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 › Justification of Violence in Defense of Religion

Is violence against civilians in defense of religion justified?

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

Percent responding “often justified”

Country % Total Population % Among Christians % Among Muslims
Botswana
9
10
NA
Cameroon
6
4
11
Chad
7
4
10
Djibouti
29
NA
30
DR Congo
10
7
29
Ethiopia
3
2
6
Ghana
7
6
15
Guinea Bissau
23
24
21
Kenya
5
4
11
Liberia
17
20
17
Mali
10
NA
11
Mozambique
7
6
7
Nigeria
5
4
7
Rwanda
9
9
NA
Senegal
5
NA
5
South Africa
5
6
NA
Tanzania
1
1
1
Uganda
6
6
9
Zambia
10
10
NA

Complete Question Wording: Q88. Some people think that the tactic of using arms and violence against civilians in defense of their religion is justified. Other people believe that, no matter what the reason, this kind of violence is never justified. How about you? Do you personally feel that the tactic of using arms and violence against civilians in defense of your religion can be often justified, sometimes justified, rarely justified, or never justified?

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.