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.

Morality & Culture › Morality of Polygamy

Is polygamy morally wrong, morally acceptable, or not a moral issue?

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

Percent responding “morally wrong”

Country % Total Population % Among Christians % Among Muslims
Botswana
83
83
NA
Cameroon
42
49
12
Chad
22
33
16
Djibouti
34
NA
34
DR Congo
57
65
20
Ethiopia
73
88
39
Ghana
69
78
15
Guinea Bissau
53
52
53
Kenya
62
67
30
Liberia
69
82
45
Mali
15
NA
11
Mozambique
56
55
59
Nigeria
47
76
23
Rwanda
85
88
NA
Senegal
14
NA
8
South Africa
75
78
NA
Tanzania
57
75
29
Uganda
61
65
39
Zambia
86
87
NA

Complete Question Wording: Q85g. Next, I'm going to read some behaviors. For each, please tell me whether you personally believe that it is morally acceptable, morally wrong, or is it not a moral issue? Polygamy - having more than one wife.

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.