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Sexual identity, ethnicity and religion - Experimental results from the Integrated Household Survey

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  • Release date: 28 September 2011
  • Period covered: April 2010 to March 2011
An annual report, produced by the Office for National Statistics, which includes data on sexual  identity, religion, ethnicity and general health for the UK.

Statistics from the Integrated Household Survey. Includes data on sexual identity, religion, ethnicity and general health for England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales for the period April 2010 to March 2011. The latest release updates the statistics previously released on 31st March 2011.

The Integrated Household Survey (IHS) is a composite household survey. It aims to produce an experimental dataset of core variables in order to produce high-level estimates for particular themes such as sexual identity to a higher precision.

The 2010-2011 Integrated Household Survey is comprised of a core suite of questions from five current ONS household surveys. It contains information from nearly 450,000 individual respondents across the UK, including 40,000 in Wales.

The sexual identity question was developed and tested on a number of surveys in 2008 and launched on the IHS in 2009. The IHS is the first ONS survey that has been used to produce data on sexual identity.

The IHS will be assessed for National Statistics status in 2012.

Key points

  • In Wales, 94.2 per cent of people identified as heterosexual/straight, 1.2 per cent as gay/lesbian or bisexual and 0.3 per cent as other. 4.3 per cent did not respond to this question (1.4% didn't respond and 2.9% didn't know or refused to answer the question, compared to 0.9% and 2.3% respectively last year). The results are broadly similar to the results for the UK as a whole, though the non-response rate for Wales was higher than for the UK.
  • In Wales, 96.2 per cent of people identified as White, 1.6 per cent identified as Asian or Asian British and 2.2 per cent of people identified themselves in another ethnic group.
  • In Wales, 66.1 per cent of people stated they were Christian, 30.6 per cent stated that they had no religion, 1.2 per cent of people stated they were Muslim whilst other religions accounted for 2.2 per cent of people. The percentage of people stating they have no religion was 7.4 percentage points higher than the GB result.


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