This is the first time that biblical skepticism has surpassed biblical literalism in the four-decade history of Gallup’s study of this very question.
From the mid-1970’s to the mid-1980’s, 40% of all Americans believed that the bible was the literal word of God.
Since this time the number of self-identified Christians has begun to shrink. The second fastest-growing “religious” group in North America are the “nones”. Nones are comprised of atheists, agnostics, secular humanists and those with highly personalized views of God. As Gallup notes, those with higher education attainment were less likely to be biblical literalists.