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Christianity is becoming less prevalent, a new survey has found.

The number of people in England and Wales who consider themselves as Christians has declined by almost ten per cent over the past five years, research into race and religion shows.

Meanwhile, the number of people who declare themselves as ‘non-believers’ has increased.

The number of self-declared Christians has fallen from 77 per cent in 2005 to 70 per cent in 2010.

Those who say they have no religion rose from 15 per cent to 21 per cent.

However, Christianity continues to be the majority faith in England and Wales, even though of all other religions, its followers are less than half as likely to attend a place of worship.

The findings come as Prime Minister David Cameron tries to advocate the importance of Christianity in influencing moral values in society.

The Citizenship Survey was produced by the Communities Department in 2001 under a Labour government to chart the levels of prejudice.

The report said: “While Christianity remained the most prevalent faith in England and Wales, between 2005 and 2010 there was a steady decrease in the proportion of people who identified themselves as Christian.

“Christian people were much less likely than all the other main religions to say that they practised their religion, while Muslim people were the most likely to practise their religion.”

The survey has now been scrapped by the Community Secretary Eric Pickles over its £4 million cost.


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