Belief in Hell by interpretation of scripture (2014) Switch to: Interpreting scripture by belief in hell

% of adults who …in hell

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 9,811. 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.
Word of God; should be taken literally 82% 12% 6% 9,811
Word of God; not everything taken literally 70% 23% 7% 9,542
Word of God; other/don't know 71% 13% 16% 985
Not the word of God 26% 66% 8% 12,132
Other/don't know 47% 32% 22% 2,601

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