Generational cohort 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 are…

Religious tradition Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest 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 13% 9% 27% 35% 14% 1% 2,722
Evangelical Protestant 16% 16% 29% 29% 10% < 1% 2,430
Historically Black Protestant 21% 20% 29% 25% 6% 1% 453
Jehovah's Witness 14% 7% 30% 37% 12% < 1% 101
Jewish 18% 13% 29% 26% 13% 2% 177
Mainline Protestant 14% 11% 25% 32% 16% 2% 2,133
Mormon 16% 18% 31% 24% 9% 1% 356
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 22% 19% 30% 25% 4% < 1% 699

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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 generational group

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

Generational cohort 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 985. 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.
Younger Millennial 100% < 1% < 1% < 1% 985
Older Millennial 57% 43% < 1% < 1% 1,052
Generation X < 1% 100% < 1% < 1% 2,013
Baby Boomer < 1% < 1% 83% 17% 3,562
Silent < 1% < 1% < 1% 100% 1,628
Greatest < 1% < 1% < 1% 100% 137

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

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

Generational cohort Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 985. 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.
Younger Millennial 46% 54% 985
Older Millennial 47% 53% 1,052
Generation X 47% 53% 2,013
Baby Boomer 46% 54% 3,562
Silent 41% 59% 1,628
Greatest 35% 65% 137

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

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

Generational cohort White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 984. 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.
Younger Millennial 55% 14% 5% 21% 5% 984
Older Millennial 60% 14% 4% 16% 6% 1,046
Generation X 67% 11% 3% 16% 3% 1,992
Baby Boomer 79% 7% 2% 8% 3% 3,515
Silent 88% 5% 1% 4% 2% 1,615
Greatest 92% 6% 1% < 1% 1% 136

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

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

Generational cohort Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 976. 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.
Younger Millennial 13% 20% 67% 976
Older Millennial 16% 9% 74% 1,038
Generation X 16% 8% 77% 1,998
Baby Boomer 9% 7% 84% 3,537
Silent 7% 11% 82% 1,617
Greatest 5% 20% 75% 137

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

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

Generational cohort Less than $30,000 $30,000-$49,999 $50,000-$99,999 $100,000 or more Sample Size
Sample size = 840. 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.
Younger Millennial 37% 20% 26% 17% 840
Older Millennial 36% 26% 29% 9% 987
Generation X 24% 19% 32% 26% 1,883
Baby Boomer 26% 19% 32% 24% 3,185
Silent 38% 26% 24% 11% 1,333
Greatest 41% 36% 15% 7% 108

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

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

Generational cohort High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 985. 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.
Younger Millennial 47% 42% 10% 1% 985
Older Millennial 31% 36% 21% 12% 1,051
Generation X 32% 33% 22% 14% 2,009
Baby Boomer 36% 32% 19% 13% 3,555
Silent 48% 27% 14% 11% 1,625
Greatest 47% 28% 15% 10% 137

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

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

Generational cohort Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 985. 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.
Younger Millennial 7% 7% 1% < 1% 84% 985
Older Millennial 44% 11% 7% 1% 38% 1,049
Generation X 64% 7% 15% 1% 13% 2,009
Baby Boomer 64% 3% 18% 6% 9% 3,551
Silent 57% 2% 11% 27% 3% 1,625
Greatest 30% < 1% 1% 67% 2% 137

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

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

Generational cohort Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 984. 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.
Younger Millennial 12% 88% 984
Older Millennial 53% 47% 1,047
Generation X 63% 37% 2,008
Baby Boomer 14% 86% 3,553
Silent 2% 98% 1,626
Greatest < 1% 100% 137

BeliefsandPractices

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

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

Generational cohort 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 = 985. 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.
Younger Millennial 70% 26% 3% < 1% 1% < 1% 985
Older Millennial 75% 21% 2% 1% 1% < 1% 1,052
Generation X 77% 20% 2% < 1% < 1% < 1% 2,013
Baby Boomer 79% 19% 2% < 1% < 1% < 1% 3,562
Silent 80% 17% 2% 1% < 1% < 1% 1,628
Greatest 74% 18% 4% 3% < 1% 1% 137

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 generational group

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

Generational cohort Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 985. 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.
Younger Millennial 54% 37% 7% 2% < 1% 985
Older Millennial 59% 32% 6% 2% 1% 1,052
Generation X 61% 30% 6% 2% < 1% 2,013
Baby Boomer 63% 31% 4% 2% < 1% 3,562
Silent 71% 24% 4% 1% 1% 1,628
Greatest 73% 26% < 1% < 1% < 1% 137

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

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

Generational cohort At least once a week Once or twice a month/a few times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 985. 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.
Younger Millennial 40% 45% 15% < 1% 985
Older Millennial 36% 44% 19% < 1% 1,052
Generation X 39% 42% 19% < 1% 2,013
Baby Boomer 42% 39% 20% < 1% 3,562
Silent 56% 27% 16% 1% 1,628
Greatest 57% 26% 18% < 1% 137

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

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

Generational cohort At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 985. 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.
Younger Millennial 55% 25% 7% 13% < 1% 985
Older Millennial 60% 23% 8% 10% < 1% 1,052
Generation X 65% 20% 7% 9% < 1% 2,013
Baby Boomer 65% 21% 5% 8% < 1% 3,562
Silent 70% 18% 5% 7% 1% 1,628
Greatest 78% 11% 3% 6% 1% 137

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 generational group

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

Generational cohort At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 985. 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.
Younger Millennial 25% 16% 13% 46% < 1% 985
Older Millennial 24% 14% 11% 51% < 1% 1,052
Generation X 25% 13% 10% 52% < 1% 2,013
Baby Boomer 23% 9% 11% 57% < 1% 3,562
Silent 27% 7% 12% 53% 1% 1,628
Greatest 30% 6% 13% 50% 1% 137

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

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

Generational cohort At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 985. 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.
Younger Millennial 27% 10% 4% 58% < 1% 985
Older Millennial 32% 8% 4% 55% < 1% 1,052
Generation X 36% 8% 5% 50% 1% 2,013
Baby Boomer 43% 7% 4% 44% 1% 3,562
Silent 53% 9% 5% 30% 3% 1,628
Greatest 61% 7% 5% 24% 3% 137

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 generational group

% 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…

Generational cohort At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 985. 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.
Younger Millennial 54% 23% 11% 12% < 1% 985
Older Millennial 57% 19% 10% 13% 1% 1,052
Generation X 59% 18% 12% 10% 1% 2,013
Baby Boomer 62% 16% 10% 11% 1% 3,562
Silent 66% 13% 8% 12% 1% 1,628
Greatest 73% 7% 9% 9% 3% 137

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 generational group

% 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…

Generational cohort At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 985. 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.
Younger Millennial 45% 23% 12% 20% < 1% 985
Older Millennial 38% 19% 16% 26% 1% 1,052
Generation X 38% 17% 15% 29% 1% 2,013
Baby Boomer 45% 17% 13% 24% < 1% 3,562
Silent 44% 13% 14% 27% 2% 1,628
Greatest 36% 16% 11% 33% 4% 137

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 generational group

% 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

Generational cohort Religion Philosophy/reason Common sense Science Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 985. 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.
Younger Millennial 34% 14% 43% 8% 1% 985
Older Millennial 36% 12% 45% 5% 2% 1,052
Generation X 36% 8% 47% 6% 2% 2,013
Baby Boomer 41% 7% 46% 5% 2% 3,562
Silent 41% 7% 45% 4% 3% 1,628
Greatest 38% 3% 51% 5% 4% 137

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 generational group

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

Generational cohort 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 = 985. 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.
Younger Millennial 24% 74% 1% < 1% 985
Older Millennial 34% 65% 1% < 1% 1,052
Generation X 39% 60% 1% < 1% 2,013
Baby Boomer 41% 58% 1% 1% 3,562
Silent 38% 59% 1% 1% 1,628
Greatest 29% 68% < 1% 3% 137

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

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

Generational cohort At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 985. 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.
Younger Millennial 35% 19% 11% 35% < 1% 985
Older Millennial 38% 15% 10% 36% < 1% 1,052
Generation X 37% 14% 12% 36% < 1% 2,013
Baby Boomer 37% 12% 11% 40% < 1% 3,562
Silent 39% 11% 9% 40% 1% 1,628
Greatest 45% 9% 10% 35% 2% 137

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

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

Generational cohort Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 985. 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.
Younger Millennial 91% 7% 2% 985
Older Millennial 91% 5% 4% 1,052
Generation X 90% 6% 4% 2,013
Baby Boomer 88% 7% 5% 3,562
Silent 87% 6% 7% 1,628
Greatest 85% 9% 6% 137

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

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

Generational cohort Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 985. 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.
Younger Millennial 77% 20% 3% 985
Older Millennial 77% 19% 4% 1,052
Generation X 73% 21% 6% 2,013
Baby Boomer 67% 25% 8% 3,562
Silent 59% 29% 12% 1,628
Greatest 50% 34% 15% 137

SocialandPoliticalViews

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

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

Generational cohort Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 985. 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.
Younger Millennial 45% 16% 40% 985
Older Millennial 43% 19% 38% 1,052
Generation X 46% 17% 37% 2,013
Baby Boomer 47% 14% 39% 3,562
Silent 51% 11% 38% 1,628
Greatest 51% 10% 39% 137

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

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

Generational cohort Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 985. 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.
Younger Millennial 31% 42% 21% 5% 985
Older Millennial 35% 39% 20% 7% 1,052
Generation X 40% 39% 17% 4% 2,013
Baby Boomer 45% 36% 16% 4% 3,562
Silent 48% 35% 13% 4% 1,628
Greatest 40% 47% 11% 2% 137

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

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

Generational cohort Smaller government; fewer services Bigger government; more services Depends Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 985. 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.
Younger Millennial 46% 53% 1% 1% 985
Older Millennial 52% 44% 2% 2% 1,052
Generation X 59% 36% 2% 2% 2,013
Baby Boomer 64% 31% 2% 3% 3,562
Silent 69% 25% 2% 4% 1,628
Greatest 58% 33% 3% 7% 137

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 generational group

% 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…

Generational cohort Does more harm than good Does more good than harm Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 985. 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.
Younger Millennial 44% 52% 3% < 1% 985
Older Millennial 48% 47% 4% 1% 1,052
Generation X 51% 45% 3% 1% 2,013
Baby Boomer 52% 43% 3% 2% 3,562
Silent 53% 41% 3% 3% 1,628
Greatest 40% 54% 3% 3% 137

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

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

Generational cohort Legal in all/most cases Illegal in all/most cases Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 985. 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.
Younger Millennial 45% 54% 2% 985
Older Millennial 44% 54% 2% 1,052
Generation X 49% 49% 2% 2,013
Baby Boomer 51% 46% 3% 3,562
Silent 48% 48% 5% 1,628
Greatest 49% 44% 7% 137

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

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

Generational cohort Should be accepted Should be discouraged Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 985. 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.
Younger Millennial 74% 22% 3% 2% 985
Older Millennial 64% 29% 4% 3% 1,052
Generation X 62% 30% 5% 3% 2,013
Baby Boomer 61% 31% 5% 3% 3,562
Silent 54% 38% 4% 4% 1,628
Greatest 49% 39% 5% 7% 137

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

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

Generational cohort Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 985. 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.
Younger Millennial 67% 30% 4% 985
Older Millennial 57% 38% 5% 1,052
Generation X 51% 41% 8% 2,013
Baby Boomer 48% 44% 8% 3,562
Silent 39% 51% 10% 1,628
Greatest 34% 51% 15% 137

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

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

Generational cohort 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 = 985. 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.
Younger Millennial 33% 65% 1% 1% 985
Older Millennial 36% 60% 2% 2% 1,052
Generation X 39% 58% 2% 1% 2,013
Baby Boomer 44% 52% 2% 1% 3,562
Silent 46% 48% 2% 3% 1,628
Greatest 37% 51% 4% 8% 137

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

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

Generational cohort 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 = 985. 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.
Younger Millennial 28% 36% 2% 33% 2% 985
Older Millennial 22% 37% 2% 37% 2% 1,052
Generation X 20% 38% 3% 37% 3% 2,013
Baby Boomer 17% 41% 3% 35% 3% 3,562
Silent 16% 34% 4% 39% 7% 1,628
Greatest 25% 25% 5% 38% 8% 137