Bowman, Karlyn, The American Enterprise
President Bush says that he reads the Bible daily. So, too, do about 15 percent of his fellow citizens. At the other end of the spectrum, about a quarter say they never read it. About 90 percent have a Bible at home, a figure unchanged from 1954, when Gallup first posed the question. About a quarter say they have read the Bible all the way through. Thirty percent today say the Bible is the actual word of God, to be taken literally word for word, while 52 percent believe it is the inspired word of God. Fifteen percent call it an ancient book of fables, legends, and history.
Question: How often do you ... ? Read Bible daily or more often 1942 10% 1998 14% Source: The Gallup Organization, latest that of 2002. The American Bible Society sponsored some of these surveys. Note: Table made from line graph. Read the Bible--1998 Daily or more often 14% Two-three times a week/weekly 24 Two-three times a month 14 Once a month 8 Less than once a month 20 Never 27 Note: Question wording varied. Source: The Gallup Organization, latest that of 2002. The American Bible Society sponsored some of these surveys. Note: Table made from bar graph. Question: Do you happen to have any of these books in your home ... ? Have a Bible in your home 1954 92% 2000 93 Note: Question wording varied slightly. Source: The Gallup Organization, latest that of 2002. …