MANILA - Most Filipinos still believe religion is an important part of their lives, a recent survey by the Social Weather Stations said.
Eighty-five percent of the respondents said religion is important--with 78 percent saying religion is very important and another 7 percent said it is rather important--according to the survey conducted from March 25 to 28.
Although the latest affirmative figure is 5 points down from the December 2016 number, the SWS noted that this opinion has been dominant in all of their surveys since December 2015.
Meanwhile, the percentage of respondents who said religion is not important (15 percent) has gone up from the December 2016 number (9 percent).
SWS said the proportion of those who say religion is important was highest among members of Iglesia Ni Cristo at 96 percent, followed by Catholics and other Christians, both at 85 percent, and Muslims at 71 percent.
The proportion of those who say religion is not important, meanwhile, was highest among Muslims at 29 percent. It is followed by Catholics and other Christians, both at 15 percent. and members of Iglesia Ni Cristo at 4 percent.
ALMOST HALF OF PINOYS ATTEND RELIGIOUS SERVICE WEEKLY
The poll also found that 48 percent of Filipino adults attend a religious service every week.
34 percent of Filipinos meanwhile attend these services monthly, and 17 percent occasionally. The remaining 0.4% said they never attend religious services.
Of those who attend religious services weekly, the proportion was highest among members of Iglesia Ni Cristo at 90 percent, followed by Muslims at 81 percent, other Christians at 71 percent, and Catholics at 41 percent.
The proportion of those who attend religious services monthly was highest among Catholics at 39% followed by other Christians (18%), Muslims (9%), and Iglesia Ni Cristo (4%).
Catholics held the biggest proportion of respondents who said they attended religious services monthly (39 percent) and occasionally (20 percent).
The survey was done via face-to-face interviews with 1,200 adults nationwide, with sampling error margins of +/- 3 percent for national percentages.