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Importance of the Bible (Demographic Patterns)

How important is the Bible in helping you make decisions about your life? (Exploring Religious America, 2002)


Importance of the Bible by Age (Exploring Religious America, 2002)

  18-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 65+ Missing TOTAL
Very important 54.7%
291
55.5%
211
58.1%
205
63.2%
165
71.4%
337
3 60.5%
1209
Somewhat important 23.9%
127
28.9%
110
24.1%
85
21.8%
57
14.0%
66
0 22.3%
445
Somewhat unimportant 9.8%
52
7.4%
28
9.9%
35
6.5%
17
5.1%
24
1 7.8%
156
Very unimportant 9.4%
50
6.8%
26
6.5%
23
6.5%
17
7.2%
34
0 7.5%
150
Don't know/Not applicable/Refused 2.3%
12
1.3%
5
1.4%
5
1.9%
5
2.3%
11
0 1.9%
38
TOTAL 100%
532
100%
380
100%
353
100%
261
100%
472
4 1998

Importance of the Bible by Gender (Exploring Religious America, 2002)

  Male Female TOTAL
Very important 51.8%
451
67.2%
761
60.5%
1212
Somewhat important 24.7%
215
20.3%
230
22.2%
445
Somewhat unimportant 11.8%
103
4.8%
54
7.8%
157
Very unimportant 9.5%
83
5.9%
67
7.5%
150
Don't know/Not applicable/Refused 2.1%
18
1.8%
20
1.9%
38
TOTAL 100%
870
100%
1132
2002

Importance of the Bible by Political party (Exploring Religious America, 2002)

  Democrat Republican Independent Other party (volunteered) Don't know/Not applicable/Refused TOTAL
Very important 63.4%
424
70.1%
352
49.5%
320
54.5%
18
64.5%
98
60.5%
1212
Somewhat important 20.8%
139
19.5%
98
27.2%
176
12.1%
4
18.4%
28
22.2%
445
Somewhat unimportant 6.9%
46
6.0%
30
11.0%
71
15.2%
5
3.3%
5
7.8%
157
Very unimportant 7.9%
53
4.0%
20
9.9%
64
9.1%
3
6.6%
10
7.5%
150
Don't know/Not applicable/Refused 1.0%
7
0.4%
2
2.3%
15
9.1%
3
7.2%
11
1.9%
38
TOTAL 100%
669
100%
502
100%
646
100%
33
100%
152
2002

Importance of the Bible by Race (Exploring Religious America, 2002)

  White Black Asian Other Missing TOTAL
Very important 57.3%
878
91.9%
170
38.1%
16
60.4%
122
26 60.4%
1186
Somewhat important 24.1%
369
6.5%
12
23.8%
10
23.8%
48
6 22.4%
439
Somewhat unimportant 8.7%
134
0.5%
1
4.8%
2
8.4%
17
3 7.8%
154
Very unimportant 8.3%
128
0.5%
1
16.7%
7
5.4%
11
3 7.5%
147
Don't know/Not applicable/Refused 1.6%
24
0.5%
1
16.7%
7
2.0%
4
2 1.8%
36
TOTAL 100%
1533
100%
185
100%
42
100%
202
40 1962

Importance of the Bible by Education (Exploring Religious America, 2002)

  HS Sm college College Post-grad Missing TOTAL
Very important 80.9%
152
66.8%
435
58.8%
306
52.7%
223
39.0%
73
23 60.4%
1189
Somewhat important 10.6%
20
21.5%
140
23.8%
124
23.9%
101
29.9%
56
4 22.4%
441
Somewhat unimportant 2.7%
5
4.8%
31
8.7%
45
11.1%
47
15.0%
28
1 7.9%
156
Very unimportant 4.3%
8
5.4%
35
6.7%
35
10.9%
46
12.8%
24
2 7.5%
148
Don't know/Not applicable/Refused 1.6%
3
1.5%
10
1.9%
10
1.4%
6
3.2%
6
3 1.8%
35
TOTAL 100%
188
100%
651
100%
520
100%
423
100%
187
33 1969

Importance of the Bible by Religious preference (Exploring Religious America, 2002)

  Catholic Protestant Other Chri Jewish Other Missing TOTAL
Very important 48.1%
235
70.5%
394
78.6%
480
26.3%
10
26.6%
70
23 60.7%
1189
Somewhat important 35.4%
173
20.0%
112
15.5%
95
31.6%
12
18.3%
48
5 22.4%
440
Somewhat unimportant 9.6%
47
5.9%
33
4.1%
25
23.7%
9
14.8%
39
4 7.8%
153
Very unimportant 5.5%
27
3.0%
17
1.1%
7
18.4%
7
33.5%
88
4 7.4%
146
Don't know/Not applicable/Refused 1.4%
7
0.5%
3
0.7%
4
0.0%
0
6.8%
18
6 1.6%
32
TOTAL 100%
489
100%
559
100%
611
100%
38
100%
263
42 1960

Notes

The purpose of the Exploring Religious America survey was to examine the extent of the nation's tolerance of religious diversity, familiarity with different faiths, and views on Islam, extremism and future conflict -especially in the aftermath of September 11th. The survey was part of a series of five special programs airing on the Public Broadcasting Service television program Religion & Ethics Newsweekly (http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/), and it was the subject of a cover story in U.S. News & World Report (http://www.usnews.com/usnews/home.htm). The series, which began on April 26, 2002, also examined broader questions about the role of religious beliefs and experiences in the U.S. As of July 7, 2003, a summary of the poll and survey results for the Exploring Religious America could be found at: http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/week534/specialreport.html.




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