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.

Politics & Society › Political Leaders With Different Religion

Is it OK if political leaders have a different religion than yours?

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

Percent responding “ok if leaders have different religion”

Country % Total Population % Among Christians % Among Muslims
Botswana
44
46
NA
Cameroon
86
88
78
Chad
76
79
73
Djibouti
24
NA
23
DR Congo
53
54
54
Ethiopia
63
62
64
Ghana
72
72
70
Guinea Bissau
83
86
78
Kenya
77
78
73
Liberia
45
44
54
Mali
50
NA
49
Mozambique
69
68
68
Nigeria
61
63
59
Rwanda
85
85
NA
Senegal
66
NA
64
South Africa
67
67
NA
Tanzania
83
86
79
Uganda
69
69
65
Zambia
53
53
NA

Complete Question Wording: Q15. And would it be OK with you if the political leaders of our country have a different religion than yours, or do you only want political leaders who share your religion?

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.