Interpreting scripture among 30-49 year olds

% of 30-49 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 = 9,178. 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 31% 26% 2% 34% 7% 9,178
2007 32% 27% 3% 28% 9% 11,823

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Interpreting scripture among 30-49 year olds by religious group

% of 30-49 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 29% 33% 2% 29% 7% 1,763
Evangelical Protestant 52% 32% 4% 8% 4% 2,168
Hindu 14% 11% 1% 60% 14% 109
Historically Black Protestant 58% 23% 3% 9% 7% 552
Jewish 11% 27% 1% 54% 7% 165
Mainline Protestant 22% 37% 2% 32% 8% 1,269
Mormon 35% 52% 2% 7% 3% 223
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 12% 11% < 1% 69% 8% 2,371

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DemographicInformation

Generational cohort among 30-49 year olds by interpretation of scripture

% of 30-49 year olds who are…

Interpreting scripture Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 2,431. 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 < 1% 16% 84% < 1% < 1% < 1% 2,431
Word of God; not everything taken literally < 1% 18% 82% < 1% < 1% < 1% 2,492
Word of God; other/don't know < 1% 10% 90% < 1% < 1% < 1% 195
Not the word of God < 1% 22% 78% < 1% < 1% < 1% 3,463
Other/don't know < 1% 19% 81% < 1% < 1% < 1% 597

Gender composition among 30-49 year olds by interpretation of scripture

% of 30-49 year olds who are…

Interpreting scripture Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 2,431. 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 44% 56% 2,431
Word of God; not everything taken literally 47% 53% 2,492
Word of God; other/don't know 46% 54% 195
Not the word of God 56% 44% 3,463
Other/don't know 53% 47% 597

Racial and ethnic composition among 30-49 year olds by interpretation of scripture

% of 30-49 year olds who identify as…

Interpreting scripture White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 2,410. 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 48% 20% 3% 26% 4% 2,410
Word of God; not everything taken literally 67% 11% 3% 16% 4% 2,470
Word of God; other/don't know 58% 12% 4% 21% 5% 191
Not the word of God 69% 6% 6% 15% 4% 3,416
Other/don't know 58% 14% 5% 18% 5% 582

Immigrant status among 30-49 year olds by interpretation of scripture

% of 30-49 year olds who are…

Interpreting scripture Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 2,391. 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 26% 6% 68% 2,391
Word of God; not everything taken literally 16% 8% 77% 2,470
Word of God; other/don't know 21% 6% 73% 193
Not the word of God 18% 10% 72% 3,424
Other/don't know 21% 6% 73% 587

Income distribution among 30-49 year olds by interpretation of scripture

% of 30-49 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 = 2,191. 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% 22% 22% 12% 2,191
Word of God; not everything taken literally 24% 20% 33% 24% 2,334
Word of God; other/don't know 31% 19% 31% 20% 171
Not the word of God 22% 18% 30% 30% 3,277
Other/don't know 30% 19% 29% 21% 516

Educational distribution among 30-49 year olds by interpretation of scripture

% of 30-49 year olds who have completed…

Interpreting scripture High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 2,421. 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 51% 30% 12% 6% 2,421
Word of God; not everything taken literally 31% 33% 22% 14% 2,487
Word of God; other/don't know 36% 36% 17% 11% 194
Not the word of God 26% 29% 25% 20% 3,458
Other/don't know 36% 34% 17% 13% 595

Marital status among 30-49 year olds by interpretation of scripture

% of 30-49 year olds who are…

Interpreting scripture Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 2,430. 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% 7% 15% 2% 20% 2,430
Word of God; not everything taken literally 62% 8% 14% 1% 15% 2,487
Word of God; other/don't know 64% 6% 12% 1% 16% 193
Not the word of God 54% 12% 12% 1% 21% 3,458
Other/don't know 50% 11% 14% 2% 23% 590

Parent of children under 18 among 30-49 year olds by interpretation of scripture

% of 30-49 year olds who are…

Interpreting scripture Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 2,421. 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% 2,421
Word of God; not everything taken literally 64% 36% 2,485
Word of God; other/don't know 65% 35% 193
Not the word of God 51% 49% 3,453
Other/don't know 55% 45% 594

BeliefsandPractices

Belief in God among 30-49 year olds by interpretation of scripture

% of 30-49 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 = 2,431. 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 86% 11% 1% 1% < 1% < 1% 2,431
Word of God; not everything taken literally 77% 20% 2% < 1% < 1% < 1% 2,492
Word of God; other/don't know 90% 8% < 1% 1% < 1% 1% 195
Not the word of God 28% 29% 12% < 1% 26% 5% 3,463
Other/don't know 59% 26% 5% 1% 3% 5% 597

Importance of religion in one's life among 30-49 year olds by interpretation of scripture

% of 30-49 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 = 2,431. 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 83% 13% 2% 1% 1% 2,431
Word of God; not everything taken literally 61% 31% 6% 2% < 1% 2,492
Word of God; other/don't know 81% 16% 2% 1% < 1% 195
Not the word of God 15% 31% 24% 30% 1% 3,463
Other/don't know 44% 32% 15% 8% 2% 597

Attendance at religious services among 30-49 year olds by interpretation of scripture

% of 30-49 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 = 2,431. 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 58% 29% 13% < 1% 2,431
Word of God; not everything taken literally 39% 43% 19% < 1% 2,492
Word of God; other/don't know 52% 32% 15% 2% 195
Not the word of God 8% 33% 59% < 1% 3,463
Other/don't know 21% 44% 33% 1% 597

Frequency of prayer among 30-49 year olds by interpretation of scripture

% of 30-49 year olds who pray…

Interpreting scripture At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,431. 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 79% 12% 3% 6% 1% 2,431
Word of God; not everything taken literally 63% 20% 7% 9% < 1% 2,492
Word of God; other/don't know 86% 10% 2% 2% < 1% 195
Not the word of God 24% 15% 9% 51% < 1% 3,463
Other/don't know 52% 16% 6% 22% 3% 597

Frequency of participation in prayer, scripture study or religious education groups among 30-49 year olds by interpretation of scripture

% of 30-49 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 = 2,431. 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 44% 15% 10% 31% < 1% 2,431
Word of God; not everything taken literally 25% 13% 11% 51% < 1% 2,492
Word of God; other/don't know 42% 13% 12% 31% 1% 195
Not the word of God 5% 4% 5% 86% < 1% 3,463
Other/don't know 15% 9% 7% 68% 2% 597

Frequency of meditation among 30-49 year olds by interpretation of scripture

% of 30-49 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 = 2,431. 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 48% 8% 3% 39% 2% 2,431
Word of God; not everything taken literally 36% 8% 4% 51% 1% 2,492
Word of God; other/don't know 48% 4% 5% 39% 5% 195
Not the word of God 31% 11% 6% 52% 1% 3,463
Other/don't know 35% 10% 4% 48% 3% 597

Frequency of feeling spiritual peace and wellbeing among 30-49 year olds by interpretation of scripture

% of 30-49 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 = 2,431. 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 72% 12% 7% 7% 1% 2,431
Word of God; not everything taken literally 59% 18% 11% 11% 1% 2,492
Word of God; other/don't know 71% 15% 7% 3% 4% 195
Not the word of God 42% 17% 13% 27% 1% 3,463
Other/don't know 51% 14% 12% 19% 3% 597

Frequency of feeling wonder about the universe among 30-49 year olds by interpretation of scripture

% of 30-49 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 = 2,431. 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 44% 15% 12% 28% 2% 2,431
Word of God; not everything taken literally 38% 18% 15% 29% 1% 2,492
Word of God; other/don't know 40% 13% 10% 32% 4% 195
Not the word of God 45% 18% 16% 21% 1% 3,463
Other/don't know 43% 16% 14% 26% 1% 597

Sources of guidance on right and wrong among 30-49 year olds by interpretation of scripture

% of 30-49 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 = 2,431. 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 59% 4% 30% 6% 2% 2,431
Word of God; not everything taken literally 38% 8% 46% 6% 2% 2,492
Word of God; other/don't know 52% 4% 32% 3% 9% 195
Not the word of God 5% 17% 58% 18% 1% 3,463
Other/don't know 19% 14% 53% 7% 6% 597

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong among 30-49 year olds by interpretation of scripture

% of 30-49 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 = 2,431. 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% 54% 1% 1% 2,431
Word of God; not everything taken literally 38% 61% 1% < 1% 2,492
Word of God; other/don't know 52% 38% 6% 3% 195
Not the word of God 21% 77% 1% 1% 3,463
Other/don't know 28% 66% 4% 2% 597

Frequency of reading scripture among 30-49 year olds by interpretation of scripture

% of 30-49 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 = 2,431. 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 61% 12% 7% 20% 1% 2,431
Word of God; not everything taken literally 37% 13% 12% 37% < 1% 2,492
Word of God; other/don't know 66% 12% 6% 16% < 1% 195
Not the word of God 9% 6% 8% 76% < 1% 3,463
Other/don't know 23% 15% 10% 50% 2% 597

Belief in Heaven among 30-49 year olds by interpretation of scripture

% of 30-49 year olds who …in heaven

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,431. 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 91% 5% 5% 2,431
Word of God; not everything taken literally 90% 6% 4% 2,492
Word of God; other/don't know 82% 5% 14% 195
Not the word of God 40% 51% 8% 3,463
Other/don't know 67% 14% 19% 597

Belief in Hell among 30-49 year olds by interpretation of scripture

% of 30-49 year olds who …in hell

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,431. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 82% 12% 6% 2,431
Word of God; not everything taken literally 74% 20% 6% 2,492
Word of God; other/don't know 79% 9% 12% 195
Not the word of God 27% 66% 8% 3,463
Other/don't know 50% 29% 21% 597

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among 30-49 year olds by interpretation of scripture

% of 30-49 year olds who identify as…

Interpreting scripture Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 2,431. 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% 22% 37% 2,431
Word of God; not everything taken literally 45% 17% 37% 2,492
Word of God; other/don't know 41% 32% 27% 195
Not the word of God 26% 19% 55% 3,463
Other/don't know 27% 32% 41% 597

Political ideology among 30-49 year olds by interpretation of scripture

% of 30-49 year olds who are…

Interpreting scripture Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,431. 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 51% 25% 17% 7% 2,431
Word of God; not everything taken literally 39% 39% 17% 5% 2,492
Word of God; other/don't know 50% 25% 12% 13% 195
Not the word of God 16% 38% 40% 6% 3,463
Other/don't know 27% 39% 22% 12% 597

Views about size of government among 30-49 year olds by interpretation of scripture

% of 30-49 year olds who would rather have…

Interpreting scripture Smaller government; fewer services Bigger government; more services Depends Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,431. 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 46% 49% 2% 2% 2,431
Word of God; not everything taken literally 58% 37% 2% 2% 2,492
Word of God; other/don't know 53% 34% 4% 9% 195
Not the word of God 50% 43% 3% 3% 3,463
Other/don't know 46% 36% 10% 9% 597

Views about government aid to the poor among 30-49 year olds by interpretation of scripture

% of 30-49 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 = 2,431. 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 49% 45% 4% 2% 2,431
Word of God; not everything taken literally 51% 45% 3% 1% 2,492
Word of God; other/don't know 56% 32% 10% 2% 195
Not the word of God 36% 59% 4% 1% 3,463
Other/don't know 41% 43% 10% 5% 597

Views about abortion among 30-49 year olds by interpretation of scripture

% of 30-49 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 = 2,431. 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 32% 63% 4% 2,431
Word of God; not everything taken literally 48% 50% 2% 2,492
Word of God; other/don't know 28% 58% 13% 195
Not the word of God 79% 18% 3% 3,463
Other/don't know 57% 32% 11% 597

Views about homosexuality among 30-49 year olds by interpretation of scripture

% of 30-49 year olds who say homosexuality…

Interpreting scripture Should be accepted Should be discouraged Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,431. 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% 51% 5% 4% 2,431
Word of God; not everything taken literally 62% 30% 5% 3% 2,492
Word of God; other/don't know 31% 45% 11% 13% 195
Not the word of God 87% 9% 2% 2% 3,463
Other/don't know 65% 20% 9% 5% 597

Views about same-sex marriage among 30-49 year olds by interpretation of scripture

% of 30-49 year olds who …same-sex marriage

Interpreting scripture Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,431. 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 29% 61% 10% 2,431
Word of God; not everything taken literally 52% 41% 7% 2,492
Word of God; other/don't know 25% 57% 18% 195
Not the word of God 83% 12% 5% 3,463
Other/don't know 60% 27% 13% 597

Views about environmental regulation among 30-49 year olds by interpretation of scripture

% of 30-49 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 = 2,431. 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 46% 49% 2% 3% 2,431
Word of God; not everything taken literally 39% 59% 2% 1% 2,492
Word of God; other/don't know 40% 44% 7% 9% 195
Not the word of God 25% 72% 2% 2% 3,463
Other/don't know 30% 57% 6% 7% 597

Views about human evolution among 30-49 year olds by interpretation of scripture

% of 30-49 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 = 2,431. 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 13% 24% 2% 58% 3% 2,431
Word of God; not everything taken literally 20% 38% 3% 37% 3% 2,492
Word of God; other/don't know 14% 19% 2% 47% 17% 195
Not the word of God 67% 16% 4% 12% 1% 3,463
Other/don't know 30% 25% 14% 23% 9% 597