Interpreting scripture among adults ages 65 and older

% of adults ages 65 and older 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 = 9,327. 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 37% 26% 4% 25% 8% 9,327
2007 39% 25% 6% 19% 11% 8,146

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Interpreting scripture among adults ages 65 and older by religious group

% of adults ages 65 and older 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 27% 38% 5% 22% 9% 2,131
Evangelical Protestant 64% 20% 5% 6% 5% 2,399
Historically Black Protestant 70% 16% 4% 4% 5% 401
Jewish 8% 19% 1% 61% 11% 320
Mainline Protestant 26% 34% 4% 25% 12% 2,272
Mormon 40% 48% 3% 4% 5% 146
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 9% 8% 1% 73% 9% 1,225

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DemographicInformation

Generational cohort among adults ages 65 and older by interpretation of scripture

% of adults ages 65 and older who are…

Interpreting scripture Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 2,934. 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% 24% 68% 8% 2,934
Word of God; not everything taken literally < 1% < 1% < 1% 29% 66% 5% 2,539
Word of God; other/don't know < 1% < 1% < 1% 21% 71% 8% 348
Not the word of God < 1% < 1% < 1% 34% 60% 5% 2,690
Other/don't know < 1% < 1% < 1% 27% 63% 10% 816

Gender composition among adults ages 65 and older by interpretation of scripture

% of adults ages 65 and older who are…

Interpreting scripture Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 2,934. 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% 61% 2,934
Word of God; not everything taken literally 42% 58% 2,539
Word of God; other/don't know 34% 66% 348
Not the word of God 57% 43% 2,690
Other/don't know 42% 58% 816

Racial and ethnic composition among adults ages 65 and older by interpretation of scripture

% of adults ages 65 and older who identify as…

Interpreting scripture White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 2,902. 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 74% 14% 1% 9% 2% 2,902
Word of God; not everything taken literally 87% 5% 1% 4% 2% 2,520
Word of God; other/don't know 77% 8% 2% 7% 5% 337
Not the word of God 88% 3% 2% 6% 2% 2,655
Other/don't know 82% 6% 2% 8% 3% 799

Immigrant status among adults ages 65 and older by interpretation of scripture

% of adults ages 65 and older who are…

Interpreting scripture Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 2,897. 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% 8% 83% 2,897
Word of God; not everything taken literally 7% 10% 83% 2,522
Word of God; other/don't know 12% 9% 79% 341
Not the word of God 9% 15% 76% 2,668
Other/don't know 10% 12% 77% 801

Income distribution among adults ages 65 and older by interpretation of scripture

% of adults ages 65 and older 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 = 2,365. 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% 23% 17% 6% 2,365
Word of God; not everything taken literally 35% 25% 27% 13% 2,108
Word of God; other/don't know 50% 23% 20% 7% 247
Not the word of God 28% 20% 29% 23% 2,303
Other/don't know 42% 23% 23% 12% 615

Educational distribution among adults ages 65 and older by interpretation of scripture

% of adults ages 65 and older who have completed…

Interpreting scripture High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 2,923. 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% 24% 8% 5% 2,923
Word of God; not everything taken literally 45% 28% 16% 12% 2,535
Word of God; other/don't know 53% 28% 11% 8% 342
Not the word of God 33% 25% 20% 22% 2,686
Other/don't know 45% 26% 17% 13% 812

Marital status among adults ages 65 and older by interpretation of scripture

% of adults ages 65 and older who are…

Interpreting scripture Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 2,919. 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% 2% 12% 31% 4% 2,919
Word of God; not everything taken literally 58% 2% 12% 24% 4% 2,535
Word of God; other/don't know 52% < 1% 12% 33% 3% 348
Not the word of God 58% 4% 15% 19% 4% 2,684
Other/don't know 51% 2% 16% 29% 3% 809

Parent of children under 18 among adults ages 65 and older by interpretation of scripture

% of adults ages 65 and older who are…

Interpreting scripture Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 2,932. 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 3% 97% 2,932
Word of God; not everything taken literally 3% 97% 2,536
Word of God; other/don't know 2% 98% 346
Not the word of God 2% 98% 2,687
Other/don't know 3% 97% 815

BeliefsandPractices

Belief in God among adults ages 65 and older by interpretation of scripture

% of adults ages 65 and older 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 = 2,934. 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% 6% 1% 2% < 1% < 1% 2,934
Word of God; not everything taken literally 79% 18% 2% 1% < 1% < 1% 2,539
Word of God; other/don't know 80% 14% 1% 3% 1% 1% 348
Not the word of God 30% 30% 11% 1% 23% 6% 2,690
Other/don't know 61% 22% 4% 4% 5% 4% 816

Importance of religion in one's life among adults ages 65 and older by interpretation of scripture

% of adults ages 65 and older who say religion is…

Interpreting scripture Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,934. 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% 2,934
Word of God; not everything taken literally 67% 27% 4% 1% 1% 2,539
Word of God; other/don't know 86% 10% 1% 1% 3% 348
Not the word of God 23% 28% 20% 27% 1% 2,690
Other/don't know 57% 27% 8% 6% 3% 816

Attendance at religious services among adults ages 65 and older by interpretation of scripture

% of adults ages 65 and older 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 = 2,934. 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 68% 20% 11% 1% 2,934
Word of God; not everything taken literally 53% 29% 18% 1% 2,539
Word of God; other/don't know 61% 20% 16% 2% 348
Not the word of God 16% 28% 56% < 1% 2,690
Other/don't know 38% 30% 30% 2% 816

Frequency of prayer among adults ages 65 and older by interpretation of scripture

% of adults ages 65 and older who pray…

Interpreting scripture At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,934. 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% 9% 2% 3% 1% 2,934
Word of God; not everything taken literally 68% 19% 5% 8% 1% 2,539
Word of God; other/don't know 82% 10% 2% 2% 5% 348
Not the word of God 29% 13% 6% 50% 1% 2,690
Other/don't know 55% 16% 6% 17% 5% 816

Frequency of participation in prayer, scripture study or religious education groups among adults ages 65 and older by interpretation of scripture

% of adults ages 65 and older 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 = 2,934. 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% 11% 8% 29% 2% 2,934
Word of God; not everything taken literally 26% 7% 11% 55% 1% 2,539
Word of God; other/don't know 35% 9% 9% 46% 2% 348
Not the word of God 5% 3% 5% 86% 1% 2,690
Other/don't know 17% 7% 9% 64% 3% 816

Frequency of meditation among adults ages 65 and older by interpretation of scripture

% of adults ages 65 and older 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 = 2,934. 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 69% 6% 3% 19% 3% 2,934
Word of God; not everything taken literally 51% 8% 5% 33% 3% 2,539
Word of God; other/don't know 56% 9% 3% 25% 7% 348
Not the word of God 34% 8% 6% 51% 2% 2,690
Other/don't know 47% 9% 3% 36% 5% 816

Frequency of feeling spiritual peace and wellbeing among adults ages 65 and older by interpretation of scripture

% of adults ages 65 and older 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 = 2,934. 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 81% 8% 3% 6% 2% 2,934
Word of God; not everything taken literally 66% 14% 8% 11% 1% 2,539
Word of God; other/don't know 78% 4% 7% 5% 5% 348
Not the word of God 42% 13% 11% 32% 2% 2,690
Other/don't know 58% 10% 8% 18% 6% 816

Frequency of feeling wonder about the universe among adults ages 65 and older by interpretation of scripture

% of adults ages 65 and older 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 = 2,934. 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% 10% 9% 27% 4% 2,934
Word of God; not everything taken literally 44% 14% 14% 26% 2% 2,539
Word of God; other/don't know 45% 8% 12% 25% 10% 348
Not the word of God 44% 14% 14% 27% 1% 2,690
Other/don't know 45% 11% 11% 27% 6% 816

Sources of guidance on right and wrong among adults ages 65 and older by interpretation of scripture

% of adults ages 65 and older 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 = 2,934. 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% 3% 29% 3% 2% 2,934
Word of God; not everything taken literally 41% 6% 45% 4% 3% 2,539
Word of God; other/don't know 50% 4% 32% 2% 12% 348
Not the word of God 8% 16% 58% 15% 3% 2,690
Other/don't know 25% 5% 57% 5% 7% 816

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong among adults ages 65 and older by interpretation of scripture

% of adults ages 65 and older 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 = 2,934. 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% 2% 3% 2,934
Word of God; not everything taken literally 38% 60% 1% 1% 2,539
Word of God; other/don't know 38% 53% 4% 4% 348
Not the word of God 22% 75% 2% 1% 2,690
Other/don't know 29% 64% 3% 3% 816

Frequency of reading scripture among adults ages 65 and older by interpretation of scripture

% of adults ages 65 and older 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 = 2,934. 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 68% 9% 5% 16% 2% 2,934
Word of God; not everything taken literally 37% 11% 9% 41% 1% 2,539
Word of God; other/don't know 56% 10% 8% 21% 5% 348
Not the word of God 9% 5% 8% 77% < 1% 2,690
Other/don't know 31% 8% 9% 49% 4% 816

Belief in Heaven among adults ages 65 and older by interpretation of scripture

% of adults ages 65 and older who …in heaven

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,934. 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 93% 3% 4% 2,934
Word of God; not everything taken literally 87% 7% 7% 2,539
Word of God; other/don't know 85% 7% 9% 348
Not the word of God 36% 52% 12% 2,690
Other/don't know 61% 17% 22% 816

Belief in Hell among adults ages 65 and older by interpretation of scripture

% of adults ages 65 and older who …in hell

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,934. 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 81% 11% 8% 2,934
Word of God; not everything taken literally 60% 29% 11% 2,539
Word of God; other/don't know 68% 16% 16% 348
Not the word of God 19% 72% 8% 2,690
Other/don't know 38% 38% 24% 816

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among adults ages 65 and older by interpretation of scripture

% of adults ages 65 and older who identify as…

Interpreting scripture Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 2,934. 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% 13% 38% 2,934
Word of God; not everything taken literally 49% 12% 39% 2,539
Word of God; other/don't know 46% 21% 33% 348
Not the word of God 29% 12% 59% 2,690
Other/don't know 33% 20% 47% 816

Political ideology among adults ages 65 and older by interpretation of scripture

% of adults ages 65 and older who are…

Interpreting scripture Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,934. 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% 23% 12% 7% 2,934
Word of God; not everything taken literally 47% 36% 14% 4% 2,539
Word of God; other/don't know 50% 24% 9% 17% 348
Not the word of God 25% 35% 36% 3% 2,690
Other/don't know 37% 32% 21% 11% 816

Views about size of government among adults ages 65 and older by interpretation of scripture

% of adults ages 65 and older who would rather have…

Interpreting scripture Smaller government; fewer services Bigger government; more services Depends Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,934. 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% 34% 2% 5% 2,934
Word of God; not everything taken literally 67% 26% 2% 4% 2,539
Word of God; other/don't know 54% 25% 8% 13% 348
Not the word of God 50% 41% 5% 4% 2,690
Other/don't know 51% 29% 8% 13% 816

Views about government aid to the poor among adults ages 65 and older by interpretation of scripture

% of adults ages 65 and older 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 = 2,934. 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% 41% 4% 4% 2,934
Word of God; not everything taken literally 52% 42% 3% 2% 2,539
Word of God; other/don't know 42% 36% 9% 12% 348
Not the word of God 36% 59% 4% 1% 2,690
Other/don't know 37% 49% 7% 7% 816

Views about abortion among adults ages 65 and older by interpretation of scripture

% of adults ages 65 and older who say abortion should be…

Interpreting scripture Legal in all/most cases Illegal in all/most cases Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,934. 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% 65% 6% 2,934
Word of God; not everything taken literally 48% 47% 5% 2,539
Word of God; other/don't know 31% 51% 18% 348
Not the word of God 78% 17% 4% 2,690
Other/don't know 55% 30% 15% 816

Views about homosexuality among adults ages 65 and older by interpretation of scripture

% of adults ages 65 and older who say homosexuality…

Interpreting scripture Should be accepted Should be discouraged Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,934. 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 25% 67% 4% 4% 2,934
Word of God; not everything taken literally 56% 37% 3% 4% 2,539
Word of God; other/don't know 27% 53% 7% 14% 348
Not the word of God 78% 16% 3% 3% 2,690
Other/don't know 56% 26% 9% 9% 816

Views about same-sex marriage among adults ages 65 and older by interpretation of scripture

% of adults ages 65 and older who …same-sex marriage

Interpreting scripture Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,934. 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% 77% 8% 2,934
Word of God; not everything taken literally 41% 49% 9% 2,539
Word of God; other/don't know 18% 61% 21% 348
Not the word of God 68% 24% 8% 2,690
Other/don't know 46% 36% 18% 816

Views about environmental regulation among adults ages 65 and older by interpretation of scripture

% of adults ages 65 and older 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 = 2,934. 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% 38% 3% 9% 2,934
Word of God; not everything taken literally 46% 49% 2% 3% 2,539
Word of God; other/don't know 40% 37% 6% 17% 348
Not the word of God 31% 64% 2% 3% 2,690
Other/don't know 32% 50% 6% 11% 816

Views about human evolution among adults ages 65 and older by interpretation of scripture

% of adults ages 65 and older 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 = 2,934. 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% 16% 3% 60% 11% 2,934
Word of God; not everything taken literally 17% 36% 4% 37% 6% 2,539
Word of God; other/don't know 5% 21% 5% 46% 24% 348
Not the word of God 59% 16% 5% 15% 4% 2,690
Other/don't know 25% 27% 12% 23% 13% 816