Sub-Saharan Africa Religion Survey, 2010

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Q57

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

Q57 [ASK IF CHRISTIAN] And would you say that the Bible is to be taken literally, word for word, OR not everything in the Bible should be taken literally, word for word?
  1) Taken literally, word for word
  2) Not everything should be taken literally, word for word
  3) Other
  8) Don't know
  9) Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Taken literally, word for word 75.8% 75.8%
Not everything should be taken literally, word for word 20.4% 96.2%
Other .8% 97%
Don't know 2.6% 99.6%
Refused .4% 100%
Total N = 15542

Variable Comparisons

Education (I-EDUC)

Completed primary or less Some secondary/Completed secondary Post-secondary and up TOTAL
Taken literally, word for word 76.8% 76.3% 74.4% 76.1%
Not everything should be taken literally, word for word 19.0% 20.4% 22.6% 20.4%
Other 1.0% 0.7% 0.6% 0.8%
Don't know 2.8% 2.2% 2.1% 2.4%
Refused 0.4% 0.4% 0.3% 0.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
15297


Age (I-AGE)

Age 18-29 30-39 40-49 50-59 Age 60 or over TOTAL
Taken literally, word for word 74.3% 76.7% 77.2% 76.6% 80.3% 75.8%
Not everything should be taken literally, word for word 21.4% 20.1% 19.3% 19.3% 17.3% 20.4%
Other 0.9% 0.7% 0.8% 0.6% 0.4% 0.8%
Don't know 3.0% 2.1% 2.5% 2.7% 1.9% 2.6%
Refused 0.4% 0.4% 0.2% 0.8% 0.1% 0.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
15475


Gender (I-GENDER)

Male Female TOTAL
Taken literally, word for word 74.9% 76.7% 75.8%
Not everything should be taken literally, word for word 21.6% 19.3% 20.4%
Other 0.7% 0.8% 0.8%
Don't know 2.5% 2.7% 2.6%
Refused 0.3% 0.5% 0.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
15542


Religion (I-RELIGION)

Christian Muslim Ancestral, tribal, animist, or other traditional African religion Unaffiliated TOTAL
Taken literally, word for word 75.8% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 75.8%
Not everything should be taken literally, word for word 20.4% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 20.4%
Other 0.8% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.8%
Don't know 2.6% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 2.6%
Refused 0.4% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
15542



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