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.

Beliefs & Practices › Views of Scripture

Is the Koran / Bible the word of God? Is it to be taken literally, word for word?

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

Percent responding “literal word of god”

Country % Total Population % Among Christians % Among Muslims
Botswana
NA
61
NA
Cameroon
NA
77
93
Chad
NA
78
75
Djibouti
NA
NA
83
DR Congo
NA
60
54
Ethiopia
NA
67
81
Ghana
NA
75
89
Guinea Bissau
NA
52
59
Kenya
NA
79
76
Liberia
NA
87
80
Mali
NA
NA
86
Mozambique
NA
71
74
Nigeria
NA
87
90
Rwanda
NA
83
NA
Senegal
NA
NA
80
South Africa
NA
73
NA
Tanzania
NA
78
86
Uganda
NA
71
74
Zambia
NA
85
NA

Complete Question Wording: Q54-57. Which comes closest to your view? The [Koran / Bible] is the word of God, OR the [Koran / Bible] is a book written by men and is not the word of God? And would you say that the [Koran / Bible] is to be taken literally, word for word, OR not everything in the [Koran / Bible] should be taken literally, word for word.

Note: Muslims were asked about the Koran and Christians were asked about the Bible. Since only Muslims and Christians 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.