ABC News Religion Poll, 1997

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BIBLE (Weighted by WT1)

Which one of these statements comes closest to describing your feelings about the Bible:
  1) The Bible is the actual word of God to be taken literally, word for word,
  2) The Bible is the inspired word of God -- not everything should be taken word for word, or
  3) The Bible is an ancient book of fables, legends, history and more perceptions recorded by men.

Category Frequency Percentage Cumulative Percentage
The Bible is the actual word of God to be taken literally, word for word, 375 43.5% 43.5%
The Bible is the inspired word of God -- not everything should be taken word for word, or 382 44.3% 87.8%
The Bible is an ancient book of fables, legends, history and more perceptions recorded by men. 106 12.3% 100.1%
Missing 26
* The number of missing cases reported above is unweighted. Missing cases are not displayed in tables below.

Variable Comparisons

Education (I-EDUC)

Less HS Grad HS Some coll Grad coll Postgrad TOTAL
The Bible is the actual word of God to be taken literally, word for word, 68.4%
106
49.8%
145
37.4%
68
25.0%
39
18.7%
14
43.3%
372
The Bible is the inspired word of God -- not everything should be taken word for word, or 29.0%
45
39.2%
114
51.1%
93
55.8%
87
54.7%
41
44.2%
380
The Bible is an ancient book of fables, legends, history and more perceptions recorded by men. 2.6%
4
11.0%
32
11.5%
21
19.2%
30
26.7%
20
12.5%
107
TOTAL 100.0%
155
100.0%
291
100.0%
182
100.0%
156
100.0%
75

859


Race (I-RACE)

White Black Hispanic Other TOTAL
The Bible is the actual word of God to be taken literally, word for word, 39.3%
255
71.9%
69
47.1%
32
34.1%
14
43.3%
370
The Bible is the inspired word of God -- not everything should be taken word for word, or 47.6%
309
24.0%
23
42.6%
29
41.5%
17
44.3%
378
The Bible is an ancient book of fables, legends, history and more perceptions recorded by men. 13.1%
85
4.2%
4
10.3%
7
24.4%
10
12.4%
106
TOTAL 100.0%
649
100.0%
96
100.0%
68
100.0%
41

854


Age (I-AGE)

18-30 31-45 46-64 65+ TOTAL
The Bible is the actual word of God to be taken literally, word for word, 41.6%
92
42.8%
116
42.4%
100
48.1%
62
43.2%
370
The Bible is the inspired word of God -- not everything should be taken word for word, or 44.8%
99
44.3%
120
44.5%
105
44.2%
57
44.5%
381
The Bible is an ancient book of fables, legends, history and more perceptions recorded by men. 13.6%
30
12.9%
35
13.1%
31
7.8%
10
12.4%
106
TOTAL 100.0%
221
100.0%
271
100.0%
236
100.0%
129

857


Region (I-REGION)

Northeast Midwest South West TOTAL
The Bible is the actual word of God to be taken literally, word for word, 38.6%
66
38.9%
84
51.6%
160
39.3%
66
43.5%
376
The Bible is the inspired word of God -- not everything should be taken word for word, or 43.9%
75
55.1%
119
38.7%
120
39.9%
67
44.0%
381
The Bible is an ancient book of fables, legends, history and more perceptions recorded by men. 17.5%
30
6.0%
13
9.7%
30
20.8%
35
12.5%
108
TOTAL 100.0%
171
100.0%
216
100.0%
310
100.0%
168

865


Religious preference (I-RELNOW)

Protestant Catholic None Christian (Non-Protestant) Other Non-Christian TOTAL
The Bible is the actual word of God to be taken literally, word for word, 49.9%
197
32.5%
66
14.9%
10
65.6%
59
38.9%
42
43.3%
374
The Bible is the inspired word of God -- not everything should be taken word for word, or 44.6%
176
58.6%
119
37.3%
25
32.2%
29
31.5%
34
44.4%
383
The Bible is an ancient book of fables, legends, history and more perceptions recorded by men. 5.6%
22
8.9%
18
47.8%
32
2.2%
2
29.6%
32
12.3%
106
TOTAL 100.0%
395
100.0%
203
100.0%
67
100.0%
90
100.0%
108

863


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
The Bible is the actual word of God to be taken literally, word for word, 41.7%
169
45.0%
206
43.5%
375
The Bible is the inspired word of God -- not everything should be taken word for word, or 44.7%
181
43.9%
201
44.3%
382
The Bible is an ancient book of fables, legends, history and more perceptions recorded by men. 13.6%
55
11.1%
51
12.3%
106
TOTAL 100.0%
405
100.0%
458

863



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