Belief in Heaven 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 …in heaven

Survey year Believe Don't believe Other/don't know 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 89% 6% 4% 9,542
2007 87% 7% 6% 9,841

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Belief in Heaven 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 …in heaven

Religious tradition Believe Don't believe Other/don't know 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 94% 4% 2% 2,774
Evangelical Protestant 90% 5% 5% 2,469
Historically Black Protestant 94% 4% 1% 466
Jehovah's Witness 49% 40% 12% 102
Jewish 71% 22% 7% 184
Mainline Protestant 89% 5% 5% 2,158
Mormon 97% 2% 1% 360
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 78% 15% 7% 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 heaven

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

Belief in Heaven 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 8,347. 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 24% 34% 25% 17% 8,347
Don't believe 23% 30% 28% 18% 575
Other/don't know 15% 31% 27% 26% 455

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

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

Belief in Heaven Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 8,347. 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 16% 14% 28% 30% 11% 1% 8,347
Don't believe 16% 12% 26% 34% 11% 1% 575
Other/don't know 9% 11% 27% 35% 17% 1% 455

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

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

Belief in Heaven Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 8,489. 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 46% 54% 8,489
Don't believe 46% 54% 588
Other/don't know 45% 55% 465

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 heaven

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

Belief in Heaven White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 8,408. 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 71% 10% 3% 13% 4% 8,408
Don't believe 62% 9% 2% 21% 5% 576
Other/don't know 74% 6% 2% 11% 6% 459

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

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

Belief in Heaven Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 8,407. 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 12% 10% 78% 8,407
Don't believe 20% 11% 69% 583
Other/don't know 10% 7% 83% 456

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

% 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 Heaven Less than $30,000 $30,000-$49,999 $50,000-$99,999 $100,000 or more Sample Size
Sample size = 7,503. 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 29% 21% 30% 20% 7,503
Don't believe 36% 23% 23% 18% 519
Other/don't know 28% 21% 30% 20% 387

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

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

Belief in Heaven High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 8,461. 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 37% 34% 18% 11% 8,461
Don't believe 44% 29% 15% 12% 585
Other/don't know 36% 30% 20% 14% 463

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

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

Belief in Heaven Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 8,464. 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 51% 6% 12% 6% 26% 8,464
Don't believe 47% 6% 15% 4% 28% 586
Other/don't know 57% 5% 15% 7% 17% 462

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 heaven

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

Belief in Heaven Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 8,457. 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 32% 68% 8,457
Don't believe 28% 72% 587
Other/don't know 25% 75% 462

BeliefsandPractices

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

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

Belief in Heaven 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 = 8,489. 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 78% 20% 2% < 1% < 1% < 1% 8,489
Don't believe 64% 22% 7% < 1% 6% 1% 588
Other/don't know 70% 20% 5% 1% 1% 3% 465

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 heaven

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

Belief in Heaven Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 8,489. 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 63% 31% 5% 1% < 1% 8,489
Don't believe 51% 29% 12% 8% 1% 588
Other/don't know 58% 29% 7% 3% 3% 465

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 heaven

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

Belief in Heaven At least once a week Once or twice a month/a few times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 8,489. 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 42% 41% 17% < 1% 8,489
Don't believe 35% 38% 27% < 1% 588
Other/don't know 44% 29% 27% 1% 465

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

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

Belief in Heaven At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 8,489. 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 64% 22% 6% 8% < 1% 8,489
Don't believe 56% 16% 6% 22% 1% 588
Other/don't know 65% 16% 5% 14% 1% 465

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 heaven

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

Belief in Heaven At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 8,489. 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 24% 12% 11% 52% < 1% 8,489
Don't believe 26% 9% 9% 56% < 1% 588
Other/don't know 30% 10% 9% 50% < 1% 465

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

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

Belief in Heaven At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 8,489. 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 38% 8% 4% 48% 1% 8,489
Don't believe 42% 8% 5% 43% 3% 588
Other/don't know 46% 6% 3% 43% 2% 465

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 heaven

% 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 Heaven At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 8,489. 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 60% 18% 10% 11% 1% 8,489
Don't believe 51% 15% 12% 21% 1% 588
Other/don't know 61% 12% 10% 14% 2% 465

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 heaven

% 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 Heaven At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 8,489. 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 41% 18% 14% 25% 1% 8,489
Don't believe 51% 12% 11% 26% < 1% 588
Other/don't know 49% 16% 10% 22% 3% 465

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 heaven

% 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 Heaven Religion Philosophy/reason Common sense Science Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 8,489. 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 38% 9% 46% 5% 2% 8,489
Don't believe 31% 11% 44% 11% 2% 588
Other/don't know 40% 10% 42% 4% 4% 465

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 heaven

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

Belief in Heaven 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 = 8,489. 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 36% 62% 1% < 1% 8,489
Don't believe 36% 62% 1% 1% 588
Other/don't know 41% 55% 2% 1% 465

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 heaven

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

Belief in Heaven At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 8,489. 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 37% 15% 11% 37% < 1% 8,489
Don't believe 36% 10% 8% 45% 1% 588
Other/don't know 46% 8% 8% 36% 2% 465

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

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

Belief in Heaven Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 8,489. 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 76% 19% 5% 8,489
Don't believe 18% 79% 3% 588
Other/don't know 28% 29% 43% 465

SocialandPoliticalViews

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

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

Belief in Heaven Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 8,489. 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 47% 15% 38% 8,489
Don't believe 34% 26% 40% 588
Other/don't know 44% 24% 32% 465

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

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

Belief in Heaven Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 8,489. 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 41% 38% 17% 4% 8,489
Don't believe 33% 32% 26% 9% 588
Other/don't know 40% 37% 14% 10% 465

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 heaven

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

Belief in Heaven Smaller government; fewer services Bigger government; more services Depends Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 8,489. 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 59% 37% 2% 2% 8,489
Don't believe 52% 44% 1% 3% 588
Other/don't know 60% 28% 7% 6% 465

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 heaven

% 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 Heaven Does more harm than good Does more good than harm Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 8,489. 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 51% 45% 3% 1% 8,489
Don't believe 45% 52% 3% 1% 588
Other/don't know 49% 44% 5% 2% 465

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

% 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 Heaven Legal in all/most cases Illegal in all/most cases Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 8,489. 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 48% 49% 2% 8,489
Don't believe 53% 43% 4% 588
Other/don't know 45% 48% 7% 465

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

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

Belief in Heaven Should be accepted Should be discouraged Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 8,489. 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 63% 30% 4% 3% 8,489
Don't believe 62% 30% 4% 3% 588
Other/don't know 54% 34% 7% 5% 465

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 heaven

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

Belief in Heaven Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 8,489. 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 52% 41% 7% 8,489
Don't believe 57% 36% 7% 588
Other/don't know 45% 45% 10% 465

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 heaven

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

Belief in Heaven 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 = 8,489. 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 41% 56% 2% 1% 8,489
Don't believe 31% 63% 3% 3% 588
Other/don't know 43% 49% 5% 4% 465

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 heaven

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

Belief in Heaven 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 = 8,489. 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 20% 39% 3% 36% 3% 8,489
Don't believe 26% 30% 3% 38% 2% 588
Other/don't know 18% 27% 8% 39% 8% 465