Interpreting scripture among adults who say that government aid to the poor does more good than harm by religious group (2014) Switch to: Religious tradition among adults who say that government aid to the poor does more good than harm by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who say that government aid to the poor does more good than harm who say the holy scripture is…

Religious tradition Word of God; should be taken literally Word of God; not everything taken literally Word of God; other/don't know Not the word of God Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 195. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Buddhist 3% 9% 1% 74% 14% 195
Catholic 27% 33% 2% 30% 7% 3,406
Evangelical Protestant 50% 32% 3% 10% 5% 3,065
Hindu 14% 14% < 1% 63% 10% 114
Historically Black Protestant 61% 24% 2% 8% 5% 1,285
Jehovah's Witness 45% 42% 7% 2% 4% 142
Jewish 6% 20% 1% 68% 5% 567
Mainline Protestant 22% 32% 2% 34% 10% 2,890
Mormon 26% 51% 4% 14% 5% 209
Muslim 37% 32% 8% 15% 7% 146
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 9% 9% 1% 76% 5% 4,566

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