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  • I got 19 too. I wasn't sure about the religion one. I picked Islam, which is #2 (1.2 billion to Christianity's 1.9 billion, according to one stat I found). Oh well.

    Interesting that Americans, Italians, Canadians did well on this question, and Mexicans did very well. Sweden, Japan, France, UK did less well. It seems a lot of people just picked what they thought SHOULD be the most popular religion. :-)
    • Wow! That's the question I punted on too. I knew that Islam has over a billion followers and I assume Hinduism and Buddhism are around the billion mark too. For some reason, I didn't think Christianity was over a billion at all. Weird.

      Those numbers are interesting. Does it give some context to the War on Terrorism? I don't know, but it is an interesting side note.

      • I failed that same question. I guess it depends how you count. I am probably counted as Christian, even though I am really an agnostic and so must be a good chunk of the European population.

        Major Religions of the World Ranked by Number of Adherents [adherents.com] seems to agree with the survey as well as several other sources I found (even though the figures vary widely).
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        mirod
        • Interesting link, thanks. It says also :

          Many Muslims (and some non-Muslim) observers claim that there are more practicing Muslims than practicing Christians in the world. Adherents.com has no reason to dispute this. It seems likely, but we would point out that there are different opinions on the matter, and a Muslim may define "practicing" differently than a Christian. In any case, the primary criterion for the rankings on this page is self-identification, which has nothing to do with practice.

          Which is c