Gilani’s Gallopedia©


From Gilani Research Foundation January 2021, Issue # 671*

Compiled on a weekly basis since January 2007

Gilani’s Gallopedia is a weekly Digest of Opinions in a globalized world

Contact Details: Wafaa Khatibi

Research Associate, Gallup Pakistan

This WEEKLY REPORT consists of 18 national & multi country surveys 11 polling organizations have been represented.


Japan (Health), Egypt (Entertainment) – 02 national polls


Nigeria (Well-being) – 01 national polls

Euro Americas:

Russia(Health, Well-being), Finland(Health), Ireland(Health), UK(Lifestyle, Trade, Entertainment, Consumer Confidence, Well-being), USA(Health, Religion, Lifestyle), Australia(Health) – 13 national polls

Multi-Country Studies:

Ipsos – 16 Countries (Health)

Gallup USA – 58 Countries (Health)

Topic of the Week:

Faith on the Hill: 26% Of American Public But Only One Congressman Claims To Have ‘No Religion’

Gilani-Gallopedia Globality Index

      ASIA AND MENA Regions

671-01  Teachers in record numbers take leave for mental illnesses (Click for Details)

Poll: Teachers in record numbers take leave for mental illnesses : The  Asahi Shimbun(Japan) A record number of public school teachers took leaves of absence for mental illnesses in fiscal 2019 while a near-record number were disciplined for committing obscene acts against children, an education ministry survey showed. According to the survey results, released on Dec. 22, 5,478 teachers and staff members at public elementary, junior high, high and special-needs schools took time off in fiscal 2019 due to mental illnesses, such as depression. In fiscal 2018, 817 teachers and staff member quit their jobs to deal with their illnesses, also a record high, the ministry said. (The Asahi Shimbun)

December 23, 2020

4.11 Society » Health


*      MENA

671-02 AD of the month EGY – Schweppes December 2020 (Click for Details)

(Egypt) In December, the brand with the highest uplift in Ad Awareness score across the MENA markets was Schweppes in Egypt. The back end of November and early December saw Coca Cola owned brand, Schweppes, launching a campaign featuring Egyptian actor, writer and film producer Asser Yasin. Followed by Egypt based Tunisian actress Dorra Zarrouk featuring in video, billboard and social media advertising with the tag line ‘it’s Schweppes time’. (YouGov)

January 03, 2020

4.16 Society » Entertainment


AFRICA Regions

*      AFRICA

671-03  End of Year 2020 Poll Result (Click for Details)

(Nigeria) A new public opinion poll released by NOIPolls has revealed that majority of Nigerians (70 percent) asserted that they are not satisfied with the year 2020 in all aspects. Analysis by geo-political zone revealed that the South-West zone had the highest number of Nigerians who made this assertion. According the poll there are four major areas of shortfalls in the country namely: economic hardship, Security, unemployment rate and stagnant educational system, which informed their being dissatisfied with the year 2020. (NOI Poll)

December 27, 2020

3.1 Economy » Perceptions on Performance/ Well-Being



*      EUROPE

671-04 Sociologists found out who Russians trust during the second wave of the pandemic (Click for Details)

Crisis Of Trust': Russia's Pandemic Fatigue Combines With Wariness Of  Expert Advice(Russia) In the list of public people who inspire the greatest confidence in Russians, castlings have occurred since autumn. This is stated in the study "Top-100" Trust Rating "Romir" (available from RBC). Sociologists release similar studies every three months. The top five of the rating included President Vladimir Putin, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu (he climbed three points since the fall); the third place, as in the fall, is taken by the leader of the Liberal Democratic Party Vladimir Zhirinovsky. (Romir Research)

December 30, 2020

4.11 Society » Health  


671-05 Russians have a sharp increase in spending before the New Year (Click for Details)

(Russia) On the eve of the New Year, Russians' spending is traditionally growing. But this year, citizens have started spending even more than before. From December 21 to December 27, the average Russian citizen spent 5967 rubles on purchases. This is 914 rubles more than in the previous week, and 55 more than in the same period last year. This is evidenced by the data of the "Romir" holding, which are at the disposal of (Romir Research)

December 30, 2020

3.1 Economy » Perceptions on Performance/ Well-Being  


671-06 The Corona era has raised the importance of parcel machines to their peak  (Click for Details)

(Finland) The importance of postal services has grown steadily year by year; now 72% of Finns need postal services in connection with or in the vicinity of grocery stores, compared to 47% ten years ago. The importance of the parcel machine has grown the most, and it has become the most important additional service in connection with a grocery store. Vending machines are especially important for families under the age of 45 and families with children. (Taloustutkimus)

December 15, 2020

4.11 Society » Health


671-07  World survey shows 7 in 10 Irish people likely to get COVID-19 vaccine (Click for Details)

Health officials working on strategy to overcome vaccine scepticism(Ireland) WIN International, the world’s leading association in market research and polling, of which RED C Research is the Irish member, has published the first release from the Annual WIN World Survey (WWS – 2020) exploring the views and beliefs of 26,757 people from 32 countries across the globe about the pandemic. The first release analyses views and opinions related to the vaccine, the way governments handled the health crisis, the capacity of the national health systems, and the likelihood of travelling in 2021. (Red C)

December 28, 2020

4.11 Society » Health


671-08  Who kept their 2020 New Year’s resolutions? And how many are making them for 2021? (Click for Details)

(UK) Overall, 12% of Britons made New Year’s resolutions for 2020, although this is fewer than half of the 27% who said they were planning on doing so when we asked in December 2019. Resolutions proved most popular among the young; nearly a quarter (24%) of those aged 18-24 made a resolution compared to just 6% of the 65+ age group. However, with 2020 being the way it was, how many made good on their promises to themselves? Of those who made resolutions, only a quarter kept all of them (26%), although half managed to keep some of them (48%). Around a quarter failed entirely (23%). (YouGov)

December 30, 2020

4.7 Society » Morality, Values & Customs / Lifestyle


671-09  Few think the EU trade deal is good for Britain, but most want MPs to accept it (Click for Details)

(UK) With MPs set to vote on the EU trade deal this afternoon, a new YouGov survey finds that a majority of Britons want to see the agreement accepted. By a wide margin of 57% to 9%, the public want to see the deal passed. Majorities of both Leave voters (69%) and Remain voters (58%) want to see Parliament pass the deal, as do 78% of Conservative voters. (YouGov)

December 30, 2020

2.11 Foreign Affairs and Security » Trade


671-10  How Britons celebrate Christmas and Easter (Click for Details)

How Britons celebrate Christmas and Easter | YouGov(UK) Christmas and Easter are both religious holidays – two of the most important in Christianity – but that is not how either is celebrated in the public, YouGov research has found. When it comes to Christmas, six in ten of those who celebrate the holiday (61%) say they celebrate it as a completely secular event. For three in ten (31%) it’s a combination of religious and secular. Just 4% of Britons say they celebrate Christmas purely as a religious event. (YouGov)

December 2, 2020

4.16 Society » Entertainment


671-11  Six in ten of the GB adults believe British businesses behave ethically for the second year running (Click for Details)

(UK) An annual Ipsos MORI survey conducted for the Institute of Business Ethics on the attitudes of the British public to business ethics has found. Close to six in ten (59%) of the public say that British business behaves ‘very’ or ‘fairly’ ethically - this is roughly in line with results in 2018 and 2019 (61% and 57% respectively). A third (33%) of the public feel the opposite, saying it behaves ‘not very or ‘not at all’ ethically. (Ipsos MORI)

December 30, 2020

3.2 Economy » Consumer Confidence/Protection


671-12  Despite a chaotic 2020, Britons are feeling good about 2021 (Click for Details)

(UK) Almost three-quarters (73%) of Britons are optimistic that 2021 will be a better year for them than 2020 according to the predictions poll from Ipsos Global Advisor. In a new global survey in 31 countries, a majority of Britons are hopeful for 2021, despite the events of 2020. Almost three-quarters (73%) are optimistic that 2021 will be a better year for them than the past 12 months. (Ipsos MORI)

December 28, 2020

3.1 Economy » Perceptions on Performance/ Well-Being



671-13 Americans' Average Weight Holds Steady in 2020 (Click for Details)

Americans' Average Weight Holds Steady in 2020(USA) Americans' self-described weight remains roughly the same as last year with 41% saying they are overweight, similar to the 42% reporting this in 2019. Meanwhile, just over half (now 51%) continue to say their weight is about right, while a small percentage (6%) report being underweight. (Gallup USA)

January 04, 2020

4.11 Society » Health


671-14 Faith on the Hill (Click for Details)

(USA) When it comes to religious affiliation, the 117th U.S. Congress looks similar to the previous Congress but quite different from Americans overall. While about a quarter (26%) of U.S. adults are religiously unaffiliated – describing themselves as atheist, agnostic or “nothing in particular” – just one member of the new Congress (Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz.) identifies as religiously unaffiliated (0.2%). (PEW)

January 04, 2021

4.1 Society » Religion


671-15 Donald Trump, Michelle Obama Most Admired in 2020 (Click for Details)

(USA) Americans are most likely to name President Donald Trump and Michelle Obama as most admired man and woman in 2020. Trump tied former President Barack Obama for the honor last year but edged out his predecessor this year. Trump's first-place finish ends a 12-year run as most admired man for Obama, tied with Dwight Eisenhower for the most ever. Meanwhile, Michelle Obama ranks as most admired woman for the third year in a row. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris is second. (Gallup USA)

December 29, 2020

4.7 Society » Morality, Values & Customs / Lifestyle



671-16 Now 77% of Australians would get a vaccine for COVID-19 – down 10% points since April 2020 (Click for Details)

Now 77% of Australians would get a vaccine for COVID-19 – down 10% points  since April 2020 - Roy Morgan Research  (Australia) Of all Australians three-in-four (77%, down 10% points on April 2020) say they are willing to be vaccinated for Coronavirus if a new vaccine becomes publicly available, while a small 12% (up 5%) of Australians are not willing and 11% don’t know, according to a special Roy Morgan survey of an Australia-wide cross-section of 1,008 Australians aged 18+ conducted in November 2020. (Roy Morgan)

December 22, 2020

4.11 Society » Health



671-17  U.S. and U.K. are optimistic indicators for COVID-19 vaccination uptake (Click for Details)

 New Ipsos-World Economic Forum survey following the release of a vaccine in the U.S. and U.K finds intentions to get vaccinated up in both countries, but down in several others as many worry about side effects. A new Ipsos survey conducted in partnership with the World Economic Forum after the first COVID-19 vaccinations in the United States and the United Kingdom points to a recent uptick in vaccination intent in both countries. (Ipsos)

December 29, 2020

4.11 Society » Health


671-18  Fear and Social Distancing: Global Perceptions of Risk Vary (Click for Details)

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us that the perception of risk affects public health policy -- and public behavior -- as much as actual risk. Results from the Lloyd's Register Foundation World Risk Poll, a global survey conducted before the COVID-19 pandemic, show that countries racked by greater levels of worry about being harmed in the course of daily life often went on to adopt stricter COVID-suppression policies and behaviors. (Gallup USA)

December 28, 2020

4.11 Society » Health



Faith on the Hill: 26% Of American Public But Only One Congressman Claims To Have ‘No Religion’

uThis page is devoted to opinions of countries whose polling activity is generally not known very widely or where a recent topical issue requires special attention.

 Faith on the Hill: 26% Of American Public But Only One Congressman Claims To Have ‘No Religion’  

 The religious composition of the 117th Congress | Pew Research Center

In new Congress, nearly nine-in-ten describe themselves as ChristianWhen it comes to religious affiliation, the 117th U.S. Congress looks similar to the previous Congress but quite different from Americans overall.

While about a quarter (26%) of U.S. adults are religiously unaffiliated – describing themselves as atheist, agnostic or “nothing in particular” – just one member of the new Congress (Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz.) identifies as religiously unaffiliated (0.2%).

Nearly nine-in-ten members of Congress identify as Christian (88%), compared with two-thirds of the general public (65%). Congress is both more heavily Protestant (55% vs. 43%) and more heavily Catholic (30% vs. 20%) than the U.S. adult population overall.

Members of Congress also are older, on average, than U.S. adults overall. At the start of the 116th Congress, the average representative was 57.6 years old, and the average senator was 62.9 years old.1 Pew Research Center surveys have found that adults in that age range are more likely to be Christian than the general public (74% of Americans ages 50 to 64 are Christian, compared with 65% of all Americans ages 18 and older). Still, Congress is more heavily Christian even than U.S. adults ages 50 to 64, by a margin of 14 percentage points.2

Over the last several Congresses, there has been a marked increase in the share of members who identify themselves simply as Protestants or as Christians without further specifying a denomination. There are now 96 members of Congress in this category (18%). In the 111th Congress, the first for which Pew Research Center analyzed the religious affiliation of members of Congress, 39 members described themselves this way (7%). Meanwhile, the share of all U.S. adults in this category has held relatively steady.

Over the same period, the total number of Protestants in Congress has remained relatively stable: There were 295 Protestants in the 111th Congress, and there are 294 today. The increase in Protestants who do not specify a denomination has corresponded with a decrease in members who do identify with denominational families, such as Presbyterians, Episcopalians and Methodists.

Still, members of those three Protestant subgroups remain overrepresented in Congress compared with their share in the general public, while some other groups are underrepresented – including Pentecostals (0.4% of Congress vs. 5% of all U.S. adults), nondenominational Protestants (2% vs. 6%) and Baptists (12% vs. 15%).3

Jewish members also make up a larger share of Congress than they do of the general public (6% vs. 2%). The shares of most other non-Christian groups analyzed in this report (Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus and Unitarian Universalists) more closely match their percentages in the general public.

Nearly all non-Christian members of Congress are Democrats. Just three of the 261 Republicans who were sworn in on Jan. 3 (1%) do not identify as Christian; two are Jewish, and one declined to state a religious affiliation.

These are some of the key findings of an analysis by Pew Research Center of CQ Roll Call data on the religious affiliations of members of Congress, gathered through questionnaires and follow-up phone calls to candidates’ and members’ offices.4 The CQ questionnaire asks members what religious group, if any, they belong to. It does not attempt to measure their religious beliefs or practices. The Pew Research Center analysis compares the religious affiliations of members of Congress with the Center’s survey data on the U.S. public.

The religious makeup of the 117th Congress


Little change between 116th and 117th Congresses for most religious groups

117th Congress looks very similar to 116thThe overall composition of the new Congress is similar to that of the previous Congress – in part because 464 of the 531 members of the 117th Congress (87%) are returning members.

Methodists saw the largest loss – seven seats – followed closely by Baptists (six seats) and Catholics (five seats). There also are four fewer Lutherans in the 117th Congress than there were in the 116th. By contrast, Protestants who do not specify a denomination are up substantially, gaining 16 seats in the 117th Congress after also gaining 16 seats two years ago, when the 116th took office. Protestants in the Restorationist family also gained three seats (all members of Congress in this category identify with the Churches of Christ).5

In total, there currently are three fewer Christians in the new Congress than there were in the previous Congress, although this gap is all but certain to narrow once three of the four open seats are filled. Five of the six candidates in the uncalled or outstanding races identify as Christians; Jon Ossoff, a Democrat running for Senate in Georgia, is Jewish.6

When it comes to the 63 members of Congress who are not Christian, a slim majority (33) are Jewish, a number that has held relatively steady over the past several Congresses.

The next largest non-Christian group is made up of those who declined to specify a religious affiliation. There are 18 people in this category in the 117th Congress, the same as in the 116th, which had seen an increase of eight members in this group.

The three Muslim representatives from the 116th Congress return for the 117th: Reps. André Carson, D-Ind.; Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.; and Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich. Similarly, both Buddhists from the previous Congress return: Georgia Democratic Rep. Hank Johnson and Hawaii Democratic Sen. Mazie K. Hirono.

Unitarian Universalists gained one seat, as Rep. Deborah K. Ross, D-N.C., joins California Democratic Reps. Ami Bera and Judy Chu.

There are now two Hindus in Congress – Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., and Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, D-Ill., both returning members. Former Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, who served in the 115th and 116th Congresses, ran for president in 2020 and withdrew her reelection bid for her House seat. She is replaced by Kai Kahele, who declined to specify a religious affiliation.

One member, California Democratic Rep. Jared Huffman, describes himself as a humanist. He is listed in the “other” category. Fewer than three-tenths of 1% of U.S. adults specifically call themselves humanists.

Sinema is the only member of the 117th Congress who identifies as religiously unaffiliated. Both Sinema and Huffman have said they do not consider themselves atheists.7

Differences by chamber

Both chambers of Congress have Protestant majoritiesMost members of the House and Senate are Christians, with the House just slightly more Christian than the Senate (88% vs. 87%). And both chambers have a Protestant majority – 55% of representatives are Protestant, as are 59% of senators.

Within Protestantism, the largest differences are in Presbyterians (3% in the House vs. 12% in the Senate) and Protestants who do not specify a denomination (20% in the House, 11% in the Senate).

Catholics make up a larger share in the House (31%) than in the Senate (24%).

The Senate, meanwhile, has a higher share of Jewish (8% vs. 6%) and Mormon (3% vs. 1%) members than the House does.

All of the Muslims, Hindus and Unitarian Universalists in Congress are in the House, while there is one Buddhist in each chamber.

The sole religiously unaffiliated member of Congress (Sinema) is in the Senate, and the only member in the “other” category (Huffman) is in the House.

Differences by party

Nearly all non-Christian members of Congress are DemocratsFully 99% of Republicans in Congress identify as Christians. There are two Jewish Republicans in the House, Reps. Lee Zeldin of New York and David Kustoff of Tennessee. New York Rep. Chris Jacobs declined to specify a religious affiliation. All other Republicans in the 117th Congress identify as Christian in some way.

Most Republican members of Congress identify as Protestants (68%). The largest Protestant groups are Baptists (15%), Methodists (6%), Presbyterians (6%), Lutherans (5%) and Episcopalians (4%). However, 26% of Republicans are Protestants who do not specify a denomination – up from 20% in the previous Congress. There are 15 Republican freshmen in this category, compared with three Democratic newcomers.

Now that Democratic Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico has retired, all nine members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (sometimes called Mormons) in Congress are Republicans.8

Democrats in Congress also are heavily Christian – much more than U.S. adults overall (78% vs. 65%).9 But the share of Democrats who identify as Christian is 21 percentage points lower than among Republicans (99%). Democrats are much less likely than Republicans to identify as Protestant (43% vs. 68%). Conversely, Catholics make up a higher share among Democrats than they do among Republicans (34% vs. 26%).

Among Democrats, 11% are Jewish, and 6% did not specify a religious affiliation. All of the Unitarian Universalists (3), Muslims (3), Buddhists (2) and Hindus (2) in Congress are Democrats, as are the single members in the “other” and religiously unaffiliated categories.

First-time members

Small freshman class has little effect on overall makeup of CongressWhile the small freshman class of the 117th Congress does little to change the overall makeup of the body, there are some notable differences in religious affiliation between incumbents and freshmen.

The freshman class is slightly more Christian than its incumbent counterpart. Just six of the 67 new members are not Christian: Three are Jewish, one is a Unitarian Universalist and two declined to share an affiliation.

The largest difference between newcomers and incumbents is in the share of Protestants who do not specify a denomination – 27% of freshmen are in this category, compared with 17% of incumbents. Similarly, those who specifically describe themselves as nondenominational Protestants make up 2% of incumbents and 7% of freshmen.

Among freshmen, there are two Restorationists  – the same number as there are among incumbents.

Other Protestant subgroups are smaller among newcomers than they are among incumbents. For example, freshmen are less likely than incumbents to be Baptists (7% vs. 13%) or Methodists (3% vs. 7%).

Catholics, who make up 30% of Congress and 30% of incumbents, make up a smaller share of freshmen (27%). Orthodox Christians, on the other hand, make up just 1% of incumbents and 4% of freshmen (three new members).

Looking back

While the U.S. population continues to become less Christian, Congress has held relatively steady in recent years and has remained heavily Christian. In the 87th Congress (which began in 1961), the earliest for which aggregated religion data is available, 95% of members were Christian, which closely matched the roughly 93% of Americans who identified the same way at the time, according to historical religion data from Gallup.

Since the early ’60s, there has been a substantial decline in the share of U.S. adults who identify as Christian, but just a 7-point drop in the share of members of Congress who identify that way. Today, 88% of Congress is Christian, while 65% of U.S. adults are Christian, according to Pew Research Center surveys.

Changes in the religious makeup of Congress (1961 - 2021)


January 04, 2021





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