News Interest Index, March 2004

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BIBLE2

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

[ASK ONLY IF FORM= 2] Which of these statements comes closest to describing your feelings about the Bible?
  1) The Bible is a book written by men and is not the word of God.
  2) The Bible is the word of God, but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word.
  3) The Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word.
  4) Other
  9) Don't know/Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
The Bible is a book written by men and is not the word of God. 11.6% 11.6%
The Bible is the word of God, but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word. 43.3% 54.9%
The Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word. 38.9% 93.8%
Other 1.2% 95%
Don't know/Refused 5% 100%
Total N = 839

Variable Comparisons

Political party (I-PARTYID)

Republican Democrat Independent TOTAL
The Bible is a book written by men and is not the word of God. 6.4% 16.8% 11.5% 12.0%
The Bible is the word of God, but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word. 40.6% 41.3% 48.9% 43.6%
The Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word. 47.9% 37.3% 33.8% 39.3%
Other 1.8% 0.9% 0.4% 1.0%
Don't know/Refused 3.3% 3.7% 5.4% 4.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
783


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 a book written by men and is not the word of God. 1.3% 3.7% 7.4% 10.0% 16.7% 44.8% 11.7%
The Bible is the word of God, but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word. 26.8% 42.1% 47.0% 50.9% 52.8% 39.2% 43.8%
The Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word. 68.4% 49.3% 44.3% 30.9% 23.2% 9.4% 39.0%
Other 2.6% 1.5% 0.9% 0.6% 1.2% 0.0% 1.2%
Don't know/Refused 0.9% 3.5% 0.4% 7.6% 6.1% 6.6% 4.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
830


Age (I-AGE)

18-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 65+ TOTAL
The Bible is a book written by men and is not the word of God. 11.7% 15.6% 10.1% 12.9% 8.5% 10.5% 11.7%
The Bible is the word of God, but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word. 44.7% 42.4% 44.2% 45.1% 44.8% 40.2% 43.5%
The Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word. 39.6% 35.4% 42.2% 37.2% 42.9% 37.2% 39.0%
Other 0.0% 0.7% 1.4% 0.9% 0.5% 2.3% 1.0%
Don't know/Refused 4.1% 5.9% 2.0% 3.8% 3.3% 9.8% 4.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
830


Education (I-EDUC)

Less than high school High school graduate Some college College+ TOTAL
The Bible is a book written by men and is not the word of God. 3.6% 7.2% 10.8% 22.6% 11.6%
The Bible is the word of God, but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word. 25.8% 42.8% 48.3% 49.1% 43.4%
The Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word. 62.2% 43.8% 36.0% 22.6% 38.9%
Other 0.0% 0.5% 2.1% 1.6% 1.1%
Don't know/Refused 8.4% 5.7% 2.8% 4.1% 5.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
837


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 a book written by men and is not the word of God. 8.8% 10.8% 6.3% 13.7% 25.7% 19.2% 12.2%
The Bible is the word of God, but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word. 31.0% 44.6% 48.6% 49.4% 42.6% 52.5% 44.2%
The Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word. 52.0% 39.0% 41.4% 33.2% 27.9% 23.7% 38.6%
Other 0.6% 0.9% 0.9% 0.8% 1.5% 1.1% 0.9%
Don't know/Refused 7.5% 4.8% 2.9% 2.9% 2.2% 3.4% 4.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
733


Race (I-RACE)

White, not Hispanic Black, not Hispanic Hispanic/Other TOTAL
The Bible is a book written by men and is not the word of God. 13.2% 1.7% 10.0% 11.5%
The Bible is the word of God, but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word. 44.0% 26.0% 54.8% 43.7%
The Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word. 36.6% 70.2% 27.6% 39.0%
Other 1.4% 0.0% 0.8% 1.2%
Don't know/Refused 4.7% 2.2% 6.8% 4.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
832



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