LDV readers say: yes to Church of England disestablishment

The last poll of 2008 here on LDV was a bit of a throwback for us liberals, with the question of church disestablishment rearing its head amid reports that Labour is considering reforming the 1701 Act of Settlement barring Catholics from ascending to the throne. LDV asked: Do you think the time has now come for the Church of England to be disestablished?

Here’s what you told us:


>> 47% (147) – Yes, the link between state and church should be immediately ended

>> 35% (107) – Yes, in principle, but it is a minor issue
>> 17% (52) – No, it is important to retain the link between church and state
>> 2% (5) – Don’t know / Other
Total Votes: 308. Poll ran: 22 Dec 2008 – 3 Jan 2009

So a massive 82% of you are in favour of ending the link between Church and state, with a plurality of you believing it should end immediately. A significant minority – more than one-third of LDV-reading voters (including me) – reckon the principle of disestablishment is right, but question whether it should be seen as a priority.
but are less concerned about it happening immediately

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4 Comments

  • Rob Stradling, perhaps the model of the Netherlands is in that case more encouraging. No established religion for over 100 years (though the monarch still can’t be a catholic), and the country is considered to be one of the most tolerants. Then there’s France, though not really liberal, not a theocracy either.

  • Roger Pearse 6th Jan '09 - 12:54pm

    Erm, it’s not a good sign that your commenters see government control of the CofE as a way to “control religion” rather than a service to the community!

    End this ancient abuse now.

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