U.S. Religious Knowledge Study, 2010

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QN29

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

29. And would you say that...?
  1) (BOOK) to be taken literally, word for word
  2) Not everything in (BOOK) should be taken literally
  3) Other
  8) Don't know
  9) Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
(BOOK) to be taken literally, word for word 52.7% 52.7%
Not everything in (BOOK) should be taken literally 42.3% 95%
Other 1.3% 96.3%
Don't know 3.2% 99.5%
Refused .5% 100%
Total N = 2150

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-24 25-34 35-44 45-64 65+ TOTAL
(BOOK) to be taken literally, word for word 40.7% 47.5% 54.5% 54.7% 59.5% 52.7%
Not everything in (BOOK) should be taken literally 55.6% 48.3% 40.3% 40.4% 34.5% 42.4%
Other 0.7% 2.1% 1.7% 0.8% 1.4% 1.3%
Don't know 3.0% 1.9% 3.5% 3.1% 4.2% 3.1%
Refused 0.0% 0.3% 0.0% 1.0% 0.5% 0.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2150


Region (I-REGION)

East Midwest South West TOTAL
(BOOK) to be taken literally, word for word 45.1% 48.6% 58.9% 50.6% 52.7%
Not everything in (BOOK) should be taken literally 48.4% 47.1% 36.3% 44.7% 42.3%
Other 0.8% 0.6% 1.8% 1.3% 1.3%
Don't know 5.5% 3.1% 2.5% 3.0% 3.2%
Refused 0.3% 0.6% 0.5% 0.4% 0.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2148


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) to be taken literally, word for word 66.1% 56.6% 47.9% 43.7% 40.0% 52.7%
Not everything in (BOOK) should be taken literally 29.2% 37.9% 46.3% 53.2% 57.2% 42.4%
Other 1.1% 1.5% 1.8% 0.6% 0.0% 1.3%
Don't know 3.6% 3.4% 3.4% 2.6% 2.1% 3.2%
Refused 0.0% 0.6% 0.6% 0.0% 0.7% 0.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2137


Political ideology (I-POLITICS)

Very conservative Conservative Moderate Liberal Very liberal TOTAL
(BOOK) to be taken literally, word for word 69.5% 56.6% 43.5% 47.4% 62.8% 52.5%
Not everything in (BOOK) should be taken literally 26.9% 38.3% 52.4% 46.4% 37.2% 43.0%
Other 1.3% 1.9% 0.4% 3.3% 0.0% 1.4%
Don't know 1.3% 2.6% 3.2% 2.6% 0.0% 2.6%
Refused 0.9% 0.6% 0.4% 0.4% 0.0% 0.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2000


Religion (I-RELIGION)

Protestant Catholic Other religion Atheist/Agnostic Unaffiliated-Nothing in particular TOTAL
(BOOK) to be taken literally, word for word 60.5% 40.6% 31.8% 50.0% 35.7% 52.9%
Not everything in (BOOK) should be taken literally 34.8% 55.1% 60.6% 50.0% 57.1% 42.2%
Other 1.6% 0.4% 3.0% 0.0% 1.4% 1.3%
Don't know 2.7% 3.4% 1.5% 0.0% 5.0% 3.0%
Refused 0.3% 0.5% 3.0% 0.0% 0.7% 0.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2105



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