Religion and globalisation
Ipsos MORI conducted an online survey on Global @dvisor in April 2011. The survey asked questions about religion and globalisation to people in 24 countries. It highlighted how much religion matters in the world.
The results show that:
- Religion plays a significant role in the lives of your people
Almost three-quarters (73%) of those under 35 say their religion/faith is important in their life.
- Many people see religion as important in their lives
Around seven in ten people surveyed say they have a religion. Most see it as important in their lives - 94% in primarily Muslim countries and 66% in Christian majority countries.
- Those in Muslim majority countries are more likely to:
believe their faith or religion is the only path to salvation, liberation or paradise
61% in Muslim majority countries compared to 19% in Christian majority countries.
- Say their religion is a key motivator to giving time and money to people in need
61% in Muslim majority countries compared to 24% in primarily Christian majority countries.
- Overall, three in ten (30%) people with a religion/faith say that religion motivates them to give their time or money to people in need.
Over half (52%), however, say that it makes no difference since they see it as important to give time or money to people in need in any case.
- A third (33%) of citizens across the 24 countries included in the research have no, or almost no friends or acquaintances from any other religion.
This varies widely across countries, and seems to have no relationship as to whether or not people hold that their own religion is the only true faith.