New polls shows more believers in poorer countries

( [email protected] ) Mar 03, 2004 02:36 PM EST

A recent poll shows that people in poorer nations are more likely to believe in God than those in richer nations, with the exception of the United States. The poll, which includes 10,000 people in 10 countries was taken by the research company ICM for the British Broadcasting Corporation Program “What the World Thinks of God.”

ICM polled people in the US, the United Kingdom, Israel, India, South Korea, Indonesia, Nigeria, Russia, Mexico and Lebanon and found that more than 80 percent of most of the countries surveyed reported their belief in God or a higher power. In Nigeria, the figure was 100 percent, and in the US it was 91 percent. The UK scored the lowest, with 67 percent saying they believe in God.

Overall, the results of the poll show that levels of belief and religious activity in the richer countries such as the UK are consistently lower than in most of the other countries polled. The highest levels of belief are found in the poorer nations such as Nigeria, India and Indonesia.

When asked whether they would die for God or for their beliefs, more than 90 percent of Indonesians and Nigerians said they would, as did 71 percent of the Lebanese and American respondents. On the other hand, only 37 percent of the people surveyed from Israel, and 19 percent from the UK said they would.

The percent of Nigerians who reported attending religious services regularly was the highest at ninety-one percent, while the lowest percentage came from Russia, at seven percent.