Poll: Siberia is the most atheistic part of Russia
All-Russian Opinion Poll Survey Center (AOPSC) conducted a poll to reveal the attitude of the Russians to religion on December 2-3.
The poll showed that Orthodox Christianity remains the main religion in the Russian society. 63% of the respondents named themselves Orthodox Christians, 6% are Muslims, and 12% stated they "believe in God but practice no particular religion". There are 1% of Catholics and Buddhists each, 16% are atheists, and 1% abstained from answering.
Moreover, the outcomes of the poll differ greatly in the federal districts. Most of atheists live in the Privolzhye Federal District, followed by South Federal District, where 9% do.
Siberia has the majority of atheists Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 36%, being ahead of Ural Federal District Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 23%. Far Eastern Federal District has a considerable number of Buddhists - 8% and the highest percentage of Catholics Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 5%.
Answering the question "What is religion for you?", the respondents mentioned the following: participation in all the religious rites and church services Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 9%, a national tradition, the belief of my ancestors Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 36%, personal salvation, communication with God Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 16%, a part of the world culture and history Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 16%, following moral norms Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 28%, I am not interested in religion Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 14%, no answer Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 3%.
4% of the poll participants worship every day, 3% - every week, 4% - every month, 26% - on holidays only, 24% - from time to time, 37% do not follow any rites. The highest number of people, who follow the rites every day, live in towns with population more than 500 thousand (6%), and villages (5%), in Moscow and Saint-Petersburg residents only 1% do. The number of those who worship every day differs according to the gender: men Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 2%, women Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 6%.
The study also revealed whom Orthodox Christians consider enemies of their religion. 5% mentioned non-Christian believers, 2% - other branches of Christianity, 4% - atheists and non-believers, 26% - named members of sects, 9% - occultists, followers of white magic and black art, 9% - astrologers, 24% - no one, 23% said "I am not an Orthodox believer", and 8% gave no answer.
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