The American Bible Society hired the Barna Group, a conservative research & polling organization, to examine “teens’ perceptions of the Bible, the role they believe it should play in American public life and their level of personal engagement with it.” The published research is the 2016 Teen State of the Bible.
“This study included 1,013 surveys conducted among a representative, random sample of teens ages 13 to 17 within all 50 states. The survey was conducted 6 MAY through 23 MAY 2016. The sampling error for a sample of this size is plus or minus 3 percentage points at the 95-percent confidence level.”
These are the Top 10 Findings from the 2016 Teen State of the Bible.
1. Reading the Bible in Public Is Seen as Encouraging
2. A Majority of Teens Own a Bible and Read it Regularly
3. A Majority of Teens Read the Bible for More Than 15 minutes Each Sitting
4. Growing Closer to God is the Key Motivator for Bible Reading
5. Teens Still Prefer to use a Hard Copy Bible in a Digital Age
6. The Bible Is Considered Sacred Literature
7. The Bible Is a Source of Hope and Guidance
8. The Bible Is Considered the Literal or Inspired Word of God
9. The Bible Should Have More Influence on Society
10. The Bible Influences Political Decisions
Go to the Barna Group article, Top 10 Findings on Teens and the Bible, for more detailed explanations of the top ten findings.
The information and the graphic are from the linked Barna Group article.