Most British Columbians have been busy buying gifts and putting up decorations, but a new survey suggests fewer are planning to attend religious services this holiday season.
A new Insights West Poll suggests while gifts, decorations, cards and music are practically universal across Western Canada, the numbers drop dramatically when it comes to religious service attendance.
Pollster Mario Canseco says roughly only 23% of British Columbians will attend church or temple over Christmas.
Canseco says the numbers could be pointing to a generational shift.
“You only have one in four B.C. residents who are planning to attend a religious service, which is a very low number. Going back 10 or 15 years ago, this is a number that would probably be in the 40 percent range.”
“It’s really strange that in the sense that it’s not necessarily an attack on the holiday in the religious aspect of it. What we see is that residents are still embracing some of the things that come with it they are buying gifts for everybody but they’re just not that in tune with the religious aspect of the holiday.”
The poll results are based on an online survey of 800 British Columbians in December.