Religion and Public Life Survey, 2003

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BIBLE1

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

[ASK ONLY IF DQFORM= 1 'FORM 1'] 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 32.6% 32.6%
The Bible is the word of God, but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word 42.4% 75%
The Bible is a book written by men and is not the word of God 18.9% 93.9%
Other 1.6% 95.5%
Don't know/Refused 4.5% 100%
Total N = 1002

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-24 25-34 35-44 45-64 65+ TOTAL
The Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word 30.2% 32.2% 33.7% 31.8% 35.4% 32.7%
The Bible is the word of God, but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word 43.1% 48.6% 49.4% 39.4% 31.8% 42.3%
The Bible is a book written by men and is not the word of God 23.5% 15.3% 12.6% 21.3% 22.2% 18.9%
Other 1.2% 1.7% 0.7% 1.4% 3.9% 1.7%
Don't know/Refused 2.0% 2.3% 3.6% 6.0% 6.6% 4.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1002


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 64.1% 45.5% 24.6% 23.7% 16.5% 7.8% 32.6%
The Bible is the word of God, but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word 27.9% 44.6% 62.1% 52.9% 39.2% 15.2% 42.5%
The Bible is a book written by men and is not the word of God 2.4% 6.5% 9.1% 21.6% 32.6% 62.7% 19.0%
Other 3.8% 1.4% 0.6% 0.0% 2.9% 2.3% 1.7%
Don't know/Refused 1.7% 2.0% 3.6% 1.8% 8.8% 12.0% 4.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
995


Education (I-EDUC)

Less than high school High school graduate (Grade 12 or GED certificate) Some college, no 4-year degree (or Vocational or Technical degree 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
The Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word 42.7% 38.8% 31.8% 19.4% 17.4% 32.5%
The Bible is the word of God, but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word 25.5% 41.6% 45.0% 56.0% 43.2% 42.4%
The Bible is a book written by men and is not the word of God 21.9% 12.3% 19.0% 21.4% 33.7% 19.0%
Other 0.0% 2.4% 1.4% 1.0% 3.7% 1.7%
Don't know/Refused 9.9% 4.9% 2.7% 2.3% 2.1% 4.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
997


Gender (I-GENDER)

Male Female TOTAL
The Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word 28.7% 36.3% 32.6%
The Bible is the word of God, but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word 39.8% 44.8% 42.4%
The Bible is a book written by men and is not the word of God 24.8% 13.4% 18.9%
Other 1.9% 1.4% 1.6%
Don't know/Refused 4.8% 4.2% 4.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
1002


Political party (I-PARTYID)

Republican Democrat Independent TOTAL
The Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word 37.5% 32.8% 26.8% 32.2%
The Bible is the word of God, but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word 42.9% 42.0% 43.3% 42.7%
The Bible is a book written by men and is not the word of God 15.0% 18.6% 23.5% 19.2%
Other 2.5% 1.3% 1.1% 1.6%
Don't know/Refused 2.1% 5.4% 5.3% 4.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
925


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Married Divorced or separated Widowed Never been married TOTAL
The Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word 32.6% 29.5% 53.2% 26.8% 32.3%
The Bible is the word of God, but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word 44.7% 40.1% 25.3% 45.4% 42.6%
The Bible is a book written by men and is not the word of God 17.1% 24.8% 9.5% 22.1% 19.0%
Other 1.9% 3.1% 0.6% 0.6% 1.7%
Don't know/Refused 3.7% 2.5% 11.4% 5.1% 4.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
996



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