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.

African Traditions › Belief in the Evil Eye

Do you believe in the evil eye – that certain people can cast spells and curses?

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
41
37
NA
Cameroon
76
77
67
Chad
44
30
50
Djibouti
37
NA
37
DR Congo
60
60
59
Ethiopia
25
27
21
Ghana
46
45
28
Guinea Bissau
39
41
35
Kenya
24
24
20
Liberia
31
21
30
Mali
57
NA
59
Mozambique
32
31
31
Nigeria
26
28
24
Rwanda
24
24
NA
Senegal
60
NA
59
South Africa
46
45
NA
Tanzania
80
78
83
Uganda
32
32
28
Zambia
25
25
NA

Complete Question Wording: Q51h. Which, if any, of the following do you believe in? In the evil eye, or that certain people can cast curses or spells that cause bad things to happen to someone.

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.