Millennials believe Britain no longer a Christian nation, says poll

More than 40 percent of British millennials believe the United Kingdom is no longer a Christian country, a ComRes poll has found.

(REUTERS/Nigel Roddis)The Minster in the northern English city of York, where the Church of England General Synod is taking place. December 13, 2011.

The ComRes survey was conducted for the Faith Research Centre (FRC), a project which aims to monitor the British people's religious views. After asking 2,048 British adults about the U.K.'s religious identity, the polling firm found that less than a third of the respondents 18 to 24 years old agreed that Britain is a Christian nation. On the other hand, 41 percent of the millennials said the country has no specific religious identity, Breitbart relays.

In contrast with the millennials' point of view, 67 percent of British adults 55 to 64 years old, 58 percent of those 45 to 54 years old, and almost three-quarters of those more than 65 years old agree that the U.K. is a Christian country. Only 20 percent of Britons aged more than 65 say the country has no specific religious identity.

"This is consistent with some of the projects we've recently been commissioned to carry out," said FRC director Katie Harrison of the poll's findings. "We're seeing a strong interest in understanding the attitudes and needs of people in their 20s, especially in our faith research work."

The results of the ComRes poll are reportedly expected to rouse concern among church leaders regarding the slumping number of Christians in Britain.

In a column written for the Daily Mail last month, Lord Carey emphasized the importance of teaching migrants that the U.K. is a Christian nation. The former Archbishop of Canterbury said this in light of the potential extinction of Christianity in the Middle East due to extreme persecution.

Lord Carey said the social changes, mass migration and other factors have created divisions among the people of Britain. He said the Church of England and the society's institutions used to be the "glue" that held the people together.

In light of the growing secularism in the U.K., Lord Carey called for improvements in religious education in the country. He also suggested including Christianity in tests for migrants and religious literacy for judges and other officials dealing with religious communities.