Importance of religion by country

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Gallup Religiosity Index 2009
Importance of religion by the Gallup Poll (2006-2008)[1]
Importance of religion by the Pew Research Center (2002)[2]

This is a list of countries by importance of religion based on a Gallup Poll.[3] The Gallup poll used a broad question: "Is religion important in your daily life?" was asked; the "yes" and "no" answers are represented below (any discrepancies are due to the "Don't Know" and "Refused" answers).

In terms of demographics, India ranks as the country with the largest number of highly religious people in the world, with an estimated 960 million to 1 billion believers. China, although with less than a fifth of its total population (~18-19%), ranks second, with an estimated 240-250 million believers, followed by Indonesia, the United States, Brazil, and Nigeria.

Country Yes, important No, unimportant
Estonia 16% 78%
Sweden 16.5% 83%
Denmark 18% 80.5%
Czech Republic 20.5% 74.5%
Norway 20.5% 78%
Hong Kong 23% 75.5%
Japan 23.5% 75%
United Kingdom 26.5% 73%
Finland 28% 70%
France 29.5% 69.5%
Vietnam 29.5% 69.5%
Australia 32% 67.5%
The Netherlands 33% 66.5%
New Zealand 33% 66%
Belarus 33% 57.5%
Cuba 33.5% 64%
Russia 33% 60.5%
Albania 32.5% 62%
South Korea 32.5% 65.5%
Bulgaria 33.5% 62%
Latvia 39% 58.5%
Belgium 33% 57.5%
Hungary 39% 58.5%
Slovenia 47% 52.5%
Azerbaijan 49.5% 48.5%
Spain 49.5% 50%
Taiwan 45% 54%
Germany 40.5% 59%
Uruguay 40.5% 59%
Switzerland 41.5% 56%
Canada 42% 57%
Ukraine 45.5% 48.5%
Lithuania 41.5% 49.5%
Slovakia 46.5% 51.5%
Israel 49.5% 49.5%
Singapore 70% 29%
Montenegro 45.5% 48%
Serbia 50.5% 46.5%
Kazakhstan 43% 48.5%
Austria 55% 43%
Ireland 53.5% 46.5%
Uzbekistan 51% 45.5%
Argentina 66% 33%
Chile 69.5% 29.5%
Belize 61.5% 33%
United States of America 65% 34.5%
Kygyzstan 72.5% 25%
Moldova 71.5% 19%
Venezuela 79% 20.5%
Croatia 66.5% 30.5%
Greece 71.5% 29.5%
Armenia 72.5% 25%
Bosnia and Herzegovina 66% 29.5%
Jamaica 70% 29.5%
Mexico 72% 25.5%
Portugal 71.5% 26%
Italy 71.5% 26%
Kosovo 63.5% 31.5%
Cyprus 75% 24.5%
Poland 74.5% 19.5%
Botswana 77% 23%
Georgia 80% 16%
Haiti 75% 22.5%
Tajikistan 84.5% 12.5%
Macedonia 78.5% 20.5%
Trinidad and Tobago 92% 8%
Romania 84% 12.5%
Zimbabwe 87.5% 12.5%
Dominican Rebpublic 86% 13.5%
Ecuador 82% 17.5%
India 79% 17%
Iraq 86% 10.5%
Nicaragua 84% 15%
Iran 82.5% 15.5%
Costa Rica 79% 19.5%
El Salvador 83% 15.5%
Kuwait 92.5% 5.5%
Malaysia 95.5% 3.5%
Peru 83.5% 14.5%
Lebanon 89.5% 10%
Puerto Rico 84.5% 13.5%
Bolivia 88.5% 10.5%
Brazil 86.5% 13%
Burkina Faso 87.5% 12%
Colombia 82.5% 16%
South Africa 84.5% 15.5%
Algeria 93% 6.5%
Cambodia 96% 3.5%
Guatemala 88% 9%
Honduras 84% 15.5%
Panama 88% 10.5%
Philippines 95.5% 4%
Togo 80% 13%
Ethiopia 91% 9%
Rwanda 95% 4.5%
Mozambique 86% 14%
Palestinian Territories 93% 6%
Paraguay 91.5% 7.5%
Turkey 89.5% 9.5%
Burundi 97.5% 2.5%
Namibia 91.5% 8.5%
Tunisia 93% 5%
Uganda 93% 7%
Angola 88% 10.5%
Chad 94% 6%
Ghana 94.5% 5%
Madagascar 93% 7%
Nepal 93% 6%
Benin 92.5% 6.5%
Cameroon 95.5% 4.5%
Central African Republic 94% 6%
Liberia 94% 6%
Mali 94.5% 5.5%
Mauritania 98% 1.5%
Comoros 96% 2.5%
Nigeria 95.5% 2.5%
Jordan 96.5% 3.5%
Kenya 94% 6%
Sudan 94% 6%
Thailand 94% 5.5%
Yemen 96% 3.5%
Afghanistan 97% 3%
Guinea 97% 3%
Laos 96.5% 2.5%
Myanmar 96.5% 3%
Niger 100% 0%
Pakistan 96.5% 2.5%
Saudi Arabia 94.5% 3.5%
Zambia 97% 3%
Côte d'Ivoire 88% 12%
Democratic Republic of the Congo 98.5% 1.5%
Djibouti 98% 1.5%
Malawi 98.5% 1.5%
Morocco 98.5% 1%
Senegal 96.5% 3.5%
Sierra Leone 98% 1.5%
Tanzania 96.5% 3.5
United Arab Emirates 91% 8.5%
Qatar 94.5% 4.5%
Bahrain 95.5% 3.5%
Bangladesh 100% 0%
Indonesia 99% 0%
Sri Lanka 98.5% 1%
Egypt 98% 2%
Republic of the Congo 94.5% 5.5%
Somalia 98.5% 1.5%

References[edit]

  1. In 2006, 2007, and 2008, Gallup asked representative samples in 143 countries and territories whether religion was an important part of their daily lives. This map is based on the results, and shows religiosity by country, ranging from the least religious to the most religious on a relative basis. Data from 2009 Gallup poll.
  2. Pew Research Center Report, 2002
  3. GALLUP WorldView - data accessed on 17 January 2009