British Columbians have largely abandoned religion, says a poll released Monday by the B.C. Humanist Association.

Initial results from the poll, conducted by Justason Marketing Intelligence, found that two-thirds of British Columbians are non-religious, while 30 per cent of respondents identified as atheist or agnostic.

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  • Statistics from the <a href="http://bchumanist.ca/news/110-bc-religious-and-secular-attitudes-poll" target="_blank">BC Religious and Secular Attitudes Poll</a>

  • Two-Thirds of British Columbians are non-religious.

  • Thirty per cent of British Columbians are atheist or agnostic.

  • Sixty-eight per cent never attend religious services.

  • Seventy-five per cent of Vancouver is non-religious.

  • Nearly 67 per cent of men are non-religious.

  • Almost 62 per cent of women are non-religious.

  • Most British Columbians want to keep religion and politics separate -- despite what Christy Clark says.

  • Most disagree that schools should practise a specific religion.

  • Twenty-three per cent think the federal government has gone too far with mixing religion and government.

  • Most agree schools should teach world religions.

  • Most think schools should explore spirituality.

The poll also found that 68 per cent of British Columbians never attend "religious services" like church or temple, and that nearly 67 per cent of men identify as non-religious, compared with almost 62 per cent of women.

The intersection of religion and politics was a key feature in the poll, which found that non-religious people form the majority of every political party's support base.

Most respondents disagreed with Premier Christy Clark's assertion that the province should do "much, much more" to involve faith communities in the government's work.

In fact, respondents from every party disagreed with that assertion, including 47 per cent of B.C. Liberals, versus 46 per cent who agreed.

Respondents mostly said that schools should not impose religion on students, but they were generally OK with teaching about spirituality in school. Fifty-six per cent of respondents strongly disagreed with schools practicing a specific religion, while most disagreed that it should not be taught at all.

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