Canadians who believe in God dropped 13 percent within a nine year time span, between 2000 and 2009, according to a new survey.
The number of Canadian believers in God is 71 percent, down from 84 percent in 2000, a survey conducted by Ipsos Reid from March 31 to April 2 found, reported Canwest News Service.
Among males, the number of those believing in God dropped from 86 percent to 63 percent over the time period, while among women the decrease was less dramatic - from 82 percent to 79 percent.
Yet in spite of the decrease, the majority of Canadians, including nearly half of those who don't believe in God, think that Canada is "essentially a Christian nation," according to the Edmonton Journal.
The survey found about six in ten Canadians (58 percent) described the country as Christian. The number includes 61 percent of those who believe in God, and 48 percent of non-believers.
Results are based on phone interviews with a random sample of 1,000 Canadians by Ipsos Reid.