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95% of the Romanians believe in God, but only 21% go to church, survey reveals

About 95% of the Romanian citizens believe in God, but only 21% g to church every week, says a survey on the religious belief in Romania, conducted by Friedrich Ebert Romania Foundation.

According to the same study, 27% of the Romanians say the referendum to re-define the family concept is necessary.

The findings reveal that there is a ‘significant difference’ in Romania between believing in a divinity and manifesting agreement for the religious cults’ perspectives on society, and a even higher gap between speaking out faith and the actual religious activity.

“Thus, although there is an active strong religious minority, it has a rather diminished role for most part of the society, as declared faith is not converted to concrete social and political actions,” says the survey.

If 95% of the Romanians say they believe in God, 89% of them consider themselves religious, while 33% are “religious practitioners”. 44% say they are praying on a daily basis.

79% of the respondents agree the statement that “you need to believe in God in order to be moral and to have correct values”, and 67% agree that “homosexuality must be discouraged by the society”.

However, only 21% admit they are going to church every week, and 27% consider the family referendum as necessary. The referendum is set to re-define marriage, as being exclusively allowed between a man and a woman.

The sources of the survey are the study “Religious Belief and National Belonging in Central and Eastern Europe” (Pew Research Center) and the CURS and Cult Research opinion polls conducted in the past 8 months, as well as the latest census in 2011.

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