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.

African Traditions › Protective Power of Juju

Do you believe that juju, shrines, or other sacred objects can protect you from harm?

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

Percent responding “yes”

Country % Total Population % Among Christians % Among Muslims
Botswana
20
19
NA
Cameroon
29
29
20
Chad
33
19
37
Djibouti
22
NA
22
DR Congo
26
22
39
Ethiopia
13
12
13
Ghana
24
21
23
Guinea Bissau
39
43
32
Kenya
10
10
7
Liberia
24
11
25
Mali
52
NA
55
Mozambique
26
26
24
Nigeria
11
8
13
Rwanda
5
5
NA
Senegal
75
NA
76
South Africa
20
19
NA
Tanzania
49
44
55
Uganda
26
27
20
Zambia
11
11
NA

Complete Question Wording: Q51k. Which, if any, of the following do you believe in? That juju, shrines, or other sacred objects can protect you from bad things happening.

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.