April 23, 2005--Sixty-three percent
(63%) of Americans believe the Bible is literally true and the Word
of God. A Rasmussen Reports survey found that 24% disagree and say
it is not.
A related survey found that 47% of
Americans pray every day or nearly every
Among Evangelical Christians, 89%
believe the Bible is literally true and just 4% say it is not. Among
other Protestants, 70% believe the Bible is literally true. That
view is shared by 58% of Catholics.
By a 4-to-1 margin, those who believe
the Bible is literally true have a favorable opinion of the new
Sixty-five percent (65%) of women
believe the Bible is literally true along with 61% of men.
Seventy-seven percent (77%) of
Republicans believe in the literal truth of the Bible as do 59% of
Democrats and 50% of those not affiliated with either major party.
Eighty-two percent (82%) of black
Americans believe the Bible is literally true and is the Word of
God. Fifty-nine percent (59%) of White Americans share that view
along with 71% of other, primarily Hispanic, Americans.
While older Americans are a bit more
likely to believe in the literal truth of the Bible, 58% of American
adults under 30 hold that view.
Rasmussen Reports has recently released
Virginia polling data on the 2005 race for
Governor, the 2006 U.S.
Senate race, and thoughts about
Hillary Clinton in 2008.
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The telephone survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted by Rasmussen Reports April
21-22, 2005. The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 3
percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.