A poll for the Times has found that the Midlands and Wales are the “most spiritual” parts of Britain.

Only 31 per cent of respondents in the two regions said there was no “God or greater spiritual power”. In London and the North, the figure was 44 per cent.

Atheist materialism was also stronger among Remain voters – 45 per cent of whom rejected any spiritual power – than among Leave voters, where the figure was 35 per cent.

The YouGov poll found that only 28 per cent of respondents believe in God, down from 32 per cent in February 2015. A YouGov poll in March found that 46 per cent of Britons self-identify as Christians.

Dr Stephen Bullivant, director of the Benedict XVI Centre for Religion and Society, said the high level of religious belief in the Midlands was probably due to immigration, while lower belief among Remain voters was probably a generational effect.

He said: “Relatively high levels of religious belief in the Midlands are quite likely due to higher proportions of first- or second-generation immigrants, especially in Birmingham and other urban areas – Muslims, of course, but also, say, Christians of Indian extraction.

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