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.

Religious Relations › Christianity and Islam: Similar or Different

Do Islam and Christianity have a lot in common or are they very different?

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

Percent responding “a lot in common”

Country % Total Population % Among Christians % Among Muslims
Botswana
14
15
NA
Cameroon
38
34
58
Chad
40
47
34
Djibouti
32
NA
31
DR Congo
14
10
26
Ethiopia
31
27
41
Ghana
38
35
51
Guinea Bissau
62
62
62
Kenya
34
33
42
Liberia
28
25
53
Mali
51
NA
51
Mozambique
27
24
34
Nigeria
45
42
48
Rwanda
20
20
NA
Senegal
63
NA
61
South Africa
11
10
NA
Tanzania
41
32
59
Uganda
27
26
36
Zambia
14
14
NA

Complete Question Wording: Q21. From what you know, do you think that the Muslim religion and the Christian religion have a lot in common, or do you think that the Muslim religion and the Christian religion are very different?

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.