Presbyterian Panel Survey, August 2006 - The Bible, All

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All frequencies are raw numbers (no weights used).
1) Please take a few moments to think back over the last week. In that period of seven days—and that period only—how often did you read the Bible or hear the Bible read (excluding during worship services) on your own? (Q1OWN)
TOTAL%
1) Never37019.1
2) Once or twice37119.2
3) A few times25213.0
4) Often, but not daily45223.4
5) At least daily49025.3
Missing16 
TOTAL1935100.0
2) Please take a few moments to think back over the last week. In that period of seven days—and that period only—how often did you read the Bible or hear the Bible read (excluding during worship services) with family? (Q1FAMILY)
TOTAL%
1) Never116763.9
2) Once or twice36820.1
3) A few times1498.2
4) Often, but not daily935.1
5) At least daily502.7
Missing124 
TOTAL1827100.0
3) Please take a few moments to think back over the last week. In that period of seven days—and that period only—how often did you read the Bible or hear the Bible read (excluding during worship services) in connection with a group devoted specifically to Bible study? (Q1BSTUDY)
TOTAL%
1) Never111960.0
2) Once or twice52628.2
3) A few times1115.9
4) Often, but not daily945.0
5) At least daily160.9
Missing85 
TOTAL1866100.0
4) Please take a few moments to think back over the last week. In that period of seven days—and that period only—how often did you read the Bible or hear the Bible read (excluding during worship services) in connection with another church-based class or group (e.g., prayer group, church school class, women's circle, session meeting, etc.)? (Q1GROUP)
TOTAL%
1) Never94950.5
2) Once or twice65334.8
3) A few times1779.4
4) Often, but not daily894.7
5) At least daily100.5
Missing73 
TOTAL1878100.0
5) Please think back over the past twelve months. In general, about how often over this year did you read the Bible or hear the Bible read (excluding during worship services) on your own? (Q2OWN)
TOTAL%
1) Never703.6
2) Rarely, but no regular pattern1487.7
3) At times, but no regular pattern30315.7
4) Once a month or less623.2
5) Once every 2-3 weeks904.7
6) Weekly/almost weekly43122.3
7) Daily/almost daily83042.9
Missing17 
TOTAL1934100.0
6) Please think back over the past twelve months. In general, about how often over this year did you read the Bible or hear the Bible read (excluding during worship services) with family or friends? (Q2FAIMLY)
TOTAL%
1) Never48325.5
2) Rarely, but no regular pattern35718.8
3) At times, but no regular pattern29015.3
4) Once a month or less1427.5
5) Once every 2-3 weeks1668.8
6) Weekly/almost weekly37619.9
7) Daily/almost daily804.2
Missing57 
TOTAL1894100.0
7) Please think back over the past twelve months. In general, about how often over this year did you read the Bible or hear the Bible read (excluding during worship services) in connection with a group devoted specifically to Bible study? (Q2BSTUDY)
TOTAL%
1) Never48825.9
2) Rarely, but no regular pattern1568.3
3) At times, but no regular pattern1849.8
4) Once a month or less1789.4
5) Once every 2-3 weeks1437.6
6) Weekly/almost weekly71638.0
7) Daily/almost daily211.1
Missing65 
TOTAL1886100.0
8) Please think back over the past twelve months. In general, about how often over this year did you read the Bible or hear the Bible read (excluding during worship services) in connection with another church-based class or group (e.g., prayer group, church school class, women's circle, session meeting, etc.)? (Q2GROUP)
TOTAL%
1) Never35918.9
2) Rarely, but no regular pattern1487.8
3) At times, but no regular pattern21311.2
4) Once a month or less31016.4
5) Once every 2-3 weeks23212.2
6) Weekly/almost weekly61632.5
7) Daily/almost daily180.9
Missing55 
TOTAL1896100.0
9) Which English translation of the Bible do you personally most prefer? (Q3TRANSP)
TOTAL%
1) Revised Standard Version (RSV)22111.5
2) New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)68135.5
3) King James Version/New King James Version (KJV/NKJV)1648.6
4) New International Version (NIV)45523.7
5) Today's English Version (Good News Bible)844.4
6) Living Bible854.4
7) American Standard Bible/New American Standard Bible512.7
8) Other (please specify)1105.7
9) No preference/don't know653.4
Missing35 
TOTAL1916100.0
10) Which English translation of the Bible is used most often in worship in your congregation? (Q3TRANSC)
TOTAL%
1) Revised Standard Version (RSV)32917.6
2) New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)82344.1
3) King James Version/New King James Version (KJV/NKJV)1005.4
4) New International Version (NIV)37720.2
5) Today's English Version (Good News Bible)542.9
6) Living Bible110.6
7) American Standard Bible/New American Standard Bible130.7
8) Other (please specify)301.6
9) No preference/don't know1317.0
Missing83 
TOTAL1868100.0
11) Other translations of the Bible specified (OTHRTRNS)
TOTAL%
10) Other English translations (specified): Amplified Bible21.8
11) Other English translations (specified): Berkeley10.9
12) Other English translations (specified): English Standard Version1614.5
13) Other English translations (specified): Las Biblia De Las Americas10.9
14) Other English translations (specified): The Message, Eugene Peterson's translation5146.4
15) Other English translations (specified): New Century Version54.5
16) Other English translations (specified): New English Bible NEB)/New English Version (NEV)/Revised English Bible (REB)/Revised English Version (REV)1715.5
17) Other English translations (specified): New Jerusalem Bible109.1
18) Other English translations (specified): Phillips translation10.9
19) Other English translations (specified): Inclusive Language Bible10.9
20) Other English translations (specified): Own version54.5
Missing1841 
TOTAL110100.0
12) At any time over the past year have you engaged in individual reading or study of the Bible, that is, have you undertaken Bible study or reading on your own? (Q4INDIV)
TOTAL%
1) Yes148577.5
2) No [Skip to Q10GRAND]43222.5
Missing34 
TOTAL1917100.0
13) When you engaged in individual Bible reading or study over the past year, did you use any of the following methods or formats to guide your reading? Reading a particular book of the Bible from beginning to end. (Q5BOOK)
TOTAL%
1) Yes86263.7
2) No49236.3
Missing597 
TOTAL1354100.0
14) When you engaged in individual Bible reading or study over the past year, did you use any of the following methods or formats to guide your reading? Reading selections from the lectionary. (Q5LECT)
TOTAL%
1) Yes81661.2
2) No51838.8
Missing617 
TOTAL1334100.0
15) When you engaged in individual Bible reading or study over the past year, did you use any of the following methods or formats to guide your reading? Reading selections from Daily Prayer or The Mission Yearbook of Prayer and Study. (Q5PRAYER)
TOTAL%
1) Yes35327.2
2) No94672.8
Missing652 
TOTAL1299100.0
16) When you engaged in individual Bible reading or study over the past year, did you use any of the following methods or formats to guide your reading? Reading selections from a devotional magazine like Upper Room or These Days. (Q5DEVOT)
TOTAL%
1) Yes63147.1
2) No70852.9
Missing612 
TOTAL1339100.0
17) When you engaged in individual Bible reading or study over the past year, did you use any of the following methods or formats to guide your reading? Reading passages at random. (Q5RANDOM)
TOTAL%
1) Yes95871.5
2) No38128.5
Missing612 
TOTAL1339100.0
18) When you engaged in individual Bible reading or study over the past year, did you use any of the following methods or formats to guide your reading? Listening to radio programs or audio recordings, or watching television programs or video tapes/DVDs, on which the Bible is read. (Q5LISTEN)
TOTAL%
1) Yes49737.8
2) No81762.2
Missing637 
TOTAL1314100.0
19) During the past year, how often did your individual Bible reading or study take place in each of the following settings? At home. (Q6HOME)
TOTAL%
1) Very often85257.3
2) Often26617.9
3) Sometimes28219.0
4) Rarely755.0
5) Never120.8
Missing464 
TOTAL1487100.0
20) During the past year, how often did your individual Bible reading or study take place in each of the following settings? At my office/place of work. (Q6WORK)
TOTAL%
1) Very often41630.4
2) Often25118.4
3) Sometimes17512.8
4) Rarely1077.8
5) Never41830.6
Missing584 
TOTAL1367100.0
21) During the past year, how often did your individual Bible reading or study take place in each of the following settings? In a car or public transportation. (Q6CAR)
TOTAL%
1) Very often302.2
2) Often584.2
3) Sometimes19114.0
4) Rarely29421.5
5) Never79458.1
Missing584 
TOTAL1367100.0
22) During the past year, how often did your individual Bible reading or study take place in each of the following settings? Other (specify): (Q6OTHER1)
TOTAL%
1) Very often305.0
2) Often538.8
3) Sometimes10317.2
4) Rarely406.7
5) Never37362.3
Missing1352 
TOTAL599100.0
23) During the past year, how often did your individual Bible reading or study take place in each of the following settings? Other (specify). (Q6OTHER)
TOTAL%
1) Church2814.7
2) Bible study; preparation for Bible study; group study; church school; in classes; continuing education [if minister]2111.0
3) Retreat; camp; trips with church youth; prayer walks178.9
4) Vacation/hotel4624.1
5) Other homes94.7
6) Non-religious events; activities, (e.g., sports; recreation speaker; community meeting)42.1
7) Restaurant; coffee shop189.4
8) Other public sites, (e.g., Wal-Mart; library; rest home; visiting places)105.2
9) While waiting for something or someone; (e.g., at doctor's office)157.9
10) Outdoors105.2
20) All others136.8
Missing1760 
TOTAL191100.0
24) Continue to recall your individual Bible reading or study over the past year. To what extent was that reading and study part of your preparation for a sermon? (Q7SERMON)
TOTAL%
1) Very often49736.0
2) Often16411.9
3) Sometimes1369.8
4) Rarely765.5
5) Never50836.8
Missing570 
TOTAL1381100.0
25) Continue to recall your individual Bible reading or study over the past year. To what extent was that reading and study part of your preparation for teaching or leading a Bible study group? (Q7TEACH)
TOTAL%
1) Very often42029.5
2) Often30621.5
3) Sometimes26418.6
4) Rarely1077.5
5) Never32522.9
Missing529 
TOTAL1422100.0
26) Continue to recall your individual Bible reading or study over the past year. To what extent was that reading and study part of your preparation for attending a Bible study group? (Q7BSTUDY)
TOTAL%
1) Very often22315.8
2) Often27119.2
3) Sometimes35625.3
4) Rarely22916.3
5) Never32923.4
Missing543 
TOTAL1408100.0
27) Continue to recall your individual Bible reading or study over the past year. To what extent was that reading and study part of your own individual needs or wants? (Q7NEEDS)
TOTAL%
1) Very often62742.3
2) Often44429.9
3) Sometimes34022.9
4) Rarely583.9
5) Never151.0
Missing467 
TOTAL1484100.0
28) Continue to recall your individual Bible reading or study over the past year. To what extent was that reading and study part of job- or academic-related assignments or work? (Q7WORK)
TOTAL%
1) Very often17513.0
2) Often17412.9
3) Sometimes18914.0
4) Rarely16612.3
5) Never64247.7
Missing605 
TOTAL1346100.0
29) When you have engaged in individual Bible reading or study over the past year, how long did you typically spend at each reading or study session? (Q8TIME)
TOTAL%
0) 10.1
1) 10.1
3) 20.1
4) 20.1
5) 130.9
7) 50.3
8) 30.2
9) 10.1
10) 1026.9
11) 10.1
12) 342.3
13) 80.5
15) 19513.3
16) 10.1
17) 90.6
18) 191.3
20) 20614.0
22) 70.5
23) 161.1
24) 30.2
25) 463.1
27) 10.1
28) 20.1
30) 40527.6
33) 20.1
35) 110.7
36) 10.1
37) 151.0
38) 50.3
40) 181.2
45) 1097.4
50) 60.4
52) 50.3
53) 30.2
55) 20.1
60) 16411.2
67) 30.2
68) 10.1
70) 20.1
75) 110.7
90) 241.6
150) 10.1
180) 10.1
3120) 10.1
Missing483 
TOTAL1468100.0
30) Which response below do you think comes closest to describing the content of your individual Bible reading and study over the past year? (Q9CONT)
TOTAL%
1) I have read entirely from the Old Testament100.7
2) I have read mostly from the Old Testament664.4
3) I have read about equally from both the Old and New Testaments103168.4
4) I have read mostly from the New Testament38825.7
5) I have read entirely from the New Testament120.8
Missing444 
TOTAL1507100.0
31) Do you have any children or grandchildren ages 18 or younger? (Q10GRAND)
TOTAL%
1) Yes118761.9
2) No73138.1
Missing33 
TOTAL1918100.0
32) If you have any children or grandchildren ages 18 or younger, in the last year, have you read Bible passages or stories at home to a child or grandchild? (Q10READ)
TOTAL%
1) Yes, often12710.4
2) Yes, occasionally31625.8
3) Yes, rarely31826.0
4) No, never32026.1
5) Not applicable14411.8
Missing726 
TOTAL1225100.0
33) In the last year, have you engaged in any form of regular Bible reading or study as part of a Bible study group, that is, a small group devoted specifically to study of the Bible? (Q11GROUP)
TOTAL%
1) Yes106955.3
2) No [Skip to Q13BIBLE]86544.7
Missing17 
TOTAL1934100.0
34) If, in the last year, you have engaged in any form of regular Bible reading or study as part of a Bible study group, that is, a small group devoted specifically to study of the Bible, did your Bible study group use any of the following methods or formats as a guide to its reading? Reading a particular book of the Bible from beginning to end. (Q12BOOK)
TOTAL%
1) Yes61962.8
2) No36637.2
Missing966 
TOTAL985100.0
35) If, in the last year, you have engaged in any form of regular Bible reading or study as part of a Bible study group, that is, a small group devoted specifically to study of the Bible, did your Bible study group use any of the following methods or formats as a guide to its reading? Reading selections from the lectionary. (Q12LECT)
TOTAL%
1) Yes28731.1
2) No63568.9
Missing1029 
TOTAL922100.0
36) If, in the last year, you have engaged in any form of regular Bible reading or study as part of a Bible study group, that is, a small group devoted specifically to study of the Bible, did your Bible study group use any of the following methods or formats as a guide to its reading? Reading selections from Daily Prayer or The Mission Yearbook of Prayer and Study. (Q12PRAY)
TOTAL%
1) Yes10411.6
2) No79388.4
Missing1054 
TOTAL897100.0
37) If, in the last year, you have engaged in any form of regular Bible reading or study as part of a Bible study group, that is, a small group devoted specifically to study of the Bible, did your Bible study group use any of the following methods or formats as a guide to its reading? Reading selections from a devotional magazine like Upper Room or These Days. (Q12DEVOT)
TOTAL%
1) Yes15517.1
2) No75482.9
Missing1042 
TOTAL909100.0
38) If, in the last year, you have engaged in any form of regular Bible reading or study as part of a Bible study group, that is, a small group devoted specifically to study of the Bible, did your Bible study group use any of the following methods or formats as a guide to its reading? Reading passages at random. (Q12RAND)
TOTAL%
1) Yes33336.2
2) No58863.8
Missing1030 
TOTAL921100.0
39) If, in the last year, you have engaged in any form of regular Bible reading or study as part of a Bible study group, that is, a small group devoted specifically to study of the Bible, did your Bible study group use any of the following methods or formats as a guide to its reading? Listening to radio programs or audio recordings, or watching television programs or video tapes/DVDs, on which the Bible is read. (Q12LISTN)
TOTAL%
1) Yes24326.8
2) No66573.2
Missing1043 
TOTAL908100.0
40) When you have read your Bible over the past year—whether on your own or as part of a study group—which of these resources did you use regularly as part of your Bible reading and study? (If you have not read the Bible in the last year, skip to Q15HIST.) A study Bible (Q13BIBLE)
TOTAL%
1) Yes115672.3
2) No44227.7
Missing353 
TOTAL1598100.0
41) When you have read your Bible over the past year—whether on your own or as part of a study group—which of these resources did you use regularly as part of your Bible reading and study? A Bible commentary (Q13COMM)
TOTAL%
1) Yes102366.6
2) No51333.4
Missing415 
TOTAL1536100.0
42) When you have read your Bible over the past year—whether on your own or as part of a study group—which of these resources did you use regularly as part of your Bible reading and study? A Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) study curriculum (Q13PCUSA)
TOTAL%
1) Yes35023.9
2) No111376.1
Missing488 
TOTAL1463100.0
43) When you have read your Bible over the past year—whether on your own or as part of a study group—which of these resources did you use regularly as part of your Bible reading and study? Kerygma (Q13KERYG)
TOTAL%
1) Yes977.0
2) No128593.0
Missing569 
TOTAL1382100.0
44) When you have read your Bible over the past year—whether on your own or as part of a study group—which of these resources did you use regularly as part of your Bible reading and study? Bethel Bible study (Q13BETH)
TOTAL%
1) Yes241.8
2) No134498.2
Missing583 
TOTAL1368100.0
45) When you have read your Bible over the past year—whether on your own or as part of a study group—which of these resources did you use regularly as part of your Bible reading and study? Disciple Bible study (Q13DISC)
TOTAL%
1) Yes554.0
2) No131496.0
Missing582 
TOTAL1369100.0
46) When you have read your Bible over the past year—whether on your own or as part of a study group—which of these resources did you use regularly as part of your Bible reading and study? A Bible study from the Internet (Q13INTER)
TOTAL%
1) Yes23817.0
2) No116083.0
Missing553 
TOTAL1398100.0
47) When you have read your Bible over the past year—whether on your own or as part of a study group—which of these resources did you use regularly as part of your Bible reading and study? Company of Pastors or Order of Elders resources (Q13COMP)
TOTAL%
1) Yes16611.9
2) No122588.1
Missing560 
TOTAL1391100.0
48) When you have read your Bible over the past year—whether on your own or as part of a study group—which of these resources did you use regularly as part of your Bible reading and study? Other (please specify) (Q13OTHER)
TOTAL%
1) Yes42044.3
2) No52855.7
Missing1003 
TOTAL948100.0
49) When you read the Bible—whether on your own or as part of a group—to what extent do you read it for comfort? (Q14COMF)
TOTAL%
1) Always24514.0
2) Often55231.5
3) Sometimes70640.2
4) Rarely18610.6
5) Never663.8
Missing196 
TOTAL1755100.0
50) When you read the Bible—whether on your own or as part of a group—to what extent do you read it for entertainment? (Q14ENTER)
TOTAL%
1) Always201.2
2) Often613.7
3) Sometimes28517.4
4) Rarely59736.4
5) Never67841.3
Missing310 
TOTAL1641100.0
51) When you read the Bible—whether on your own or as part of a group—to what extent do you read it for guidance? (Q14GUID)
TOTAL%
1) Always50328.2
2) Often71940.3
3) Sometimes44925.2
4) Rarely703.9
5) Never432.4
Missing167 
TOTAL1784100.0
52) When you read the Bible—whether on your own or as part of a group—to what extent do you read it for information? (Q14INFO)
TOTAL%
1) Always41723.6
2) Often80345.4
3) Sometimes44525.2
4) Rarely724.1
5) Never301.7
Missing184 
TOTAL1767100.0
53) When you read the Bible—whether on your own or as part of a group—to what extent do you read it for inspiration? (Q14INSP)
TOTAL%
1) Always73240.8
2) Often73040.7
3) Sometimes27515.3
4) Rarely321.8
5) Never261.4
Missing156 
TOTAL1795100.0
54) When the Bible was read during the most recent worship service you attended in your congregation, did the reader provide a brief historical or contextual introduction? (Q15HIST)
TOTAL%
1) Yes106857.3
2) No72438.8
3) Don't remember733.9
Missing86 
TOTAL1865100.0
55) When the Bible was read during the most recent worship service you attended in your congregation, did the reader provide a brief introduction to the meaning of the text? (Q15MEAN)
TOTAL%
1) Yes101554.5
2) No76341.0
3) Don't remember854.6
Missing88 
TOTAL1863100.0
56) When the Bible was read during the most recent worship service you attended in your congregation, did the reader announce the book and chapter of the passage(s)? (Q15ANNOU)
TOTAL%
1) Yes188898.6
2) No170.9
3) Don't remember90.5
Missing37 
TOTAL1914100.0
57) When the Bible was read during the most recent worship service you attended in your congregation, did the reader invite worshippers to follow along using their own or a pew Bible? (Q15INVIT)
TOTAL%
1) Yes146877.2
2) No38920.5
3) Don't remember452.4
Missing49 
TOTAL1902100.0
58) During the most recent worship service you attended in your congregation, was a Psalm read? (Q16READ)
TOTAL%
1) Yes92948.6
2) No83343.6
3) Don't recall1487.7
Missing41 
TOTAL1910100.0
59) During the most recent worship service you attended in your congregation, was a Psalm sung? (Q16SUNG)
TOTAL%
1) Yes38722.0
2) No117566.7
3) Don't recall20011.4
Missing189 
TOTAL1762100.0
60) During the most recent worship service you attended in your congregation, when Bible passages (not including a Psalm) were read out loud, how many passages were read? (Q17PASS)
TOTAL%
1) One passage44222.9
2) Two passages103253.4
3) Three passages34918.1
4) Don't remember1085.6
Missing20 
TOTAL1931100.0
61) Is a lectionary used to choose the scriptures for your congregation's worship? (Q18LECT)
TOTAL%
1) Yes, always49725.6
2) Yes, often58029.9
3) Yes, sometimes1929.9
4) Yes, rarely1206.2
5) No, never19410.0
6) Don't know35518.3
Missing13 
TOTAL1938100.0
62) How often are the sermons in your congregation based on the lectionary reading for that Sunday? (Q19SUND)
TOTAL%
1) Always39821.2
2) Often70837.8
3) Sometimes23712.6
4) Rarely1548.2
5) Never1457.7
6) Don't know23212.4
Missing77 
TOTAL1874100.0
63) How often are the sermons in your congregation based on preaching through a book of the Bible? (Q19BIBLE)
TOTAL%
1) Always975.5
2) Often33719.2
3) Sometimes46726.5
4) Rarely41623.6
5) Never33018.8
6) Don't know1126.4
Missing192 
TOTAL1759100.0
64) How often are the sermons in your congregation based on themes or topical issues (e.g., Ten Commandments, Beatitudes, a contemporary problem, etc.)? (Q19THEME)
TOTAL%
1) Always673.7
2) Often54730.3
3) Sometimes71139.3
4) Rarely29216.2
5) Never1096.0
6) Don't know814.5
Missing144 
TOTAL1807100.0
65) Do you share a household with one or more family members? (Q20HHOLD)
TOTAL%
1) Yes151679.2
2) No39820.8
Missing37 
TOTAL1914100.0
66) If you share a household with one or more family members, do you and other family members typically read the Bible together at meals on a daily basis? (Q20DAILY)
TOTAL%
1) Yes624.2
2) No140495.8
Missing485 
TOTAL1466100.0
67) If you share a household with one or more family members, do you and other family members typically read the Bible together at meals on a occasional basis? (Q20OCCAS)
TOTAL%
1) Yes29720.0
2) No118580.0
Missing469 
TOTAL1482100.0
68) If you share a household with one or more family members, do you and other family members typically read the Bible together at Christmas, Easter, or other major Christian celebrations? (Q20HOLID)
TOTAL%
1) Yes81154.2
2) No68445.8
Missing456 
TOTAL1495100.0
69) If you share a household with one or more family members, do you and other family members typically read the Bible together at birthdays or anniversaries? (Q20BIRTH)
TOTAL%
1) Yes896.2
2) No135693.8
Missing506 
TOTAL1445100.0
70) If you share a household with one or more family members, do you and other family members typically read the Bible together at a regular time set aside for Bible reading or study? (Q20REG)
TOTAL%
1) Yes24716.7
2) No123483.3
Missing470 
TOTAL1481100.0
71) Code (CODE)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL19494167.7182153
72) Response form: (RESPFORM)
TOTAL%
1) Paper160782.4
2) Web34417.6
TOTAL1951100.0
73) Sample (SAMPLE)
TOTAL%
1) Members47424.3
2) Elders58530.0
3) All clergy89045.7
Missing2 
TOTAL1949100.0