April 15, 2010

Sub-Saharan Africa Religion Database

This interactive database allows users to explore public opinion in 19 sub-Saharan African nations on topics ranging from religious beliefs and practices to views on religious extremism and morality.

The findings come from more than 25,000 face-to-face interviews in more than 60 languages or dialects in 19 countries, representing 75% of the total population of sub-Saharan Africa. The data are among the results published in a report by the Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion & Public Life.

Beliefs & Practices › Importance of Religion

How important is religion in your life?

Select a response option and use the arrows to sort the data alphabetically, by total population, among Christians or among Muslims.

Percent responding “very important”

Country % Total Population % Among Christians % Among Muslims
Botswana
69
75
NA
Cameroon
89
90
96
Chad
86
89
92
Djibouti
86
NA
87
DR Congo
82
85
91
Ethiopia
79
77
87
Ghana
88
89
97
Guinea Bissau
90
87
95
Kenya
87
86
95
Liberia
87
91
91
Mali
93
NA
94
Mozambique
87
85
94
Nigeria
87
80
93
Rwanda
90
90
NA
Senegal
98
NA
98
South Africa
74
79
NA
Tanzania
93
95
95
Uganda
86
85
93
Zambia
90
90
NA

Complete Question Wording: Q42. How important is religion in your life - very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not at all important?

Note: In countries where there were too few interviews with either Muslims or Christians, that subpopulation was not analyzed. Figures may not add to 100 due to rounding.

Read the survey methodology and the topline questionnaire.