Religion and Public Life Survey, 2003

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BIBLE2

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

[ASK ONLY IF DQFORM= 2 'FORM 2'] Which of these statements comes closest to describing your feelings about the Bible?
  1) The Bible is a book written by men and is not the word of God
  2) The Bible is the word of God, but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word
  3) The Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word
  4) Other
  9) Don't know/Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
The Bible is a book written by men and is not the word of God 13.4% 13.4%
The Bible is the word of God, but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word 44.3% 57.7%
The Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word 37.5% 95.2%
Other 2.2% 97.4%
Don't know/Refused 2.5% 99.9%
Total N = 1001

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-24 25-34 35-44 45-64 65+ TOTAL
The Bible is a book written by men and is not the word of God 18.0% 14.3% 10.6% 13.1% 12.9% 13.4%
The Bible is the word of God, but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word 43.2% 45.7% 47.8% 46.7% 35.9% 44.4%
The Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word 35.6% 35.0% 36.7% 36.3% 44.8% 37.6%
Other 2.4% 2.8% 1.2% 2.4% 2.3% 2.2%
Don't know/Refused 0.8% 2.2% 3.7% 1.5% 4.0% 2.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1001


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 a book written by men and is not the word of God 1.2% 5.7% 6.4% 20.2% 27.1% 38.2% 13.6%
The Bible is the word of God, but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word 26.9% 46.4% 53.7% 54.9% 45.5% 33.5% 44.4%
The Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word 68.6% 43.1% 37.1% 22.5% 22.6% 18.8% 37.8%
Other 0.3% 3.3% 1.1% 1.2% 2.7% 1.2% 1.8%
Don't know/Refused 3.0% 1.6% 1.8% 1.2% 2.1% 8.2% 2.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
994


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 a book written by men and is not the word of God 5.1% 11.9% 13.4% 16.4% 24.7% 13.2%
The Bible is the word of God, but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word 27.9% 40.0% 49.3% 53.4% 56.7% 44.4%
The Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word 58.6% 45.6% 33.5% 23.9% 11.9% 37.6%
Other 4.4% 0.9% 1.5% 3.6% 3.1% 2.2%
Don't know/Refused 4.0% 1.6% 2.3% 2.6% 3.6% 2.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
991


Gender (I-GENDER)

Male Female TOTAL
The Bible is a book written by men and is not the word of God 19.0% 8.3% 13.4%
The Bible is the word of God, but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word 46.3% 42.6% 44.3%
The Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word 30.3% 44.3% 37.5%
Other 2.3% 2.1% 2.2%
Don't know/Refused 2.2% 2.7% 2.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
1001


Political party (I-PARTYID)

Republican Democrat Independent TOTAL
The Bible is a book written by men and is not the word of God 7.6% 13.2% 18.9% 13.3%
The Bible is the word of God, but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word 46.3% 44.3% 44.2% 44.9%
The Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word 44.0% 37.8% 31.7% 37.7%
Other 1.2% 2.3% 3.0% 2.2%
Don't know/Refused 1.0% 2.3% 2.2% 1.9%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
924


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Married Divorced or separated Widowed Never been married TOTAL
The Bible is a book written by men and is not the word of God 12.2% 12.5% 9.0% 18.0% 13.3%
The Bible is the word of God, but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word 46.9% 41.5% 35.0% 43.7% 44.4%
The Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word 36.2% 40.8% 48.6% 34.7% 37.6%
Other 1.8% 2.9% 1.7% 2.9% 2.2%
Don't know/Refused 2.8% 2.2% 5.6% 0.7% 2.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
992



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