Faith and Belief in Australia

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The Faith and Belief in Australia Report is being launched today. A survey of 1,024 Australians shows that religion in Australia is not dead. 

Two in three identify with a religion or spirituality
More than two in three Australians (68%) follow a religion or have spiritual beliefs. Of those that do, almost half (47%) remain committed to the religion of their upbringing. The number of Australians who do not identify with a religion or spiritual belief, however, is on the rise with almost one in three (32%) not identifying with a religion. This study replicated the ABS Census question, but added in an option for ‘spiritual but not religious’. This had a response rate of 14% among Australians nationally, and the Christianity grouping was 45% (down from 61% in the 2011 Census).

More than half of Australians (52%) are open to changing their religious views given the right circumstances and evidence. Younger Australians are more open to changing their current religious views than older generations.

Religion and spirituality a popular topic of conversation
When gathering with friends, more than half of Australians (55%) often or occasionally talk about religion or spirituality. Generation Z (65%) are the most comfortable talking the topic, while the Baby Boomers are the least with 51% never talking about it with their friends.

A genuine faith the greatest attraction to a religion or spirituality
Observing people with genuine faith is the greatest attraction to investigating spirituality. Second is experiencing personal trauma or a significant life change. On the inverse, the top repellent to Australians investigating is public figures or celebrities who are examples of that faith. This is followed by miraculous stories of healings or supernatural occurrences.

Perceptions of Christianity 
Australians most value Christian organisations for their work with those in need, specifically looking after people who are homeless, offering financial assistance/food relief programs and providing disaster relief (74%, 72% and 69% respectively).  8% of Australian adults (1.5 million) do not know any Christians, while for Generation Y this is almost one in ten. One in 29 Australians have never heard of Jesus.

Research Launch
The full Faith and Belief in Australia research will be launched on Tuesday 9th May at an event in Sydney (register here) and Wednesday 10th May in Melbourne (register here). 

Download the full report here

Welcome to our blog...

We have a passion for research that tells a story, that can be presented visually, that brings about change and improves organisations. And we hope these resources help you know the times.

Our Social Media Sites

Facebook | McCrindle Research Social Media YouTube | McCrindle Research Social Media Twitter | McCrindle Research Social Media Flickr | McCrindle Research Social Media Pinterest | McCrindle Research Social Media Google Plus | McCrindle Research Social Media LinkedIn | McCrindle Research Social Media Mark McCrindle Slideshare

Last 150 Articles


recap Hornsby Shire Council Financial Planning Association of Australia Australia Day local community graphs couple Australians 10 years holidays public speaking pharmacy huffington post breakfast hornsby social shifts middle class facts speaker group culturally diverse earnings ACT Report generation alpha DIY shopping centre income pharmacies demographic transformations gender generational trends Australian Dream employment dreams Northern beaches Event meals child care forecasting local global financial crisis Vocational education cost shifts year 12 23 million future of shopping internship research services visual mythbusters priorities Caregiver future of education ageing digital the australian dream future-proof property price residents easy rider visualisation mother's day social trends national private wealth 1968 New South Wales deloitte demographer buildings average aussie vegemite TED talk business index leadership commute learn Kiwi generation Z google Australian Population financial dreams not for profit panel business household video national crime rates sydney metro Northern Beaches Christian School keynote NBRS Architecture 2020 System's Architect wealth and income distribution overcast Christmas lunch volunteering data social impact relevant presentations hello fresh language darwin millionth healthy future apartment teachers demography faux-ciliser australians staying home more population newspaper GPO sector wide study pyrmont grandparents social issues hobart cancel plans Res Vis bus conference sydneycity baby boom sustainable safe purpose infographics Skilling media release acf15 social change school students ashley mckenzie 2014 year 7 housing trends charities professional services social media medicine brands wedding victoria sector wide home ownership challenge infographic teleworking Australian community trends baby names report litter crows nest news fresh infographic wall WA wealth distribution growth norwest February 16 mccrindle research wages casual world curiosity demographic trends future proofing Netflix cancelling plans sports moreton bay travelling young australians McCrindle Speakers personalities royal states anzac social enquiry 2017 greatness plans conference presentation keynote speaker professional speaker social commentary trend baby name trends World Water Day dreaming high school university youth unemployment ACF census data not for profit research engagement holiday royal family lalor park Territory focus group sydneysider Births proactive tattoos investment bondi data australian communities forum baby housing growth Canberra Australia street relational online marriage trades trends trend tuesday Sydney vegetarian investing sydney hills energy optus shopper's pick statistics Sydney Hills Business Chamber gen z aussie culture omnibus emerging generations spend shbc Work place food ideas potts point tips Bathburst population milestone budget gig local communities car unaffordable meetings google for education dessert Australian demographics australian social research global online shopping mentor DESTEL office Gen Y SA rise of local socialites australian celebration impact collaborative Generation Y affordable perth apartments Social Trend jobs of the future global generations Australian Families house home owner trends of 2017 financial entrepreneurial retirement ethnography ACF2017 marketing mortgage hopes #censusfail sentiments census princess charlotte learner education volunteering work winter blues city daily telegraph sydney event social rule keeper REIV National Conference selfie NT events debt Christmas presents "know the times" tableau aged care Deaths bureau responsive non profit personal growth trends of 2016 summer religion suburban living friends divorce know the times village lifestyle research student research report Education Future Forum entrepreneur sydney speaker blaxland study PSI capital city housing market mobile Tuesday Trend Crime Rates commuters households ferry ageing population the hills shire financial fears tuesday millennials the great screenage baby names australia report divorce rate Australian Communities Trends 2016 cold eliane brand experience suburb professional development change tv results small business careers community event live the dream cost of living brisbane thrive 1980 focus groups communications authenticity public speaker mateship 2012 teaching owning a home house prices census fail megatrends urban living choice workers fears manly award winner belief Queensland organisations SRE goal community engagement SMART geomapping Melbourne twentyseventeen FOMO Wellington Word Up townhouses alpha product cica prince george customer define nfp water population map staff children area environmental scanning New Zeland office space generations ABS renter of the future 2016 census results professional presenters Sydney keynote speaker 1994 Wodonga wealth and income research pack cash report TED social research hills shire 40 million snapshot work-life Queensland: QLD marriages mccrindle in the media Christchurch young people mining boom ACT education research students resource workshop technology world youth day social researchers financial planning social researcher Hills Shire Council donation emerging technologies ipswich school cars cooking HSC rent Australian communities training tea education future FPA 2015 workforce TEDx research visualisation supply and demand university degree faux-cilise NEETs growing population debate average sydneysider families sun housing Population Clock post rationalism financial independence cultural diversity chairty workplace innovative Real Estate suburbs January 26th VET sector Do It Yourself communication dare to dream Andrew Duffin Western Australia rental stress politics award educated story 2016 census contiki insight survey Australia Day 2017 wage youth teacher women NSW future of work new office interactive house price rise increasing densification demographic TAS Generation X ACF17 charity office opening career group session cultural diveristy workplace culture Tuesday Trends volunteer going out optimistic insights jobs environment easter speakers pack weekly earnings property Royals house price Aussie internships REIV Conference socialising baby name Research Executive eliane miles sector mythbusting publication survey design urban living index case study learning logan census results builders Australian Home follow paying to work list affordability housing affordability travel high density economy population growth wealth data analyst coffee monarchy 24 million christmas faux-cilising The Daily Edition James Ward census 2016 qualitative research communities Adelaide society trends New Zealand gig economy annual income outsourcing engage learning styles finance thought leadership 2013 investor mccrindle tea Aussies economic millenials capital cities goals church poker master domestic in the media micro apartments social life low density names christian networking schools students Research Director high density living volunteers forum giving faith Geoff Brailey demographics The ABC of XYZ money work mates baby names slideshare earning 1975 rising house prices criminal rich real educhat aged care puzzle daily commute school satisfaction collaboration etiquette changing face of sydney australian community trends report social commentator cancelling event Scouts in depth interviews VET Financial Planning Association christianity menai australia futurist storytelling clothing employers dream the average aussie urban taskforce poor unemployment urban ease of travel Real Estate Institute of Victoria NFP event innovation VIC Myth consumer culture Assistant Store Manager event market research moderators guide schools cloudy days research data stay home Channel Seven screenage sunny days average Australian quote rain stats Macquarie University not-for-profit intern community professional salary financial future Merry Christmas national wealth leader Northern Territory SMSF CPI life entrepreneurs of today researcher education sector public holiday English Mark McCrindle wolloomooloo crime entertainment family neutral bay brand baby name predictions analysis trends analyst australian real estate spirituality high density apartments equip Christmas season data visualisation IT Specialists Love skills new york times narcissism seasons parenting typical australian Engineering Manager future media activity hills click the hills land of the middle class Northern Beaches baby boomers toys weather Tasmania mover and shaker offenders winter earn communicate royal influence father's day Charlotte social lives Australian Census gen alpha emerging trends social analysis Valentine’s Day sunburnt country JOMO program renting balance motivate organisational culture happiness media commentary shopping Duchess of Cambridge generation transport government education future report presentation Wagga Wagga sydneysiders optus my business awards conference speaker long weekend future proof Channel 7 media Australian Bureau of Statistics CBD EFF woolworths cartodb donate forecast grave decision marrickville waverton ACF 2016 internet speakers repayments Gen X TDE business performance resilience identity wellbeing ultimo staying in living conferences teach the changing face of care support participants australian communities trends report men Australian schools Australian Trends consumerism leadership workshop home Kirsten Brewer wealth inequality royal baby micro Financial Planning Week friendship tertiary education NBRS 24,000,000 train gold coast kate middleton South Australia property market showreel state experience ashley fell society parents mccrindle