France: Religion survey

A study by the French INED research institute asked 10,079 people "What is your religious affiliation, or origin?".

The responses:
80% - Catholic
5% - Muslim
2% - Protestant
2% - other
11% - no religion

7% refused to answer.

An increasing part of the population, 11%, declared itself without religion. 5% of the men and 3% of women 65-79 said they have no religion, compared with 27% of men and 23% of women in the 18-24 age group who said so.

Catholicism is still in decline, while by Muslims the reverse is true. Less than 2% of 65-79 said they were Muslim, compared to 7% among 18-24 year old.

Among Catholics, young people are less practicing. Over 80% of 18-24 year old said they never attend in a religious service (not including marriages, baptism and funerals). Even among the most religious attendance is dwindling: 20% of women above 65 go to mass more than twice a month, compared with 4% of practicing 18-24 year old.

Among Muslims, 34% of men and 14% of women said they visit the mosque twice a month.

Source: Liberation (French)


FreeSpeech said...

"Less than 2% of 65-79 said they were Muslim, compared to 7% among 18-24 year old."

Significantly more than 7% are of Muslim background - and they obviously do not identify with Islam.

That is good news and means we should learn to ask the right questions.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, I thought that France had at least a 10% Muslim population, but maybe that's in more urban settings and the poll was more repsresentative of France as a whole.