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Discrepancies in the distribution of religion between US and UK Census

Added by Jing Shen over 3 years ago. Updated over 3 years ago.

Status:
Resolved
Priority:
Normal
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Category:
-
Start date:
04/11/2019
% Done:

100%


Description

I'm currently working on religious variables in Understanding Society, and have found that the distribution of religion based on the survey variables is rather different from that in the Census data. Across waves, I've got a group of "no religion" around 50%, and a group of "Christian" being below or around 40% of the sample size, respectively. However, the 2001 and 2011 Census both report much higher percentages of Christians (73% in 2001 and 61% in 2011) and much lower percentages of having no religion (15% in 2001 and 25% in 2011). Would it be possible to know why such big gaps exist between the US survey and Census data?

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