The results of a poll commissioned by the Catholic Church in Scotland are released today. The poll gives dramatic and compelling evidence to show that the vast majority believe that "Moral values" should be taught in schools (96%) a majority of Scots support the right of Catholic parents to send their children to Catholic schools(52%) and, most Scots consider themselves Christians (74%).
The survey shows that:
52% of Scots say that the availability of Catholic schools for Catholic parents is important (24% very important, 28% quite important) amongst Catholics 80% think that the provision of Catholic schools is important (53% very important and 27% quite important)
96% of Scots think that it is important to teach moral values, as well as academic subjects, in schools today. Only 4% disagreed.
74% of Scots regard themselves as Christian
The survey also revealed that nearly half the Scottish population (47%) regarded themselves as belonging to the Church of Scotland, 3% claimed are Episcopalian/Anglican and another 3% Presbyterian with the Free Church of Scotland accounting for 1%; other Protestant denominations accounted for another 4%. In total a majority of Scotland (58%) claim that they belong to a Protestant religion, excluding Non Conformists and 'House Churches'.
Catholics accounted for another 16% of the population with Non Conformist and Christian 'House Churches' another 3%.
Muslims are 1% and "Other religions" 6%.
16% of Scotland claim that they do not belong to any particular religion.
The poll results were released at a press conference on Thursday 23 May at the Catholic Media Office. The poll was commissioned by the Catholic Education Commission (CEC) and the Scottish Catholic Media Office (SCMO), designed by The Opinion research Business (ORB) and the questioning carried out by System Three, between 25 April and 1 May 2002. A sample of 1016 adults weighted to reflect; gender, age and socio-economic grouping was involved.
Commenting on the results, Bishop Joseph Devine, president of the Catholic Education Commission, said: "The results of this poll provide a welcome boost for Catholic schools, proving as it does, that there is majority acceptance of them. At the same time, the evidence that a staggering 96% of Scots want to see "moral values" taught in schools is a vindication of the faith-centred education that denominational schools can provide."
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