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Reading sacred texts - Belief Statistics Topic

Q16. Outside of attending religious services, about how often do you read the Bible, Koran, Torah, or other sacred book? (SACREDBK)
Results weighted by WEIGHT (Baylor Religion Survey, Wave II (2007) - Instructional Dataset)


Reading sacred texts by Age

 18-2930-3940-4950-5960-6970+TotalMissing
Never27.7%
74
30.2%
96
29.5%
100
27.1%
83
22.4%
47
24.1%
45
27.4%
445
0
Less than once a year15.4%
41
11.9%
38
12.4%
42
15.4%
47
14.8%
31
16.6%
31
14.1%
230
0
Once or twice a year12.4%
33
12.9%
41
10.9%
37
11.1%
34
9.5%
20
8.0%
15
11.1%
180
0
Several times a year8.2%
22
9.4%
30
10.9%
37
10.5%
32
9.0%
19
12.8%
24
10.1%
164
0
Once a month4.1%
11
2.8%
9
3.5%
12
1.6%
5
3.8%
8
2.1%
4
3.0%
49
0
2-3 times a month5.2%
14
5.0%
16
9.4%
32
5.2%
16
6.2%
13
4.3%
8
6.1%
99
0
About weekly9.0%
24
5.0%
16
3.2%
11
4.2%
13
5.7%
12
8.6%
16
5.7%
92
0
Weekly4.9%
13
7.9%
25
5.3%
18
10.5%
32
7.1%
15
5.9%
11
7.0%
114
0
Several times a week or more often13.1%
35
14.8%
47
14.7%
50
14.4%
44
21.4%
45
17.6%
33
15.6%
254
0
Missing514326210
Total 100%
267
100%
318
100%
339
100%
306
100%
210
100%
187
 
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Reading sacred texts by Education

 No high school diplomaHigh school graduateSome collegeTrade/technical/vocational trainingCollege graduatePostgraduate work/degreeTotalMissing
Never30.2%
38
31.8%
147
23.1%
100
24.1%
40
28.5%
61
25.6%
51
27.3%
437
8
Less than once a year16.7%
21
12.1%
56
13.6%
59
13.9%
23
17.8%
38
15.1%
30
14.2%
227
4
Once or twice a year10.3%
13
9.3%
43
9.9%
43
12.0%
20
14.5%
31
13.6%
27
11.1%
177
2
Several times a year10.3%
13
9.3%
43
11.5%
50
9.6%
16
7.0%
15
12.1%
24
10.1%
161
5
Once a month1.6%
2
2.4%
11
4.2%
18
0.6%
1
2.8%
6
4.5%
9
2.9%
47
1
2-3 times a month3.2%
4
6.5%
30
6.5%
28
7.8%
13
4.2%
9
5.0%
10
5.9%
94
4
About weekly9.5%
12
3.9%
18
8.1%
35
4.2%
7
6.1%
13
2.5%
5
5.6%
90
2
Weekly8.7%
11
8.2%
38
6.5%
28
7.8%
13
7.0%
15
4.5%
9
7.1%
114
1
Several times a week or more often9.5%
12
16.5%
76
16.6%
72
19.9%
33
12.1%
26
17.1%
34
15.8%
253
3
Missing035035515
Total 100%
126
100%
462
100%
433
100%
166
100%
214
100%
199
 
1600

Reading sacred texts by Gender

 MaleFemaleTotalMissing
Never30.5%
233
24.4%
211
27.3%
444
0
Less than once a year16.1%
123
12.6%
109
14.3%
232
0
Once or twice a year12.7%
97
9.6%
83
11.1%
180
0
Several times a year9.5%
73
10.7%
92
10.1%
165
0
Once a month2.6%
20
3.4%
29
3.0%
49
0
2-3 times a month4.7%
36
7.2%
62
6.0%
98
0
About weekly4.3%
33
6.7%
58
5.6%
91
0
Weekly6.8%
52
7.3%
63
7.1%
115
0
Several times a week or more often12.8%
98
18.1%
156
15.6%
254
0
Missing1110210
Total 100%
765
100%
863
 
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Reading sacred texts by Region

 EastMid-WestSouthWestTotalMissing
Never36.6%
131
25.7%
97
18.3%
97
32.7%
119
27.3%
444
0
Less than once a year18.7%
67
11.7%
44
12.5%
66
15.1%
55
14.2%
232
0
Once or twice a year11.5%
41
11.4%
43
9.2%
49
12.9%
47
11.0%
180
0
Several times a year8.4%
30
10.9%
41
10.0%
53
11.0%
40
10.1%
164
0
Once a month1.7%
6
2.9%
11
4.0%
21
3.0%
11
3.0%
49
0
2-3 times a month4.2%
15
7.2%
27
7.2%
38
4.9%
18
6.0%
98
0
About weekly3.1%
11
6.6%
25
8.3%
44
3.6%
13
5.7%
93
0
Weekly8.1%
29
5.8%
22
9.8%
52
3.3%
12
7.1%
115
0
Several times a week or more often7.8%
28
17.8%
67
20.8%
110
13.5%
49
15.6%
254
0
Missing3855210
Total 100%
358
100%
377
100%
530
100%
364
 
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Reading sacred texts by Religion

 Evangelical ProtestantBlack ProtestantMainline ProtestantCatholicOtherNoneTotalMissing
Never11.3%
59
3.9%
3
25.9%
83
36.9%
129
22.6%
28
67.2%
119
26.8%
421
19
Less than once a year8.4%
44
9.1%
7
15.0%
48
18.0%
63
16.1%
20
22.6%
40
14.1%
222
7
Once or twice a year8.2%
43
5.2%
4
15.9%
51
13.7%
48
12.9%
16
6.8%
12
11.1%
174
5
Several times a year9.9%
52
14.3%
11
11.8%
38
12.9%
45
12.1%
15
1.1%
2
10.4%
163
2
Once a month5.5%
29
2.6%
2
3.4%
11
1.4%
5
1.6%
2
0.0%
0
3.1%
49
1
2-3 times a month7.6%
40
11.7%
9
7.8%
25
5.1%
18
2.4%
3
0.0%
0
6.0%
95
2
About weekly7.5%
39
9.1%
7
6.9%
22
4.9%
17
2.4%
3
1.1%
2
5.7%
90
2
Weekly10.9%
57
24.7%
19
5.0%
16
3.7%
13
4.0%
5
0.6%
1
7.1%
111
4
Several times a week or more often30.6%
160
19.5%
15
8.4%
27
3.4%
12
25.8%
32
0.6%
1
15.7%
247
4
Missing408221674
Total 100%
523
100%
77
100%
321
100%
350
100%
124
100%
177
 
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Reading sacred texts by Worship attendance

 Less than once a yearOnce or twice a yearSeveral times a year1-3 times a monthAbout weeklyWeekly or moreTotalMissing
Never54.2%
271
42.7%
70
22.1%
38
17.0%
32
6.1%
6
4.7%
23
27.3%
440
6
Less than once a year23.2%
116
19.5%
32
18.6%
32
11.2%
21
13.1%
13
3.5%
17
14.3%
231
2
Once or twice a year9.6%
48
14.6%
24
21.5%
37
20.2%
38
7.1%
7
5.3%
26
11.2%
180
2
Several times a year6.2%
31
12.2%
20
18.6%
32
15.4%
29
20.2%
20
6.3%
31
10.1%
163
2
Once a month0.8%
4
0.6%
1
1.2%
2
6.9%
13
7.1%
7
4.1%
20
2.9%
47
2
2-3 times a month1.2%
6
2.4%
4
9.3%
16
9.0%
17
9.1%
9
9.2%
45
6.0%
97
1
About weekly1.4%
7
2.4%
4
1.2%
2
8.0%
15
14.1%
14
10.2%
50
5.7%
92
1
Weekly1.4%
7
3.0%
5
2.3%
4
6.4%
12
6.1%
6
16.6%
81
7.1%
115
1
Several times a week or more often2.0%
10
2.4%
4
5.2%
9
5.9%
11
17.2%
17
40.1%
196
15.3%
247
5
Missing433125433
Total 100%
500
100%
164
100%
172
100%
188
100%
99
100%
489
 
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Notes

This file contains all of the cases and variables that are in the original 2007 Baylor Religion Survey, but is prepared for easier use in the classroom. Changes have been made in two areas. First, to avoid confusion when constructing tables or interpreting basic analysis, all missing data codes have been set to system missing. Second, many of the continuous variables have been categorized into fewer categories, and added as additional variables to the file.

The Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion (ISR) received a major three-year grant from the John M. Templeton Foundation, to conduct a nationally representative multi-year study of religious values, practices, and behaviors, with a specific focus on consumption of religious goods and services. Using a host of new survey items that improve upon previous work, the study will yield new data to more systematically explore and better understand what sometimes appears to be an ambiguous relationship between trust, civic engagement, and religion. In partnering with the Gallup Organization, we believe this cutting-edge study has the potential to generate data that may well cause scholars to rethink our currently used measures of religious commitment or devoutness, as well as various theories linking the influence of religion to civic engagement, spiritual capital, and many other important social and behavioral outcomes.

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