By Chris MancusoAssociated PressPublished Aug 05, 2018 10:53:02A new survey shows that more Canadians identify as secular than religious, but are still strongly religious.
The survey, conducted by Abacus Data, found that 44 per cent of Canadians identified as secular while 31 per cent identified as religious.
Only 10 per cent said they were neither.
The numbers of respondents who identify as both secular and religious are up in the past few years, Abacus said.
The data shows that the number of Canadians who identified as neither religious nor secular is on track to grow from 6.2 million to 8.6 million by 2021, Abbot said.
“In a society that is still relatively homogenous in terms of religion, this is very significant,” Abbot told The Associated Press.
The research is based on a national sample of 1,004 adults who were surveyed online by Abbot on Aug. 6.
It found that 47 per cent identify as neither Catholic nor Protestant, compared to 32 per cent who identified either.
The other 12 per cent were unaffiliated, including 1.3 million who identify with other religious groups.
The number of religiously unaffiliated Canadians increased from 2.5 million in 2017 to 3.6 percent in 2021.
The Abbot Research Institute is a research organization dedicated to understanding how people respond to their religious identities, Abbots CEO Michael Abbot added.
The study is based upon data from Abbot’s latest survey of 3,000 Canadians.
The full results will be released in a report that will be presented to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in October, Abbat said.
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