More Education = Less Religion

December 2, 2007 at 12:01 am Leave a comment

Irish degree graduates are nearly eight times more likely to have no religion, than are Irish people who left school at primary level, according to the latest census figures. And this is a consistent pattern throughout the Irish education system – the further you go, the more likely you are to have no religion. Despite this, the vast majority of Irish people (over nine in every ten) leave the education system with some religious belief. Here are the figures. >>>

Percentages of Irish people with no religion

  • 1.2% of people who left school at primary level
  • 2.5% of people who left school at lower secondary level
  • 4.4% of people who left school at higher secondary level
  • 5.8% of people who went to third level education
  • 9.4% of people with a third level degree

Out of every hundred people who left school at primary level

  • 94 are Roman Catholic
  • 2 are Church of Ireland (including Protestant)
  • 2 have no religion or did not state any
  • 2 are Presbyterian, Muslim, Methodist, Orthodox or another religion

Out of every hundred people who left school at lower secondary level

  • 92 are Roman Catholic
  • 3 are Church of Ireland (including Protestant)
  • 3 have no religion or did not state any
  • 2 are Presbyterian, Muslim, Methodist, Orthodox or another religion

Out of every hundred people who left school at higher secondary level

  • 89 are Roman Catholic
  • 5 have no religion or did not state any
  • 3 are Church of Ireland (including Protestant)
  • 2 are Presbyterian, Orthodox, Muslim or Methodist
  • 1 is of another stated religion

Out of every hundred people who went to third level education

  • 86 are Roman Catholic
  • 6 have no religion or did not state any
  • 4 are Church of Ireland (including Protestant)
  • 1 is Presbyterian
  • 1 is Methodist, Muslim or Orthodox
  • 2 are of another stated religion

Out of every hundred people with a third level degree

  • 80 are Roman Catholic
  • 10 have no religion or did not state any
  • 4 are Church of Ireland (including Protestant)
  • 1 is of another stated Christian religion
  • 1 is Muslim
  • 1 is Presbyterian
  • 1 is either Orthodox or Methodist
  • 2 are of another stated religion
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Entry filed under: Culture, Ireland, News, Religion.

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