2020 "State of the Bible" report reveals only 9% of Americans read Bible daily

by Bryan Brammer · Jul 25th, 2020 3:52 pm

Last Updated Sep 3rd, 2020 at 11:34 am

The American Bible Society's 10th annual "State of the Bible" report released Wednesday revealed that only 9% of Americans read their Bible on a daily basis.

The report reveals findings from two separate surveys, one conducted in January with the Barna Group, and another in June. 2,010 and 3,020 Americans were polled, respectively.

When asked how often the respondent reads the Bible on their own, only 9% said they read it every day — the lowest figure in the 10 years the group has been conducting the survey.

"From 2011 through 2019, the percentage of respondents who claim to read the Bible daily has remained fairly steady, averaging 13.7%," the report reads. "A decrease of 5% in a single year is unprecedented."

Bible reading habits of Americans:

  • Four or more times a week - 3%
  • "Several times" a week - 10%
  • Once a week - 9%
  • Once a month - 9%
  • Three to four times a year - 8%
  • Once a year - 11%
  • Never - 34%

Respondents were also asked if they agreed with the statement, "The Bible contains everything a person needs to know to live a meaningful life."

  • 37% agreed strongly
  • 31% agreed somewhat
  • 32% disagreed with the statement

The surveys also asked participants about their beliefs concerning the Bible.

  • 24% said the Bible is the actual Word of God and should be taken literally.
  • 31% said some Scriptures are "meant to be symbolic rather than literal."
  • 18% said the Bible is just "another book of teachings written by people that contains stories and advice."
  • 15% said the Bible is the "inspired word of God but has some factual or historical errors."


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