Mood of First-Time Voter: 42% of Tier 3 city residents say religion influences friendships, 46% in Tier 2 cities 'not religious'

The third part of the section titled 'Religion' examines the differing views of respondents from Tier 1, 2 and 3 cities.

YouGov India and Firstpost March 07, 2019 13:07:11 IST
Mood of First-Time Voter: 42% of Tier 3 city residents say religion influences friendships, 46% in Tier 2 cities 'not religious'
  • Sixty-one percent of respondents from Tier 3 cities identified as being religious, while 46 percent of those from Tier 1 cities claimed to be either agnostic or atheistic

  • While 20 percent of Tier 3 respondents claimed to visit a place of worship more than once a week, nine percent said they never visit places of worship

  • Forty-two percent of respondents from Tier 3 cities said religion influences their friendships, while the figures in Tier 1 and 2 cities were 31 and 35 percent respectively

The Lok Sabha election in a few months is set to see a massive 130 million first-time voters go to the polls. The stakes are already high for the National Democratic Alliance that seeks to secure five more years and a seemingly united Opposition that seeks to dislodge the ruling BJP and its allies at any cost.

To get a better idea of how young first-time voters — people aged 18 to 21 — perceive of the forthcoming election, YouGov India and Firstpost conducted a nationwide survey between 5 and 16 December, 2018. There was a total of 1,332 respondents, from a panel of over 40,000, who answered questions ranging from politics and jobs, to religion and the media. The findings are being serialised in four sections:

1) Politics and Ideology
2) News and Media
3) Religion
4) Jobs and Economy

The third part of the section titled 'Religion' examines the differing views of respondents from Tier 1, 2 and 3 cities.

Sixty-one percent of respondents from Tier 3 cities identified as being religious, while 46 percent of those from Tier 1 cities claimed to be either agnostic or atheistic. While 20 percent of Tier 3 respondents claimed to visit a place of worship more than once a week, nine percent said they never visit places of worship. Forty percent of respondents from Tier 2 cities said they offer prayers on special occasions, while 40 percent of those from Tier 1 claimed to do so whenever they please.

Forty-two percent of respondents from Tier 3 cities said religion influences their friendships, while the figures in Tier 1 and 2 cities were 31 and 35 percent respectively.

To read the findings of the section of the survey titled 'Politics and Ideology', click here.

To read the findings of the section of the survey titled 'News and Media', click here.

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