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More people globally — including a majority in the United States — say that they desire to see religion play a more important role in their country, new polling data from the Pew Research Center shows.
This week, Pew released data compiled from years of polling over 30,000 people in 27 countries that asked respondents about diversity, gender equality, and religion in their respective countries.
Random - Samples - Country - Country
The random samples were nationally representative for each country with about 1,000 being surveyed per country.
Among the questions, respondents were asked if they favor or oppose the idea of religion having a more important role in their country.
Data - Shows - Religion - Role - Countries
The data shows that those who oppose religion playing a more important role in their countries outnumber those who support an increased role for religion in just five of the 27 survey countries (all European).
According to a report released Monday, a median of 39 percent across 27 countries support the idea of an increased role for religion in their nations, while a median of only 13 percent said they oppose the idea.
US - Percent - Respondents - Role - Religion
In the U.S., 51 percent of respondents said they favor a more important role for religion in America, while only 18 percent of American respondents said they oppose.
Results on this question varied a bit by continent.
Median - Percent - Countries - Poll - Role
A median of 44 percent from Asia-Pacific countries included in the poll favor a greater role for religion in their countries. In Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim nation, 85 percent said they favor a more important role for religion. In the predominantly Catholic Philippines, 58 percent favored a great role for religion.
The survey finds much approval for an increased role for religion in sub-Saharan Africa.
Countries - Kenya - Nigeria - Percent - Favor
In countries like Kenya and Nigeria, 74 percent favor an increased role for religion.
In Nigeria, the data shows, results on the question varied by religion as 88 percent of Muslims...
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