Changing Faiths: Latinos and the Transformation of American Religion

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QN50

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

Which of these statements comes closest to describing your feelings about the Bible?
  1) The Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word
  2) The Bible is the word of God, but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word
  3) The Bible is a book written by men and is not the word of God
  7) Other
  8) Don't know
  9) Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
The Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word 50.4% 50.4%
The Bible is the word of God, but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word 31.4% 81.8%
The Bible is a book written by men and is not the word of God 11.7% 93.5%
Other .7% 94.2%
Don't know 4.4% 98.6%
Refused 1.4% 100%
Total N = 4016

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-29 30-39 40-54 55-64 65+ TOTAL
The Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word 40.4% 56.1% 51.1% 59.8% 58.4% 50.7%
The Bible is the word of God, but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word 39.3% 28.8% 31.1% 26.1% 21.3% 31.7%
The Bible is a book written by men and is not the word of God 14.0% 10.1% 11.9% 8.4% 12.6% 11.7%
Other 0.8% 0.6% 0.6% 1.4% 1.3% 0.8%
Don't know 4.9% 4.1% 3.2% 4.1% 6.1% 4.3%
Refused 0.5% 0.3% 2.1% 0.3% 0.3% 0.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
3893


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Married Divorced Separated Widowed Never been married TOTAL
The Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word 55.0% 50.5% 45.6% 63.2% 41.3% 50.6%
The Bible is the word of God, but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word 29.7% 29.1% 31.6% 23.4% 37.3% 31.5%
The Bible is a book written by men and is not the word of God 9.9% 14.2% 16.0% 9.9% 14.1% 11.8%
Other 0.8% 0.9% 0.8% 0.0% 0.8% 0.7%
Don't know 3.6% 4.6% 4.4% 2.9% 5.8% 4.3%
Refused 1.2% 0.6% 1.6% 0.6% 0.8% 1.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
3910


Region (I-REGION)

Northeast North Central South West TOTAL
The Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word 52.4% 59.9% 51.0% 47.3% 50.4%
The Bible is the word of God, but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word 30.9% 29.2% 31.2% 32.1% 31.4%
The Bible is a book written by men and is not the word of God 11.2% 3.3% 12.3% 13.0% 11.7%
Other 0.7% 0.9% 0.8% 0.8% 0.8%
Don't know 3.7% 5.1% 3.8% 4.9% 4.4%
Refused 1.0% 1.5% 1.0% 1.8% 1.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
4016


Gender (I-GENDER)

Male Female TOTAL
The Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word 46.4% 54.6% 50.4%
The Bible is the word of God, but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word 31.5% 31.3% 31.4%
The Bible is a book written by men and is not the word of God 14.6% 8.7% 11.7%
Other 1.0% 0.5% 0.7%
Don't know 5.0% 3.7% 4.4%
Refused 1.5% 1.3% 1.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
4016


Education (I-EDUC)

Less than high school High school grad or GED Business, technical, or vocational school after high school Some college, no 4-year degree College graduate, post-graduate training or professional schooling after college TOTAL
The Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word 59.1% 55.5% 40.8% 35.4% 29.3% 50.4%
The Bible is the word of God, but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word 24.6% 28.1% 44.0% 45.2% 44.0% 31.7%
The Bible is a book written by men and is not the word of God 9.0% 11.4% 7.9% 14.7% 21.8% 11.8%
Other 0.5% 0.5% 1.0% 0.8% 2.0% 0.8%
Don't know 6.2% 4.2% 2.1% 2.5% 1.3% 4.3%
Refused 0.6% 0.4% 4.2% 1.4% 1.8% 1.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
3837



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