Farage: I pray to God “sometimes”. Can divine intervention help UKIP’s poll performance?

Which party leaders are religious and which aren’t?

Farage praying cigar

Nigel Farage, a Christian man

UKIP frontman Nigel Farage has proclaimed his Christianity in the run up to the general election.

Speaking to ITV News, Farage said that he prayed to God “sometimes”, adding that he had called on the almighty when protestors sabotaged a pub lunch he was having with his family recently.

Asked if he ever said prayers, Farage responded, “sometimes”, but said that perhaps it would be more appropriate for him to pray for his family.

He said: “Perhaps [it] is more appropriate, you know, would be [to pray] for my family to be well and to be happy and be strong, and I do sometimes think that what I am doing is making their lives a bit difficult.”

Recent polls indicate UKIP support is slipping in the ten key marginal seats it is targeting. Nonetheless, Farage maintains that the party “will surprise people” on May 8.

Who ‘does God’, and who doesn’t?

Labour spin doctor Alastair Campbell famously warned devout Christian and former prime minister Tony Blair not to “do God”, while he was in office. But that hasn’t stopped today’s politicians from piping up on the issue.

Farage joins Conservative leader David Cameron in publicly declaring Christianity. Meanwhile the Lib Dems’ Nick Clegg and Labour’s Ed Miliband have both said on the record that they are atheists.

Are Cameron and Farage out of step with the rest of the UK?

A recent piece of research put the UK near bottom in list of religious countries, with just 30% of the population describing themselves as “religious”.

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