The number of Americans who believe the Bible is actually the word of God, meaning that everything in it came from God, has declined from the 1970s and 1980s.
However, the number of Americans who do believe the Bible is "the actual word of God" is still about one-third, or some 100 million Americans.
God help them :
Gallup reports that the majority of those "who don't believe that the Bible is literally true believe that it is the inspired word of God but that not everything it in should be taken literally."But :
This is a decline of about 7% compared with Gallup polls taken in the 1970s and 1980s. It is strongest in the South.It's not all bad news. Sanity rules for about 60 million Americans :
...about one in five Americans believe the Bible is merely an ancient book of "fables, legends, history, and moral precepts recorded by man."The more schooling an American gets, the less likely he/she is to believe in the literal Bible :
Believe in the literal word of the Bible is strongest among those whose schooling stopped with high school and declines steadily with educational level, with only 20% of college graduates holding that view and 11% of those with an advanced degree.Does having an evangelical as president aid in the decline of those who believe the Bible truly is the word of God?
Or are more Americans getting better educations?