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 › Women in Religious Leadership

Should women be allowed to serve in religious leadership roles, OR Should only men be able to serve?

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

Percent responding “women should be allowed”

Country % Total Population % Among Christians % Among Muslims
Botswana
72
76
NA
Cameroon
41
46
16
Chad
28
43
18
Djibouti
17
NA
17
DR Congo
26
27
17
Ethiopia
21
24
14
Ghana
71
78
21
Guinea Bissau
28
32
21
Kenya
69
74
32
Liberia
59
71
30
Mali
16
NA
16
Mozambique
64
63
59
Nigeria
36
49
26
Rwanda
64
67
NA
Senegal
7
NA
6
South Africa
64
67
NA
Tanzania
49
61
30
Uganda
67
72
29
Zambia
60
61
NA

Complete Question Wording: Q59c. Now I'm going to read you two statements. Please tell me whether the FIRST statement or the SECOND statement comes closer to your own views, even if neither is exactly right. Women should be allowed to serve in religious leadership roles, such as pastor, priest or imam OR Only men should be able to serve in religious leadership roles, such as pastor, priest or imam.

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.