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Reading sacred texts (Demographic Patterns)

Outside of attending religious services, about how often do you read the Bible, Koran, Torah, or other sacred book?. Results weighted by WEIGHT (Baylor Religion Survey, Wave 2, 2007)


Reading sacred texts by Age


18-29 years old30-44 years old45-59 years old60-74 years old75 years and olderTOTAL
Never27.7%
74
31.6%
160
26.0%
119
23.1%
63
22.6%
28
27.3%
444
Less than once a year15.4%
41
11.3%
57
15.5%
71
14.7%
40
17.7%
22
14.2%
231
Once or twice a year12.4%
33
11.9%
60
11.4%
52
8.8%
24
8.9%
11
11.1%
180
Several times a year8.2%
22
10.7%
54
9.8%
45
9.9%
27
12.9%
16
10.1%
164
Once a month4.1%
11
3.0%
15
2.4%
11
3.7%
10
1.6%
2
3.0%
49
2-3 times a month5.2%
14
7.1%
36
6.1%
28
6.2%
17
3.2%
4
6.1%
99
About weekly9.0%
24
4.0%
20
4.4%
20
7.0%
19
7.3%
9
5.7%
92
Weekly4.9%
13
7.7%
39
8.1%
37
6.6%
18
6.5%
8
7.1%
115
Several times a week or more often13.1%
35
12.8%
65
16.4%
75
20.1%
55
19.4%
24
15.6%
254
Missing4552521
TOTAL 100.0%
267
100.0%
506
100.0%
458
100.0%
273
100.0%
124

1628



Reading sacred texts by Church attendance


NeverLess than once a monthLess than once a weekWeekly or moreMissingTOTAL
Never59.4%
222
34.1%
156
13.5%
39
4.7%
23

4
27.3%
440
Less than once a year19.8%
74
22.9%
105
11.8%
34
3.5%
17

2
14.3%
230
Once or twice a year9.6%
36
15.7%
72
15.6%
45
5.3%
26

1
11.1%
179
Several times a year5.1%
19
14.0%
64
17.0%
49
6.3%
31

2
10.1%
163
Once a month0.8%
3
1.1%
5
6.9%
20
4.1%
20

1
3.0%
48
2-3 times a month1.1%
4
4.6%
21
9.0%
26
9.2%
45

3
6.0%
96
About weekly0.8%
3
2.0%
9
10.1%
29
10.2%
50

1
5.7%
91
Weekly1.1%
4
2.6%
12
6.3%
18
16.6%
81

1
7.1%
115
Several times a week or more often2.4%
9
3.1%
14
9.7%
28
40.1%
196

7
15.4%
247
Missing4924019
TOTAL 100.0%
374
100.0%
458
100.0%
288
100.0%
489

22

1609



Reading sacred texts by Education


Less than high schoolHigh school graduateSome college or vocational trainingCollege graduatePostgraduate work/degreeMissingTOTAL
Never30.2%
38
31.8%
147
23.3%
140
28.5%
61
25.6%
51

8
27.3%
437
Less than once a year16.7%
21
12.1%
56
13.6%
82
17.8%
38
15.1%
30

5
14.2%
227
Once or twice a year10.3%
13
9.3%
43
10.6%
64
14.5%
31
13.6%
27

2
11.1%
178
Several times a year10.3%
13
9.3%
43
11.0%
66
7.0%
15
12.1%
24

5
10.0%
161
Once a month1.6%
2
2.4%
11
3.3%
20
2.8%
6
4.5%
9

1
3.0%
48
2-3 times a month3.2%
4
6.5%
30
6.8%
41
4.2%
9
5.0%
10

4
5.9%
94
About weekly9.5%
12
3.9%
18
7.0%
42
6.1%
13
2.5%
5

2
5.6%
90
Weekly8.7%
11
8.2%
38
6.8%
41
7.0%
15
4.5%
9

0
7.1%
114
Several times a week or more often9.5%
12
16.5%
76
17.5%
105
12.1%
26
17.1%
34

1
15.8%
253
Missing04823017
TOTAL 100.0%
126
100.0%
462
100.0%
601
100.0%
214
100.0%
199

28

1602



Reading sacred texts by Political party


DemocratIndependentRepublicanOtherMissingTOTAL
Never31.9%
189
35.0%
123
18.4%
113
29.7%
11

9
27.4%
436
Less than once a year16.2%
96
15.7%
55
11.2%
69
16.2%
6

5
14.2%
226
Once or twice a year11.8%
70
12.8%
45
10.1%
62
8.1%
3

1
11.3%
180
Several times a year12.2%
72
6.6%
23
10.1%
62
10.8%
4

4
10.1%
161
Once a month1.9%
11
2.6%
9
4.2%
26
8.1%
3

1
3.1%
49
2-3 times a month5.2%
31
4.8%
17
7.5%
46
5.4%
2

2
6.0%
96
About weekly4.4%
26
6.6%
23
6.0%
37
2.7%
1

4
5.5%
87
Weekly6.4%
38
6.0%
21
8.3%
51
2.7%
1

4
7.0%
111
Several times a week or more often10.0%
59
10.0%
35
24.1%
148
16.2%
6

6
15.6%
248
Missing6190016
TOTAL 100.0%
592
100.0%
351
100.0%
614
100.0%
37

36

1594



Reading sacred texts by Sex


MaleFemaleTOTAL
Never30.5%
233
24.4%
211
27.3%
444
Less than once a year16.1%
123
12.6%
109
14.3%
232
Once or twice a year12.7%
97
9.6%
83
11.1%
180
Several times a year9.5%
73
10.7%
92
10.1%
165
Once a month2.6%
20
3.4%
29
3.0%
49
2-3 times a month4.7%
36
7.2%
62
6.0%
98
About weekly4.3%
33
6.7%
58
5.6%
91
Weekly6.8%
52
7.3%
63
7.1%
115
Several times a week or more often12.8%
98
18.1%
156
15.6%
254
Missing101020
TOTAL 100.0%
765
100.0%
863

1628



Reading sacred texts by Religion


ProtestantCatholicJewishNoneOtherMissingTOTAL
Never15.9%
146
36.9%
129
38.7%
12
67.2%
119
18.1%
17

22
26.9%
423
Less than once a year10.8%
99
18.0%
63
25.8%
8
22.6%
40
13.8%
13

9
14.2%
223
Once or twice a year10.7%
98
13.7%
48
16.1%
5
6.8%
12
11.7%
11

5
11.1%
174
Several times a year10.9%
100
12.9%
45
12.9%
4
1.1%
2
11.7%
11

1
10.3%
162
Once a month4.6%
42
1.4%
5
6.5%
2
0.0%
0
0.0%
0

0
3.1%
49
2-3 times a month8.0%
74
5.1%
18
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
3.2%
3

3
6.0%
95
About weekly7.3%
67
4.9%
17
0.0%
0
1.1%
2
3.2%
3

2
5.7%
89
Weekly10.0%
92
3.7%
13
0.0%
0
0.6%
1
4.3%
4

4
7.0%
110
Several times a week or more often22.0%
202
3.4%
12
0.0%
0
0.6%
1
34.0%
32

6
15.7%
247
Missing122022018
TOTAL 100.0%
920
100.0%
350
100.0%
31
100.0%
177
100.0%
94

52

1572



Notes

The Baylor Department of Sociology received a three-year grant from the John M. Templeton Foundation, to conduct a nationally representative multi-year study of religious values, practices, and behaviors. Wave 2 of the Baylor Religion Survey was collected in 2007 and includes a deep selection of questions related to religious behaviors, beliefs and belonging. Special topic modules examine race and religion, and personality.