Supporters of religious faith in public life in Canada tend to be younger, more educated and more likely to have voted for liberals, according to a new study.
The anti-intuitive discovery puts a lie in the general impression that support for public religiosity in areas such as healthcare, social services and education is guided by evangelical church dwellers and deeply observant, older conservative "holy roles," said Angus Reid, chairman of the Angus Reed Institute .
"What we find is the opposite," said Rathe.
He said there is a "mythology" of the political left, according to which the reduction of church visits goes hand in hand with the support of what he calls the "universal secularization" of society or the "burning of faith and religion from every part of the public square . "
This is not the case, according to the Faith on the Public Square report, in partnership with Cardus, which is described as a non-partisan, faith-based think tank and a registered charity dedicated to the promotion of a thriving society.
"The largest segment of the Canadian society (37%), completely independent of religious beliefs or not, sees an important role for religious and religious groups in many dimensions of Canadian society, and they firmly support freedom of religion. religious and religious groups play an important role in health, social services and social justice, believing that faith and religion are crucial to building citizenship and strong values, "Reed said in an interview. "There is a very important segment that is alive and well and in many ways is rooted in this issue."
When asked about how faith works in their own lives, Canadians tend to break down like this: 20% are atheists, 20% are religiously committed, 30% are personally faithful, and 30% are spiritually insecure.
However, the roadmap seems different when the focus moves to the role that faith must play in public life, the study shows. He found that there are more supporters of faith in the public square (37%) than there are opponents (32%) or insecure (32%).
The study describes these groups using what they call the Public Faith Index, based on the answers to 17 questions.
Public belief is the subject of frequent and intense public debates, from religious and religious symbols in public services in Quebec to the funding of religious schools, and the relevance of Christian prayers to local council meetings. In the past, it has been colored in a political debate about everything – from access to abortion to whether Canada should participate in war.
They see that religious and religious groups play an important role in health, social services and social justice
This study attempts to measure the view, for example, whether faith is good for citizenship, whether the principles of different religions are to be taught in high schools, and whether politicians need to be familiar with the foundations of different religions in Canada.
He found, for example, that 38% of Canadians think that religious and religious communities have contributed positively to health care, while 15% believe the contribution is negative. There are similar results for the causes of social justice, such as poverty and development abroad. But in social services, 51% think the contribution is positive, and only 11% think it is negative. In the field of education, numbers are more evenly distributed, 28% are positive and 25% are negative.
He also found deep divisions between the three segments. For example, 93% of public believers agree that religious and religious communities strengthen Canadian values such as equality and human rights. But 81% of public belligerents disagree with this proposal.
In education, a majority of 57% of opponents believe that the beliefs of the main religions in the world should not be taught in public high schools, while 36% believe that the foundations should be taught.
Another curious conclusion is that a total of 25 percent of public believers say they have never read a religious text.
A major warning for the general conclusion of a strong segment of young, educated, liberal supporters of public belief is the province of Quebec. For example, if you exclude Quebec, the percentage of Canadians who are supporters of public faith increases to 42%.
"Quebec, on any matter of religion or belief, is a completely different society," Rathe said.
The survey of 2200 Canadians was held in early November, through the Angus Reid Forum, an online community where people can participate in surveys in exchange for prizes and prizes. Because they were not chosen at random, a true error can not be calculated, but a randomized study of similar size would have had a mistake of 2 percentage points, 19 times the 20.