Interpreting scripture among 18-29 year olds

% of 18-29 year olds who say the holy scripture is…

Survey year 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 = 5,544. 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 20% 29% 2% 43% 6% 5,544
2007 28% 28% 3% 33% 7% 4,242

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Interpreting scripture among 18-29 year olds by religious group

% of 18-29 year olds 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 = 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 22% 39% 2% 31% 7% 890
Evangelical Protestant 39% 42% 3% 11% 4% 1,092
Historically Black Protestant 42% 39% 1% 11% 6% 298
Jewish 12% 31% 1% 50% 4% 104
Mainline Protestant 19% 45% 1% 29% 5% 586
Mormon 22% 66% 5% 7% < 1% 114
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 7% 11% 1% 76% 5% 2,003

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DemographicInformation

Generational cohort among 18-29 year olds by interpretation of scripture

% of 18-29 year olds who are…

Interpreting scripture Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 1,078. 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 60% 40% < 1% < 1% < 1% < 1% 1,078
Word of God; not everything taken literally 67% 33% < 1% < 1% < 1% < 1% 1,558
Not the word of God 63% 37% < 1% < 1% < 1% < 1% 2,502
Other/don't know 50% 50% < 1% < 1% < 1% < 1% 312

Gender composition among 18-29 year olds by interpretation of scripture

% of 18-29 year olds who are…

Interpreting scripture Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 1,078. 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 45% 55% 1,078
Word of God; not everything taken literally 46% 54% 1,558
Not the word of God 56% 44% 2,502
Other/don't know 53% 47% 312

Racial and ethnic composition among 18-29 year olds by interpretation of scripture

% of 18-29 year olds who identify as…

Interpreting scripture White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 1,072. 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 42% 25% 4% 25% 4% 1,072
Word of God; not everything taken literally 55% 14% 5% 20% 6% 1,552
Not the word of God 62% 8% 9% 17% 5% 2,478
Other/don't know 50% 15% 10% 19% 6% 305

Immigrant status among 18-29 year olds by interpretation of scripture

% of 18-29 year olds who are…

Interpreting scripture Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 1,055. 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 20% 14% 66% 1,055
Word of God; not everything taken literally 14% 17% 69% 1,542
Not the word of God 13% 19% 69% 2,476
Other/don't know 16% 14% 69% 303

Income distribution among 18-29 year olds by interpretation of scripture

% of 18-29 year olds who have a household income of…

Interpreting scripture Less than $30,000 $30,000-$49,999 $50,000-$99,999 $100,000 or more Sample Size
Sample size = 912. 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 55% 19% 18% 8% 912
Word of God; not everything taken literally 39% 22% 25% 14% 1,376
Not the word of God 38% 22% 25% 15% 2,283
Other/don't know 48% 21% 21% 11% 249

Educational distribution among 18-29 year olds by interpretation of scripture

% of 18-29 year olds who have completed…

Interpreting scripture High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 1,073. 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 56% 33% 9% 3% 1,073
Word of God; not everything taken literally 42% 40% 13% 4% 1,558
Not the word of God 36% 41% 18% 5% 2,499
Other/don't know 33% 51% 12% 5% 310

Marital status among 18-29 year olds by interpretation of scripture

% of 18-29 year olds who are…

Interpreting scripture Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 1,075. 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 23% 10% 5% < 1% 62% 1,075
Word of God; not everything taken literally 17% 8% 3% < 1% 72% 1,556
Not the word of God 11% 15% 3% < 1% 71% 2,494
Other/don't know 18% 15% 4% < 1% 63% 312

Parent of children under 18 among 18-29 year olds by interpretation of scripture

% of 18-29 year olds who are…

Interpreting scripture Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 1,078. 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 34% 66% 1,078
Word of God; not everything taken literally 22% 78% 1,554
Not the word of God 15% 85% 2,499
Other/don't know 26% 74% 309

BeliefsandPractices

Belief in God among 18-29 year olds by interpretation of scripture

% of 18-29 year olds who say they…

Interpreting scripture 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 = 1,078. 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 85% 13% 2% < 1% < 1% < 1% 1,078
Word of God; not everything taken literally 71% 25% 3% < 1% 1% < 1% 1,558
Not the word of God 20% 24% 16% < 1% 35% 5% 2,502
Other/don't know 48% 26% 10% 2% 7% 7% 312

Importance of religion in one's life among 18-29 year olds by interpretation of scripture

% of 18-29 year olds who say religion is…

Interpreting scripture Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,078. 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 77% 17% 3% 2% < 1% 1,078
Word of God; not everything taken literally 56% 35% 7% 2% < 1% 1,558
Not the word of God 11% 28% 28% 33% < 1% 2,502
Other/don't know 31% 39% 20% 8% 2% 312

Attendance at religious services among 18-29 year olds by interpretation of scripture

% of 18-29 year olds who attend religious services…

Interpreting scripture At least once a week Once or twice a month/a few times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,078. 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 56% 31% 12% < 1% 1,078
Word of God; not everything taken literally 38% 45% 17% < 1% 1,558
Not the word of God 6% 34% 60% < 1% 2,502
Other/don't know 16% 47% 35% 1% 312

Frequency of prayer among 18-29 year olds by interpretation of scripture

% of 18-29 year olds who pray…

Interpreting scripture At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,078. 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 71% 18% 5% 6% < 1% 1,078
Word of God; not everything taken literally 57% 24% 7% 12% < 1% 1,558
Not the word of God 16% 12% 8% 64% < 1% 2,502
Other/don't know 37% 18% 11% 34% 1% 312

Frequency of participation in prayer, scripture study or religious education groups among 18-29 year olds by interpretation of scripture

% of 18-29 year olds who attend prayer group…

Interpreting scripture At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,078. 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 38% 18% 11% 32% < 1% 1,078
Word of God; not everything taken literally 24% 15% 12% 48% < 1% 1,558
Not the word of God 3% 4% 5% 89% < 1% 2,502
Other/don't know 11% 12% 9% 66% 2% 312

Frequency of meditation among 18-29 year olds by interpretation of scripture

% of 18-29 year olds who meditate…

Interpreting scripture At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,078. 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 39% 8% 4% 47% 2% 1,078
Word of God; not everything taken literally 29% 10% 4% 57% < 1% 1,558
Not the word of God 22% 11% 6% 61% 1% 2,502
Other/don't know 33% 10% 6% 50% 1% 312

Frequency of feeling spiritual peace and wellbeing among 18-29 year olds by interpretation of scripture

% of 18-29 year olds who feel a sense of spiritual peace and wellbeing…

Interpreting scripture At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,078. 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 70% 14% 8% 8% 1% 1,078
Word of God; not everything taken literally 54% 22% 11% 13% < 1% 1,558
Not the word of God 38% 20% 11% 29% 1% 2,502
Other/don't know 50% 19% 10% 17% 3% 312

Frequency of feeling wonder about the universe among 18-29 year olds by interpretation of scripture

% of 18-29 year olds who feel a sense of wonder about the universe…

Interpreting scripture At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,078. 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 43% 19% 11% 26% 2% 1,078
Word of God; not everything taken literally 44% 22% 13% 21% < 1% 1,558
Not the word of God 53% 19% 11% 17% < 1% 2,502
Other/don't know 49% 15% 14% 21% 1% 312

Sources of guidance on right and wrong among 18-29 year olds by interpretation of scripture

% of 18-29 year olds who say they look to…most for guidance on right and wrong

Interpreting scripture Religion Philosophy/reason Common sense Science Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,078. 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 53% 7% 32% 7% 2% 1,078
Word of God; not everything taken literally 33% 14% 45% 7% 1% 1,558
Not the word of God 4% 22% 55% 18% 1% 2,502
Other/don't know 15% 18% 51% 10% 5% 312

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong among 18-29 year olds by interpretation of scripture

% of 18-29 year olds who say…

Interpreting scripture 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 = 1,078. 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 35% 62% 1% 1% 1,078
Word of God; not everything taken literally 27% 72% 1% < 1% 1,558
Not the word of God 14% 85% < 1% < 1% 2,502
Other/don't know 18% 78% 2% 1% 312

Frequency of reading scripture among 18-29 year olds by interpretation of scripture

% of 18-29 year olds who read scripture…

Interpreting scripture At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,078. 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 54% 14% 9% 22% 1% 1,078
Word of God; not everything taken literally 37% 19% 10% 34% < 1% 1,558
Not the word of God 6% 7% 7% 80% < 1% 2,502
Other/don't know 22% 11% 8% 59% 1% 312

Belief in Heaven among 18-29 year olds by interpretation of scripture

% of 18-29 year olds who …in heaven

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,078. 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 92% 5% 3% 1,078
Word of God; not everything taken literally 91% 6% 3% 1,558
Not the word of God 40% 52% 8% 2,502
Other/don't know 64% 17% 19% 312

Belief in Hell among 18-29 year olds by interpretation of scripture

% of 18-29 year olds who …in hell

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,078. 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 84% 12% 4% 1,078
Word of God; not everything taken literally 76% 20% 4% 1,558
Not the word of God 29% 65% 6% 2,502
Other/don't know 51% 31% 17% 312

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among 18-29 year olds by interpretation of scripture

% of 18-29 year olds who identify as…

Interpreting scripture Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 1,078. 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 40% 23% 37% 1,078
Word of God; not everything taken literally 44% 16% 39% 1,558
Not the word of God 21% 20% 59% 2,502
Other/don't know 27% 36% 38% 312

Political ideology among 18-29 year olds by interpretation of scripture

% of 18-29 year olds who are…

Interpreting scripture Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,078. 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 41% 32% 18% 9% 1,078
Word of God; not everything taken literally 32% 41% 21% 6% 1,558
Not the word of God 14% 36% 43% 6% 2,502
Other/don't know 19% 36% 26% 20% 312

Views about size of government among 18-29 year olds by interpretation of scripture

% of 18-29 year olds who would rather have…

Interpreting scripture Smaller government; fewer services Bigger government; more services Depends Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,078. 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 34% 63% 1% 3% 1,078
Word of God; not everything taken literally 47% 50% 1% 1% 1,558
Not the word of God 45% 50% 2% 3% 2,502
Other/don't know 38% 46% 6% 10% 312

Views about government aid to the poor among 18-29 year olds by interpretation of scripture

% of 18-29 year olds who say government aid to the poor…

Interpreting scripture Does more harm than good Does more good than harm Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,078. 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 45% 51% 3% 2% 1,078
Word of God; not everything taken literally 45% 51% 3% 1% 1,558
Not the word of God 35% 61% 3% 1% 2,502
Other/don't know 37% 48% 8% 6% 312

Views about abortion among 18-29 year olds by interpretation of scripture

% of 18-29 year olds who say abortion should be…

Interpreting scripture Legal in all/most cases Illegal in all/most cases Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,078. 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 30% 68% 2% 1,078
Word of God; not everything taken literally 45% 53% 2% 1,558
Not the word of God 77% 21% 2% 2,502
Other/don't know 52% 34% 13% 312

Views about homosexuality among 18-29 year olds by interpretation of scripture

% of 18-29 year olds who say homosexuality…

Interpreting scripture Should be accepted Should be discouraged Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,078. 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 52% 41% 3% 3% 1,078
Word of God; not everything taken literally 71% 24% 3% 2% 1,558
Not the word of God 92% 6% 1% 1% 2,502
Other/don't know 76% 13% 6% 5% 312

Views about same-sex marriage among 18-29 year olds by interpretation of scripture

% of 18-29 year olds who …same-sex marriage

Interpreting scripture Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,078. 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 43% 51% 5% 1,078
Word of God; not everything taken literally 64% 32% 4% 1,558
Not the word of God 89% 8% 2% 2,502
Other/don't know 71% 17% 13% 312

Views about environmental regulation among 18-29 year olds by interpretation of scripture

% of 18-29 year olds who say…

Interpreting scripture 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 = 1,078. 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 47% 48% 1% 3% 1,078
Word of God; not everything taken literally 34% 63% 1% 2% 1,558
Not the word of God 24% 73% 2% 2% 2,502
Other/don't know 33% 55% 4% 8% 312

Views about human evolution among 18-29 year olds by interpretation of scripture

% of 18-29 year olds who say humans…

Interpreting scripture 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 = 1,078. 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 19% 27% 1% 50% 3% 1,078
Word of God; not everything taken literally 26% 36% 2% 34% 2% 1,558
Not the word of God 70% 16% 4% 9% 1% 2,502
Other/don't know 35% 28% 12% 15% 9% 312