How to use the religion & belief map

The data from the survey has been developed, in conjunction with Laroque Software, into an interactive online map.  Users can select either a nationwide perspective or click on a particular council region to see results from that area.  Clicking on a selected council area again, de-selects it and returns the user to the nationwide data set.  It is also possible to view responses according to individual religion and belief groups.  The map employs the usual google map functionality in terms of zoom and ‘grab and drag’.

The survey put the following questions to the respondents:

1. Who is your local council?

2. What do you feel is your national identity?

3. What is your ethnic group?

4. How well informed do you consider yourself to be about the following religion and belief groups?

  • Baha’i Faith, Brahma Kumaris, Buddhism, Church of Scotland, Hinduism, Humanism, Islam, Judaism, Paganism, Roman Catholicism, Secularist Societies, Sikhism

5. What are the primary means through which you get your knowledge of various religion and belief groups?

6. Would you like to know more about different religion and belief groups?

7. How comfortable are you with religious organisations providing the following services?

  • Cafes, Soup Kitchens, Hospice/end of life, Schools, Adoption, Homeless Hostels, Foster Care

8. How comfortable would you feel using a public service provided by an organisation that identifies itself as:

  • Sikh, Humanist, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Church of Scotland, Other, Baha’i, Brahma Kamari, Secular, Roman Catholic, Pagan

9. How do you feel about the state providing funding for religion and belief groups?

10. To what extent do you agree with the following statements?

  • People who assist terminally ill relatives commit suicide should be prosecuted.
  • A Muslim should have the right to pray at their place of work during working hours.
  • Religiously affiliated same-sex couples should be allowed to marry in a religious place of worship.
  • Religiously affiliated schools have a negative effect on contemporary Scottish Society.
  • Religion and science are incompatible.
  • All schools should have a distinctly secular ethos.
  • Religion is contrary to reason.
  • Abortion is wrong in ALL circumstances.
  • Euthanasia should be legalised.
  • It is important to take account of a person’s spiritual care in healthcare.
  • It is not possible to teach objectively about a particular religion or belief if one is not a member or adherent of that particular religion or belief position.
  • A nurse should have the right to opt-out of a legal abortion on grounds of religion or belief.
  • Non-religiously affiliated same-sex couples should be allowed to marry in a religious place of worship.
  • Same-sex couples should have the right to adopt.

11. To what extent would you describe the wider community’s understanding of your religion or belief?

12.  To what extent do you think it is important for the wider community to have at least some understanding your religion or belief?

13. To what extent does the degree of understanding of your religion or belief position affect your choice of friends?

14. How often do you talk about your religion or belief with friends from a different background?

15. Would you like to improve the understanding of your religion or belief within your wider community?

16. Are you involved in any projects or organizations that attempt to improve the understanding of your religion or belief in the wider community?

17. To what extent do you agree that there are things in life that we simply cannot explain through science or any other means?

18. Which of the following do you believe in?

  • God as universal life force, Spirits, Angels, The devil, God as a personal being, God, gods and/or goddesses, A higher spirit but not God, Demons, Jinns, None of the above, Don’t know

19. Which of the following do you believe in?

  • The soul, Life after death, Heaven, Reincarnation, Hell, Power of deceased ancestors, Karma, Humans are simply material, Don’t know

20. Which, if any of the below, do you believe can be influenced by spiritual forces?

  • People’s thoughts, Events in the human world, Events in the natural world, None of the above, Don’t know

21. To what extent do you agree that prayer can have a real effect on this world?

22. Have you ever experienced what you would call a miracle?

23. Which of the following have you undergone?

  • Tarot card reading, Astrology reading, Reflexology session, Reiki session, Aura reading, Crystal healing, Ayurveda session, None of the above

24. To what extent do you agree with the following statements?

  • Religion should be a private and not a public matter
  • I am comfortable with religious symbols in the public sphere
  • I am comfortable with religious symbols in the professional sphere
  • Where I live is accepting of diverse religions and beliefs
  • I feel comfortable talking about my religion or belief where I live
  • I feel comfortable manifesting my religion or belief where I live
  • A person can be both religious and secular

25. Which of these statements do you think best characterises contemporary Scotland?

  • Scotland is a Christian nation
  • Scotland is a secular nation
  • Scotland is a post-Christian, secular nation
  • Scotland is a nation of many religions and belief with each treated equally
  • Scotland is a nation of many religions and belief but some are favoured more than others

26. The Equality Act (2010) specifically identifies nine ‘protected characteristics’. These are: age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation. Prior to reading this, how aware would you have been of these protected characteristics?

  • Fully aware (knew all 9 characteristics)
  • Very aware (knew 7-8 characteristics)
  • Aware (knew 4-6 characteristics)
  • Somewhat aware (knew 3-5 characteristics)
  • Vaguely aware (knew 1-2 characteristics)
  • Unaware (knew none of the characteristics)

27. Which of these protected characteristics do you consider to be the most challenging for contemporary Scotland?

  • Age, Disability, Gender reassignment, Marriage and civil partnership, Pregnancy and maternity, Race, Religion or belief, Sex, Sexual orientation

28. Which of these protected characteristics due you PERSONALLY feel is most important?

  • Age, Disability, Gender reassignment, Marriage and civil partnership, Pregnancy and maternity, Race, Religion or belief, Sex, Sexual orientation

29. The Equality Act (2010) defines religion as referring to ‘any religion and a reference to religion includes a reference to a lack of religion’. Do you think this is a useful definition?

30. The Equality Act (2010) defines ‘belief’ as referring to ‘any religious or philosophical belief and a reference to belief includes a reference to a lack of belief’. Do you think this is a useful definition?

31. What is your sex?

32. Which age category do you fall into?

33. Do you identify as:

  • Heterosexual, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Don’t know

34. What religion, religious denomination or body did you belong to when growing up?

35. What religion, religious denomination or body do you presently belong to?

36. How frequently do you attend a place of worship?

37. What belief group or body do you belong to?