OECD: Religiosity (I)

The religiosity, or the questionaire asked about someone’s degree of belief in God or religion can be found at World Values Survey (WVS), or at Europe Social Survey (ESS) for European community. In this post, 3 questions asked were listed here. The mean score of each country’s interviewee or participants is shown in the graph.

1. How is God important in your life (WVS). Score 1-10 is given, 1 being not at all important while 10 being extremely important.

The mean score of a number of developed countries, or the OECD members were shown in the graph above. US gave the highest score on the importance of God in their lives (8.47 out of 10), followed by Portugal (7.88) and Ireland (7.48). On the other hand, Czech Rep. gave the lowest score (3.63), followed by Denmark (4.02) and Sweden (4.10). Among the rich Asian countries, Singapore tend to believe that God is important in their lives (7.08), while Korea is showing a little bit more religious compared to Japan (5.48 vs 5.02).  

2. How religious are you (ESS)? The interviewee will then put their subjective score in the scale running from 1-10, 1 being not at all religios and 10 being very religous. The number shown here is an average of the score given at year 2002 and 2004.

Among the Europe countries, Greece people put a very high score on their religiousity, as high as 7.49 out of 10. This is quite distinctively apart from the second follower Italy (6.08) and US (5.96). Again, Ireland and Portugal are not that far away from top ranker, as expected from the result in question #1 above. Again, Czech Rep., Sweden and France which have low score on God’s importance, score low at how religious are they.

3. How important is religion in your life (ESS)? Again, the interviewee or the participant will put their subjective score in the scale from 1-10, for 1 being not at all important and 10 being very important. The number shown here is an average of the score given at year 2002 and 2004.

Consistent with the 2 previous questions, Greece, Italy and Ireland gave high score on this question. Ex-communist country Czech Rep. again, has the lowest score on the importance of religion in their lives, while Sweden and Germany followed behind at 3.27 and 3.61 score.

The Scatter-plot for question 1 to question 2 is shown here:

The Scatter-plot for question 1 to question 3 is shown here:

The Scatter-plot for question 2 to question 3 is shown here:

Source:

  1. World Values Survey
  2. European Social Survey, 2002 and 2004.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: