The Humanist Society of Scotland commissioned a piece of comparability research through the Progressive/YouGov Scottish online Omnibus*. The results were startlingly different.
When asked the Census question, “What religion, religious denomination or body do you belong to?” 42% of the adult population in Scotland said ‘None’. But when asked the Humanist Society of Scotland question, “Are you religious?” 56% said ‘No’, 8% said ‘Don’t know’ and 1% skipped the question. Only 35% said ‘Yes’.
Mark Cuthbert, who conducted the survey, is a leading independent research consultant. He says, “This does not stack up. The only explanation is that the Census question significantly overemphasises the commitment of the people of Scotland to religion.”