Friday, 14 September 2012

Anglicans and Attitudes towards Gay Marriage

British Religion in Numbers has published statistics about Anglicans and Attitudes towards Gay Marriage.

Posted by Peter Owen on Friday, 14 September 2012 at 10:06pm BST | TrackBack
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What I would really like to see is the question "how important is this to you?".
If you ask people isolated questions they will, of course, have opinions about them and possibly quite strong opinions.

But is same sex marriage as important as Mr Gove wanting to change the education system? Is it as important as the Government's policies for the NHS? For Social Security? For dealing with the economic crisis?

I would guess that while most people have an opinion about same sex relationships, they don't really count terribly strongly in the overall scheme of what's important for the country right now.

I'd love to get a sense of proportion for the whole thing.

Posted by: Erika Baker on Saturday, 15 September 2012 at 7:11am BST

The published YouGov tables don't include any cross-breaks by religion. So Dr. Clements is using some information that's been made available privately to him to find out which respondents were Anglican. Yet he neglects to tell us what definition of "Anglican" he has used - is it all believing Anglicans; or just those who attend services more often than some critical frequency; or just those on church electoral rolls? As Dr. Clements himself points out, it makes a big difference.

Posted by: Feria on Saturday, 15 September 2012 at 12:06pm BST

Excellent point, Erika. When I take those online quizzes designed to reveal what your political or religious affiliation ought to be, I find it frustrating when the questions aren't weighted to give some sort of sense of proportion, too.

Posted by: Bill Dilworth on Saturday, 15 September 2012 at 6:45pm BST

A YouGov survey is hardly an "online quiz". I speak as one who receives their invitations to complete surveys.

I was not part of the panel on this occasion.

Posted by: John Roch on Saturday, 15 September 2012 at 11:33pm BST

Gosh, John, I hope you can find it in yourself to forgive me.

I didn't mean to make a disparaging comparison, but to agree that unweighted questions are problematic.

Posted by: Bill Dilworth on Tuesday, 18 September 2012 at 1:39am BST
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