U.S. Religious Knowledge Study, 2010

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QN39

(Percentages are weighted by WEIGHT; Total Ns reported are unweighted)

39. What is the first book of the Bible?
  1) Genesis
  2) Incorrect
  8) Don't know
  9) Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Genesis 63.4% 63.4%
Incorrect 7.7% 71.1%
Don't know 28.8% 99.9%
Refused .1% 100%
Total N = 3412

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-24 25-34 35-44 45-64 65+ TOTAL
Genesis 55.4% 60.1% 63.8% 65.9% 67.3% 63.4%
Incorrect 10.0% 6.5% 10.5% 7.0% 6.0% 7.7%
Don't know 34.6% 33.4% 25.7% 27.0% 26.4% 28.8%
Refused 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.1% 0.3% 0.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
3412


Region (I-REGION)

East Midwest South West TOTAL
Genesis 52.5% 64.1% 69.3% 62.3% 63.5%
Incorrect 9.7% 7.0% 8.0% 6.3% 7.7%
Don't know 37.8% 28.9% 22.6% 31.2% 28.7%
Refused 0.0% 0.0% 0.2% 0.1% 0.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
3409


Education (I-EDUC)

High school incomplete (Grades 9-11), None, or grade 1-8 High school graduate (Grade 12 or GED certificate) Some college, associate degree, no 4-year degree (or Technical, trade, or vocational school AFTER high school) College graduate (B.S., B.A., or other 4-year degree) Post-graduate training or professional schooling after college (e.g., toward a master's Degree or Ph.D.; law or medical school) TOTAL
Genesis 45.2% 55.3% 69.0% 74.2% 82.2% 63.4%
Incorrect 11.8% 9.1% 7.3% 5.2% 2.9% 7.7%
Don't know 43.0% 35.5% 23.6% 20.6% 14.9% 28.8%
Refused 0.0% 0.1% 0.1% 0.0% 0.0% 0.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
3389


Political ideology (I-POLITICS)

Very conservative Conservative Moderate Liberal Very liberal TOTAL
Genesis 75.4% 65.9% 63.3% 62.0% 57.7% 64.5%
Incorrect 6.1% 6.7% 7.6% 9.1% 13.1% 7.8%
Don't know 18.6% 27.2% 29.1% 28.9% 29.1% 27.6%
Refused 0.0% 0.2% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
3189


Religion (I-RELIGION)

Protestant Catholic Other religion Atheist/Agnostic Unaffiliated-Nothing in particular TOTAL
Genesis 76.3% 42.0% 75.5% 71.2% 48.3% 63.8%
Incorrect 5.4% 11.3% 6.9% 5.0% 9.8% 7.4%
Don't know 18.3% 46.7% 17.6% 23.7% 41.9% 28.7%
Refused 0.1% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
3257



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