While we ask this question to help respondents get more comfortable with the interviewer, it provides a glimpse into people’s moods and reveals a slightly negative correlation between those saying the day is a good one and per capita gross domestic product.About four-in-ten Americans (41%) described their day as a “particularly good day,” a much higher share than those in Germany (21%), the UK (27%) and Japan (8%).In general, people in richer nations are less likely than those in poorer nations to say religion plays a very important role in their lives.But Americans are more likely than their counterparts in economically advanced nations to deem religion very important.When Pew Research Center surveyed people in 44 countries last spring, 57% of Americans disagreed with the statement “Success in life is pretty much determined by forces outside our control,” a higher percentage than most other nations and far above the global median of 38%.True to the stereotype, surveys showed that Americans are more likely to believe that hard work pays off.
People in richer nations tend to place less emphasis on the need to believe in God in order to be moral and have good values than people in poorer countries do.Indonesia is currently the country with the world’s single largest Muslim population, but Pew Research Center projects that India will have that distinction by the year 2050 (while remaining a majority Hindu country), with more than 300 million Muslims. Pew Research Center’s 2014 Religious Landscape Study (conducted in English and Spanish) found that 0.9% of U. Around the world, each Muslim woman has an average of 3.1 children, compared with 2.3 for all other groups combined.The Muslim population in Europe also is growing; we project 10% of all Europeans will be Muslims by 2050. According to our best estimate, Muslims make up just less than 1% of the U. Muslims are also the youngest (median age of 23 years old in 2010) of all major religious groups, seven years younger than the median age of non-Muslims.Although many countries in the Middle East-North Africa region, where the religion originated in the seventh century, are heavily Muslim, the region is home to only about 20% of the world’s Muslims. A recent Pew Research Center report estimated that the Muslim share of immigrants granted permanent residency status (green cards) increased from about 5% in 1992 to roughly 10% in 2012, representing about 100,000 immigrants in that year. There are two major factors behind the rapid projected growth of Islam, and both involve simple demographics.A majority of the Muslims globally (62%) live in the Asia-Pacific region, including large populations in Indonesia, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Iran and Turkey. A 2011 survey of Muslim Americans, which was conducted in English as well as Arabic, Farsi and Urdu, estimated that there were 1.8 million Muslim adults (and 2.75 million Muslims of all ages) in the country. For one, Muslims have more children than members of other religious groups.
Yet many facts about Muslims are not well known in some of these places, and most Americans – who live in a country with a relatively small Muslim population – say they know little or nothing about Islam.