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 › Religious Service Attendance

How often do you attend religious services?

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

Percent responding “attend at least weekly”

Country % Total Population % Among Christians % Among Muslims
Botswana
57
62
NA
Cameroon
70
70
84
Chad
77
83
81
Djibouti
83
NA
84
DR Congo
70
72
85
Ethiopia
80
75
92
Ghana
81
83
99
Guinea Bissau
76
66
92
Kenya
81
80
91
Liberia
75
82
93
Mali
78
NA
79
Mozambique
84
81
92
Nigeria
87
88
87
Rwanda
76
75
NA
Senegal
68
NA
65
South Africa
55
60
NA
Tanzania
80
83
82
Uganda
82
81
93
Zambia
84
85
NA

Complete Question Wording: Q40, 41. Muslims were asked: On average, how often do you attend the mosque or Islamic Center for salah and Jum'ah Prayer - more than once a week; once a week for Jum'ah prayer; once or twice a month; a few times a year, especially for the Eid; seldom; or never? All others were asked: Aside from weddings and funerals how often do you attend religious services - more than once a week, once a week, once or twice a month, a few times a year, seldom, or never?

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.