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58pc in favour of a secular state

Shalveen Chand
Saturday, August 23, 2014

A majority of registered voters wanted Fiji to have no official religion in preference to being a Christian State in the latest Fiji Times Tebbutt Poll.

The question 'Would you prefer Fiji to be a Secular State where there is no official religion, or a Christian State, where Christianity is the official religion?' was put to registered voters.

A total of 58 per cent of people surveyed said they preferred Fiji to be a Secular State, 35 per cent said they preferred Fiji to be a Christian State and 5 per cent said they didn't know. While 2 per cent refused to provide their opinion on this question.

There were some differences in opinion on this measure by ethnicity, with iTaukei showing quite a divided opinion on the topic, with 57 per cent preferring a Christian State and 39 per cent preferring a Secular State.

Others were also divided in opinion but in the reverse order, with 57 per cent preferring a Secular State and 41 per cent preferring a Christian State.

Fijians of Indian descent were firmly in favour of a Secular State, with 80 per cent in favour of no official religion against 10 per cent who favoured Christian State.

There were some minor differences by gender, age group and location, but overall the results showed that males and females, all age groups and both locations showed an overall preference for a Secular State.

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