Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Correlations between infant mortality and importance of personal religious belief

I recently posted this photo on a Facebook thread, afterwards realizing I somewhat hijacked the original poster's subject. I decided to compile the related data here to determine the accuracy and give more information about the related issues as well as show complete sources.


First, this graphic correlates (remember, correlation does not necessarily equal causation) data from two different sources, one Gallop poll data from 2006-2008 and the other from the 2011 revision of the United Nations World Population Prospects report.

This graphs nations on a chart of infant mortality rate of under 1 year old children per 1000 live births (united nations) vs the average yes or no answer to the question "Is religion important in your daily life" (Gallop)

One of the issues with the graph is that it is too small to be able to show specific country names for each data point graphed. This is fixed by publishing spreadsheet data used to generate the chart.

Sources:
https://worldview.gallup.com/default.aspx
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Importance_of_religion_by_country
http://esa.un.org/unpd/wpp/Excel-Data/mortality.htm

I was able to recreate the chart exactly as pictured above, as you can see there are no countries that both have a high infant mortality rate and said no to the question, Is religion important in your daily life:
Mouse over each data point for:
Number of deaths per 1000 / percent of people that said yes




And here is the spreadsheet data used to generate the above chart: