Study Finds Republicans Are ‘Significantly Higher’ on Bible Engagement Than Democrats and Independents

Registered Republicans have “significantly higher” rates of Bible engagement than Democrats or independents, according to a report by the Barna Group and the American Bible Society.

In their newly released “State of the Bible 2020” report, the researchers measured what they called “Scripture Engagement,” which centered on how often a person not only reads the Bible, but how it influences their relationships and decisions.

From there, the researchers developed a score going from 115 or higher, which was labeled “Bible-Centered,” to 70 or below, which was labeled “Bible Disengaged.”

The report found that Republicans scored higher than Democrats or independents, with respondents who identified as belonging to the GOP as averaging 80 on the scale.

According to ABS and Barna, this means that Republicans tended to be “Bible Neutral,” defined as people who “interact with the Bible sporadically with little influence from the Bible.”

“Nine of ten read the Bible either once a month (36.2%), three or four times a year (22.8%), or once or twice a year (31.6%),” they explained.

By contrast, Democratic respondents scored an average of 69 and independents scored an average of 66, putting both of them in the “Bible Disengaged” category.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski

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