Religion and Public Life Survey, 2005

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

Which of these statements comes closest to describing your feelings about the Bible? The Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word; or the Bible is the word of God, but not everything should be taken literally, word for word; or the Bible is a book written by men and is not the word of God.
  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 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. 36.5% 36.5%
The Bible is the word of God, but not everything should be taken literally, word for word. 40.2% 76.7%
The Bible is a book written by men and is not the word of God. 17.7% 94.4%
Other 1.5% 95.9%
Don't know/Refused 4.2% 100.1%
Total N = 2000

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 65 or older TOTAL
The Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word. 33.5% 38.6% 31.7% 33.7% 36.6% 44.6% 36.3%
The Bible is the word of God, but not everything should be taken literally, word for word. 45.0% 39.3% 43.9% 41.9% 38.0% 35.2% 40.7%
The Bible is a book written by men and is not the word of God. 17.7% 17.7% 18.6% 20.4% 20.2% 11.3% 17.7%
Other 1.1% 0.5% 1.4% 1.8% 1.6% 1.6% 1.3%
Don't know/Refused 2.7% 3.9% 4.4% 2.2% 3.5% 7.3% 4.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1967


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. 72.2% 46.5% 34.0% 23.4% 17.3% 16.9% 36.5%
The Bible is the word of God, but not everything should be taken literally, word for word. 22.9% 44.9% 48.0% 52.2% 43.3% 18.4% 40.5%
The Bible is a book written by men and is not the word of God. 1.6% 4.9% 14.1% 17.6% 34.2% 54.7% 17.8%
Other 0.6% 0.3% 1.6% 2.0% 1.6% 3.4% 1.4%
Don't know/Refused 2.7% 3.3% 2.3% 4.7% 3.6% 6.6% 3.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1978


Education (I-EDUC)

Less than high school High school graduate Some college College graduate TOTAL
The Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word. 56.9% 45.2% 30.4% 20.6% 36.4%
The Bible is the word of God, but not everything should be taken literally, word for word. 26.9% 35.5% 44.2% 49.1% 40.2%
The Bible is a book written by men and is not the word of God. 9.0% 13.5% 19.3% 26.1% 17.8%
Other 0.4% 1.0% 2.4% 1.8% 1.5%
Don't know/Refused 6.8% 4.8% 3.7% 2.4% 4.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1994


Gender (I-GENDER)

Male Female TOTAL
The Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word. 33.3% 39.4% 36.5%
The Bible is the word of God, but not everything should be taken literally, word for word. 39.0% 41.3% 40.2%
The Bible is a book written by men and is not the word of God. 21.8% 14.0% 17.7%
Other 1.7% 1.2% 1.5%
Don't know/Refused 4.2% 4.2% 4.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
2000


Household income (I-INCOME)

Less than $20,000 20 to under $30,000 30 to under $50,000 50 to under $75,000 75 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. 47.7% 38.6% 39.8% 32.3% 27.6% 21.8% 35.7%
The Bible is the word of God, but not everything should be taken literally, word for word. 35.2% 40.9% 39.1% 45.7% 48.5% 44.9% 41.7%
The Bible is a book written by men and is not the word of God. 12.1% 14.3% 16.4% 18.7% 19.8% 28.4% 17.9%
Other 0.7% 1.5% 1.2% 0.6% 1.9% 2.4% 1.3%
Don't know/Refused 4.2% 4.8% 3.5% 2.6% 2.2% 2.4% 3.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1711


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. 44.2% 35.3% 28.3% 36.2%
The Bible is the word of God, but not everything should be taken literally, word for word. 41.2% 39.2% 43.5% 41.2%
The Bible is a book written by men and is not the word of God. 11.3% 20.5% 24.3% 18.5%
Other 0.9% 1.2% 1.2% 1.1%
Don't know/Refused 2.4% 3.8% 2.7% 3.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1850



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