U.S. Religious Landscape Survey - Continental Dataset

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Q38

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

IF BELIEVE HOLY BOOK IS WORD OF GOD (Q.37=1), ASK: And would you say that . . .
  1) [Holy book] is to be taken literally, word for word
  2) Not everything in [Holy book] should be taken literally, word for word
  3) Other (Vol.)
  9) Don't know/Refused (Vol.)

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
[Holy book] is to be taken literally, word for word 51.9% 51.9%
Not everything in [Holy book] should be taken literally, word for word 42.6% 94.5%
Other (Vol.) 2.5% 97%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 3% 100%
Total N = 22243

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-29 30-39 40-49 50-64 65 and older TOTAL
[Holy book] is to be taken literally, word for word 47.7% 51.4% 51.8% 52.8% 55.7% 51.9%
Not everything in [Holy book] should be taken literally, word for word 47.9% 43.9% 43.4% 42.0% 36.3% 42.7%
Other (Vol.) 1.7% 2.2% 2.6% 2.6% 3.3% 2.5%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 2.8% 2.5% 2.3% 2.6% 4.7% 2.9%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
21732


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
[Holy book] is to be taken literally, word for word 50.0% 53.4% 51.9%
Not everything in [Holy book] should be taken literally, word for word 44.4% 41.2% 42.6%
Other (Vol.) 2.7% 2.4% 2.5%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 2.9% 3.1% 3.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
22243


Political party (I-PARTYID)

Republican Democrat Independent No preference (Vol.) Other party (Vol.) TOTAL
[Holy book] is to be taken literally, word for word 53.4% 54.7% 45.9% 54.4% 38.1% 51.7%
Not everything in [Holy book] should be taken literally, word for word 41.6% 40.7% 48.9% 36.7% 51.7% 43.1%
Other (Vol.) 2.6% 2.0% 2.3% 5.0% 6.8% 2.5%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 2.4% 2.6% 2.9% 3.9% 3.4% 2.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
21283


Household income (I-INCOME)

Less than $30,000 $30,000 to under $50,000 $50,000 to under $75,000 $75,000 to under $100,000 $100,000 to under $150,000 $150,000 or more TOTAL
[Holy book] is to be taken literally, word for word 62.3% 53.8% 45.5% 40.2% 36.7% 36.4% 51.3%
Not everything in [Holy book] should be taken literally, word for word 32.1% 41.5% 50.0% 55.5% 59.5% 58.4% 43.8%
Other (Vol.) 2.7% 2.4% 2.0% 2.7% 2.2% 2.5% 2.5%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 2.9% 2.3% 2.6% 1.6% 1.6% 2.6% 2.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
18448


Education (I-EDUC)

Less than high school graduate High school graduate (Grade 12 or GED certificate) Technical, trade, or vocational school AFTER high school Some college, no 4-year degree (including associate degree) 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
[Holy book] is to be taken literally, word for word 69.6% 57.7% 49.3% 46.0% 38.4% 31.5% 51.9%
Not everything in [Holy book] should be taken literally, word for word 23.3% 37.0% 42.8% 48.8% 57.2% 63.6% 42.6%
Other (Vol.) 2.9% 2.2% 3.5% 2.7% 2.2% 3.0% 2.5%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 4.2% 3.1% 4.4% 2.5% 2.1% 1.9% 3.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
22094



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