I figured I had been overfishing the GSS hole and neglecting other sources of data, so I tried out the World Values Survey.  I was disappointed to find that it is much less easy to use for my purposes. At first I thought I’d investigate the gluten/lactose tolerance idea from before, but that was a no go. Then I remembered my discussion with Whiskey over polygyny in the Muslim world. The WVS has a question for how acceptable it is for a man to have more than one wife. The countries ask seem to be ones with muslim majorities (though I’m not sure about Nigeria), but they asked adherents of other religions as well. Because of their small sample sizes I’m not including them, but it was amusing to find higher percentages of Jews & Buddhists strongly agreeing than Muslims, though it is not true for the former within any country where Jews were found. Buddhists were only in Bangladesh, where both they and Hindus strongly agreed than Muslims, though counting Hindus in Saudi Arabia reduces their overall percentage strongly agreeing below that of Muslims.  The question and data are below the fold. Note that red/blue colors are MEANINGLESS. I just copied a graph from a previous post and then monkeyed it into shape (which was a big time-wasting hassle). There are no means or standard deviations.

D076.- I would like to ask your personal opinion about the following issues related to relationships between men and women. To what extent do you agree or disagree with men having more than one wife? Do you strongly agree, agree, disagree, or strongly disagree?
INTERVIEWER: This same style should be used in asking both questions.

It is acceptable for a man to have more than one wife

Cells contain:
-Column percent
-Weighted N
More than one wife?
1
AGREE STRONGLY
2
AGREE
3
NEITHER
4
DISAGREE
5
STRONGLY DISAGREE
ROW
TOTAL
C
O
U
N
T
R
Y
Bangladesh 1.5
?
3.9
?
12.2
?
48.2
?
34.2
?
100
1372
Indonesia 3.0
?
16.8
?
10.4
?
44.0
?
25.7
?
100
920
Iran 5.9
?
5.7
?
11.3
?
32.2
?
44.9
?
100
2407
Iraq 22.9
?
27.3
?
26.7
?

?
23.1
?
100
1392
Jordan 5.7
?
13.8
?
10.2
?
17.0
?
53.3
?
100
1161
Morocco 13.9
?
23.7
?
11.0
?
23.5
?
27.9
?
100
1003
Nigeria 53.5
?
20.5
?
7.8
?
8.6
9.5
9.5
?
100
639
Saudi Arabia 20.8
?
21.9
?
26.0
?
16.4
?
14.9
?
100
1425
Turkey 5.1
?
10.8
?
28.0
?
56.1
?

?
100
3286
Egypt 2.6
?
8.0
?
9.5
?
79.7
?
0.1
?
100
2820
COL TOTAL 9.7
?
13.1
?
16.7
?
40.5
?
20.0
?
100.0
16,424
Means ? ? ? ? ? ?
Std Devs ? ? ? ? ? ?
Unweighted N ? ? ? ? ? ?
<tr align=”right”>
<td align=”left”>Nigeria</td>
<td bgcolor=”#ff9999″><strong>1.3</strong>
2</td>
<td bgcolor=”#ccffff”><strong>.6</strong>
2</td>
<td bgcolor=”#ffcccc”><strong>1.0</strong>
3</td>
<td bgcolor=”#99ffff”><strong>.0</strong>
0</td>
<td bgcolor=”#99ffff”><strong>.0</strong>
0</td>
<td><em><strong>.6</strong></em>
<em>7</em></td>
</tr>
<tr align=”right”>

My suspicions that sub-Saharan Africa is more polygamous were confirmed. Non-muslims there were more in agreement than Muslims in some other countries.

UPDATE: A lapsed Mormon guest-blogging at Volokh discusses gender imbalances in China & India, polygamy in Heinlein vs reality and whether females benefit from their increase in value caused by shortages.

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