Religion and Public Life Survey, 2006

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FEELBIB

(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; or 3. 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 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 (if volunteered)
  9) Don't know/Refused (if volunteered)

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
The Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word. 34.9% 34.9%
The Bible is the word of God, but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word. 43.1% 78%
The Bible is a book written by men and is not the word of God. 18.1% 96.1%
Other (if volunteered) 1.6% 97.7%
Don't know/Refused (if volunteered) 2.2% 99.9%
Total N = 2003

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. 32.9% 26.6% 38.3% 33.0% 44.3% 34.9%
The Bible is the word of God, but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word. 38.8% 46.5% 42.2% 46.2% 37.7% 43.1%
The Bible is a book written by men and is not the word of God. 25.3% 23.7% 17.6% 16.2% 12.6% 18.2%
Other (if volunteered) 0.0% 1.8% 1.0% 2.4% 1.7% 1.6%
Don't know/Refused (if volunteered) 3.0% 1.5% 0.8% 2.2% 3.7% 2.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1981


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. 66.0% 46.3% 31.4% 27.7% 15.4% 10.7% 34.8%
The Bible is the word of God, but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word. 29.7% 45.5% 51.8% 51.0% 47.4% 28.2% 43.3%
The Bible is a book written by men and is not the word of God. 2.7% 5.9% 14.2% 18.6% 29.0% 54.3% 18.1%
Other (if volunteered) 0.7% 1.8% 1.0% 1.4% 4.1% 0.9% 1.7%
Don't know/Refused (if volunteered) 1.0% 0.6% 1.7% 1.4% 4.1% 6.0% 2.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1990


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. 57.1% 41.3% 29.7% 22.9% 13.4% 34.8%
The Bible is the word of God, but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word. 26.9% 40.8% 46.9% 51.2% 51.5% 43.1%
The Bible is a book written by men and is not the word of God. 9.8% 15.6% 18.5% 22.6% 30.7% 18.2%
Other (if volunteered) 2.5% 0.4% 2.8% 1.5% 2.5% 1.7%
Don't know/Refused (if volunteered) 3.6% 1.8% 2.1% 1.8% 2.0% 2.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1992


Gender (I-GENDER)

Male Female TOTAL
The Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word. 30.9% 38.7% 34.9%
The Bible is the word of God, but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word. 42.8% 43.3% 43.1%
The Bible is a book written by men and is not the word of God. 22.5% 13.9% 18.1%
Other (if volunteered) 1.7% 1.7% 1.7%
Don't know/Refused (if volunteered) 2.1% 2.4% 2.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
2003


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. 52.6% 42.8% 40.8% 30.1% 21.1% 18.0% 35.4%
The Bible is the word of God, but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word. 29.5% 38.1% 41.7% 51.0% 53.2% 54.4% 44.0%
The Bible is a book written by men and is not the word of God. 13.8% 16.3% 15.1% 17.5% 23.6% 24.9% 18.0%
Other (if volunteered) 1.5% 1.4% 0.5% 0.7% 0.8% 1.9% 1.1%
Don't know/Refused (if volunteered) 2.5% 1.4% 1.9% 0.7% 1.3% 0.8% 1.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1737


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. 36.5% 34.1% 49.7% 25.2% 34.9%
The Bible is the word of God, but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word. 44.1% 39.3% 35.2% 46.2% 43.1%
The Bible is a book written by men and is not the word of God. 16.0% 19.8% 9.7% 25.9% 18.1%
Other (if volunteered) 1.6% 2.6% 1.8% 1.0% 1.7%
Don't know/Refused (if volunteered) 1.7% 4.2% 3.6% 1.7% 2.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1991



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