Most Germans won't go to church this Christmas

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18 Dec, 2011 Updated Sun 18 Dec 2011 11:03 CEST
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Most Germans do not plan to go to church over the Christmas holidays, a poll from TNS-Emnid research institute, conducted for the news magazine Focus, showed.

The survey of 1,004 Germans showed that 46 percent wanted to attend a church service, but 53 percent did not.

The poll, conduced between December 7 and 8, showed that 63 percent of Germans surveyed believe in God. The largest number of believers, with 74 percent, came from supporters of Germany’s conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and Christian Social Union (CSU) parties.

But some 61 percent of Green Party voters said they believed in God, while 58 percent of the centre-left Social Democratic Party (SPD) and 54 percent of the pro-business Free Democratic Party also believed in God. The most non-believers were in the socialist Left party, with 39 percent saying they believed in a higher power.

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