Date: March 18, 2023 Time: 13:12:40
One of the main results of the study is that more and more people on the planet believe that God exists: 72% in 2022 compared to 71% in 2016. At the same time, 57% of people around the world believe in the Life after death. However, there is a difference in the belief in the afterlife: 59% believe in heaven, 53% of those surveyed believe in hell. Residents of the countries of the Middle East, South Asia, and Africa are among the regions where people believe in the afterlife more than others: for different countries and regions, the statistics ranged from 64% to 71%. . In the European Union, those who believe in the continuation of life after earthly life are the least – 34%. In other countries in Europe, in East Asia, in North and South America, about half of the inhabitants, from 43 to 52%, believe in life after death.
Another 62% of study participants worldwide said they are religious, 28% consider themselves neither religious nor atheist, and 10% identify as atheists.
In Russia, 63% of respondents believe in God, 11% do not believe, and 26% have not made up their minds or find it difficult to answer. 39% of Russians believe in life after death, 20% do not believe in the afterlife and 41% find it difficult to answer or have not decided. At the same time, 34% believe in heaven and 32% believe in hell.
Sociologists have found that people’s religious beliefs are influenced by education, age, and personal income. The higher the income and education, the less likely a person will call themselves religious. The older the survey participant, the higher the proportion of religiosity among those people.
In total, 60.7 thousand people in 64 countries of the world took part in the survey.In Russia, residents of cities with a population of more than 100 thousand people were surveyed.