A significant majority of Germans say religion plays no role in their life, a poll has shown. Fewer than one eight adults believe that faith makes the world a fairer place, although younger people were more positive.
Most Germans say religion has no significance in their lives, according to a poll released on Thursday – with just 33% saying it was important to them.
Only 12% said they thought religion could make the world a better place, with just a quarter saying it had any political significance.
Year after year, disillusioned congregation members have been leaving Germany’s Catholic and Protestant churches in droves. The result is that only about half of all people belong to one of the country’s big Christian faiths.
Younger people were less likely to give a decisive statement about how important religion was to them.
About 15% of 18-29-year-olds gave no answer or said they didn’t know. Only 5% of 30-54-year-olds responded this ways, with the figure falling to 3% among those over 55.
The survey suggested younger people were more upbeat that others in their assessment of the role of faith.
Some 16% of young people agreed with the thesis: ”The religions of this world contribute to making the world more just.”
That compared with about 12% of people across all age groups, Well over half disagreed, and 26% were undecided on the issue.