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The social regulation index is a comparative measure of the restrictions placed on practice, profession, or selection of religion by other religious groups or associations or the culture at large. A higher SRI score indicates greater social regulation. (Note that the SRI given in the National and Regional Profiles has been altered from the original index described in Grim and Finke (2006).) Range: 0 - 10.

Beginning in 2008, the Modified Social Regulation of Religion Index (MSRI) is used to measure social regulation of religion in countries. The MSRI is calculated by obtaining the sum of the variables MSRIA_AG through MSRIE_AG and multiplying the sum by 2. Countries may have MSRI values between 0 and 10. The MSRI is a modification of the Social Regulation of Religion Index (SRI) described in Grim and Finke (2006). It replaces (1) a measure of social attitudes toward conversions to other religions (SRI_B_AG in the 2001-2005 Aggregate File) and (2) a measure of the situation regarding religious social movements in a country (SRI_E_AG in the 2001-2005 Aggregate File) with the following measures: (1) a measure of citizens' tolerance of nontraditional faiths (MSRIB_AG) and (2) a measure of citizens' receptivity to proselytizing by nontraditional faiths or faiths other than their own (MSRIE_AG). The other three measures used to construct the SRI are still used in the construction of the MSRI.

Data File: International Religious Freedom Data, Aggregate File (2003-2008)

Source: Grim, Brian J. and Roger Finke. 2006. "International Religion Indexes: Government Regulation, Government Favoritism, and Social Regulation of Religion." Interdisciplinary Journal of Research on Religion 2 (Article 1).


General Instructions:

Sum all included items and multiple the result by 2.

Any special instructions related to individual items will be listed below those items.


MSRIA_AG from International Religious Freedom Data, Aggregate File (2003-2008)

According to the Report, societal attitudes toward other or nontraditional religions are reported to be… (Rescaled to range from 0 to 1.) [Category labels are the following: 0 = Open and tolerant. 0.333 = Isolated discrimination. 0.667 = Negative just in certain regions or just towards certain religious brands. 1 = Hostile.] (MSRIA_AG)
TOTAL%
0) 03115.6
0.111) .111136.5
0.222) .2222311.6
0.333) .333178.5
0.444) .444147.0
0.556) .5562613.1
0.667) .6672311.6
0.778) .778199.5
0.889) .8892311.6
1) 1105.0
TOTAL199100.0

MSRIB_AG from International Religious Freedom Data, Aggregate File (2003-2008)

According to the Report, are citizens intolerant of nontraditional faiths, i.e., what they perceive as new religions? (Rescaled to range from 0 to 1.) [Category labels are the following: 0 = No. 0.5 = Yes, but only one case cited. 1 = Yes, and more than one case cited.] (MSRIB_AG)
TOTAL%
0) 03919.6
0.167) .1672311.6
0.333) .3333015.1
0.5) .52412.1
0.667) .6673919.6
0.833) .83384.0
1) 13618.1
TOTAL199100.0

MSRIC_AG from International Religious Freedom Data, Aggregate File (2003-2008)

According to the Report, do traditional attitudes and/or edicts of the clerical establishment strongly discourage proselytizing (i.e., trying to win converts)? [Category labels are the following: 0 = No. 1 = Yes.] (MSRIC_AG)
TOTAL%
0) 012160.8
0.333) .3332613.1
0.5) .510.5
0.667) .6672211.1
1) 12914.6
TOTAL199100.0

MSRID_AG from International Religious Freedom Data, Aggregate File (2003-2008)

According to the Report, do established or existing religions try to shut out other religions in any way? [Category labels are the following: 0 = No. 1 = Yes.] (MSRID_AG)
TOTAL%
0) 05427.1
0.333) .3333618.1
0.5) .510.5
0.667) .6674824.1
1) 16030.2
TOTAL199100.0

MSRIE_AG from International Religious Freedom Data, Aggregate File (2003-2008)

How does the Report characterize citizens receptivity to proselytizing by nontraditional faiths or faiths other than their own? (Rescaled to range from 0 to 1.) [Category labels are the following: 0 = Receptive/no problems reported. 0.5 = Receptive with concerns. 1 = Negative.] (MSRIE_AG)
TOTAL%
0) 0126.0
0.167) .16773.5
0.333) .3339045.2
0.5) .5168.0
0.667) .6673718.6
0.833) .83363.0
1) 13115.6
TOTAL199100.0



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