LDV readers say: yes to Church of England disestablishment

by Stephen Tall on January 5, 2009

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