Interpreting scripture among 50-64 year olds

% of 50-64 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 = 10,296. 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 35% 26% 3% 29% 7% 10,296
2007 33% 26% 3% 28% 9% 10,484

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Interpreting scripture among 50-64 year olds by religious group

% of 50-64 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 24% 36% 3% 30% 7% 2,277
Evangelical Protestant 60% 25% 4% 7% 4% 2,758
Historically Black Protestant 67% 17% 2% 9% 5% 622
Jewish 12% 19% 3% 57% 9% 236
Mainline Protestant 27% 31% 3% 28% 10% 1,819
Mormon 32% 49% 9% 4% 6% 168
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 11% 13% 1% 68% 8% 1,838

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DemographicInformation

Generational cohort among 50-64 year olds by interpretation of scripture

% of 50-64 year olds who are…

Interpreting scripture Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 3,153. 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% < 1% < 1% 100% < 1% < 1% 3,153
Word of God; not everything taken literally < 1% < 1% < 1% 100% < 1% < 1% 2,788
Word of God; other/don't know < 1% < 1% < 1% 100% < 1% < 1% 302
Not the word of God < 1% < 1% < 1% 100% < 1% < 1% 3,297
Other/don't know < 1% < 1% < 1% 100% < 1% < 1% 756

Gender composition among 50-64 year olds by interpretation of scripture

% of 50-64 year olds who are…

Interpreting scripture Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 3,153. 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% 3,153
Word of God; not everything taken literally 46% 54% 2,788
Word of God; other/don't know 39% 61% 302
Not the word of God 56% 44% 3,297
Other/don't know 49% 51% 756

Racial and ethnic composition among 50-64 year olds by interpretation of scripture

% of 50-64 year olds who identify as…

Interpreting scripture White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 3,110. 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% 20% 2% 14% 3% 3,110
Word of God; not everything taken literally 78% 8% 2% 9% 4% 2,746
Word of God; other/don't know 65% 11% < 1% 18% 6% 294
Not the word of God 80% 5% 3% 8% 3% 3,248
Other/don't know 72% 8% 4% 11% 5% 737

Immigrant status among 50-64 year olds by interpretation of scripture

% of 50-64 year olds who are…

Interpreting scripture Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 3,111. 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% 5% 82% 3,111
Word of God; not everything taken literally 9% 7% 84% 2,769
Word of God; other/don't know 20% 4% 77% 296
Not the word of God 13% 8% 79% 3,282
Other/don't know 12% 7% 81% 744

Income distribution among 50-64 year olds by interpretation of scripture

% of 50-64 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 = 2,779. 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% 21% 24% 12% 2,779
Word of God; not everything taken literally 26% 18% 31% 25% 2,518
Word of God; other/don't know 37% 20% 27% 17% 241
Not the word of God 21% 15% 31% 32% 3,021
Other/don't know 39% 17% 20% 23% 636

Educational distribution among 50-64 year olds by interpretation of scripture

% of 50-64 year olds who have completed…

Interpreting scripture High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 3,144. 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% 29% 11% 4% 3,144
Word of God; not everything taken literally 36% 32% 18% 13% 2,782
Word of God; other/don't know 48% 29% 13% 9% 301
Not the word of God 31% 28% 23% 18% 3,285
Other/don't know 38% 33% 16% 13% 749

Marital status among 50-64 year olds by interpretation of scripture

% of 50-64 year olds who are…

Interpreting scripture Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 3,148. 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% 3% 21% 7% 10% 3,148
Word of God; not everything taken literally 64% 4% 19% 5% 9% 2,778
Word of God; other/don't know 62% 2% 20% 6% 10% 299
Not the word of God 59% 7% 19% 4% 10% 3,285
Other/don't know 54% 8% 21% 5% 13% 744

Parent of children under 18 among 50-64 year olds by interpretation of scripture

% of 50-64 year olds who are…

Interpreting scripture Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 3,149. 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 15% 85% 3,149
Word of God; not everything taken literally 16% 84% 2,780
Word of God; other/don't know 15% 85% 301
Not the word of God 14% 86% 3,292
Other/don't know 15% 85% 754

BeliefsandPractices

Belief in God among 50-64 year olds by interpretation of scripture

% of 50-64 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 = 3,153. 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 90% 8% 1% < 1% < 1% < 1% 3,153
Word of God; not everything taken literally 79% 19% 2% < 1% 1% < 1% 2,788
Word of God; other/don't know 83% 11% 1% 3% 1% 1% 302
Not the word of God 34% 31% 11% 1% 18% 4% 3,297
Other/don't know 66% 21% 3% 3% 3% 5% 756

Importance of religion in one's life among 50-64 year olds by interpretation of scripture

% of 50-64 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 = 3,153. 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% 12% 2% 1% < 1% 3,153
Word of God; not everything taken literally 64% 30% 4% 2% < 1% 2,788
Word of God; other/don't know 75% 20% 2% 2% 1% 302
Not the word of God 22% 32% 22% 23% 1% 3,297
Other/don't know 53% 31% 7% 7% 3% 756

Attendance at religious services among 50-64 year olds by interpretation of scripture

% of 50-64 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 = 3,153. 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% 28% 13% < 1% 3,153
Word of God; not everything taken literally 41% 39% 19% < 1% 2,788
Word of God; other/don't know 50% 28% 20% 1% 302
Not the word of God 11% 34% 54% < 1% 3,297
Other/don't know 25% 40% 32% 3% 756

Frequency of prayer among 50-64 year olds by interpretation of scripture

% of 50-64 year olds who pray…

Interpreting scripture At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,153. 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% 2% 4% < 1% 3,153
Word of God; not everything taken literally 66% 20% 5% 8% < 1% 2,788
Word of God; other/don't know 76% 10% 4% 8% 2% 302
Not the word of God 31% 17% 8% 43% 1% 3,297
Other/don't know 57% 17% 8% 14% 4% 756

Frequency of participation in prayer, scripture study or religious education groups among 50-64 year olds by interpretation of scripture

% of 50-64 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 = 3,153. 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% 11% 8% 32% < 1% 3,153
Word of God; not everything taken literally 23% 9% 11% 57% < 1% 2,788
Word of God; other/don't know 39% 9% 6% 44% 2% 302
Not the word of God 6% 4% 5% 85% < 1% 3,297
Other/don't know 17% 7% 8% 66% 2% 756

Frequency of meditation among 50-64 year olds by interpretation of scripture

% of 50-64 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 = 3,153. 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% 6% 3% 36% 2% 3,153
Word of God; not everything taken literally 43% 8% 4% 44% 1% 2,788
Word of God; other/don't know 55% 2% 2% 37% 3% 302
Not the word of God 34% 9% 5% 51% 1% 3,297
Other/don't know 44% 8% 4% 40% 4% 756

Frequency of feeling spiritual peace and wellbeing among 50-64 year olds by interpretation of scripture

% of 50-64 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 = 3,153. 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 78% 9% 5% 8% 1% 3,153
Word of God; not everything taken literally 61% 16% 11% 11% 1% 2,788
Word of God; other/don't know 71% 8% 8% 9% 5% 302
Not the word of God 46% 15% 13% 25% 1% 3,297
Other/don't know 58% 14% 8% 16% 4% 756

Frequency of feeling wonder about the universe among 50-64 year olds by interpretation of scripture

% of 50-64 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 = 3,153. 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% 14% 10% 26% 2% 3,153
Word of God; not everything taken literally 45% 17% 13% 25% < 1% 2,788
Word of God; other/don't know 50% 8% 12% 22% 9% 302
Not the word of God 48% 15% 15% 21% 1% 3,297
Other/don't know 50% 13% 11% 22% 5% 756

Sources of guidance on right and wrong among 50-64 year olds by interpretation of scripture

% of 50-64 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 = 3,153. 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 62% 4% 29% 3% 2% 3,153
Word of God; not everything taken literally 40% 7% 46% 5% 2% 2,788
Word of God; other/don't know 51% 3% 33% 4% 10% 302
Not the word of God 8% 17% 59% 13% 2% 3,297
Other/don't know 23% 8% 51% 8% 9% 756

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong among 50-64 year olds by interpretation of scripture

% of 50-64 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 = 3,153. 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% 49% 1% 1% 3,153
Word of God; not everything taken literally 41% 57% 1% 1% 2,788
Word of God; other/don't know 43% 48% 5% 4% 302
Not the word of God 25% 73% 1% 1% 3,297
Other/don't know 28% 66% 5% 2% 756

Frequency of reading scripture among 50-64 year olds by interpretation of scripture

% of 50-64 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 = 3,153. 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 64% 10% 6% 20% 1% 3,153
Word of God; not everything taken literally 37% 12% 11% 39% < 1% 2,788
Word of God; other/don't know 55% 7% 8% 27% 2% 302
Not the word of God 9% 7% 8% 75% < 1% 3,297
Other/don't know 29% 10% 9% 49% 2% 756

Belief in Heaven among 50-64 year olds by interpretation of scripture

% of 50-64 year olds who …in heaven

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,153. 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 90% 5% 5% 3,153
Word of God; not everything taken literally 88% 7% 5% 2,788
Word of God; other/don't know 79% 6% 15% 302
Not the word of God 45% 46% 10% 3,297
Other/don't know 66% 14% 20% 756

Belief in Hell among 50-64 year olds by interpretation of scripture

% of 50-64 year olds who …in hell

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,153. 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% 3,153
Word of God; not everything taken literally 68% 25% 7% 2,788
Word of God; other/don't know 64% 16% 19% 302
Not the word of God 28% 64% 9% 3,297
Other/don't know 46% 31% 23% 756

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among 50-64 year olds by interpretation of scripture

% of 50-64 year olds who identify as…

Interpreting scripture Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 3,153. 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% 15% 39% 3,153
Word of God; not everything taken literally 47% 14% 39% 2,788
Word of God; other/don't know 41% 29% 29% 302
Not the word of God 27% 15% 58% 3,297
Other/don't know 32% 23% 45% 756

Political ideology among 50-64 year olds by interpretation of scripture

% of 50-64 year olds who are…

Interpreting scripture Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,153. 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% 24% 14% 6% 3,153
Word of God; not everything taken literally 45% 36% 16% 3% 2,788
Word of God; other/don't know 44% 24% 16% 16% 302
Not the word of God 22% 37% 37% 4% 3,297
Other/don't know 30% 36% 24% 9% 756

Views about size of government among 50-64 year olds by interpretation of scripture

% of 50-64 year olds who would rather have…

Interpreting scripture Smaller government; fewer services Bigger government; more services Depends Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,153. 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% 42% 3% 2% 3,153
Word of God; not everything taken literally 63% 31% 2% 3% 2,788
Word of God; other/don't know 48% 32% 9% 10% 302
Not the word of God 51% 42% 4% 4% 3,297
Other/don't know 50% 34% 8% 8% 756

Views about government aid to the poor among 50-64 year olds by interpretation of scripture

% of 50-64 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 = 3,153. 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% 43% 3% 2% 3,153
Word of God; not everything taken literally 52% 44% 3% 1% 2,788
Word of God; other/don't know 46% 38% 8% 7% 302
Not the word of God 34% 61% 3% 2% 3,297
Other/don't know 37% 48% 10% 5% 756

Views about abortion among 50-64 year olds by interpretation of scripture

% of 50-64 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 = 3,153. 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% 62% 4% 3,153
Word of God; not everything taken literally 52% 45% 3% 2,788
Word of God; other/don't know 32% 53% 15% 302
Not the word of God 80% 17% 3% 3,297
Other/don't know 58% 31% 11% 756

Views about homosexuality among 50-64 year olds by interpretation of scripture

% of 50-64 year olds who say homosexuality…

Interpreting scripture Should be accepted Should be discouraged Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,153. 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% 58% 4% 4% 3,153
Word of God; not everything taken literally 61% 31% 5% 3% 2,788
Word of God; other/don't know 40% 43% 10% 7% 302
Not the word of God 83% 12% 3% 2% 3,297
Other/don't know 59% 25% 7% 9% 756

Views about same-sex marriage among 50-64 year olds by interpretation of scripture

% of 50-64 year olds who …same-sex marriage

Interpreting scripture Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,153. 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% 70% 7% 3,153
Word of God; not everything taken literally 48% 44% 8% 2,788
Word of God; other/don't know 31% 53% 16% 302
Not the word of God 76% 17% 6% 3,297
Other/don't know 51% 33% 16% 756

Views about environmental regulation among 50-64 year olds by interpretation of scripture

% of 50-64 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 = 3,153. 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% 44% 2% 3% 3,153
Word of God; not everything taken literally 44% 53% 2% 1% 2,788
Word of God; other/don't know 41% 41% 6% 12% 302
Not the word of God 28% 68% 2% 2% 3,297
Other/don't know 36% 52% 6% 5% 756

Views about human evolution among 50-64 year olds by interpretation of scripture

% of 50-64 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 = 3,153. 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 9% 23% 2% 61% 4% 3,153
Word of God; not everything taken literally 17% 41% 3% 36% 3% 2,788
Word of God; other/don't know 9% 19% 7% 46% 18% 302
Not the word of God 60% 21% 5% 13% 2% 3,297
Other/don't know 24% 28% 12% 26% 10% 756