Sub-Saharan Africa Religion Survey, 2010

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Q49

(Percentages are weighted by WEIGHT; Total Ns reported are unweighted)

Q49 [ASK IF BELIEVE IN GOD] Which comes closest to your view of God? God is a being with whom people can have a relationship or God is an impersonal force?
  1) God is a being with whom people can have a relationship
  2) God is an impersonal force
  3) Both/Neither/Other
  8) Don't know
  9) Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
God is a being with whom people can have a relationship 60.3% 60.3%
God is an impersonal force 32.6% 92.9%
Both/Neither/Other 4.5% 97.4%
Don't know 2.2% 99.6%
Refused .4% 100%
Total N = 24373

Variable Comparisons

Education (I-EDUC)

Completed primary or less Some secondary/Completed secondary Post-secondary and up TOTAL
God is a being with whom people can have a relationship 56.2% 62.1% 65.0% 60.4%
God is an impersonal force 35.4% 31.9% 28.6% 32.6%
Both/Neither/Other 5.0% 4.2% 4.0% 4.5%
Don't know 3.1% 1.5% 1.5% 2.1%
Refused 0.3% 0.3% 0.9% 0.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
23900


Age (I-AGE)

Age 18-29 30-39 40-49 50-59 Age 60 or over TOTAL
God is a being with whom people can have a relationship 60.0% 60.3% 61.6% 59.9% 60.5% 60.3%
God is an impersonal force 32.9% 32.4% 31.6% 33.3% 32.0% 32.6%
Both/Neither/Other 4.5% 4.4% 4.4% 4.4% 4.9% 4.5%
Don't know 2.1% 2.4% 2.0% 2.1% 2.3% 2.2%
Refused 0.5% 0.5% 0.4% 0.3% 0.4% 0.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
24234


Gender (I-GENDER)

Male Female TOTAL
God is a being with whom people can have a relationship 60.0% 60.6% 60.3%
God is an impersonal force 33.0% 32.2% 32.6%
Both/Neither/Other 4.5% 4.4% 4.5%
Don't know 2.1% 2.3% 2.2%
Refused 0.4% 0.5% 0.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
24373


Religion (I-RELIGION)

Christian Muslim Ancestral, tribal, animist, or other traditional African religion Unaffiliated TOTAL
God is a being with whom people can have a relationship 66.4% 49.5% 38.8% 49.5% 60.3%
God is an impersonal force 27.9% 41.9% 47.4% 28.1% 32.6%
Both/Neither/Other 4.3% 4.0% 6.4% 14.9% 4.4%
Don't know 1.3% 3.5% 7.1% 7.0% 2.2%
Refused 0.1% 1.1% 0.3% 0.5% 0.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
24269



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