Friday August 17, 2018

Faith in God dwindling among Dabawenyos, survey says

CEBU. In this file photo, devotees of the Señor Santo Niño raise their images of the Child Jesus during the religious procession as part of the annual Sinulog Festival. (File Photo)

THE University of Mindanao-Institute of Popular Opinion (UM-IPO) reported that there has been a decline in the number of Dabawenyos who have faith in God based on the survey they conducted from April 13 to 22, 2018.

According to the data from UM-IPO, 97.17 percent of Dabawenyos still believed in God while 1.33 percent do not believe in God, an increase from the 0.2 percent recorded in 2015.

Some 1.5 percent of the respondents either did not respond to the survey or were undecided.

In 2015, 99.8 percent believed in God and only 0.2 percent do not believe.

The institute reported that change in the faith levels is observed in the sharp dive of those who profess strong faith as compared to the 2015 results.

IPO said family is to be blamed for the change in the profession of faith. When respondents were asked of their prayer activities as a family, 11 in 15 households are able to gather their family members to pray together; 10 households go to church together; and nine worship and exercise religious activities together.

Therefore, if the family is remiss in praying at home, it will become harder to convince the family to go to church or to worship as one. It may come as a debate whether the slump in the number of households is not faithful is unacceptable.

"Point is, the values and morals are first taught at home," the IPO said.

The females possess the highest faith with a rating of 9.10 points followed by males with 8.79 points and the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) with 8.57 points.

The survey also showed that those aged 61 years old and above manifest the strong faith but not the youth aged 18 to 30 years old and the young adults (31 to 40 years old) which groups maintain temporary faith or those individuals who readily switch sides when their doctrines are tested and challenged. Meanwhile, the middle-aged (41 to 60 years old) maintain active faith.

“Compared to the married and the living, the separated and the widowed happen to be the most faithful compared to the other two with faith rating of 6.44 while the least faithful are those living in (3.83) who readily leave their church when asked of their status,” the survey said.

In terms of income classes, Class A and C are noted to have active faith while those who are from Class B have strong faith.

“Meanwhile, being poor does not readily make one faithful, but having enough money does. Income class maintain temporary faith, this is also true for the income Class D,” the survey said.

Although with marginal difference, IPO said, the faith ratings of the females show statistical significance with respect to the strong faith categories of the males and the LGBT.

The UM-IPO conducted the survey to determine the spirituality and religiosity of Dabawenyos since it has been believed that the family, as a basic structure of the society, must stay strong and united through the practice of faith.

According to the institute, this survey was conducted to 1,200 respondents using a three percent margin of error and 95 percent confidence level.