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View of the Bible (Demographic Patterns)

Which of these statements comes closest to describing your feelings about the Bible? The Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word; the Bible is the inspired word of God but not everything should be taken literally, word. Results weighted by WTCOMB (General Social Survey 2014 Cross-Section and Panel Combined)


View of the Bible by Age


18-2930-4445-5960-7475 or olderMissingTOTAL
The actual word of God...to be taken literally, word for word.23.7%
162
30.4%
313
34.0%
367
29.1%
219
40.2%
109

4
30.7%
1170
The inspired word of God but not everything ...taken literally44.5%
304
44.2%
455
45.1%
486
46.7%
352
41.7%
113

12
44.8%
1710
An ancient book of fables, legends, history and moral precepts.28.4%
194
23.2%
239
18.4%
198
22.3%
168
16.2%
44

9
22.1%
843
Other1.2%
8
1.1%
11
0.5%
5
0.8%
6
0.7%
2

0
0.8%
32
Don't know1.2%
8
1.0%
10
1.2%
13
0.5%
4
0.7%
2

0
1.0%
37
No answer1.0%
7
0.2%
2
0.8%
9
0.5%
4
0.4%
1

2
0.6%
23
TOTAL 100.0%
683
100.0%
1030
100.0%
1078
100.0%
753
100.0%
271

27

3815



View of the Bible by Worship attendance


Less than once a yearOnce a yearSeveral times a yearOnce to three times a monthNearly every weekEvery week or moreMissingTOTAL
The actual word of God...to be taken literally, word for word.14.0%
178
16.6%
82
25.9%
105
38.4%
212
50.9%
86
54.3%
509

2
30.6%
1172
The inspired word of God but not everything ...taken literally39.7%
505
51.3%
253
56.0%
227
53.3%
294
42.6%
72
39.5%
370

0
44.9%
1721
An ancient book of fables, legends, history and moral precepts.42.5%
541
30.2%
149
16.0%
65
7.6%
42
5.9%
10
4.8%
45

3
22.3%
852
Other1.5%
19
0.8%
4
0.5%
2
0.4%
2
0.0%
0
0.3%
3

2
0.8%
30
Don't know1.6%
21
0.8%
4
1.0%
4
0.4%
2
0.0%
0
0.4%
4

1
0.9%
35
No answer0.7%
9
0.2%
1
0.5%
2
0.0%
0
0.6%
1
0.6%
6

6
0.5%
19
TOTAL 100.0%
1273
100.0%
493
100.0%
405
100.0%
552
100.0%
169
100.0%
937

14

3829



View of the Bible by Political ideology


Extremely liberal or liberalSlightly liberalModerateSlightly conservativeConservative or extremely conservativeMissingTOTAL
The actual word of God...to be taken literally, word for word.16.4%
97
21.0%
90
29.3%
432
34.0%
177
48.3%
344

34
30.6%
1140
The inspired word of God but not everything ...taken literally34.9%
206
48.6%
208
48.8%
719
49.9%
260
41.6%
296

32
45.3%
1689
An ancient book of fables, legends, history and moral precepts.45.9%
271
29.2%
125
19.3%
285
15.4%
80
9.1%
65

26
22.2%
826
Other1.9%
11
0.5%
2
0.7%
10
0.0%
0
0.4%
3

5
0.7%
26
Don't know0.7%
4
0.5%
2
1.0%
15
0.8%
4
0.3%
2

10
0.7%
27
No answer0.3%
2
0.2%
1
0.8%
12
0.0%
0
0.3%
2

8
0.5%
17
TOTAL 100.0%
591
100.0%
428
100.0%
1473
100.0%
521
100.0%
712

115

3725



View of the Bible by Race


WhiteBlackOtherTOTAL
The actual word of God...to be taken literally, word for word.26.4%
756
51.7%
291
30.8%
127
30.5%
1174
The inspired word of God but not everything ...taken literally47.5%
1363
32.3%
182
42.9%
177
44.8%
1722
An ancient book of fables, legends, history and moral precepts.23.6%
676
14.7%
83
22.8%
94
22.2%
853
Other0.9%
27
0.4%
2
0.7%
3
0.8%
32
Don't know0.9%
26
0.4%
2
2.2%
9
1.0%
37
No answer0.7%
19
0.5%
3
0.7%
3
0.7%
25
TOTAL 100.0%
2867
100.0%
563
100.0%
413

3843



View of the Bible by Religion


ProtestantCatholicJewishNoneOtherMissingTOTAL
The actual word of God...to be taken literally, word for word.45.4%
760
25.3%
235
9.4%
6
7.9%
64
31.3%
108

2
30.7%
1173
The inspired word of God but not everything ...taken literally46.0%
770
57.7%
537
21.9%
14
30.8%
248
43.2%
149

4
45.0%
1718
An ancient book of fables, legends, history and moral precepts.7.9%
132
15.6%
145
60.9%
39
56.2%
453
21.4%
74

11
22.1%
843
Other0.4%
6
0.1%
1
3.1%
2
2.1%
17
2.0%
7

0
0.9%
33
Don't know0.1%
2
1.2%
11
0.0%
0
1.9%
15
1.7%
6

1
0.9%
34
No answer0.2%
3
0.1%
1
4.7%
3
1.1%
9
0.3%
1

6
0.4%
17
TOTAL 100.0%
1673
100.0%
930
100.0%
64
100.0%
806
100.0%
345

24

3818



View of the Bible by Sex


MaleFemaleTOTAL
The actual word of God...to be taken literally, word for word.26.5%
467
34.0%
707
30.6%
1174
The inspired word of God but not everything ...taken literally44.3%
782
45.2%
940
44.8%
1722
An ancient book of fables, legends, history and moral precepts.26.6%
470
18.4%
382
22.2%
852
Other1.1%
19
0.6%
13
0.8%
32
Don't know0.7%
12
1.2%
25
1.0%
37
No answer0.8%
14
0.5%
11
0.7%
25
TOTAL 100.0%
1764
100.0%
2078

3842



Notes

The General Social Surveys (GSS) have been conducted by the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) annually since 1972, except for the years 1979, 1981, and 1992 (a supplement was added in 1992), and biennially beginning in 1994. The GSS are designed to be part of a program of social indicator research, replicating questionnaire items and wording in order to facilitate time-trend studies. This data file has all cases and variables asked on the 2014 GSS. There are a total of 3,842 cases in the data set but their initial sampling years vary because the GSS now contains panel cases. Sampling years can be identified with the variable SAMPTYPE.




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