General Article A fifth of non-believers turn to prayer in a crisis or out of habit, poll finds

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Around 24 percent of nonreligious people surveyed say they prayed ‘as a last resort’.

By Caroline Mortimer

As many as one in five nonreligious people pray to God, a study has found. 

Just over half of all adults in the UK pray at least sometimes and are increasingly likely to call on God for help when engaged in activities such as cooking or exercising. 

But only one in three of these people say they still regularly pray at a place of worship as most people pray before going to sleep or incorporate it into their daily activities. 

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