U.S. Religious Knowledge Study, 2010

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QN28

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

28. [If Christian, unaffiliated, or don't know/refused, 'The Bible' is used. If Jewish, 'The Hebrew Scriptures' is used. If Muslim, 'The Koran' is used. If other faith, 'The Holy Scripture' is used.] Which comes closest to your view?
  1) (BOOK) the word of God
  2) (BOOK) written by men and not the word of God
  3) Other
  8) Don't know
  9) Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
(BOOK) the word of God 66.2% 66.2%
(BOOK) written by men and not the word of God 27.5% 93.7%
Other 2.6% 96.3%
Don't know 3.3% 99.6%
Refused .4% 100%
Total N = 3412

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-24 25-34 35-44 45-64 65+ TOTAL
(BOOK) the word of God 62.9% 62.5% 66.2% 67.3% 70.0% 66.2%
(BOOK) written by men and not the word of God 31.1% 33.5% 28.0% 26.4% 20.9% 27.5%
Other 0.7% 1.3% 3.3% 3.0% 3.6% 2.6%
Don't know 5.1% 2.3% 2.3% 2.9% 4.7% 3.3%
Refused 0.2% 0.3% 0.2% 0.4% 0.8% 0.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
3412


Region (I-REGION)

East Midwest South West TOTAL
(BOOK) the word of God 57.4% 66.0% 74.1% 60.8% 66.2%
(BOOK) written by men and not the word of God 35.0% 29.2% 19.8% 32.3% 27.5%
Other 2.1% 2.3% 2.8% 2.9% 2.6%
Don't know 5.1% 2.2% 2.9% 3.6% 3.3%
Refused 0.5% 0.4% 0.5% 0.4% 0.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
3409


Education (I-EDUC)

High school incomplete (Grades 9-11), None, or grade 1-8 High school graduate (Grade 12 or GED certificate) Some college, associate degree, no 4-year degree (or Technical, trade, or vocational school AFTER high school) College graduate (B.S., B.A., or other 4-year degree) Post-graduate training or professional schooling after college (e.g., toward a master's Degree or Ph.D.; law or medical school) TOTAL
(BOOK) the word of God 75.0% 71.5% 67.5% 58.3% 45.9% 66.2%
(BOOK) written by men and not the word of God 16.3% 22.3% 27.7% 36.3% 45.6% 27.5%
Other 2.7% 2.3% 1.5% 3.9% 4.4% 2.6%
Don't know 6.0% 3.6% 2.7% 1.2% 3.5% 3.3%
Refused 0.0% 0.3% 0.5% 0.3% 0.6% 0.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
3389


Political ideology (I-POLITICS)

Very conservative Conservative Moderate Liberal Very liberal TOTAL
(BOOK) the word of God 84.8% 78.5% 64.5% 48.8% 36.6% 66.0%
(BOOK) written by men and not the word of God 10.2% 16.4% 29.3% 44.7% 57.7% 28.3%
Other 1.1% 2.0% 3.0% 2.7% 3.8% 2.5%
Don't know 3.4% 2.8% 2.9% 3.4% 1.9% 2.9%
Refused 0.4% 0.3% 0.3% 0.4% 0.0% 0.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
3189


Religion (I-RELIGION)

Protestant Catholic Other religion Atheist/Agnostic Unaffiliated-Nothing in particular TOTAL
(BOOK) the word of God 80.7% 68.4% 65.7% 1.4% 34.2% 67.9%
(BOOK) written by men and not the word of God 14.3% 27.2% 26.5% 95.0% 55.3% 26.5%
Other 2.7% 1.6% 2.0% 1.4% 2.0% 2.2%
Don't know 2.1% 2.7% 4.9% 1.4% 7.8% 3.0%
Refused 0.2% 0.1% 1.0% 0.7% 0.7% 0.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
3257



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