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20% des personnes sans religions prient

Dernière mise à jour : 19 mars 2018


A significant number of non-believers turn to God in times of crisis, a survey suggests

One in five adults admit to praying despite saying they have no religion, a survey has found.

More than 10 per cent of self-described “non-religious” people say they pray in times of crisis, while another nine per cent pray at least occasionally.

The poll by ComRes for Christian charity Tearfund found just over half of all British adults pray, including a third who do so in a place of worship, and one in three who pray before bed or after waking up.

However, fewer than half of those who pray say that God actually hears them, while only a quarter say it makes them feel better.

Nearly three quarters say they pray for their family, followed by thanking God for something (41 per cent), and healing (40 per cent). Only 24 per cent say they pray for global issues such as poverty and natural disasters.

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