U.S. Religious Landscape Study, 2014

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QG7B

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

Q.G7b. [ASK IF BELIEVE HOLY BOOK IS WORD OF GOD] And would you say that [READ, IN ORDER]
  1) [The Bible/the Torah/the Koran/the Holy Scripture] is to be taken literally, word for word, OR
  2) Not everything in [the Bible/the Torah/the Koran/the Holy Scripture] should be taken literally, word for word
  3) (VOL) Other
  9) (VOL) Don't know/Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
[The Bible/the Torah/the Koran/the Holy Scripture] is to be taken literally, word for word, OR 51.2% 51.2%
Not everything in [the Bible/the Torah/the Koran/the Holy Scripture] should be taken literally, word for word 44.4% 95.6%
(VOL) Other 2.2% 97.8%
(VOL) Don't know/Refused 2.2% 100%
Total N = 20338

Variable Comparisons

Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
[The Bible/the Torah/the Koran/the Holy Scripture] is to be taken literally, word for word, OR 49.8% 52.3% 51.2%
Not everything in [the Bible/the Torah/the Koran/the Holy Scripture] should be taken literally, word for word 45.9% 43.1% 44.4%
(VOL) Other 2.3% 2.2% 2.2%
(VOL) Don't know/Refused 2.0% 2.4% 2.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
20338


Political party (I-PARTYID)

Republican Democrat Independent No preference (VOL) Other party (VOL) TOTAL
[The Bible/the Torah/the Koran/the Holy Scripture] is to be taken literally, word for word, OR 53.1% 54.2% 45.7% 55.0% 47.8% 50.9%
Not everything in [the Bible/the Torah/the Koran/the Holy Scripture] should be taken literally, word for word 42.4% 42.3% 50.6% 36.5% 44.0% 44.8%
(VOL) Other 2.4% 1.9% 1.9% 4.2% 3.7% 2.2%
(VOL) Don't know/Refused 2.1% 1.7% 1.9% 4.3% 4.5% 2.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
19700


Household income (I-INCOME)

Less than $20,000 20 to under $40,000 50 to under $75,000 75 to under $100,000 $100,000 or more TOTAL
[The Bible/the Torah/the Koran/the Holy Scripture] is to be taken literally, word for word, OR 63.6% 54.5% 46.5% 41.4% 34.8% 50.5%
Not everything in [the Bible/the Torah/the Koran/the Holy Scripture] should be taken literally, word for word 32.3% 42.0% 49.3% 54.8% 61.3% 45.5%
(VOL) Other 1.8% 1.6% 2.3% 2.1% 2.6% 2.0%
(VOL) Don't know/Refused 2.3% 1.9% 2.0% 1.8% 1.3% 1.9%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
17482


Education (I-EDUC)

High school incomplete or less than high school (no diploma) High school graduate (grade 12 with diploma or GED certificate) Some college, no degree (includes some community college) or two-year associate degree from a college or university Four-year college or university degree/Bachelor's degree (e.g., BS, BA, AB) Some postgraduate or professional school or postgraduate or professional degree, including master's, doctorate, medical or law degree (e.g., MA, MS, PhD, MD, JD, graduate school) TOTAL
[The Bible/the Torah/the Koran/the Holy Scripture] is to be taken literally, word for word, OR 72.9% 56.3% 47.7% 38.4% 32.7% 51.2%
Not everything in [the Bible/the Torah/the Koran/the Holy Scripture] should be taken literally, word for word 22.3% 39.7% 47.7% 57.2% 62.5% 44.4%
(VOL) Other 1.9% 1.7% 2.8% 2.4% 2.4% 2.2%
(VOL) Don't know/Refused 2.9% 2.3% 1.9% 2.0% 2.4% 2.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
20221


Age (I-AGE)

Age 29 or younger 30-39 40-49 50-59 Age 60 or older TOTAL
[The Bible/the Torah/the Koran/the Holy Scripture] is to be taken literally, word for word, OR 40.1% 50.4% 52.7% 55.9% 54.6% 51.2%
Not everything in [the Bible/the Torah/the Koran/the Holy Scripture] should be taken literally, word for word 56.8% 46.3% 43.3% 39.7% 39.5% 44.5%
(VOL) Other 1.8% 1.8% 2.3% 2.2% 2.6% 2.2%
(VOL) Don't know/Refused 1.3% 1.5% 1.7% 2.1% 3.3% 2.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
19912



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