News Interest Index / Religion Overflow, July 2005

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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
  9) 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. 33.7% 33.7%
The Bible is the word of God, but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word. 40.8% 74.5%
The Bible is a book written by men and is not the word of God. 18.7% 93.2%
Other 2.7% 95.9%
Don't know/Refused 4.1% 100%
Total N = 1502

Variable Comparisons

Worship attendance (I-ATTEND)

Once a week or more Once or twice a month A few times a year Seldom Never TOTAL
The Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word. 55.4% 27.9% 22.0% 14.4% 11.2% 33.8%
The Bible is the word of God, but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word. 36.1% 52.8% 55.9% 42.0% 19.0% 41.4%
The Bible is a book written by men and is not the word of God. 4.1% 14.1% 16.5% 33.3% 58.6% 18.4%
Other 1.5% 2.5% 3.8% 4.5% 2.0% 2.6%
Don't know/Refused 2.9% 2.8% 1.9% 5.7% 9.2% 3.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1476


Education (I-EDUC)

Some high school or high school graduate (Grade 12 or GED certificate) Technical school, some college 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. 43.8% 33.8% 19.7% 14.5% 33.8%
The Bible is the word of God, but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word. 32.4% 43.9% 51.5% 49.5% 40.7%
The Bible is a book written by men and is not the word of God. 16.3% 15.8% 23.7% 29.6% 18.8%
Other 2.4% 3.4% 2.3% 2.7% 2.7%
Don't know/Refused 5.1% 3.1% 2.8% 3.7% 4.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1485


Gender (I-GENDER)

Male Female TOTAL
The Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word. 27.7% 39.1% 33.7%
The Bible is the word of God, but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word. 41.5% 40.2% 40.8%
The Bible is a book written by men and is not the word of God. 22.2% 15.5% 18.6%
Other 3.1% 2.3% 2.7%
Don't know/Refused 5.5% 2.9% 4.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
1502


Region (I-REGION)

Northeast Midwest South West TOTAL
The Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word. 22.7% 32.7% 43.9% 27.4% 33.7%
The Bible is the word of God, but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word. 43.9% 42.6% 37.3% 42.1% 40.8%
The Bible is a book written by men and is not the word of God. 26.4% 16.7% 13.0% 23.1% 18.6%
Other 1.9% 3.3% 2.8% 2.9% 2.7%
Don't know/Refused 5.0% 4.7% 3.0% 4.5% 4.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1502



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