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Archbishop of Canterbury poll

A survey of the British public on the topic of the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Date Published: 25 Sep 2012

Categories: Public and communities | Social | UK


Archbishop of Canterbury has helped Church of England remain relevant in Modern Britain, according to BBC Local Radio survey

On the day that the Crown Nomination Commission meets [26.9.12] to discuss possible successors to the Archbishop, BBC Local radio announce the results of a survey of adults in England to establish if people believe that Dr Williams has helped the Church of England remain relevant in Modern Britain. Of those questioned 46% agree that that he has, whilst 27% disagree and 27% stated they don’t know.

As the current Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, prepares to stand down in December, the results of the BBC survey indicate that 53% of people in England agree that Dr Williams has been a good leader of the Church of England with 15% disagreeing and 32% not knowing.

Those aged 65 and over are the most likely age group to say that they think Dr Williams has been a good leader of the Church of England (59%).

There was some variation in regional findings in England with 59% of those questioned in the East of England agreeing that the Archbishop has been a good leader of the Church. Only 47% in the North East agree with this statement.
Dr Williams has been a good leader.

The survey of 2,594 people, carried out by ComRes, also asked if they believed that Dr Rowan Williams has been clear in telling people what he believes in and why. Results show that 55% agree that he has, with only 16% disagreeing and 29% who didn’t know.


ComRes interviewed 2,594 adults in England by telephone from 24th August to 9th September 2012 over three waves of the omnibus. Data were weighted to be demographically representative of all English adults aged 18+. ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.

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