Importance of religion in one's life among adults who seldom or never read scripture

% of adults who seldom or never read scripture who say religion is…

Survey year Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 16,085. 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 24% 33% 20% 21% 1% 16,085
2007 31% 37% 17% 14% 1% 15,857

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Importance of religion in one's life among adults who seldom or never read scripture by religious group

% of adults who seldom or never read scripture who say religion is…

Religious tradition Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 147. 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 20% 40% 20% 16% 3% 147
Catholic 41% 42% 13% 4% < 1% 3,807
Evangelical Protestant 45% 45% 7% 2% < 1% 1,462
Hindu 13% 55% 23% 9% < 1% 120
Historically Black Protestant 62% 31% 5% 2% < 1% 308
Jewish 18% 41% 27% 13% < 1% 580
Mainline Protestant 29% 47% 19% 4% 1% 2,641
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 6% 20% 28% 45% 1% 6,116

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DemographicInformation

Age distribution among adults who seldom or never read scripture by importance of religion

% of adults who seldom or never read scripture who are ages…

Importance of religion in one's life 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 3,769. 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.
Very important 16% 32% 30% 22% 3,769
Somewhat important 25% 34% 26% 15% 5,207
Not too important 32% 35% 21% 12% 3,213
Not at all important 32% 36% 19% 13% 3,521
Don't know 15% 25% 29% 31% 110

Generational cohort among adults who seldom or never read scripture by importance of religion

% of adults who seldom or never read scripture who are…

Importance of religion in one's life Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 3,769. 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.
Very important 9% 13% 26% 36% 15% 2% 3,769
Somewhat important 15% 16% 27% 32% 9% 1% 5,207
Not too important 21% 18% 27% 25% 7% 1% 3,213
Not at all important 21% 20% 27% 24% 8% 1% 3,521
Don't know 8% 15% 18% 39% 19% 2% 110

Gender composition among adults who seldom or never read scripture by importance of religion

% of adults who seldom or never read scripture who are…

Importance of religion in one's life Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 3,846. 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.
Very important 46% 54% 3,846
Somewhat important 52% 48% 5,299
Not too important 56% 44% 3,255
Not at all important 62% 38% 3,570
Don't know 58% 42% 115

Racial and ethnic composition among adults who seldom or never read scripture by importance of religion

% of adults who seldom or never read scripture who identify as…

Importance of religion in one's life White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 3,797. 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.
Very important 64% 10% 3% 19% 3% 3,797
Somewhat important 73% 6% 4% 13% 4% 5,235
Not too important 77% 4% 7% 9% 3% 3,224
Not at all important 79% 4% 5% 9% 3% 3,521
Don't know 78% 5% 3% 9% 5% 108

Immigrant status among adults who seldom or never read scripture by importance of religion

% of adults who seldom or never read scripture who are…

Importance of religion in one's life Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 3,786. 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.
Very important 19% 10% 71% 3,786
Somewhat important 13% 11% 76% 5,246
Not too important 12% 12% 76% 3,216
Not at all important 12% 13% 75% 3,532
Don't know 6% 18% 76% 112

Income distribution among adults who seldom or never read scripture by importance of religion

% of adults who seldom or never read scripture who have a household income of…

Importance of religion in one's life Less than $30,000 $30,000-$49,999 $50,000-$99,999 $100,000 or more Sample Size
Sample size = 3,226. 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.
Very important 40% 19% 23% 18% 3,226
Somewhat important 29% 21% 28% 22% 4,664
Not too important 25% 20% 30% 25% 2,920
Not at all important 26% 18% 29% 27% 3,232

Educational distribution among adults who seldom or never read scripture by importance of religion

% of adults who seldom or never read scripture who have completed…

Importance of religion in one's life High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 3,817. 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.
Very important 50% 28% 14% 8% 3,817
Somewhat important 40% 31% 18% 11% 5,276
Not too important 32% 32% 22% 14% 3,242
Not at all important 31% 31% 22% 16% 3,558
Don't know 34% 39% 17% 10% 111

Marital status among adults who seldom or never read scripture by importance of religion

% of adults who seldom or never read scripture who are…

Importance of religion in one's life Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 3,831. 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.
Very important 50% 7% 14% 9% 21% 3,831
Somewhat important 47% 10% 12% 4% 26% 5,282
Not too important 44% 9% 9% 3% 34% 3,240
Not at all important 39% 11% 11% 3% 35% 3,559
Don't know 39% 7% 21% 9% 23% 111

Parent of children under 18 among adults who seldom or never read scripture by importance of religion

% of adults who seldom or never read scripture who are…

Importance of religion in one's life Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 3,834. 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.
Very important 29% 71% 3,834
Somewhat important 29% 71% 5,280
Not too important 25% 75% 3,246
Not at all important 22% 78% 3,561
Don't know 13% 87% 114

BeliefsandPractices

Belief in God among adults who seldom or never read scripture by importance of religion

% of adults who seldom or never read scripture who say they…

Importance of religion in one's life 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 = 3,846. 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.
Very important 78% 17% 2% 1% 1% < 1% 3,846
Somewhat important 45% 40% 8% 1% 4% 2% 5,299
Not too important 16% 35% 20% 1% 21% 7% 3,255
Not at all important 11% 12% 11% 1% 59% 7% 3,570
Don't know 45% 23% 8% 9% 9% 7% 115

Attendance at religious services among adults who seldom or never read scripture by importance of religion

% of adults who seldom or never read scripture who attend religious services…

Importance of religion in one's life At least once a week Once or twice a month/a few times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,846. 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.
Very important 33% 41% 26% < 1% 3,846
Somewhat important 9% 51% 40% < 1% 5,299
Not too important 2% 32% 66% < 1% 3,255
Not at all important 1% 9% 90% < 1% 3,570
Don't know 4% 22% 70% 4% 115

Frequency of prayer among adults who seldom or never read scripture by importance of religion

% of adults who seldom or never read scripture who pray…

Importance of religion in one's life At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,846. 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.
Very important 64% 22% 5% 9% 1% 3,846
Somewhat important 28% 28% 14% 29% 1% 5,299
Not too important 9% 12% 11% 69% < 1% 3,255
Not at all important 5% 3% 3% 88% < 1% 3,570
Don't know 35% 20% 4% 33% 8% 115

Frequency of participation in prayer, scripture study or religious education groups among adults who seldom or never read scripture by importance of religion

% of adults who seldom or never read scripture who attend prayer group…

Importance of religion in one's life At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,846. 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.
Very important 12% 6% 7% 75% < 1% 3,846
Somewhat important 3% 3% 5% 89% < 1% 5,299
Not too important 1% 1% 2% 97% < 1% 3,255
Not at all important 1% < 1% 1% 98% < 1% 3,570
Don't know 3% 6% 4% 82% 5% 115

Frequency of meditation among adults who seldom or never read scripture by importance of religion

% of adults who seldom or never read scripture who meditate…

Importance of religion in one's life At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,846. 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.
Very important 36% 7% 3% 52% 2% 3,846
Somewhat important 22% 9% 5% 63% 1% 5,299
Not too important 17% 10% 6% 66% 1% 3,255
Not at all important 21% 8% 5% 66% < 1% 3,570
Don't know 52% 7% 3% 33% 5% 115

Frequency of feeling spiritual peace and wellbeing among adults who seldom or never read scripture by importance of religion

% of adults who seldom or never read scripture who feel a sense of spiritual peace and wellbeing…

Importance of religion in one's life At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,846. 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.
Very important 61% 15% 9% 14% 1% 3,846
Somewhat important 36% 21% 16% 25% 1% 5,299
Not too important 30% 17% 15% 37% 1% 3,255
Not at all important 33% 14% 10% 41% 2% 3,570
Don't know 56% 11% 7% 20% 5% 115

Frequency of feeling wonder about the universe among adults who seldom or never read scripture by importance of religion

% of adults who seldom or never read scripture who feel a sense of wonder about the universe…

Importance of religion in one's life At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,846. 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.
Very important 40% 13% 13% 32% 1% 3,846
Somewhat important 35% 17% 16% 31% 1% 5,299
Not too important 37% 18% 16% 27% 1% 3,255
Not at all important 45% 15% 14% 26% 1% 3,570
Don't know 46% 17% 5% 23% 9% 115

Sources of guidance on right and wrong among adults who seldom or never read scripture by importance of religion

% of adults who seldom or never read scripture who say they look to…most for guidance on right and wrong

Importance of religion in one's life Religion Philosophy/reason Common sense Science Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,846. 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.
Very important 33% 8% 49% 7% 3% 3,846
Somewhat important 10% 13% 64% 11% 2% 5,299
Not too important 3% 17% 63% 15% 2% 3,255
Not at all important 1% 18% 55% 24% 2% 3,570
Don't know 8% 15% 56% 8% 13% 115

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong among adults who seldom or never read scripture by importance of religion

% of adults who seldom or never read scripture who say…

Importance of religion in one's life 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 = 3,846. 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.
Very important 30% 67% 2% 2% 3,846
Somewhat important 25% 73% 1% 1% 5,299
Not too important 20% 78% 1% < 1% 3,255
Not at all important 17% 82% 1% 1% 3,570
Don't know 17% 72% 1% 10% 115

Interpreting scripture among adults who seldom or never read scripture by importance of religion

% of adults who seldom or never read scripture who say the holy scripture is…

Importance of religion in one's life 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 = 3,846. 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.
Very important 32% 35% 3% 21% 9% 3,846
Somewhat important 12% 31% 1% 46% 9% 5,299
Not too important 4% 12% < 1% 77% 7% 3,255
Not at all important 1% 3% < 1% 91% 4% 3,570
Don't know 9% 11% 2% 59% 19% 115

Belief in Heaven among adults who seldom or never read scripture by importance of religion

% of adults who seldom or never read scripture who …in heaven

Importance of religion in one's life Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,846. 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.
Very important 86% 9% 5% 3,846
Somewhat important 73% 18% 9% 5,299
Not too important 41% 47% 12% 3,255
Not at all important 14% 79% 7% 3,570
Don't know 39% 33% 28% 115

Belief in Hell among adults who seldom or never read scripture by importance of religion

% of adults who seldom or never read scripture who …in hell

Importance of religion in one's life Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,846. 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.
Very important 65% 26% 9% 3,846
Somewhat important 52% 39% 9% 5,299
Not too important 28% 62% 10% 3,255
Not at all important 9% 85% 6% 3,570
Don't know 24% 51% 25% 115

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among adults who seldom or never read scripture by importance of religion

% of adults who seldom or never read scripture who identify as…

Importance of religion in one's life Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 3,846. 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.
Very important 36% 19% 45% 3,846
Somewhat important 36% 19% 45% 5,299
Not too important 30% 17% 52% 3,255
Not at all important 20% 19% 60% 3,570
Don't know 28% 27% 45% 115

Political ideology among adults who seldom or never read scripture by importance of religion

% of adults who seldom or never read scripture who are…

Importance of religion in one's life Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,846. 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.
Very important 36% 34% 22% 8% 3,846
Somewhat important 27% 39% 28% 6% 5,299
Not too important 20% 39% 35% 6% 3,255
Not at all important 13% 32% 47% 7% 3,570
Don't know 23% 32% 32% 13% 115

Views about size of government among adults who seldom or never read scripture by importance of religion

% of adults who seldom or never read scripture who would rather have…

Importance of religion in one's life Smaller government; fewer services Bigger government; more services Depends Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,846. 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.
Very important 46% 46% 4% 4% 3,846
Somewhat important 53% 41% 3% 4% 5,299
Not too important 51% 43% 3% 4% 3,255
Not at all important 47% 46% 3% 3% 3,570
Don't know 41% 33% 8% 18% 115

Views about government aid to the poor among adults who seldom or never read scripture by importance of religion

% of adults who seldom or never read scripture who say government aid to the poor…

Importance of religion in one's life Does more harm than good Does more good than harm Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,846. 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.
Very important 46% 47% 3% 3% 3,846
Somewhat important 45% 49% 4% 2% 5,299
Not too important 40% 55% 4% 2% 3,255
Not at all important 33% 62% 3% 1% 3,570
Don't know 28% 48% 8% 16% 115

Views about abortion among adults who seldom or never read scripture by importance of religion

% of adults who seldom or never read scripture who say abortion should be…

Importance of religion in one's life Legal in all/most cases Illegal in all/most cases Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,846. 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.
Very important 49% 46% 6% 3,846
Somewhat important 68% 28% 4% 5,299
Not too important 80% 17% 3% 3,255
Not at all important 85% 12% 3% 3,570
Don't know 62% 16% 23% 115

Views about homosexuality among adults who seldom or never read scripture by importance of religion

% of adults who seldom or never read scripture who say homosexuality…

Importance of religion in one's life Should be accepted Should be discouraged Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,846. 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.
Very important 64% 27% 5% 4% 3,846
Somewhat important 78% 16% 3% 3% 5,299
Not too important 86% 10% 2% 2% 3,255
Not at all important 89% 7% 2% 2% 3,570
Don't know 72% 13% 5% 11% 115

Views about same-sex marriage among adults who seldom or never read scripture by importance of religion

% of adults who seldom or never read scripture who …same-sex marriage

Importance of religion in one's life Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,846. 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.
Very important 53% 37% 9% 3,846
Somewhat important 70% 23% 7% 5,299
Not too important 81% 14% 5% 3,255
Not at all important 86% 9% 4% 3,570
Don't know 61% 16% 23% 115

Views about environmental regulation among adults who seldom or never read scripture by importance of religion

% of adults who seldom or never read scripture who say…

Importance of religion in one's life 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 = 3,846. 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.
Very important 39% 55% 2% 4% 3,846
Somewhat important 35% 60% 2% 2% 5,299
Not too important 29% 67% 2% 2% 3,255
Not at all important 23% 74% 2% 2% 3,570
Don't know 28% 52% 7% 14% 115

Views about human evolution among adults who seldom or never read scripture by importance of religion

% of adults who seldom or never read scripture who say humans…

Importance of religion in one's life 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 = 3,846. 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.
Very important 22% 33% 5% 35% 6% 3,846
Somewhat important 43% 28% 5% 21% 3% 5,299
Not too important 70% 13% 5% 10% 2% 3,255
Not at all important 80% 7% 3% 8% 2% 3,570
Don't know 42% 15% 15% 14% 13% 115