The BBC just published the results of a poll that interviewed 18.829 adults in 23 countries about their religious beliefs. Produced by global research company Ipsos and Reuters news agency, it concluded that 51% of the population in this universe “definitely believes in God or some superior entity”, while 18% said they don’t and 17% say that they are not sure about that.
Three countries came out as highly faithful: Indonesia (93%), Turkey (91%) and Brazil (84%).
Check some other answers given by Brazilians:
- 28% said they believe in the concept of Hell and Heaven
- 32% said they believe there is an after-death (but it doesn’t involve going to Hell or Heaven)
- 12% believe in reincarnation (Spiritism, the religion/doctrine developed by Allan Kardec in France in the 19th century, is big in Brazil)
- 47% of Brazilians believe in Creationism and discard the idea that we are related to apes (it is a higher percentage than the 40% verified in the US, where creationists are particularly loud)
- Only 3% said they don’t believe in God, gods or other superior entities. And 4% are not really sure – they “sometimes believe, sometimes don’t believe”. I understand 9% preferred not to answer or gave other answers.
I must confess I am a little surprised by these numbers. I also wonder how many interviewees said they are believers because they think this is “the right thing to do”. What’s your opinion?