Religion and Politics Survey, 1996

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BIBLE

(Percentages are weighted by WEIGHT; Total Ns reported are unweighted)

Which of these statements comes closest to describing your feelings about the Bible?
  1) The Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word
  2) The Bible is the word of God, but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word
  3) The Bible is a book written by men and is not the word of God
  4) Other
  5) Don't know/Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
The Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word 35.5% 35.5%
The Bible is the word of God, but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word 46.3% 81.8%
The Bible is a book written by men and is not the word of God 14.5% 96.3%
Other 1.7% 98%
Don't know/Refused 2% 100%
Total N = 1975

Variable Comparisons

Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
The Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word 29.2% 41.2% 35.5%
The Bible is the word of God, but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word 46.5% 46.2% 46.3%
The Bible is a book written by men and is not the word of God 20.0% 9.5% 14.5%
Other 2.1% 1.3% 1.7%
Don't know/Refused 2.2% 1.8% 2.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
1975


Political party (I-POLPARTY)

Republican Democrat Independent TOTAL
The Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word 39.0% 38.1% 29.6% 35.4%
The Bible is the word of God, but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word 50.7% 43.3% 46.4% 46.7%
The Bible is a book written by men and is not the word of God 8.9% 15.3% 18.6% 14.5%
Other 0.2% 1.7% 3.0% 1.7%
Don't know/Refused 1.2% 1.7% 2.3% 1.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1906


Age (I-AGE)

18 - 29 years 30 - 49 years 50 and older TOTAL
The Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word 30.3% 35.5% 39.3% 35.6%
The Bible is the word of God, but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word 51.1% 48.0% 40.9% 46.3%
The Bible is a book written by men and is not the word of God 15.8% 13.6% 14.7% 14.5%
Other 1.4% 0.9% 2.6% 1.6%
Don't know/Refused 1.4% 2.0% 2.5% 2.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1951


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Married Divorced or separated Widowed Never been married TOTAL
The Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word 38.9% 29.0% 50.0% 26.8% 35.5%
The Bible is the word of God, but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word 45.9% 46.7% 31.3% 52.1% 46.3%
The Bible is a book written by men and is not the word of God 12.5% 18.9% 8.8% 18.3% 14.5%
Other 1.4% 1.2% 5.3% 1.3% 1.7%
Don't know/Refused 1.2% 4.2% 4.7% 1.5% 2.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1971


Education (I-EDUCATN)

Less than High school High school graduate (Grade 12 or GED certificate) Some College (no 4-year degree)/Business, technical, or vocational school AFTER high school College graduate (B.S., B.A., or other 4-year degree) Post-graduate training or professional schooling after college (e.g., toward a master's Degree or Ph.D.; law or medical school) TOTAL
The Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word 52.8% 42.9% 30.2% 21.9% 11.8% 35.4%
The Bible is the word of God, but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word 24.8% 44.3% 55.0% 57.3% 50.8% 46.4%
The Bible is a book written by men and is not the word of God 13.8% 9.6% 12.3% 18.9% 34.7% 14.5%
Other 4.3% 1.0% 1.5% 1.2% 1.0% 1.7%
Don't know/Refused 4.3% 2.2% 1.0% 0.8% 1.8% 2.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1970


Race (I-RACE)

White Black Asian, other or mixed race TOTAL
The Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word 32.9% 53.9% 38.4% 35.4%
The Bible is the word of God, but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word 48.1% 34.4% 44.4% 46.5%
The Bible is a book written by men and is not the word of God 15.6% 6.0% 14.1% 14.5%
Other 1.6% 2.3% 0.5% 1.6%
Don't know/Refused 1.8% 3.4% 2.5% 2.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1962


Household income (I-INCOME)

Less than 20K 20K-39,999 40K-74,999 75K & over TOTAL
The Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word 43.9% 39.8% 28.8% 14.9% 34.7%
The Bible is the word of God, but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word 36.5% 47.0% 51.8% 56.9% 47.0%
The Bible is a book written by men and is not the word of God 12.5% 11.0% 16.2% 26.4% 14.7%
Other 2.8% 1.0% 1.6% 1.3% 1.6%
Don't know/Refused 4.3% 1.2% 1.6% 0.6% 2.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1767


Region (I-REGION)

East Midwest South West TOTAL
The Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word 23.2% 35.6% 49.0% 26.0% 35.5%
The Bible is the word of God, but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word 52.9% 50.0% 37.6% 49.5% 46.3%
The Bible is a book written by men and is not the word of God 18.4% 10.6% 10.5% 21.5% 14.5%
Other 2.3% 2.4% 1.2% 0.9% 1.7%
Don't know/Refused 3.2% 1.4% 1.6% 2.0% 2.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1975



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