Interim Results to the Bible Poll
Although the poll is still running, the interim totals for the Bible poll, as of Friday 30th January 2009, are as follows:
Preferred version for personal use
There are now 18 versions appearing in our poll; although the Hebrew/Greek and the literal version are unspecified.
The NRSV still rates as the most popular version with the NIV attracting the greatest increase in votes. The NASB holds a firm third position.
Bible Versions used in Churches
The most striking trend has been the increase in the variety of translations that have been reported as being used during church services. The poll now shows 14 different versions.
It must be noted that the sample size of this section of the poll is smaller than that shown in the Personal Use poll. This is because roughly a third of submitted forms omit any mention of versions used within church services.
42% of those responding indicated that their choice of Bible version was different from that normally used within their church.
Although incomplete, it has been decided to use this data as a way of indicating the most popular versions used within churches (denominations are unknown) and as a comparison against those used for personal purposes.
Stated reasons for preference of version for personal use
91% of the comments concerning the choice of preference related to issues of translation of the text. Of these:
Some respondents expressed more than one reason for their choice of Bible version.
11% of respondents stated that printed/electronic helps and readers' aids associated with a particular version influenced their choice.
8% of the total respondents indicated that they did not attend church.