View of the Bible
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View of the Bible (Over Time)

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. (General Social Survey 2010 Cross-Section and Panel Combined)


View of the Bible by Year (General Social Survey, 1984 - 2010)



 Actual word of GodInspired word of GodAncient bookOther (Volunteered)Don't knowNo answer
201031.245.520.31.50.90.6
200831.348.017.81.41.10.4
200633.246.416.52.31.10.5
200433.747.315.52.11.10.4
200228.453.014.02.61.70.2
200033.646.515.51.03.00.4
199830.649.116.21.12.50.6
199630.249.517.00.62.00.6
199431.250.714.80.91.70.8
199333.048.515.10.82.00.6
199134.747.714.70.81.80.4
199032.249.015.10.82.00.9
198931.049.115.90.42.70.9
198834.147.016.10.71.90.2
198736.345.615.20.61.31.1
198536.248.612.50.31.70.7
198437.146.013.50.71.31.3

Notes

Frequencies from GSS 1972-2002 were weighted by OVERSAMP. 2004 frequencies weighted by WT2004. Frequencies for 2006 and 2008 were weighted by WTSS. 2010 frequencies weighted by WTCOMBNR.

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 2010 GSS. There are a total of 4,901 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.