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 › Exorcisms

Have you experienced or witnessed the devil being driven out of a person?

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
47
52
NA
Cameroon
34
37
18
Chad
29
29
28
Djibouti
35
NA
35
DR Congo
34
35
33
Ethiopia
66
74
48
Ghana
59
65
15
Guinea Bissau
33
34
31
Kenya
39
42
16
Liberia
41
41
21
Mali
36
NA
37
Mozambique
44
48
35
Nigeria
34
49
20
Rwanda
41
42
NA
Senegal
29
NA
28
South Africa
26
28
NA
Tanzania
51
62
33
Uganda
48
50
31
Zambia
53
54
NA

Complete Question Wording: Q67d. Have you ever experienced or witnessed the devil or evil spirits being driven out of a person?

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.