Belief in God among adults who seldom or never read scripture

% of adults who seldom or never read scripture who say they…

Survey year Believe in God; absolutely certain Believe in God; fairly certain Believe in God; not too/not at all certain Believe in God; don't know Do not believe in God Other/don't know if they believe in God Sample Size
Sample size = 16,085. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
2014 40% 28% 10% 1% 18% 4% 16,085
2007 54% 26% 6% 1% 9% 4% 15,857

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Belief in God among adults who seldom or never read scripture by religious group

% of adults who seldom or never read scripture who say they…

Religious tradition Believe in God; absolutely certain Believe in God; fairly certain Believe in God; not too/not at all certain Believe in God; don't know Do not believe in God Other/don't know if they believe in God Sample Size
Sample size = 147. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Buddhist 19% 33% 13% 2% 29% 4% 147
Catholic 55% 33% 7% 1% 3% 1% 3,807
Evangelical Protestant 70% 24% 4% < 1% 1% 1% 1,462
Hindu 28% 36% 21% < 1% 13% 1% 120
Historically Black Protestant 78% 17% 2% 1% < 1% 1% 308
Jewish 23% 30% 17% 1% 24% 5% 580
Mainline Protestant 49% 37% 8% 1% 3% 2% 2,641
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 19% 23% 12% 1% 39% 6% 6,116

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DemographicInformation

Age distribution among adults who seldom or never read scripture by belief in God

% of adults who seldom or never read scripture who are ages…

Belief in God 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 6,146. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 19% 33% 29% 19% 6,146
Believe in God; fairly certain 24% 36% 26% 14% 4,368
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 34% 34% 19% 13% 1,486
Believe in God; don't know 17% 15% 34% 35% 122
Do not believe in God 38% 34% 17% 12% 3,043
Other/don't know if they believe in God 29% 34% 21% 16% 655

Generational cohort among adults who seldom or never read scripture by belief in God

% of adults who seldom or never read scripture who are…

Belief in God Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 6,146. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 11% 14% 27% 36% 12% 1% 6,146
Believe in God; fairly certain 15% 17% 29% 30% 8% 1% 4,368
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 22% 19% 27% 23% 8% 1% 1,486
Believe in God; don't know 8% 10% 13% 36% 29% 3% 122
Do not believe in God 26% 20% 25% 21% 7% 1% 3,043
Other/don't know if they believe in God 17% 20% 27% 26% 9% 1% 655

Gender composition among adults who seldom or never read scripture by belief in God

% of adults who seldom or never read scripture who are…

Belief in God Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 6,251. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 47% 53% 6,251
Believe in God; fairly certain 52% 48% 4,440
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 59% 41% 1,507
Believe in God; don't know 53% 47% 126
Do not believe in God 64% 36% 3,079
Other/don't know if they believe in God 63% 37% 682

Racial and ethnic composition among adults who seldom or never read scripture by belief in God

% of adults who seldom or never read scripture who identify as…

Belief in God White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 6,157. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 69% 10% 3% 14% 4% 6,157
Believe in God; fairly certain 74% 5% 4% 14% 3% 4,406
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 70% 4% 8% 15% 3% 1,488
Believe in God; don't know 74% 2% 5% 13% 6% 121
Do not believe in God 78% 2% 7% 9% 3% 3,048
Other/don't know if they believe in God 82% 5% 3% 5% 4% 665

Immigrant status among adults who seldom or never read scripture by belief in God

% of adults who seldom or never read scripture who are…

Belief in God Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 6,167. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 13% 10% 76% 6,167
Believe in God; fairly certain 14% 11% 75% 4,400
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 18% 15% 67% 1,494
Believe in God; don't know 21% 9% 70% 121
Do not believe in God 13% 15% 72% 3,044
Other/don't know if they believe in God 9% 11% 80% 666

Income distribution among adults who seldom or never read scripture by belief in God

% of adults who seldom or never read scripture who have a household income of…

Belief in God Less than $30,000 $30,000-$49,999 $50,000-$99,999 $100,000 or more Sample Size
Sample size = 5,383. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 35% 21% 25% 19% 5,383
Believe in God; fairly certain 28% 20% 29% 23% 3,921
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 30% 16% 28% 26% 1,365
Do not believe in God 23% 19% 30% 28% 2,811
Other/don't know if they believe in God 24% 17% 30% 29% 567

Educational distribution among adults who seldom or never read scripture by belief in God

% of adults who seldom or never read scripture who have completed…

Belief in God High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 6,207. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 46% 31% 15% 8% 6,207
Believe in God; fairly certain 39% 30% 19% 13% 4,427
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 35% 28% 21% 15% 1,499
Believe in God; don't know 47% 30% 13% 10% 125
Do not believe in God 28% 30% 24% 17% 3,070
Other/don't know if they believe in God 26% 34% 23% 17% 676

Marital status among adults who seldom or never read scripture by belief in God

% of adults who seldom or never read scripture who are…

Belief in God Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 6,229. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 48% 8% 14% 7% 23% 6,229
Believe in God; fairly certain 48% 11% 11% 4% 26% 4,426
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 41% 11% 9% 4% 35% 1,504
Believe in God; don't know 42% 8% 21% 11% 17% 124
Do not believe in God 39% 11% 9% 2% 39% 3,069
Other/don't know if they believe in God 44% 8% 13% 4% 31% 671

Parent of children under 18 among adults who seldom or never read scripture by belief in God

% of adults who seldom or never read scripture who are…

Belief in God Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 6,234. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 28% 72% 6,234
Believe in God; fairly certain 30% 70% 4,428
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 25% 75% 1,501
Believe in God; don't know 23% 77% 125
Do not believe in God 22% 78% 3,069
Other/don't know if they believe in God 24% 76% 678

BeliefsandPractices

Importance of religion in one's life among adults who seldom or never read scripture by belief in God

% of adults who seldom or never read scripture who say religion is…

Belief in God Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,251. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 48% 38% 8% 6% 1% 6,251
Believe in God; fairly certain 15% 49% 26% 9% 1% 4,440
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 4% 28% 43% 24% 1% 1,507
Believe in God; don't know 31% 31% 15% 16% 7% 126
Do not believe in God 2% 7% 23% 68% < 1% 3,079
Other/don't know if they believe in God 3% 17% 38% 41% 1% 682

Attendance at religious services among adults who seldom or never read scripture by belief in God

% of adults who seldom or never read scripture who attend religious services…

Belief in God At least once a week Once or twice a month/a few times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,251. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 20% 42% 37% < 1% 6,251
Believe in God; fairly certain 9% 41% 49% < 1% 4,440
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 4% 34% 63% < 1% 1,507
Believe in God; don't know 14% 27% 58% 1% 126
Do not believe in God 1% 16% 83% < 1% 3,079
Other/don't know if they believe in God 2% 25% 72% 1% 682

Frequency of prayer among adults who seldom or never read scripture by belief in God

% of adults who seldom or never read scripture who pray…

Belief in God At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,251. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 50% 25% 8% 17% 1% 6,251
Believe in God; fairly certain 23% 23% 14% 39% < 1% 4,440
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 11% 11% 11% 67% < 1% 1,507
Believe in God; don't know 29% 6% 9% 48% 9% 126
Do not believe in God 1% 1% 3% 95% < 1% 3,079
Other/don't know if they believe in God 5% 6% 6% 81% 2% 682

Frequency of participation in prayer, scripture study or religious education groups among adults who seldom or never read scripture by belief in God

% of adults who seldom or never read scripture who attend prayer group…

Belief in God At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,251. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 7% 4% 6% 83% < 1% 6,251
Believe in God; fairly certain 3% 3% 4% 90% < 1% 4,440
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 1% 2% 3% 95% < 1% 1,507
Believe in God; don't know 7% 3% 5% 80% 5% 126
Do not believe in God < 1% 1% 1% 98% < 1% 3,079
Other/don't know if they believe in God 1% 1% 2% 96% < 1% 682

Frequency of meditation among adults who seldom or never read scripture by belief in God

% of adults who seldom or never read scripture who meditate…

Belief in God At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,251. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 31% 7% 4% 57% 1% 6,251
Believe in God; fairly certain 22% 11% 5% 61% 1% 4,440
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 19% 10% 6% 64% < 1% 1,507
Believe in God; don't know 36% 7% 2% 47% 8% 126
Do not believe in God 16% 8% 5% 70% 1% 3,079
Other/don't know if they believe in God 20% 8% 6% 65% 2% 682

Frequency of feeling spiritual peace and wellbeing among adults who seldom or never read scripture by belief in God

% of adults who seldom or never read scripture who feel a sense of spiritual peace and wellbeing…

Belief in God At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,251. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 52% 17% 12% 17% 1% 6,251
Believe in God; fairly certain 35% 20% 16% 28% 1% 4,440
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 29% 17% 15% 38% 1% 1,507
Believe in God; don't know 46% 8% 11% 25% 10% 126
Do not believe in God 28% 15% 10% 46% 2% 3,079
Other/don't know if they believe in God 31% 14% 10% 39% 6% 682

Frequency of feeling wonder about the universe among adults who seldom or never read scripture by belief in God

% of adults who seldom or never read scripture who feel a sense of wonder about the universe…

Belief in God At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,251. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 38% 14% 13% 34% 1% 6,251
Believe in God; fairly certain 36% 17% 18% 28% 1% 4,440
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 41% 17% 17% 26% < 1% 1,507
Believe in God; don't know 41% 8% 9% 36% 6% 126
Do not believe in God 44% 18% 14% 24% 1% 3,079
Other/don't know if they believe in God 46% 17% 15% 20% 1% 682

Sources of guidance on right and wrong among adults who seldom or never read scripture by belief in God

% of adults who seldom or never read scripture who say they look to…most for guidance on right and wrong

Belief in God Religion Philosophy/reason Common sense Science Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,251. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 23% 10% 57% 7% 2% 6,251
Believe in God; fairly certain 8% 14% 64% 12% 2% 4,440
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 4% 19% 58% 17% 1% 1,507
Believe in God; don't know 14% 13% 50% 10% 12% 126
Do not believe in God 1% 18% 52% 27% 1% 3,079
Other/don't know if they believe in God 1% 19% 60% 16% 4% 682

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong among adults who seldom or never read scripture by belief in God

% of adults who seldom or never read scripture who say…

Belief in God There are clear standards for what is right and wrong Right or wrong depends on the situation Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,251. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 29% 69% 1% 1% 6,251
Believe in God; fairly certain 23% 75% 1% 1% 4,440
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 19% 79% 1% 1% 1,507
Believe in God; don't know 29% 63% 2% 6% 126
Do not believe in God 16% 83% 1% < 1% 3,079
Other/don't know if they believe in God 15% 81% 3% 1% 682

Interpreting scripture among adults who seldom or never read scripture by belief in God

% of adults who seldom or never read scripture who say the holy scripture is…

Belief in God Word of God; should be taken literally Word of God; not everything taken literally Word of God; other/don't know Not the word of God Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,251. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 25% 35% 2% 30% 8% 6,251
Believe in God; fairly certain 9% 25% 1% 57% 9% 4,440
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 3% 8% < 1% 82% 6% 1,507
Believe in God; don't know 19% 11% 9% 34% 27% 126
Do not believe in God < 1% 1% < 1% 95% 3% 3,079
Other/don't know if they believe in God 1% 3% < 1% 79% 17% 682

Belief in Heaven among adults who seldom or never read scripture by belief in God

% of adults who seldom or never read scripture who …in heaven

Belief in God Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,251. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 83% 11% 6% 6,251
Believe in God; fairly certain 66% 24% 9% 4,440
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 36% 51% 13% 1,507
Believe in God; don't know 59% 27% 13% 126
Do not believe in God 5% 91% 3% 3,079
Other/don't know if they believe in God 15% 50% 35% 682

Belief in Hell among adults who seldom or never read scripture by belief in God

% of adults who seldom or never read scripture who …in hell

Belief in God Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,251. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 62% 30% 8% 6,251
Believe in God; fairly certain 45% 45% 10% 4,440
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 25% 64% 11% 1,507
Believe in God; don't know 43% 36% 20% 126
Do not believe in God 4% 93% 3% 3,079
Other/don't know if they believe in God 11% 63% 26% 682

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among adults who seldom or never read scripture by belief in God

% of adults who seldom or never read scripture who identify as…

Belief in God Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 6,251. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 38% 19% 43% 6,251
Believe in God; fairly certain 33% 19% 47% 4,440
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 24% 17% 59% 1,507
Believe in God; don't know 27% 34% 39% 126
Do not believe in God 19% 17% 64% 3,079
Other/don't know if they believe in God 25% 23% 52% 682

Political ideology among adults who seldom or never read scripture by belief in God

% of adults who seldom or never read scripture who are…

Belief in God Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,251. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 34% 36% 23% 7% 6,251
Believe in God; fairly certain 24% 40% 30% 5% 4,440
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 16% 40% 38% 6% 1,507
Believe in God; don't know 31% 24% 25% 20% 126
Do not believe in God 13% 31% 50% 6% 3,079
Other/don't know if they believe in God 17% 37% 36% 10% 682

Views about size of government among adults who seldom or never read scripture by belief in God

% of adults who seldom or never read scripture who would rather have…

Belief in God Smaller government; fewer services Bigger government; more services Depends Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,251. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 52% 41% 3% 4% 6,251
Believe in God; fairly certain 52% 42% 3% 3% 4,440
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 47% 47% 3% 3% 1,507
Believe in God; don't know 47% 36% 9% 9% 126
Do not believe in God 43% 51% 3% 3% 3,079
Other/don't know if they believe in God 50% 34% 7% 9% 682

Views about government aid to the poor among adults who seldom or never read scripture by belief in God

% of adults who seldom or never read scripture who say government aid to the poor…

Belief in God Does more harm than good Does more good than harm Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,251. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 47% 46% 4% 2% 6,251
Believe in God; fairly certain 44% 51% 3% 2% 4,440
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 36% 59% 3% 2% 1,507
Believe in God; don't know 36% 41% 10% 13% 126
Do not believe in God 30% 66% 3% 1% 3,079
Other/don't know if they believe in God 37% 53% 7% 3% 682

Views about abortion among adults who seldom or never read scripture by belief in God

% of adults who seldom or never read scripture who say abortion should be…

Belief in God Legal in all/most cases Illegal in all/most cases Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,251. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 58% 38% 5% 6,251
Believe in God; fairly certain 69% 27% 4% 4,440
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 81% 18% 2% 1,507
Believe in God; don't know 45% 32% 23% 126
Do not believe in God 87% 11% 3% 3,079
Other/don't know if they believe in God 80% 15% 6% 682

Views about homosexuality among adults who seldom or never read scripture by belief in God

% of adults who seldom or never read scripture who say homosexuality…

Belief in God Should be accepted Should be discouraged Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,251. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 69% 23% 4% 4% 6,251
Believe in God; fairly certain 82% 13% 3% 2% 4,440
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 85% 11% 2% 2% 1,507
Believe in God; don't know 65% 12% 12% 10% 126
Do not believe in God 91% 6% 2% 1% 3,079
Other/don't know if they believe in God 82% 10% 4% 4% 682

Views about same-sex marriage among adults who seldom or never read scripture by belief in God

% of adults who seldom or never read scripture who …same-sex marriage

Belief in God Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,251. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 59% 32% 9% 6,251
Believe in God; fairly certain 74% 20% 6% 4,440
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 80% 15% 5% 1,507
Believe in God; don't know 57% 24% 18% 126
Do not believe in God 89% 8% 4% 3,079
Other/don't know if they believe in God 80% 13% 7% 682

Views about environmental regulation among adults who seldom or never read scripture by belief in God

% of adults who seldom or never read scripture who say…

Belief in God Stricter environmental laws and regulations cost too many jobs and hurt the economy Stricter environmental laws and regulations are worth the cost Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,251. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 39% 56% 2% 3% 6,251
Believe in God; fairly certain 33% 63% 2% 2% 4,440
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 27% 70% 2% 2% 1,507
Believe in God; don't know 40% 43% 5% 13% 126
Do not believe in God 20% 77% 1% 2% 3,079
Other/don't know if they believe in God 26% 65% 4% 5% 682

Views about human evolution among adults who seldom or never read scripture by belief in God

% of adults who seldom or never read scripture who say humans…

Belief in God Evolved; due to natural processes Evolved; due to God's design Evolved; don't know how Always existed in present form Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,251. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 27% 33% 5% 30% 5% 6,251
Believe in God; fairly certain 53% 23% 5% 16% 3% 4,440
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 71% 11% 4% 12% 2% 1,507
Believe in God; don't know 40% 16% 13% 18% 13% 126
Do not believe in God 88% 4% 1% 6% 1% 3,079
Other/don't know if they believe in God 75% 5% 11% 5% 4% 682