Survey Results: Are Scientists More Likely To Be Atheists Than Non-Scientists?

As promised, although later than I had hoped, here are the results of my survey into whether scientists are more likely to be atheists than non-scientists. A big thank you to everyone who took part.

We had 16 people respond of which 11 were scientists and 5 were non-scientists.

Out of the scientists; 5 were atheists, 3 were religious and 3 were spiritual.

Scientists

Out of the non-scientists;  4 were atheists and 1 was spiritual.

Non-scientists

This means that out of my very small sample size, atheists were more likely to be non-scientists than scientists.

I then also looked on the effect of growing up in a religious household on people’s religious beliefs.

Of the 16 people who responded; 10 grew up in religious households whilst 6 grew up in non-religious households.

Out of those who grew up in religious households; 6 were atheists, 2 were religious and 2 were spiritual.

Religious Households

Out of those who grew up in non-religious households; 3 were atheists, 1 was religious and 2 were spiritual.

Non-Religious Households

Therefore from my sample, those who grew up in religious households were slightly more likely to be atheists than those who grew up in non-religious households.

Due to the small sample size, we can’t make any generalisations about society at large, but still it is very interesting to find out amongst my readers their religious views and if they were affected by the type of religious experiences they had as children.  I must admit that I was a little shocked to see more atheists amongst my non-scientific readers than my scientific readers though.  However, I think that is because my blog attracts way more atheist readers than non-atheists due to my rather outspoken views on religion.

If you are a new reader and want to take part in the survey,  I have placed it up on Survey Monkey.  It will be interesting to see if a larger sample size has any effect on the overall results.

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7 responses to “Survey Results: Are Scientists More Likely To Be Atheists Than Non-Scientists?

  1. The results are quite interesting, especially with the scientists. I personally thought it might have been the other way around.

    As you suggest, it will be interesting to see if the larger sample size does in fact alter the overall results.

    I just took the survey as I forgot to when I saw the initial post. I was in a rush and got my read-it-later and RSS feeds all tied in a knot. :)

  2. I think based on your analytic abilities, you can claim to be a scientist! ;)

  3. I think your blog audience is probably somewhat self-selected for atheism.

    [Disclaimer: I am not a scientist, nor do I play one on television by wearing a lab coat.]

    • Given what I blog about I was definitely expecting way more atheists than non-atheists responding, however out of those who are not atheists I was expecting more of them not to be scientists.

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