Belief in God among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally 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 = 9,542. 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 76% 20% 2% < 1% 1% < 1% 9,542
2007 82% 16% 1% < 1% < 1% 1% 9,841

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Belief in God among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally by religious group

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally 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 = 0. 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.
Catholic 75% 22% 2% < 1% < 1% < 1% 2,774
Evangelical Protestant 84% 15% 1% < 1% < 1% < 1% 2,469
Historically Black Protestant 87% 12% 1% < 1% < 1% < 1% 466
Jehovah's Witness 87% 12% 1% < 1% < 1% 1% 102
Jewish 60% 33% 4% < 1% 3% < 1% 184
Mainline Protestant 74% 24% 1% < 1% < 1% < 1% 2,158
Mormon 91% 8% 1% < 1% < 1% < 1% 360
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 56% 31% 7% < 1% 4% 1% 713

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DemographicInformation

Age distribution among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally by belief in God

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally who are ages…

Belief in God 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 7,303. 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 22% 34% 26% 18% 7,303
Believe in God; fairly certain 29% 33% 23% 15% 1,818
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 31% 34% 21% 15% 153

Generational cohort among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally by belief in God

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally who are…

Belief in God Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 7,303. 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 15% 14% 28% 31% 12% 1% 7,303
Believe in God; fairly certain 20% 15% 27% 28% 9% 1% 1,818
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 22% 14% 29% 25% 9% 2% 153

Gender composition among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally by belief in God

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally who are…

Belief in God Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 7,431. 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 44% 56% 7,431
Believe in God; fairly certain 52% 48% 1,847
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 54% 46% 155

Racial and ethnic composition among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally by belief in God

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally who identify as…

Belief in God White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 7,342. 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 71% 11% 2% 12% 4% 7,342
Believe in God; fairly certain 71% 6% 4% 16% 3% 1,841
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 60% 8% 7% 21% 5% 153

Immigrant status among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally by belief in God

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally who are…

Belief in God Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 7,359. 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% 10% 79% 7,359
Believe in God; fairly certain 15% 12% 74% 1,830
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 23% 12% 65% 153

Income distribution among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally by belief in God

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally 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 = 6,550. 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% 21% 31% 21% 6,550
Believe in God; fairly certain 33% 22% 27% 18% 1,646
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 40% 23% 20% 18% 132

Educational distribution among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally by belief in God

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally who have completed…

Belief in God High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 7,410. 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% 35% 19% 12% 7,410
Believe in God; fairly certain 44% 31% 16% 10% 1,840
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 61% 23% 10% 6% 153

Marital status among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally by belief in God

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally who are…

Belief in God Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 7,412. 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 53% 5% 12% 6% 23% 7,412
Believe in God; fairly certain 45% 8% 12% 5% 30% 1,840
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 34% 11% 10% 6% 39% 154

Parent of children under 18 among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally by belief in God

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally who are…

Belief in God Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 7,405. 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 32% 68% 7,405
Believe in God; fairly certain 30% 70% 1,838
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 25% 75% 155

BeliefsandPractices

Importance of religion in one's life among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally by belief in God

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally 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 = 7,431. 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 72% 24% 3% 1% < 1% 7,431
Believe in God; fairly certain 30% 56% 13% 1% < 1% 1,847
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 17% 43% 25% 14% 1% 155

Attendance at religious services among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally by belief in God

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally 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 = 7,431. 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% 37% 15% < 1% 7,431
Believe in God; fairly certain 24% 50% 26% < 1% 1,847
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 11% 48% 39% 1% 155

Frequency of prayer among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally by belief in God

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally who pray…

Belief in God At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 7,431. 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 72% 19% 4% 5% < 1% 7,431
Believe in God; fairly certain 38% 30% 12% 20% < 1% 1,847
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 27% 14% 18% 41% < 1% 155

Frequency of participation in prayer, scripture study or religious education groups among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally by belief in God

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally 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 = 7,431. 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% 12% 11% 48% < 1% 7,431
Believe in God; fairly certain 12% 10% 12% 67% < 1% 1,847
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 8% 8% 8% 76% < 1% 155

Frequency of meditation among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally by belief in God

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally 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 = 7,431. 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 43% 8% 4% 44% 1% 7,431
Believe in God; fairly certain 24% 10% 6% 59% 1% 1,847
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 16% 12% 8% 62% 2% 155

Frequency of feeling spiritual peace and wellbeing among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally by belief in God

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally 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 = 7,431. 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 67% 17% 8% 8% 1% 7,431
Believe in God; fairly certain 38% 23% 17% 22% 1% 1,847
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 27% 15% 18% 40% < 1% 155

Frequency of feeling wonder about the universe among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally by belief in God

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally 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 = 7,431. 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 44% 18% 13% 24% 1% 7,431
Believe in God; fairly certain 36% 18% 17% 28% 1% 1,847
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 39% 9% 18% 34% < 1% 155

Sources of guidance on right and wrong among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally by belief in God

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally 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 = 7,431. 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 45% 8% 41% 4% 2% 7,431
Believe in God; fairly certain 17% 13% 59% 10% 1% 1,847
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 12% 16% 57% 14% 1% 155

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally by belief in God

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally 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 = 7,431. 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% 59% 1% < 1% 7,431
Believe in God; fairly certain 26% 73% 1% < 1% 1,847
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 26% 72% 1% 1% 155

Frequency of reading scripture among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally by belief in God

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally who read scripture…

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 = 7,431. 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 44% 14% 11% 31% < 1% 7,431
Believe in God; fairly certain 17% 12% 13% 58% < 1% 1,847
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 8% 15% 11% 67% < 1% 155

Belief in Heaven among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally by belief in God

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally who …in heaven

Belief in God Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 7,431. 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 91% 5% 4% 7,431
Believe in God; fairly certain 88% 7% 4% 1,847
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 67% 21% 12% 155

Belief in Hell among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally by belief in God

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally who …in hell

Belief in God Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 7,431. 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 73% 20% 7% 7,431
Believe in God; fairly certain 64% 29% 6% 1,847
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 47% 44% 9% 155

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally by belief in God

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally who identify as…

Belief in God Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 7,431. 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% 15% 37% 7,431
Believe in God; fairly certain 41% 17% 42% 1,847
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 32% 26% 43% 155

Political ideology among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally by belief in God

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally who are…

Belief in God Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 7,431. 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 43% 37% 15% 5% 7,431
Believe in God; fairly certain 31% 43% 22% 4% 1,847
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 33% 30% 31% 6% 155

Views about size of government among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally by belief in God

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally who would rather have…

Belief in God Smaller government; fewer services Bigger government; more services Depends Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 7,431. 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 60% 35% 2% 3% 7,431
Believe in God; fairly certain 55% 42% 1% 2% 1,847
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 42% 52% 3% 3% 155

Views about government aid to the poor among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally by belief in God

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally 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 = 7,431. 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% 45% 3% 1% 7,431
Believe in God; fairly certain 50% 47% 2% 1% 1,847
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 45% 50% 2% 2% 155

Views about abortion among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally by belief in God

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally 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 = 7,431. 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 45% 52% 3% 7,431
Believe in God; fairly certain 58% 39% 2% 1,847
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 56% 41% 3% 155

Views about homosexuality among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally by belief in God

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally who say homosexuality…

Belief in God Should be accepted Should be discouraged Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 7,431. 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% 34% 4% 3% 7,431
Believe in God; fairly certain 74% 20% 4% 2% 1,847
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 74% 18% 5% 3% 155

Views about same-sex marriage among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally by belief in God

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally who …same-sex marriage

Belief in God Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 7,431. 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% 45% 7% 7,431
Believe in God; fairly certain 64% 28% 7% 1,847
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 66% 25% 9% 155

Views about environmental regulation among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally by belief in God

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally 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 = 7,431. 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 41% 56% 2% 2% 7,431
Believe in God; fairly certain 38% 59% 1% 1% 1,847
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 32% 62% 3% 4% 155

Views about human evolution among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally by belief in God

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally 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 = 7,431. 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 16% 39% 3% 40% 3% 7,431
Believe in God; fairly certain 34% 36% 4% 23% 3% 1,847
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 41% 25% 3% 30% 1% 155