The party conventions are over and the campaign is underway for
the White House and other important offices. Meanwhile, a survey
has been done on the influence of the Bible and faith on one's
Bible Society does an annual survey of the State of the Bible, and this year it tested
attitudes toward the upcoming election. Lamar Vest serves as
president of the Society.
"Of those [ages] 18 to 27, 59 percent of those in the survey
indicated that faith has very little or no influence in their views
on political issues," he summarizes. "Of those 64 and older, you
see a higher percentage of people who say that it matters to them
what people believe about the Bible."
Vest says that one of the shocking statistics was that about
half of those surveyed said they would vote for an atheist as
president. Only 49 percent would vote for a candidate based on
whether they use a Bible.
"Twenty-five to thirty years ago, we did a survey with Gallup
that shocked us all that basically indicated that people going to
church on a regular basis had little to do with the way they lived
their lives," Vest laments.
What the latest survey shows is that people suggest they believe
the Bible is divinely inspired, but it has little to do with the
way they vote in the election.
Vest notes the Bible is still a top seller, and that people
debate it and give it as gifts. "They seem to do everything but
read it," he decides, pointing out that that is the challenge.
The American Bible Society is based in New York City.