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Changes in the faith and religiosity of Poles after the death of Pope John Paul II

Religious practice

Religious practice was on a relatively stable level in the years 1997-2005, but declined after the death of John Paul II. Since 2005, the proportion of respondents who practice regularly, i.e. attend religious service at least once a week, fell from 58% to 50%, while the number of people who never attend rose from 9% to 13%.

Source: "Changes in indicators of religiousness after John Paul II’s death", Polish Public Opinion, February 2015.
More information about this topic can be found in the CBOS report in Polish: "Changes in indicators of religiosity after the death of pope John Paul II", Polish Public Opinion, February 2015.

Question: How often do you pray?
Response in the year 1998 2005 2009 2012
Every day 56% 56% 42% 38%
More than once a week 14% 11% 13% 17%
Once a week 10% 13% 14% 15%
At least once a week 10% 13% 14% 15%
Several times a year 7% 6% 13% 11%
Once a year or rarely 3% 3% 3% 4%
Never 4% 4% 5% 6%

Sources: CBOS - The Polish Centre for Social Surveys (report of the survey, page 13 (in Polish).

D 29 June 2016    AMichał Zawiślak

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