April 1st, 2013 (InsideCostaRica.com) The Catholic Church may be loosing its grip on Costa Rica. According to a survey by Unimer, conducted for the newspaper La Nacion, 47% of the Costa Rican population would rather live in a secular state.
And, the sentiment is increasing – in 2011, the number of people who said they would prefer to live in a secular state was 41%.
In addition, 30% of those surveyed in the most recent poll said they didn’t care if Costa Rica has an official religion or if it was secular. Costa Rica is officially a Roman Catholic country.
Only 23% of those polled supported having the official religion, down from 27% in October 2011.
Costa Rica is one of the last western countries to still maintain an official state religion.