Religion and Public Life Survey, 2009

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LITERL_B

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

If HBOOK_B = 1: And would you say that... [Note: See answer to HTEXT_B for the name of the holy book inserted below.] (Q287)
  1) [Holy book] is to be taken literally, word for word,
  2) Not everything in [Holy book] should be taken literally, word for word
  3) Other (VOL.)
  9) Don't know/Refused (VOL.)

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
[Holy book] is to be taken literally, word for word, 50.8% 50.8%
Not everything in [Holy book] should be taken literally, word for word 43.7% 94.5%
Other (VOL.) 1.5% 96%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 3.9% 99.9%
Total N = 1378

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 to be taken literally, word for word, 39.8% 52.0% 55.7% 45.0% 55.7% 54.2% 50.6%
Not everything in [Holy book] should be taken literally, word for word 57.6% 44.2% 40.0% 49.8% 36.7% 37.4% 43.9%
Other (VOL.) 0.0% 1.5% 0.7% 3.0% 0.8% 2.5% 1.6%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 2.6% 2.3% 3.7% 2.1% 6.8% 6.0% 3.9%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1358


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 to be taken literally, word for word, 62.9% 66.3% 54.2% 43.6% 36.6% 32.9% 50.4%
Not everything in [Holy book] should be taken literally, word for word 32.1% 32.0% 40.8% 51.4% 56.9% 64.6% 45.3%
Other (VOL.) 2.1% 0.7% 1.6% 2.2% 0.0% 0.5% 1.3%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 3.0% 1.1% 3.5% 2.8% 6.5% 2.0% 3.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1121


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Married Living with a partner Divorced or separated Widowed Never been married TOTAL
[Holy book] is to be taken literally, word for word, 53.0% 48.7% 51.7% 60.2% 38.5% 50.6%
Not everything in [Holy book] should be taken literally, word for word 41.4% 46.2% 42.6% 32.4% 57.3% 43.9%
Other (VOL.) 1.6% 0.9% 2.0% 1.5% 1.2% 1.5%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 3.9% 4.1% 3.7% 5.8% 3.1% 3.9%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1369


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 to be taken literally, word for word, 59.9% 37.2% 45.5% 47.9% 42.5% 50.6%
Not everything in [Holy book] should be taken literally, word for word 35.3% 55.6% 48.3% 49.6% 53.4% 44.0%
Other (VOL.) 1.9% 0.7% 2.1% 0.0% 1.9% 1.5%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 2.9% 6.5% 4.1% 2.5% 2.1% 3.9%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1370


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 to be taken literally, word for word, 66.6% 59.6% 42.9% 37.9% 33.7% 50.7%
Not everything in [Holy book] should be taken literally, word for word 28.9% 36.3% 48.8% 58.6% 61.1% 43.9%
Other (VOL.) 0.6% 1.8% 2.4% 1.0% 0.2% 1.5%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 4.0% 2.3% 5.9% 2.5% 5.0% 3.9%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1365


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
[Holy book] is to be taken literally, word for word, 48.9% 52.4% 50.8%
Not everything in [Holy book] should be taken literally, word for word 47.0% 41.0% 43.8%
Other (VOL.) 1.2% 1.9% 1.5%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 3.0% 4.7% 3.9%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
1378


Political ideology (I-POLITICS)

Very conservative Conservative Moderate Liberal Very liberal TOTAL
[Holy book] is to be taken literally, word for word, 63.2% 56.1% 39.6% 41.2% 73.2% 50.3%
Not everything in [Holy book] should be taken literally, word for word 29.9% 37.9% 57.6% 54.0% 26.4% 45.0%
Other (VOL.) 2.4% 1.7% 0.2% 2.7% 0.0% 1.3%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 4.6% 4.3% 2.6% 2.1% 0.4% 3.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1300