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  Religion questions in NI and E&W censusApr 05, 2013 11:00 AMAlison Macfarlane

Religion questions in NI and E&W census
From: Alison Macfarlane
To: 2011 Census
Posted: Apr 05, 2013 11:00 AM
Subject: Religion questions in NI and E&W census
It isn't surprising that they don't map onto each other as they have different purposes. In Northern Ireland data on religion are collected to monitor inequalities between Catholic and Protestant Christians. In England and Wales, the optional religion question was introduced as part of the ethnic question. It was promoted by the Editor of the Sikh Messenger who mentioned it more than once on 'Thought for the Day'. On one occasion he ephasised the need for an apprpriately worded question and mentioned a cartoon of an interviewer questioning a man in a turban and asking 'Are you a member of an organised religion? and getting the reply, 'No, I am a Sikh'.

Alison Macfarlane
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