Religion and Public Life Survey, 2009

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HBOOK_B

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

Which comes closest to your view? [Note: See answer to HTEXT_B for the name of the holy book inserted below.] (Q286)
  1) [Holy book] is the word of God
  2) [Holy book] is a book written by men and is not the word of God
  3) Other (VOL.)
  9) Don't know/Refused (VOL.)

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
[Holy book] is the word of God 69.3% 69.3%
[Holy book] is a book written by men and is not the word of God 23.3% 92.6%
Other (VOL.) 2.8% 95.4%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 4.6% 100%
Total N = 2003

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18 to 24 25 to 34 35 to 44 45 to 54 55 to 64 65 or older TOTAL
[Holy book] is the word of God 62.3% 60.5% 68.8% 76.4% 67.2% 77.8% 69.3%
[Holy book] is a book written by men and is not the word of God 33.2% 29.2% 25.3% 17.7% 22.4% 15.3% 23.4%
Other (VOL.) 1.3% 2.9% 1.2% 3.0% 5.4% 3.1% 2.8%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 3.2% 7.4% 4.6% 2.9% 5.0% 3.9% 4.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1971


Household income (I-INCOME)

Less than $20,000 $20,000 to under $30,000 $30,000 to under $50,000 $50,000 to under $75,000 $75,000 to under $100,000 $100,000 or more TOTAL
[Holy book] is the word of God 73.1% 78.0% 75.5% 62.0% 68.4% 57.4% 69.0%
[Holy book] is a book written by men and is not the word of God 18.8% 13.0% 19.3% 32.1% 27.8% 36.5% 24.8%
Other (VOL.) 2.2% 3.4% 2.0% 3.0% 1.5% 2.5% 2.4%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 5.8% 5.6% 3.3% 2.9% 2.3% 3.5% 3.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1628


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Married Living with a partner Divorced or separated Widowed Never been married TOTAL
[Holy book] is the word of God 72.4% 56.8% 68.0% 83.8% 60.3% 69.2%
[Holy book] is a book written by men and is not the word of God 20.5% 34.8% 23.2% 9.1% 32.3% 23.4%
Other (VOL.) 2.8% 4.3% 5.0% 1.8% 1.8% 2.8%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 4.3% 4.1% 3.8% 5.3% 5.6% 4.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1990


Religion (I-RELIGION)

Protestant Roman Catholic Other Christian (Mormon, Orthodox, Unitarian, self-identified as Christian) Other religion Atheist, agnostic, nothing in particular TOTAL
[Holy book] is the word of God 83.3% 71.8% 86.6% 48.9% 30.2% 69.7%
[Holy book] is a book written by men and is not the word of God 11.9% 20.1% 7.3% 39.8% 59.1% 23.2%
Other (VOL.) 1.8% 3.0% 3.1% 1.4% 4.5% 2.7%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 3.1% 5.0% 3.0% 9.9% 6.2% 4.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1980


Education (I-EDUC)

Less than a high school diploma High school graduate Some college, no four-year degree Four-year college degree Post-graduate training or professional schooling after college TOTAL
[Holy book] is the word of God 85.8% 74.0% 69.5% 58.8% 52.4% 69.3%
[Holy book] is a book written by men and is not the word of God 9.3% 18.4% 23.7% 33.1% 38.1% 23.4%
Other (VOL.) 1.4% 2.2% 2.5% 3.2% 6.3% 2.8%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 3.5% 5.4% 4.2% 5.0% 3.3% 4.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1986


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
[Holy book] is the word of God 65.9% 72.5% 69.3%
[Holy book] is a book written by men and is not the word of God 26.6% 20.2% 23.3%
Other (VOL.) 3.2% 2.4% 2.8%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 4.3% 4.9% 4.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
2003


Political ideology (I-POLITICS)

Very conservative Conservative Moderate Liberal Very liberal TOTAL
[Holy book] is the word of God 90.0% 82.5% 64.0% 52.0% 46.5% 69.2%
[Holy book] is a book written by men and is not the word of God 7.4% 13.1% 27.0% 40.2% 44.2% 24.1%
Other (VOL.) 1.7% 2.2% 2.9% 3.7% 2.4% 2.7%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 0.9% 2.2% 6.1% 4.0% 6.9% 4.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1893