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 Democracy

Is democracy preferable to other kinds of government?

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

Percent responding “democracy preferable”

Country % Total Population % Among Christians % Among Muslims
Botswana
83
83
NA
Cameroon
71
71
73
Chad
71
70
73
Djibouti
71
NA
72
DR Congo
60
62
48
Ethiopia
79
81
77
Ghana
87
87
89
Guinea Bissau
76
75
78
Kenya
80
81
74
Liberia
77
82
75
Mali
72
NA
72
Mozambique
60
57
62
Nigeria
69
71
68
Rwanda
86
87
NA
Senegal
82
NA
83
South Africa
62
63
NA
Tanzania
74
76
72
Uganda
70
70
72
Zambia
73
73
NA

Complete Question Wording: Q10. And which of these three statements is closest to your own opinion? Democracy is preferable to any other kind of government; In some circumstances, a nondemocratic government can be preferable; For someone like me, it doesn't matter what kind of government we have.

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.