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 › Support For Biblical or Sharia Law

Do you favor or oppose making the Bible or sharia the law of the land?

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

Percent responding “favor”

Country % Total Population % Among Christians % Among Muslims
Botswana
NA
69
NA
Cameroon
NA
52
53
Chad
NA
45
47
Djibouti
NA
NA
82
DR Congo
NA
52
74
Ethiopia
NA
55
65
Ghana
NA
70
58
Guinea Bissau
NA
57
47
Kenya
NA
57
64
Liberia
NA
63
52
Mali
NA
NA
63
Mozambique
NA
63
65
Nigeria
NA
70
71
Rwanda
NA
42
NA
Senegal
NA
NA
55
South Africa
NA
66
NA
Tanzania
NA
39
37
Uganda
NA
64
66
Zambia
NA
77
NA

Complete Question Wording: Q94a/Q95a. And do you favor or oppose the following? [ASK IF CHRISTIAN] Making the Bible the official law of the land in our country? [ASK IF MUSLIM] Making sharia, or Islamic law, the official law of the land in our country?

Note: Since only Christians and Muslims were asked this question, results are not shown for the total population.

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.