Religion and Public Life Survey, 2001

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FEELBBL

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

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. 36.3% 36.3%
The Bible is the word of God, but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word. 43.1% 79.4%
The Bible is a book written by men and is not the word of God. 13.5% 92.9%
Other 3% 95.9%
Don't know/Refused 4% 99.9%
Total N = 2041

Variable Comparisons

Gender (I-GENDER)

Male Female TOTAL
The Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word. 30.2% 41.9% 36.3%
The Bible is the word of God, but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word. 43.7% 42.6% 43.1%
The Bible is a book written by men and is not the word of God. 18.3% 9.2% 13.5%
Other 3.0% 3.0% 3.0%
Don't know/Refused 4.8% 3.3% 4.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
2041


Political party (I-PARTYID)

Republican Democrat Independent No preference or Don't know/Refused TOTAL
The Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word. 43.1% 38.1% 26.2% 39.1% 36.4%
The Bible is the word of God, but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word. 43.4% 41.3% 46.9% 39.1% 43.2%
The Bible is a book written by men and is not the word of God. 8.1% 14.2% 19.7% 9.0% 13.5%
Other 2.4% 3.3% 3.3% 3.2% 3.0%
Don't know/Refused 3.1% 3.1% 3.9% 9.6% 3.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2036


Household income (I-INCOME)

Less than $20,000 $20,000 to under $40,000 $40,000 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. 48.9% 39.6% 30.4% 24.1% 23.8% 36.0%
The Bible is the word of God, but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word. 33.3% 44.2% 50.4% 52.9% 45.5% 44.6%
The Bible is a book written by men and is not the word of God. 12.9% 10.2% 14.0% 16.9% 24.1% 13.8%
Other 2.5% 3.0% 2.0% 4.1% 2.4% 2.6%
Don't know/Refused 2.4% 3.0% 3.2% 2.0% 4.2% 3.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1697


Education (I-EDUC)

Less than high school High school graduate (Grade 12 or GED certificate) Business, Technical, or vocational school after high school Some college, no four-year degree College graduate (B.S., B.A., or other 4-year degree) Postgraduate training or professional schooling after college (e.g., towards a master's degree or Ph.D.; law or medical school) TOTAL
The Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word. 50.3% 46.3% 31.6% 34.0% 20.9% 14.0% 36.4%
The Bible is the word of God, but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word. 32.8% 40.6% 50.5% 43.7% 52.1% 48.7% 43.1%
The Bible is a book written by men and is not the word of God. 7.7% 7.6% 7.8% 15.8% 19.4% 30.3% 13.5%
Other 3.1% 2.1% 5.8% 2.9% 4.1% 3.0% 3.0%
Don't know/Refused 6.1% 3.4% 4.4% 3.6% 3.4% 3.9% 3.9%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2030


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Married Divorced/Separated Widowed Never been married TOTAL
The Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word. 38.9% 31.7% 48.7% 30.5% 36.5%
The Bible is the word of God, but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word. 44.0% 47.1% 31.4% 41.9% 43.1%
The Bible is a book written by men and is not the word of God. 11.3% 13.3% 7.8% 20.8% 13.6%
Other 2.2% 3.7% 5.9% 3.4% 3.0%
Don't know/Refused 3.6% 4.1% 6.2% 3.3% 3.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2031


Age (I-AGE)

18-30 31-40 41-50 51-64 65+ TOTAL
The Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word. 31.2% 33.5% 35.0% 42.2% 43.4% 36.5%
The Bible is the word of God, but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word. 46.8% 43.7% 46.5% 39.8% 36.4% 43.1%
The Bible is a book written by men and is not the word of God. 16.1% 15.6% 12.4% 13.3% 9.1% 13.6%
Other 1.7% 3.7% 3.0% 2.5% 4.4% 3.0%
Don't know/Refused 4.2% 3.5% 3.2% 2.2% 6.7% 3.9%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2009


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. 64.2% 45.6% 33.8% 24.1% 15.4% 14.8% 36.4%
The Bible is the word of God, but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word. 26.7% 45.1% 48.8% 54.6% 46.3% 32.2% 43.4%
The Bible is a book written by men and is not the word of God. 3.5% 4.6% 9.8% 13.0% 29.3% 48.4% 13.6%
Other 3.7% 1.8% 4.8% 2.9% 3.4% 0.6% 3.0%
Don't know/Refused 1.9% 2.9% 2.8% 5.4% 5.6% 4.1% 3.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2023



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