Talk:Importance of religion by country

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why is x not on this list?[edit]

Why Vatican city is not in the list?

Why is PRC not on this page? I understand that foreign corps. are not allowed to do demographic studies in some countries, but China specifically has really good demographics of their own.

Ager-wick (talk) 20:52, 9 November 2010 (UTC):

Vatican city I think is pretty obvious :)

But in the first paragraph, it says "China, although with less than a fifth of its total population (~18-19%), ranks second, with an estimated 240-250 million believers," - where does this data come from? It's not in the list.


The intro mentions "believers" and "religious people".
I'd just like to point out that "Is religion important in your daily life?" does not equate to "Do you believe in gods".
For example, if one worked at a religious school, it would be important in one's daily life, without having to subscribe to the idea of gods oneself. So perhaps this can be worded in a better way? (talk) 13:09, 1 April 2012 (UTC)
Agreed, you don't have to be religious yourself for religion to have an impact on your daily life. If you're gay for instance, depending on where you live, other people's religion can play a large role in your daily life. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:23, 24 August 2012 (UTC)

The world total?[edit]

Can someone sum up all the data and report this:

The world total: - yes. Religion is important: ...% - no. Religion is not important: ...% — Preceding unsigned comment added by Wisnuops (talkcontribs) 17:32, 7 April 2013 (UTC)


"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 240-260 million believers, followed by Indonesia (~235 million), the United States (~205 million), Pakistan (~175 million), Brazil (~168 million), Nigeria (~163 million) and Bangladesh (~161 million)".

What is the source for this data? Looking at the maps, China hasn't even been included in the surveys... AndyTheGrump (talk) 13:18, 9 August 2013 (UTC)

Italy Religious?[edit]

Italians aren't so religious, the majority of they don't believe in God, despite they're near Vatican City, even if they do not reveal. This lack of religiosity is particularly widespread in the north. (talk) 21:31, 11 September 2014 (UTC)

This is not a forum. Article content is based on published sources, and unless you have a source for that it is of no relevance to the article. AndyTheGrump (talk) 22:56, 11 September 2014 (UTC)

Confusion of two polls from different Gallups[edit]

The table presented here is taken from Gallup Poll results that are no longer publicly available at no charge to the resolution shown here, 0.5%, but are available as whole-number percentages on Gallup's page Religiosity Highest in World's Poorest Nations (Steve Crabtree). The polling question is "Is religion an important part of your daily life?" and figures are provided for yes and no. (Quite reasonably, many of them don't total 100%.)
Over time, some figures have been vandalised and some seem to have been incorrectly restored or otherwise adjusted by looking at another poll for which we do have a detailed report.[1][2] This poll was conducted by WIN-Gallup International, and the report carries the disclaimer "Gallup International Association or its members are not related to Gallup Inc...." The polling question was "Irrespective of whether you attend a place of worship or not, would you say you are a religious person, not a religious persons or a convinced atheist?" and so it is not relevant to this article about the importance of religion, though it is correctly used in Irreligion by country.
I'll try to repair this article by removing references to the WIN-Gallup International poll and using the whole-number figures in Crabtree's piece. We'll seem to lose a little precision, but rendering results to the nearest 0.5% was a bit illusory, considering that - according to that page - the ranges for sampling error alone at the 95% confidence level were from +/-5.3% in Lithuania to +/-2.6% in India. NebY (talk) 23:46, 15 November 2015 (UTC)

 Done but the available Gallup Poll page did not include a large number of countries. There were many errors, many of them looking like vandalism, in the values I could check so I've left out the countries that weren't in the available Gallup Poll page. Perhaps we should just revert to the original 2010 table. @Munci:, do you have reasonable confidence that you transcribed everything correctly back in 2010, and that all the changes to this table since then should be thrown away? NebY (talk) 01:51, 16 November 2015 (UTC)
As far as I remember, I transcribed it all to the best of my ability. I accept however the possiblity of human errors having been made. Munci (talk) 20:41, 17 November 2015 (UTC)


  1. ^ "WIN-Gallup International ‘Religiosity and Atheism Index’ reveals atheists are a small minority in the early years of 21st century". WIN-Gallup International. Retrieved 14 November 2015. 
  2. ^ "GLOBAL INDEX OF RELIGIOSITY AND ATHEISM - 2012" (PDF). WIN-Gallup International. 27 July 2012. Retrieved 14 November 2015.