Wednesday, June 20, 2007

BHA News - May / June 2007 - 2011 Census - BHA makes progress

The 2001 Census question - "What is your relgion?" produced a 72% response rate of Christian, and was flawed not only because it was a leading question, but because, coming straight after the question on ethnicity, it encouraged respondents to give a 'cultural' response as much as a religious one.

The BHA has argued that the figure fails to give an adequate picture of the real nature of religious and non-religious beliefs, identities or observance among the population and that - because the data is widely used as authoritative - the need for it to be accurate is very great.

BHA will work with the Office of National Statistics to come up with a fairer question.

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