In addition, an overwhelming majority of Americans, 71%, believe the Bible is a holy document, inspired by God or containing God's own words.
"Fewer than one in four Americans (24%) now believe the Bible is 'the actual word of God, and is to be taken literally, word for word,' similar to the 26% who view it as 'a book of fables, legends, history and moral precepts recorded by man,'" reported Gallup on May 15.
"This is the first time in Gallup's four-decade trend that biblical literalism has not surpassed biblical skepticism," said the survey firm. "Meanwhile, about half of Americans -- a proportion largely unchanged over the years -- fall in the middle, saying the Bible is the inspired word of God but that not all of it should be taken literally."
The Gallup polll was conducted May 3 - 7, as part of the firm's annual Values and Beliefs poll.Read more at CNSNews