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Theos Religion and Violence Survey

An online survey of 2,042 British adults on perceptions about the relationship between religion and violence.

  • Of all statements tested, GB adults are most likely to say that it is religious extremists, not religions themselves, that are violent: four in five adults (81%) agree with this, with half (50%) strongly agree.
  • Of all statements tested, GB adults are least likely to say that religions are inherently violent: only a third of adults (32%) say this, with over half (55%) disagreeing.
  • Despite this, 70% of GB adults still agree that most of the wars in world history have been caused by religions.
  • GB adults are most divided on the subject of whether, on balance, religions are much more peaceful today than violent (40% agree vs. 44% disagree).

Date Published: 17/07/2018

Categories: Faith | GB | Public and communities | Social

Client: Theos


ComRes interviewed 2,042 GB adults online between 6th – 7th June 2018. Data are weighted to be demographically representative of all British adults aged 18+. ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.

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