Australian Communities Report: A Demographic & Social Analysis of Religion & the Church in Australia

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This Australian Communities Report
analyses attitudes towards religion and
Christianity in 21st century Australia. McCrindle Research is a global leader in social and market research and resources are available at www.mccrindle.com.au

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  • 1. The Australian Communities Report, commissioned by Olive TreeMedia, is an analysis of religion & spirituality in 21st CenturyAustralia and research into the main belief blockers of Christianity.This research was conducted by McCrindle Research in October2011 based on a national representative survey of 1,094 Australiansand 3 focus groups of Gen Y, Gen X and Baby Boomers.
  • 2. ReligiousAffiliation Source: ABS Census 2006 Data
  • 3. Australians & Religion:“Christian”, “Spiritual” & “None”.What is your religion?
  • 4. Spirituality & Religion DefinedSpirituality = “Self awareness” = “A deeper connection”Religion = “Attendance” = “Tasks” = “Obligations”
  • 5. Religious identity, but less activityHow active are you in practicing your religion?
  • 6. Outgrowing ReligionWhat best describes your current religious status?
  • 7. I went to Catholic primary school so we hadto go to church... It faded out when I gotolder , in my life and my family’s as well...
  • 8. Significant “warmth” towards Christianity Engel Scale ModifiedWhat best describes your current beliefs & attitudes towards Christianity?
  • 9. Family is formative Mass media & social media a growing influence.Who or what has most influenced your perceptions & opinions of Christians & Christianity?
  • 10. Half of all Aussies “not open at all” But almost half are to some extent “open”How open are you to changing your religious worldview?
  • 11. Belief blockers:Doctrine & Practices (“block completely”)To what extent do the following block or engage you...? Not open to change
  • 12. My belief is that God will send yousomewhere else, but not actually inhell.
  • 13. Belief blockers:Christianity & the Church (“massive negative”) To what extent do the following attract or repel you...? Not open to change
  • 14. The church needs to let people knowthat it is not that they are enforcingsomething on the society, let themknow that it’s about faith.
  • 15. Significant belief in JesusWas Jesus a real person from history?
  • 16. When did Jesus live?
  • 17. Reasonable acceptance of the miraculousTo what extent do you believe the following?
  • 18. Religious conversations: not routine, but not taboo.Do you ever talk about spirituality or religion when you gather with friends?
  • 19. Mark McCrindlemark@mccrindle.com.au 02 8824 3422 mccrindle.com.au