions should be taught in high schools, and whether politicians should be familiar with the bases of the various religions in Canada.
He found, for example, 38% of Canadians thought that the religious communities and faith were a positive contribution to health care, while 15% felt that the contribution was negative. Similar results for social justice causes, such as poverty and development abroad. But social services, fully 51% thought that the contribution was positive, and only 11% felt it was negative. In education, the numbers were more divided with & # 39; equally, 28% positive and 25% negative.
Saturday also deep divisions between the three segments. For example, 93% of the proponents of public faith agree that religious communities and faith strengthening Canadian values such as equality and human rights However, 81% of opponents of public faith disagree & # 39; this proposal.
In education, a solid majority, 57%, of & # 39; opponents thought that the beliefs of the major religions of the world m & # 39; should be taught public high schools, while 36% just thought the basics have be taught.
Other curious finding is that fully 25% of proponents of public faith say they never read a religious text.
Meaning leading to the general conclusion on strong segment & # 39; proponents Young, educated, Liberal public faith is the province & # 39; Quebec. For example, if excludes Quebec, the percentage of & # 39; Canadians who are proponents of & # 39; Public faith increased to 42%.
"The Quebec, on any matter relating to religion or faith, is totally distinct society," said Reid.
The survey & # 39; 2,200 Canadians were early in & # 39; November by Angus Reid Forum, an online community where people can participate in surveys in exchange for points & # 39; awards and prizes. Because not selected randomly, margins & # 39; true error can not be calculated, but randomized survey & # 39; similar size have a margin & # 39; error & # 39; 2 percentage points, 19 times 20.