Religion and Public Life Survey, 2010

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HOLYBOOK

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

Which comes closest to your view? [Holy book: If Christian or no religion (RELIG = 1-4, 9, 10, 12, 13 OR CHR=1) insert "the Bible"; If Jewish (RELIG =5), insert "the Torah"; If Muslim (RELIG=6), insert, "the Koran"; If other non-Christian affiliations (RELIG=99) AND CHR=2,9, insert "the Bible"] is the word of God, or [holy book] is written by men and is not the word of God?
  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 67.7% 67.7%
[Holy book] is a book written by men and is not the word of God 23.4% 91.1%
Other (Vol.) 2.5% 93.6%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 6.3% 99.9%
Total N = 3003

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18 to 24 years old 25 to 34 years old 35 to 44 years old 45 to 54 years old 55 to 64 years old 65 years and older TOTAL
[Holy book] is the word of God 65.1% 58.3% 67.3% 73.3% 67.8% 75.6% 68.2%
[Holy book] is a book written by men and is not the word of God 31.1% 33.6% 23.4% 16.6% 22.6% 15.8% 23.4%
Other (Vol.) 0.7% 1.7% 3.3% 2.5% 3.4% 3.2% 2.5%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 3.2% 6.4% 6.0% 7.6% 6.2% 5.4% 5.9%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2946


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
[Holy book] is the word of God 95.0% 86.5% 71.7% 58.3% 50.0% 29.3% 67.9%
[Holy book] is a book written by men and is not the word of God 3.1% 8.2% 18.2% 30.7% 37.5% 58.9% 23.5%
Other (Vol.) 1.1% 2.3% 2.4% 3.6% 1.9% 3.9% 2.5%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 0.8% 3.0% 7.8% 7.4% 10.6% 7.9% 6.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2960


Race (I-RACE)

White, non-Hispanic Black, non-Hispanic Hispanic Other TOTAL
[Holy book] is the word of God 65.7% 83.8% 69.6% 57.6% 67.8%
[Holy book] is a book written by men and is not the word of God 25.3% 9.7% 23.5% 30.0% 23.5%
Other (Vol.) 2.6% 1.5% 2.5% 3.7% 2.5%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 6.4% 5.0% 4.4% 8.7% 6.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2973


Education (I-EDUC)

Less than a high school diploma High school graduate (Grade 12 or GED certificate) Technical, trade, or vocational school after high school or some college College graduate (B.S., B.A., orother 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
[Holy book] is the word of God 77.2% 77.5% 65.6% 58.3% 50.6% 67.8%
[Holy book] is a book written by men and is not the word of God 16.0% 15.1% 26.4% 30.4% 36.6% 23.5%
Other (Vol.) 2.9% 1.5% 2.8% 2.2% 4.8% 2.5%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 3.9% 5.9% 5.1% 9.1% 8.0% 6.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2986


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
[Holy book] is the word of God 62.8% 72.3% 67.7%
[Holy book] is a book written by men and is not the word of God 27.9% 19.3% 23.4%
Other (Vol.) 2.6% 2.5% 2.5%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 6.8% 6.0% 6.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
3003


Religion (I-RELIGION)

Protestant (Baptist, Methodist, Non-denominational, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Pentecostal, Episcopalian, Reformed, Church of Christ, Jehovah's Witness, etc.) Roman Catholic (Catholic) Other Atheist or agnostic Nothing in particular Christian (Vol.) TOTAL
[Holy book] is the word of God 81.5% 71.6% 45.1% 12.1% 39.4% 86.2% 68.4%
[Holy book] is a book written by men and is not the word of God 12.4% 19.5% 41.7% 82.7% 47.2% 5.1% 23.3%
Other (Vol.) 2.6% 2.1% 3.3% 2.8% 2.6% 1.5% 2.4%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 3.5% 6.7% 9.9% 2.4% 10.7% 7.2% 5.9%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2937


Political ideology (I-POLITICS)

Very conservative Conservative Moderate Liberal Very liberal TOTAL
[Holy book] is the word of God 89.6% 82.2% 62.3% 49.4% 46.7% 68.0%
[Holy book] is a book written by men and is not the word of God 6.4% 12.2% 27.4% 39.8% 44.0% 23.7%
Other (Vol.) 2.5% 1.6% 3.1% 3.1% 2.7% 2.5%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 1.5% 4.0% 7.3% 7.7% 6.5% 5.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2839



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