Donald Trump or God? America Votes on Whose Financial Advice is Better

New Survey Shows More Americans Willing to Take Financial Advice from Trump than the Bible

In a down economy, many Americans are searching for advice on how to manage their finances. But whose advice do they trust? A new study shows more Americans are willing to take advice from Donald Trump (50%), a man whose companies have filed for bankruptcy at least four times, than from the Bible (32 percent), the best-selling book of all time. Yet the Bible has more than 2,000 verses that relate to money and possessions.

The survey, conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of American Bible Society to coincide with the release of The Financial Stewardship Bible, also found that:

  • One in 10 Americans age 18-34 would be most inclined to take financial advice from Kim Kardashian

  • 86 percent of Americans do not follow what the Bible says about money management

  • One in four Americans (24 percent) who do not follow what the Bible says about money think they would have more money if they followed its advice

  • 94 percent of Americans are unable attribute a verse from Proverbs1 about the rewards of work to the Bible

"God's wisdom isn't just for life and death or life's moral conundrums," said Lamar Vest, president of American Bible Society. "The Bible offers sound advice about managing money, avoiding debt and prospering in difficult times."

The Bible's counsel about personal finance is certainly timely.

"When it comes to finances, the past few years have been challenging for many Americans," said Howard Dayton, founder and CEO of Compass—Finances God's Way. "The Financial Stewardship Bible is designed to provide practical tips for managing money using the age-old wisdom found in its pages."


Poll Your Audience:

  • Do you believe God's money advice is in your best interest, his best interest or both?
  • Do you follow the Bible’s advice on money? If not, do you think you would have more, less or the same amount of money if you did follow its advice?

The Financial Stewardship Bible is a collaboration between American Bible Society and Compass – Finances God's Way. Not a new translation, The Financial Stewardship Bible is the first to highlight more than 2,000 verses about God's perspective on money. The integrated study guide focuses on topics including earning, spending, investing, debt, bankruptcy, cosigning, inheritance and saving for retirement. The Financial Stewardship Bible is available at Bibles.comAmazon.comBarnesandNoble.com and other online retailers.

About American Bible Society
Headquartered in Manhattan, the 195-year-old American Bible Society exists to make the Bible available to every person in a language and format each can understand and afford, so all people may experience its life-changing message. One of the nation's oldest nonprofit organizations, today's American Bible Society provides interactive, high- and low-tech resources enabling first-time readers and seasoned theologians alike to engage with the best-selling book of all time. For more information, visit American.Bible.

About Compass - Finances God's Way
Compass - Finances God's Way is a worldwide organization that teaches people of all ages how to handle money based on the principles of the Bible. Founded by Howard Dayton host of the nationally syndicated radio program "MoneyWise" and author of several books including Money and Marriage God's WayYour Money Counts and Your Money Map, Compass aims to equip people to improve their finances primarily through small group studies. Learn more by visiting Compass1.org.

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Survey Methodology
This survey was conducted online within the U.S. by Harris Interactive on behalf of American Bible Society from February 16-20, 2012 among 2,262 U.S. adults ages 18 and older. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables, please contact Amy Huffman or Christy Lynn Wilson (770.813.0000).

1Proverbs 16:26 (Contemporary English Version)