76 percent of Americans self-identify as Christian, and in a new survey out today, seventy-five percent of Americans believe that to some degree, the Bible is the word of God. Overall, that number has dropped somewhat over the past decade. In 2003, 82 percent of Americans said the Bible is the word of God, likely thanks to the born again Evangelical Christian who occupied the White House, and the nation’s entry into the Iraq War.
Today, Gallup finds, 28 percent of Americans say they believe the Bible is the actual word of God, to be taken literally, word for word. Another 47 percent say they believe the Bible is the inspired word of God, but not to be taken literally. Combined, that’s 75 percent.
That 28 percent rate of Americans who believe the Bible is the actual word of God is “somewhat below the 38% to 40% seen in the late 1970s, and near the all-time low of 27% reached in 2001 and 2009,” Gallup observes. “About one in five Americans view the Bible in purely secular terms — as ancient fables, legends, history, and precepts written by man — which is up from 13% in 1976.”
In a curious statement, Gallup author Lydia Saad concludes, “the finding that nine in 10 Christians believe the Bible emanates from God indicates that U.S. Christians are Christian in more than name only,” a supposition not supported by the poll.
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