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 › Fasting for Lent or Ramadan

Do you fast for Lent or Ramadan?

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

Percent responding “yes”

Country % Total Population % Among Christians % Among Muslims
Botswana
NA
55
NA
Cameroon
NA
61
100
Chad
NA
85
98
Djibouti
NA
NA
88
DR Congo
NA
56
69
Ethiopia
NA
86
96
Ghana
NA
83
97
Guinea Bissau
NA
76
85
Kenya
NA
53
96
Liberia
NA
76
89
Mali
NA
NA
93
Mozambique
NA
69
86
Nigeria
NA
89
96
Rwanda
NA
58
NA
Senegal
NA
NA
98
South Africa
NA
35
NA
Tanzania
NA
70
93
Uganda
NA
68
85
Zambia
NA
56
NA

Complete Question Wording: Q68k/m. And do you [ASK IF MUSLIM] fast, that is avoid eating during the daytime, during the holy month of Ramadan? [ASK IF CHRISTIAN] fast, that is avoid eating for certain periods during holy times like Lent?

Note: 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.