Belief in Hell 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 hell

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 70% 23% 7% 9,542
2007 67% 23% 10% 9,841

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Belief in Hell 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 hell

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 72% 22% 6% 2,774
Evangelical Protestant 78% 15% 7% 2,469
Historically Black Protestant 79% 16% 5% 466
Jehovah's Witness 4% 94% 2% 102
Jewish 39% 55% 6% 184
Mainline Protestant 68% 23% 9% 2,158
Mormon 62% 33% 5% 360
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 62% 32% 6% 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 hell

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

Belief in Hell 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 6,458. 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 26% 35% 24% 15% 6,458
Don't believe 21% 30% 27% 22% 2,209
Other/don't know 13% 29% 28% 30% 710

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

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

Belief in Hell Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 6,458. 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 17% 15% 29% 29% 9% 1% 6,458
Don't believe 14% 12% 25% 33% 14% 1% 2,209
Other/don't know 8% 9% 25% 35% 21% 2% 710

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

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

Belief in Hell Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 6,549. 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% 52% 6,549
Don't believe 41% 59% 2,255
Other/don't know 43% 57% 738

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 hell

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

Belief in Hell White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 6,495. 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 70% 11% 3% 13% 4% 6,495
Don't believe 70% 9% 3% 14% 4% 2,224
Other/don't know 74% 8% 4% 10% 4% 724

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

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

Belief in Hell Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 6,482. 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% 79% 6,482
Don't believe 14% 13% 74% 2,236
Other/don't know 11% 9% 80% 728

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

% 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 Hell Less than $30,000 $30,000-$49,999 $50,000-$99,999 $100,000 or more Sample Size
Sample size = 5,816. 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 30% 21% 30% 19% 5,816
Don't believe 31% 21% 28% 21% 1,991
Other/don't know 27% 18% 31% 23% 602

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

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

Belief in Hell High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 6,528. 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% 35% 18% 10% 6,528
Don't believe 40% 30% 17% 13% 2,247
Other/don't know 33% 32% 21% 15% 734

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

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

Belief in Hell Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 6,534. 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 50% 6% 12% 5% 27% 6,534
Don't believe 51% 6% 12% 7% 24% 2,246
Other/don't know 57% 5% 13% 10% 15% 732

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 hell

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

Belief in Hell Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 6,525. 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 33% 67% 6,525
Don't believe 28% 72% 2,248
Other/don't know 26% 74% 733

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 hell

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

Belief in Hell 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 = 6,549. 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 80% 18% 1% < 1% < 1% < 1% 6,549
Don't believe 67% 26% 4% < 1% 2% < 1% 2,255
Other/don't know 75% 20% 3% 1% 1% 1% 738

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 hell

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

Belief in Hell Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,549. 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% 30% 5% 1% < 1% 6,549
Don't believe 54% 35% 7% 3% 1% 2,255
Other/don't know 64% 27% 6% 2% 2% 738

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 hell

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

Belief in Hell At least once a week Once or twice a month/a few times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,549. 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 43% 40% 17% < 1% 6,549
Don't believe 37% 42% 21% < 1% 2,255
Other/don't know 47% 34% 18% 1% 738

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

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

Belief in Hell At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,549. 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 65% 21% 6% 8% < 1% 6,549
Don't believe 59% 21% 7% 13% < 1% 2,255
Other/don't know 68% 20% 4% 8% 1% 738

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 hell

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

Belief in Hell At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,549. 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 25% 13% 11% 51% < 1% 6,549
Don't believe 23% 9% 11% 56% < 1% 2,255
Other/don't know 25% 9% 10% 56% < 1% 738

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

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

Belief in Hell At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,549. 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% 49% 1% 6,549
Don't believe 39% 9% 4% 46% 1% 2,255
Other/don't know 45% 6% 7% 40% 2% 738

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 hell

% 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 Hell At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,549. 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 61% 18% 10% 10% 1% 6,549
Don't believe 56% 18% 11% 15% 1% 2,255
Other/don't know 61% 15% 10% 12% 3% 738

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 hell

% 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 Hell At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,549. 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% 19% 14% 25% 1% 6,549
Don't believe 44% 15% 13% 27% 1% 2,255
Other/don't know 46% 19% 12% 22% 2% 738

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 hell

% 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 Hell Religion Philosophy/reason Common sense Science Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,549. 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% 8% 44% 5% 2% 6,549
Don't believe 29% 12% 50% 7% 2% 2,255
Other/don't know 40% 8% 42% 4% 5% 738

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 hell

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

Belief in Hell 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 = 6,549. 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% 60% 1% < 1% 6,549
Don't believe 30% 68% 1% 1% 2,255
Other/don't know 38% 58% 2% 2% 738

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 hell

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

Belief in Hell At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,549. 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% 15% 11% 36% < 1% 6,549
Don't believe 33% 12% 10% 45% 1% 2,255
Other/don't know 42% 13% 10% 34% 1% 738

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

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

Belief in Hell Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,549. 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 97% 2% 2% 6,549
Don't believe 72% 22% 6% 2,255
Other/don't know 68% 3% 29% 738

SocialandPoliticalViews

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

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

Belief in Hell Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 6,549. 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 49% 14% 37% 6,549
Don't believe 37% 20% 42% 2,255
Other/don't know 48% 18% 34% 738

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

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

Belief in Hell Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,549. 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 43% 37% 16% 4% 6,549
Don't believe 32% 40% 23% 6% 2,255
Other/don't know 39% 39% 15% 7% 738

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 hell

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

Belief in Hell Smaller government; fewer services Bigger government; more services Depends Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,549. 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% 36% 2% 2% 6,549
Don't believe 53% 42% 2% 3% 2,255
Other/don't know 60% 32% 4% 4% 738

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 hell

% 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 Hell Does more harm than good Does more good than harm Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,549. 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 53% 43% 3% 1% 6,549
Don't believe 45% 52% 2% 1% 2,255
Other/don't know 43% 49% 5% 4% 738

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

% 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 Hell Legal in all/most cases Illegal in all/most cases Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,549. 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% 52% 2% 6,549
Don't believe 57% 40% 3% 2,255
Other/don't know 46% 47% 8% 738

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

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

Belief in Hell Should be accepted Should be discouraged Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,549. 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 61% 32% 4% 3% 6,549
Don't believe 69% 24% 4% 2% 2,255
Other/don't know 58% 28% 7% 6% 738

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 hell

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

Belief in Hell Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,549. 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 49% 45% 7% 6,549
Don't believe 63% 30% 7% 2,255
Other/don't know 46% 40% 14% 738

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 hell

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

Belief in Hell 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 = 6,549. 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% 55% 1% 1% 6,549
Don't believe 35% 61% 2% 2% 2,255
Other/don't know 40% 51% 3% 5% 738

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 hell

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

Belief in Hell 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 = 6,549. 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 19% 38% 2% 37% 3% 6,549
Don't believe 25% 36% 3% 34% 3% 2,255
Other/don't know 17% 37% 7% 30% 9% 738