The French believe less and less in God, according to a survey

The most believing are among those 65 years and over (58%) then among the 18-34 years (48%).

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A majority of French people do not believe in God. At the question “Do you personally believe in God?”, 51% of respondents answer “no” (compared to 44% in 2011 and 2004), according to an Ifop poll for the Association of Information Journalists on Religions (Ajir), published Thursday, September 23. In detail, the most believers are among the 65 and over (58%) then among the 18-34 (48%).

Has the Covid-19 epidemic brought them closer to a religious practice? “No”, say the interviewees, at 91%. Only 9% answer in the affirmative. Asked about the fire at Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral in 2019, 79% replied that this event did not awaken in them “religious feeling” nor of “spiritual fiber”. But 21% feel the opposite.

Another lesson: the French talk less and less about religion in family. They are 38%, against 58% in November 2009. And only 29% talk about it with their friends (49% in 2009). In addition, 68% of French people think that religions “can contribute to transmitting to young people points of reference and positive values: respect for others, tolerance, generosity, responsibility”. They were 77% to think so in 2009.

The survey was conducted from August 24 to 25 with a sample of 1,028 people, representative of the French population aged 18 and over by self-administered online questionnaire, according to the quota method.

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