Religion and Public Life Survey, 2008

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HOLYBOOK

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

Which comes closest to your view? (See Note 7: HOLYBOOK/LITERAL Notes for details on how question wording changed depending on respondent) (Q58)
  1) [Holy book] is the word of God
  2) [Holy book] is a book written by men and is not the word of God
  3) Other
  9) Don't know/Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
[Holy book] is the word of God 65.7% 65.7%
[Holy book] is a book written by men and is not the word of God 25.5% 91.2%
Other 3.8% 95%
Don't know/Refused 5% 100%
Total N = 2905

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-29 30-44 45-59 60-74 75+ TOTAL
[Holy book] is the word of God 61.8% 65.9% 67.2% 66.7% 72.9% 66.0%
[Holy book] is a book written by men and is not the word of God 31.2% 26.7% 24.1% 22.6% 16.7% 25.6%
Other 2.1% 4.1% 4.1% 5.5% 2.5% 3.8%
Don't know/Refused 4.8% 3.2% 4.6% 5.2% 7.9% 4.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2851


Worship attendance (I-ATTEND)

More than once a week Once a week Once or twice a month A few times a year Seldom Never TOTAL
[Holy book] is the word of God 88.6% 84.1% 69.7% 59.9% 47.3% 24.3% 66.2%
[Holy book] is a book written by men and is not the word of God 4.4% 10.7% 22.5% 31.5% 41.7% 63.9% 25.7%
Other 3.4% 2.8% 4.4% 3.8% 4.0% 5.4% 3.8%
Don't know/Refused 3.6% 2.5% 3.4% 4.9% 7.0% 6.4% 4.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2873


Education (I-EDUC)

Less than high school diploma High school graduate (grade 12 or GED certificate) Business, technical or vocational school AFTER high school or some college (no four-year degree) College graduate (B.S., B.A., or other four-year degree) Post-graduate training or professional schooling after college TOTAL
[Holy book] is the word of God 77.9% 71.2% 64.4% 58.2% 47.5% 66.0%
[Holy book] is a book written by men and is not the word of God 15.4% 21.9% 26.4% 33.5% 38.5% 25.7%
Other 2.1% 2.7% 3.9% 4.5% 8.3% 3.7%
Don't know/Refused 4.5% 4.2% 5.3% 3.8% 5.6% 4.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2869


Household income (I-INCOME)

Less than $20,000 $20,000 to under $30,000 $30,000 to under $50,000 $50,000 to under $75,000 $75,000 to under $100,000 $100,000 or more TOTAL
[Holy book] is the word of God 76.5% 69.5% 66.2% 63.5% 60.6% 54.8% 65.8%
[Holy book] is a book written by men and is not the word of God 17.3% 24.0% 24.4% 28.5% 32.6% 35.5% 26.3%
Other 2.9% 2.7% 4.9% 4.2% 4.6% 3.8% 3.9%
Don't know/Refused 3.3% 3.9% 4.5% 3.8% 2.3% 5.9% 4.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2554


Political ideology (I-POLITICS)

Very conservative Conservative Moderate Liberal or very liberal TOTAL
[Holy book] is the word of God 87.6% 74.7% 55.1% 44.1% 64.8%
[Holy book] is a book written by men and is not the word of God 9.1% 16.5% 32.5% 47.2% 26.3%
Other 2.1% 3.7% 6.4% 3.8% 4.3%
Don't know/Refused 1.2% 5.1% 5.9% 4.8% 4.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1411


Religion (I-RELIGION)

Protestant Roman Catholic Other or Jewish None TOTAL
[Holy book] is the word of God 78.1% 66.8% 67.2% 28.3% 66.7%
[Holy book] is a book written by men and is not the word of God 15.0% 24.9% 24.5% 61.0% 25.3%
Other 3.8% 3.7% 3.7% 3.7% 3.8%
Don't know/Refused 3.1% 4.6% 4.6% 7.1% 4.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2821


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
[Holy book] is the word of God 60.4% 70.7% 65.7%
[Holy book] is a book written by men and is not the word of God 29.3% 22.0% 25.5%
Other 4.1% 3.5% 3.8%
Don't know/Refused 6.3% 3.8% 5.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
2905



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