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The Iona Institute has commissioned a poll by ‘Amárach Research’ into attitudes towards the Catholic Church in Ireland.
The results of the poll are here.
The article covering the poll on the Iona website is here.
David Quinn’s reaction to the poll in his ‘Independent’ column is to be found here.
Amárach carried out a nationwide survey of 1,000 people.
The percentage of people identifying themselves as Catholic is 69%, and of those only 44% have attended mass in the past month. (Which means, extrapolating from this poll, that only 30% of the population have attended mass in the last month.) The age profile of both matches what one would expect, i.e. fewer of the younger groups identify as Catholic or attend mass compared to the older groups.
Only 24% of the those surveyed have a very favourable or mostly favourable view of the RCC with 47% having a mostly or very unfavourable view. Of those who have an unfavourable view, the main factor for the majority is the child abuse scandals (56%).
46% agree that the teachings of the RCC are of benefit, but the age profile here tells a tale with only 33% of 15-24s and only 36% of 25-34s agreeing compared to 67% of 55+. Only 31% of the total number disagree that they are of benefit.
Only 20% of respondents believe that the government is hostile to the RCC with 40% disagreeing.
Finally, the report shows that the majority of those responding have grossly overestimated the percentage of priests that have been involved in abuse, with the average estimate being 28% compared to 4% who have been accused.
Amárach asked but they do not report the figure for those identifying themselves as having ‘no religion’.
The report confirms the battering that the RCC has received over that last decade or two and confirms the continuing decline in numbers of those identifying with the RCC and general religious practice of those who do identify themselves as members.
The report confirms the continuing decline of religion in Ireland. From the points of view of the various churches, particularly the Catholic Church, now is really the time that they should be trying to strike a balanced deal, instead in a decade or two when they will be in the minority. Thankfully, they seem determined to try and maintain their dominance and seem unwilling to strike a deal - in a few years time they will end up negotiating from a position of weakness rather than their one of strength today. This is a mistake from their point of view, but a happy one for those of us who hold secular views.
It would be interesting to get an accurate read on the number of practicing religious people in the country, rather than just those who are nominally so. The Iona poll indicates that around 30% of the country are attending mass at least monthly. Along with the other faiths, the figure is unlikely to reach 50%. It is more than likely that in terms of 'practicing religious' that they are already in a minority.
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