News Interest Index, March 2004

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BIBLE1

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

[ASK ONLY IF FORM= 1] 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.
  4) Other
  9) Don't know/Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
The Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word. 40.2% 40.2%
The Bible is the word of God, but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word. 40.9% 81.1%
The Bible is a book written by men and is not the word of God. 14% 95.1%
Other 1.3% 96.4%
Don't know/Refused 3.5% 99.9%
Total N = 864

Variable Comparisons

Political party (I-PARTYID)

Republican Democrat Independent TOTAL
The Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word. 52.4% 38.3% 32.2% 40.1%
The Bible is the word of God, but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word. 38.7% 41.4% 43.0% 41.2%
The Bible is a book written by men and is not the word of God. 7.3% 15.7% 18.4% 14.3%
Other 0.5% 1.6% 2.0% 1.4%
Don't know/Refused 1.1% 3.0% 4.4% 3.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
820


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
The Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word. 72.7% 55.9% 31.6% 29.7% 23.8% 26.8% 40.2%
The Bible is the word of God, but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word. 24.2% 39.3% 56.0% 47.2% 46.2% 21.8% 41.0%
The Bible is a book written by men and is not the word of God. 0.5% 3.3% 8.3% 18.4% 22.7% 41.3% 14.1%
Other 1.5% 0.0% 1.9% 0.6% 1.5% 4.5% 1.3%
Don't know/Refused 1.0% 1.5% 2.3% 4.2% 5.8% 5.6% 3.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
857


Age (I-AGE)

18-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 65+ TOTAL
The Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word. 29.3% 33.4% 47.2% 38.0% 33.2% 55.1% 40.2%
The Bible is the word of God, but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word. 53.0% 48.3% 37.1% 42.2% 42.5% 28.1% 41.3%
The Bible is a book written by men and is not the word of God. 12.6% 15.9% 11.0% 16.3% 19.6% 10.5% 14.2%
Other 2.5% 0.7% 2.4% 0.3% 1.4% 0.4% 1.2%
Don't know/Refused 2.5% 1.7% 2.4% 3.2% 3.3% 6.0% 3.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
853


Education (I-EDUC)

Less than high school High school graduate Some college College+ TOTAL
The Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word. 62.6% 47.8% 35.9% 20.5% 40.1%
The Bible is the word of God, but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word. 21.1% 39.7% 42.4% 52.8% 41.0%
The Bible is a book written by men and is not the word of God. 11.0% 9.6% 16.1% 20.2% 14.1%
Other 0.0% 0.9% 1.8% 2.3% 1.3%
Don't know/Refused 5.3% 2.1% 3.6% 4.2% 3.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
862


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
The Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word. 52.9% 46.1% 40.2% 39.0% 22.3% 23.3% 39.2%
The Bible is the word of God, but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word. 31.9% 34.8% 43.6% 46.2% 57.2% 46.6% 42.3%
The Bible is a book written by men and is not the word of God. 10.3% 14.2% 13.8% 13.1% 16.3% 22.3% 14.4%
Other 1.0% 1.5% 0.3% 0.4% 1.2% 3.6% 1.2%
Don't know/Refused 3.9% 3.4% 2.1% 1.2% 3.0% 4.1% 2.9%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
755


Race (I-RACE)

White, not Hispanic Black, not Hispanic Hispanic/Other TOTAL
The Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word. 37.5% 59.1% 40.3% 40.3%
The Bible is the word of God, but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word. 43.0% 27.3% 41.0% 41.0%
The Bible is a book written by men and is not the word of God. 14.5% 7.4% 15.8% 14.0%
Other 1.3% 1.7% 1.1% 1.3%
Don't know/Refused 3.6% 4.5% 1.8% 3.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
862



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