Religion and Public Life Survey, 2009

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HBOOK_A

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

Which comes closest to your view? [Note: See answer to HTEXT_A for the name of the holy book inserted below.] (Q186)
  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% 69%
[Holy book] is a book written by men and is not the word of God 22.4% 91.4%
Other (VOL.) 3.6% 95%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 5% 100%
Total N = 2010

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 57.3% 65.1% 73.7% 71.5% 67.0% 76.1% 69.1%
[Holy book] is a book written by men and is not the word of God 35.7% 29.7% 18.3% 17.4% 25.0% 13.9% 22.5%
Other (VOL.) 3.4% 2.3% 2.6% 4.4% 4.4% 4.6% 3.6%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 3.5% 2.9% 5.3% 6.7% 3.6% 5.5% 4.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1980


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 80.0% 66.0% 69.1% 65.4% 68.2% 61.9% 69.2%
[Holy book] is a book written by men and is not the word of God 12.4% 25.5% 21.3% 27.5% 24.6% 31.8% 23.0%
Other (VOL.) 3.3% 4.0% 2.2% 4.6% 3.2% 3.4% 3.4%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 4.3% 4.4% 7.4% 2.6% 4.0% 2.9% 4.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1652


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Married Living with a partner Divorced or separated Widowed Never been married TOTAL
[Holy book] is the word of God 73.5% 58.1% 71.0% 79.7% 57.8% 69.0%
[Holy book] is a book written by men and is not the word of God 18.9% 28.8% 19.5% 11.9% 33.1% 22.4%
Other (VOL.) 3.3% 6.1% 0.8% 4.5% 4.8% 3.6%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 4.3% 7.1% 8.8% 3.8% 4.3% 5.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1999


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 82.9% 66.3% 85.2% 35.7% 33.5% 69.2%
[Holy book] is a book written by men and is not the word of God 10.9% 24.7% 8.5% 50.9% 53.6% 22.6%
Other (VOL.) 2.6% 3.6% 5.0% 3.5% 3.7% 3.4%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 3.6% 5.4% 1.3% 9.9% 9.2% 4.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1974


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 86.5% 73.5% 65.8% 62.4% 51.2% 68.9%
[Holy book] is a book written by men and is not the word of God 6.3% 17.6% 26.1% 28.4% 39.3% 22.5%
Other (VOL.) 1.9% 3.1% 3.9% 4.5% 5.3% 3.6%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 5.3% 5.8% 4.2% 4.6% 4.3% 5.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2004


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
[Holy book] is the word of God 64.4% 73.2% 69.0%
[Holy book] is a book written by men and is not the word of God 25.1% 19.9% 22.4%
Other (VOL.) 3.9% 3.3% 3.6%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 6.6% 3.6% 5.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
2010


Political ideology (I-POLITICS)

Very conservative Conservative Moderate Liberal Very liberal TOTAL
[Holy book] is the word of God 90.0% 78.7% 67.0% 55.2% 38.6% 69.1%
[Holy book] is a book written by men and is not the word of God 5.2% 13.4% 24.5% 36.8% 53.1% 23.0%
Other (VOL.) 1.8% 2.8% 4.7% 4.5% 1.1% 3.6%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 3.0% 5.1% 3.8% 3.5% 7.2% 4.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1908