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In France it is forbidden, since 1872, to differenciate people on the ground of their religious belonging in a census. It is therefore impossible to include questions regarding religious (...)

In France it is forbidden, since 1872, to differenciate people on the ground of their religious belonging in a census. It is therefore impossible to include questions regarding religious affiliation in a demographic study. Thus, no information regarding religion, but only general demographic information can be found on the website of the French National Institute of Economic and Statistical Information (INSEE).

INSEE publishes thematical studies concerning religion. Unfortunately, the most recent one was issued in 1998 (Xavier Niel, Etat de la pratique religieuse en France). More recently, the July 2008 edition of the journal Populations et Société of the National Institute of Demographical Studies (INED) dealt with religious practice (pratique religieuse). In 2008, INED also led an important survey on trajectories and origins (Trajectoires et origines), which has a chapter dealing with religious belonging.

A new website, the portail de la statistique publique (portal of public statistics), has been set up upon demand of the Conseil national de l’Information statistique to allow public access to all statistical information provided by public institutions (Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques, services statistiques ministériels, and others). It provides access to available information concerning religious practice (chapter 8.5 - INSEE statistics 2008).

Any other information regarding religious affiliation is found through surveys carried out by specialised institutes, generally at the request of newspapers or magazines. The results of these surveys are usually available, at least in part, on the institutes’ websites: CSA polling organisation, IFOP polling organisation, BVA polling organisation, TNS-SOFRES polling organisation, IPSOS polling organisation.
Besides, the website valeurs-France provides the results of the European Values Study (EVS concerning the French, and the website ISSP France the results of the ISSP (International Social Survey programme) concerning France.

Article 8 of the Law of January 6, 1978 modified forbids to collect any personal data showing, directly or indirectly, racial or ethnic origin, political, religious or philosophical opinions, belonging to Trade unions - or related to health or sexual behavior of individuals ("interdit de collecter des données à caractère personnel qui font apparaître, directement ou indirectement, les origines raciales ou ethniques, les opinions politiques, philosophiques ou religieuses ou l’appartenance syndicale des personnes, ou qui sont relatives à la santé ou à la vie sexuelle de celles-ci.")

D 5 June 2017    AAnne-Laure Zwilling

Statistics and main surveys 2019

The French view of homosexuality and the place of LGBT in society IFOP for Fondation Jasmin Roy Sophie Desmarais, June 2019 Catholics in the face of clericalism CCBF, June 2019 The French view of (...)

- The French view of homosexuality and the place of LGBT in society
IFOP for Fondation Jasmin Roy Sophie Desmarais, June 2019

- Catholics in the face of clericalism
CCBF, June 2019

- The French view of medically assisted procreation and surrogate motherhood
IFOP for ADFH, June 2019

- The French view of the electoral future of Les Républicains
IFOP forLe journal du dimanche, June 2019

- European Observatory on Female Infidelity
IFOP for Gleeden, June 2019

- The French in the face of gamete donation
IFOP for ADFH, June 2019

- The vote of denominational electorates for the European elections
IFOP for La Croix, May 2019

- The LGBTphobies Observatory - State of play 2019
IFOP for Fondation Jasmin Roy Sophie Desmarais, May 2019

- The French view of paedophilia and cases of sexual assault in the catholic Church
Odoxa for Témoignage chrétien, March 2019

- Followers of Macron and "laïcité" (secularism)
Ifop for Fondation Jean Jaurès, March 2019

- Survey on conspiracy theory 2
IFOP for Fondation Jean Jaurès, February 2019

- Secularism
Viavoice for Observatoire de la laïcité, January 2019

- Republican integration
Ipsos for Association du Corps Préfectoral, January 2019

D 24 June 2019   

Statistics and main surveys 2018

The French and hate discourses on the Internet Opinionway for ASIC, November 2018 The French and death IFOP for Le Pèlerin, October 2018 The new funeray practices of the French BVA for Fondation (...)

- The French and hate discourses on the Internet
Opinionway for ASIC, November 2018

- The French and death
IFOP for Le Pèlerin, October 2018

- The new funeray practices of the French
BVA for Fondation PFG, October 2018

- The French and funerals
IPSOS for SFVP, September 2018

- Teachers and secularism
IFOP for the Comité national d’action laïque, June 2018

- Perceptions and attitudes of Catholics of France towards migrants
IFOP for Secours catholique, Conférence des evêques de France, et al, June 2018

- The French and the 70 years of Israel
IFOP for UEJF, May 2018

- The evolution of the relation to the other in French society
Ipsos for Fondation du judaïsme français, May 2018

- The French and wearing the headscarf
"Balises d’opinion" Ifop 29, May 2018

- Barometer of fraternity
Opinionway for Le Labo de la fraternité, May 2018

- The French and "laïcité"
Ifop for Le Printemps républicain, May 2018

- Transmitt
BVA for L’appel and La Croix, April 2018

- The French and prisons
Ifop for Fondation Jean Jaurès, April 2018

- In what do youth believe?
OpinionWay for La Croix, March 2018

- The support of the French to the draft law of Marlène Schiappa against sexist and sexual violence
IFOP for viehealthy.com, March 2018

- The French and pope Francis, for the 5 years of his pontificate
BVA for Le Figaro, March 2018

- The teachers and "laïcité"
IFOP for Comité national d’action laïque, March 2018

- The French and the « Charlie spirit » three years after the terrorist attack against Charlie Hebdo
IFOP for "Toujours Charlie", January 2018

- Survey on conspiracy theory
IFOP for Fondation Jean Jaurès and Conspiracy Watch, January 2018

- The French and questions related to bioethics
IFOP for La Croix, January 2018

D 1 January 2019    AAnne-Laure Zwilling

Statistics and main surveys 2017

The French and the Manif pour tous, 5 years after IFOP for la Manif pour tous, November 2017 Protestants in France, 500 years after the Reformation IPSOS for Réforme and the FPF, November 2017 The (...)

- The French and the Manif pour tous, 5 years after
IFOP for la Manif pour tous, November 2017

- Protestants in France, 500 years after the Reformation
IPSOS for Réforme and the FPF, November 2017

- The French and thinking about death
Opinionway for Service catholique des funérailles, October 2017

- Companies, work and religion
Groupe Randstad, October 2017

- The view of Protestantism in France and in Germany
IFOP for Fondation Bersier, October 2017

- The perception of religions
Ipsos, October 2017

- Survey among Protestants
Ipsos for Réforme and the Fédération protestante de France, October 2017

- The French and the place of religions
Opinionway for Licra, October 2017

- The view of the French on medically-assisted procreation and surrogate pregnancy after the declarations of Marlène Schiappa
IFOP et My-Pharma.info, September 2017

- Emmanuel Macron : the candidate of the Protestant France ?
IFOP focus # 166, September 2017

- The French and welcoming migrants
IFOP for Atlantico, July 2017

- The murder of the priest Jacques Hamel: a shock wave for French Catholics français
Ifop Focus #165, July 2017

- The French and their perception of immigration, refugees and identity
IFOP /More in common, July 2017

- A denominational vote in the legislative elections ?
IFOP focus # 163, June 2017

- The view of the French on the Pride parade and on same-sex parenting
IFOP for ADFH, June 2017

- 2nd round of the legislative elections: sociology of the electorates and of abstainers
Ipsos / Sopra Steria, June 2017

- 1st round of the legislative elections: sociology of the electorates and of abstainers
Ipsos / Sopra Steria, June 2017

- The image of priests for the French
IFOP for La Croix, June 2017

- Sociology of the electorate for the second round of the presidential election
Ipsos / Sopra Steria, 7 May 2017

- The vote of denominational electorates for the second round of the presidential election
IFOP / La Croix, Le Pèlerin, 6 May 2017

- The vote of denominational electorates for the first round of the presidential election
IFOP / Le Pèlerin, April 2017

- First round of the presidential election 2017 according to religious belonging and practice
Harris Interactive for La Croix, 25 April 2017

- First round of the presidential election 2017 : sociology of the electorate
Ipsos / Sopra Steria, 23 April 2017

- Presidential election 2017 : the place of religion and laïcité in the presidential election
Ipsos / Sopra Steria, March 2017

- To be young in 2017 : wath values ? Wath models ?
Ifop for Association Moteur !, March 2017

- The French and national identity
Ifop-Fiducial for Sud Radio, March 2017

- Teenagers and porno : towards a « Youporn generation » ?
IFOP for Observatoire de la Parentalité & de l’Éducation Numérique (OPEN), March 2017

- Voting intentions of Catholics for the 2017 presidential election after the "Fillon affair"
IFOP for Atlantico, March 2017

- The evolution of the relation to the other in the French society
Ipsos pour la Fondation du judaïsme français, janvier 2017

- To bi or not to bi? Survey on sexual attraction between women (some results are provided with regards to religion)
IFOP for Reference sexe, January 2017

- Voting intentions of Catholics for the 2017 presidential election
IFOP pour Famille chrétienne, January 2017

- The French and infidelity in the age of the internet (some results are provided with regards to religion)
IFOP for Day Lov, January 2017

D 31 October 2017    AAnne-Laure Zwilling

Statistics and main surveys 2016

Denominational electorate for the primary elections of the right: clear-cut choices IFOP Focus 145 (December 2016) Perils of perception IPSOS-Mori (December 2016) The vote for the second round of (...)

- Denominational electorate for the primary elections of the right: clear-cut choices
IFOP Focus 145 (December 2016)

- Perils of perception
IPSOS-Mori (December 2016)

- The vote for the second round of the primary elections of sympathisers of the right according to their proximity with the "manif pour tous"
IFOP for Atlantico (November 2016)

- The vote of Catholic sympathisers for the primary elections of the right and the centre
IFOP for Atlantico (November 2016)

- The vote of the Catholics for the primary elections of the right and the centre
IFOP for Le Pèlerin (November 2016)

- The French and the election of Donald Trump
IFOP pour Ouest France dimanche (November 2016)

- The French and welcoming migrants
IFOP pour Atlantico (November 2016)

- The French, the Algerian war, and the question of repentance for the abuses of the French Army
IFOP for TSA (October 2016)

- The French: a look at their identities and values, expectations and projections into the future
IFOP for Paris Match and Sud Radio (October 2016)

- Survey on the importance given to Islam in the public debate and in the presidential campaign
IFOP for Vivre ensemble (October 2016)

- 16-25 years old today : what kind of generation ?
IFOP for Elle (October 2016)

- Religion at the workplace
BVA (October 2016)

- The France of solutions (on volunteering in associations)
IFOP for Ouest-France dimanche (October 2016)

- Survey on Muslims
IFOP for Institut Montaigne (September 2016)

- The French and abortion
IFOP for Alliance Vita (September 2016)

- Religion at the workplace
Randstad Institute and OFRE (September 2016)

- The French, gay parenting and the issue of gay rights in the presidential campaign
IFOP for ADFH (September 2016)

- Sociological survey of young members of the Front National (national front)
IFOP for Fondation Jean Jaurès (September 2016)

- The relationship of Catholics to Islam in France
IFOP focus # 140 (August 2016)

- Young French and religion
Opinionway for La Croix (July 2016)

- Young Catholics in 2016
La Vie (juillet 2016)

- The French and the risk of community tension
IFOP for Atlantico (July 2016)

- The Grail, myth or reality ?
IFOP for JC Lattes publishers (May 2016)

- The French and welcoming Eastern Christians
IFOP for Atlantico (May 2016)

- The French, the Catholics and welcoming migrants
IFOP for La Vie (May 2016)

- French fractures 2016 Wave 4
Ipsos/Sopra Steria for Le Monde, Fondation Jean Jaurès and Sciences Po (April 2016)

- Islam in France and Germany
IFOP for Le Figaro (April 2016)

- The relation of Catholics to the Church
IFOP for Atlantico (April 2016)

- What does it mean today to be a rightist?
Harris interactive for Valeurs actuelles (March 2016)

- World barometer of the popularity of Pope Francis
BVA for La Croix (March 2016)

- Teenagers, law, family and school (website of the survey; summary)
UPYC - IPSOS survey (February 2016)

- Teaching laïcité and religions at school
Opinionway for Vers Le Haut – Bayard Education (January 2016)

- The French and happiness
CSA pour RCF (janvier 2016)

- A window on antisemitic prejudices 10 years after the death of Ilan Halimi
IFOP for the Union des Etudiants Juifs de France and SOS Racisme (February 2016)

- Perceptions and expectations of the Jewish population. Relationship to others and to minorities
IPSOS for La Fondation du judaïsme français (January 2016)

- Survey among the Jews of France
IFOP for the Fondation Jean Jaurès (January 2016)

D 20 December 2016    AAnne-Laure Zwilling

Information for 2015 and previous years

The lists of surveys previous to 2015 are downloadable:
list for 2015
list for 2014
list for 2013
list for 2012.
list for 2011.
list for 2010.
list for 2009.
list for 2008.
list (...)

The lists of surveys previous to 2015 are downloadable:
- list for 2015
- list for 2014
- list for 2013
- list for 2012.
- list for 2011.
- list for 2010.
- list for 2009.
- list for 2008.
- list for 2007.
- list for 2006.
- list for 2005.
- list for 2004.
- list prior to 2004.

D 4 September 2017   

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