Preferred Bible version in the U.S. 2017

The graph presents data on the popularity of the versions of the Bible read in the United States as of January 2017. During the survey, 31 percent of the respondents stated they most often read the King James Version of the Bible. During the same survey, 32 percent of respondents stated that they had never read the Bible, whilst 16 percent stated that they read the Bible every day. New ways of reading the Bible have begun to become popular, such as using the internet to access Bible content or searching for Bible verses on a smartphone. However, reading from a print version of the Bible still remains the most popular method.

What is the version or translation of the Bible you read most often?

Share of respondents
King James Version31%
New International Version13%
English Standard Version9%
New King James Version7%
Christian Community4%
New American Standard3%
New Living Translation2%
Revised Standard2%
Contemporary English Version2%
New American Bible2%
All others (1% or less combined)9%
Not sure8%
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Release date

April 2017


United States

Survey time period

January 20 to 30, 2017

Number of respondents

476 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Special properties

among Bible readers

Method of interview

Telephone interviews and online survey

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