Interpreting scripture among adults who attend services weekly or more

% of adults who attend services weekly or more 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 = 13,155. 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 52% 31% 4% 8% 5% 13,155
2007 51% 30% 5% 8% 7% 14,919

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Interpreting scripture among adults who attend services weekly or more by religious group

% of adults who attend services weekly or more 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 34% 41% 4% 14% 7% 3,092
Evangelical Protestant 66% 24% 4% 2% 3% 5,177
Historically Black Protestant 71% 19% 3% 3% 4% 1,070
Jehovah's Witness 47% 40% 8% 1% 4% 207
Jewish 26% 39% 5% 21% 8% 148
Mainline Protestant 37% 39% 4% 13% 8% 2,192
Mormon 35% 56% 5% 2% 3% 514
Muslim 52% 32% 8% 5% 3% 105
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 47% 20% 2% 24% 7% 284

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DemographicInformation

Age distribution among adults who attend services weekly or more by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend services weekly or more who are ages…

Interpreting scripture 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 6,040. 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 14% 33% 29% 24% 6,040
Word of God; not everything taken literally 22% 31% 25% 22% 4,334
Word of God; other/don't know 13% 27% 28% 31% 554
Not the word of God 18% 30% 28% 23% 1,213
Other/don't know 12% 29% 28% 32% 702

Generational cohort among adults who attend services weekly or more by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend services weekly or more who are…

Interpreting scripture Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 6,040. 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% 10% 28% 35% 17% 2% 6,040
Word of God; not everything taken literally 15% 12% 26% 30% 15% 1% 4,334
Word of God; other/don't know 7% 10% 24% 35% 21% 3% 554
Not the word of God 12% 11% 25% 35% 15% 2% 1,213
Other/don't know 5% 12% 23% 35% 22% 3% 702

Gender composition among adults who attend services weekly or more by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend services weekly or more who are…

Interpreting scripture Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 6,198. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 41% 59% 6,198
Word of God; not everything taken literally 45% 55% 4,409
Word of God; other/don't know 43% 57% 582
Not the word of God 48% 52% 1,236
Other/don't know 42% 58% 730

Racial and ethnic composition among adults who attend services weekly or more by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend services weekly or more who identify as…

Interpreting scripture White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 6,118. 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% 19% 2% 17% 3% 6,118
Word of God; not everything taken literally 70% 10% 3% 13% 4% 4,357
Word of God; other/don't know 66% 10% 2% 16% 6% 562
Not the word of God 63% 8% 4% 20% 5% 1,211
Other/don't know 61% 15% 3% 16% 4% 710

Immigrant status among adults who attend services weekly or more by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend services weekly or more who are…

Interpreting scripture Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 6,112. 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 17% 7% 76% 6,112
Word of God; not everything taken literally 14% 10% 76% 4,372
Word of God; other/don't know 17% 10% 73% 571
Not the word of God 21% 13% 67% 1,219
Other/don't know 18% 8% 74% 714

Income distribution among adults who attend services weekly or more by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend services weekly or more 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 = 5,214. 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% 25% 11% 5,214
Word of God; not everything taken literally 25% 21% 33% 21% 3,844
Word of God; other/don't know 34% 20% 32% 14% 446
Not the word of God 32% 15% 29% 24% 1,094
Other/don't know 38% 19% 24% 19% 553

Educational distribution among adults who attend services weekly or more by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend services weekly or more who have completed…

Interpreting scripture High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 6,154. 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 50% 31% 13% 6% 6,154
Word of God; not everything taken literally 31% 32% 22% 16% 4,394
Word of God; other/don't know 39% 32% 18% 11% 577
Not the word of God 37% 24% 20% 19% 1,229
Other/don't know 37% 28% 20% 15% 720

Marital status among adults who attend services weekly or more by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend services weekly or more who are…

Interpreting scripture Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 6,171. 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% 3% 12% 9% 17% 6,171
Word of God; not everything taken literally 58% 3% 10% 7% 23% 4,395
Word of God; other/don't know 63% 2% 11% 10% 13% 578
Not the word of God 52% 5% 12% 7% 23% 1,229
Other/don't know 55% 5% 13% 11% 16% 721

Parent of children under 18 among adults who attend services weekly or more by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend services weekly or more who are…

Interpreting scripture Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 6,176. 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 31% 69% 6,176
Word of God; not everything taken literally 33% 67% 4,388
Word of God; other/don't know 28% 72% 577
Not the word of God 29% 71% 1,233
Other/don't know 26% 74% 723

BeliefsandPractices

Belief in God among adults who attend services weekly or more by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend services weekly or more 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 = 6,198. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 92% 7% < 1% 1% < 1% < 1% 6,198
Word of God; not everything taken literally 87% 12% 1% < 1% < 1% < 1% 4,409
Word of God; other/don't know 90% 6% 1% 3% < 1% 1% 582
Not the word of God 56% 30% 6% 1% 5% 2% 1,236
Other/don't know 78% 17% 2% 2% 1% < 1% 730

Importance of religion in one's life among adults who attend services weekly or more by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend services weekly or more who say religion is…

Interpreting scripture Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,198. 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 95% 4% < 1% < 1% < 1% 6,198
Word of God; not everything taken literally 87% 12% < 1% < 1% < 1% 4,409
Word of God; other/don't know 93% 5% < 1% 1% 1% 582
Not the word of God 61% 31% 5% 2% 1% 1,236
Other/don't know 84% 13% 1% 1% 1% 730

Frequency of prayer among adults who attend services weekly or more by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend services weekly or more who pray…

Interpreting scripture At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,198. 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 89% 8% 1% 1% < 1% 6,198
Word of God; not everything taken literally 82% 14% 1% 2% < 1% 4,409
Word of God; other/don't know 90% 6% < 1% 1% 3% 582
Not the word of God 57% 24% 4% 14% 1% 1,236
Other/don't know 79% 13% 2% 2% 4% 730

Frequency of participation in prayer, scripture study or religious education groups among adults who attend services weekly or more by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend services weekly or more 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 = 6,198. 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 67% 12% 6% 14% 1% 6,198
Word of God; not everything taken literally 50% 15% 11% 24% 1% 4,409
Word of God; other/don't know 64% 10% 8% 16% 1% 582
Not the word of God 31% 14% 11% 43% < 1% 1,236
Other/don't know 49% 11% 10% 27% 3% 730

Frequency of meditation among adults who attend services weekly or more by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend services weekly or more 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 = 6,198. 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% 6% 2% 27% 3% 6,198
Word of God; not everything taken literally 52% 8% 4% 35% 1% 4,409
Word of God; other/don't know 61% 5% 2% 26% 6% 582
Not the word of God 51% 10% 3% 34% 1% 1,236
Other/don't know 57% 8% 3% 29% 3% 730

Frequency of feeling spiritual peace and wellbeing among adults who attend services weekly or more by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend services weekly or more 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 = 6,198. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 85% 8% 3% 3% 1% 6,198
Word of God; not everything taken literally 76% 13% 5% 5% 1% 4,409
Word of God; other/don't know 84% 5% 5% 2% 4% 582
Not the word of God 66% 15% 7% 11% 1% 1,236
Other/don't know 75% 12% 5% 5% 4% 730

Frequency of feeling wonder about the universe among adults who attend services weekly or more by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend services weekly or more 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 = 6,198. 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% 15% 9% 23% 2% 6,198
Word of God; not everything taken literally 47% 20% 12% 19% 1% 4,409
Word of God; other/don't know 50% 12% 8% 22% 7% 582
Not the word of God 53% 15% 12% 19% 1% 1,236
Other/don't know 56% 13% 9% 19% 3% 730

Sources of guidance on right and wrong among adults who attend services weekly or more by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend services weekly or more 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 = 6,198. 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% 3% 21% 3% 2% 6,198
Word of God; not everything taken literally 58% 7% 29% 3% 3% 4,409
Word of God; other/don't know 62% 3% 22% 2% 10% 582
Not the word of God 20% 16% 49% 12% 3% 1,236
Other/don't know 42% 6% 40% 5% 7% 730

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong among adults who attend services weekly or more by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend services weekly or more 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 = 6,198. 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% 46% 1% 2% 6,198
Word of God; not everything taken literally 44% 54% 2% 1% 4,409
Word of God; other/don't know 51% 41% 5% 3% 582
Not the word of God 23% 74% 2% 1% 1,236
Other/don't know 33% 63% 3% 1% 730

Frequency of reading scripture among adults who attend services weekly or more by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend services weekly or more 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 = 6,198. 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 80% 8% 3% 8% 1% 6,198
Word of God; not everything taken literally 62% 13% 7% 17% < 1% 4,409
Word of God; other/don't know 78% 8% 2% 10% 2% 582
Not the word of God 34% 14% 10% 42% 1% 1,236
Other/don't know 60% 12% 8% 19% 2% 730

Belief in Heaven among adults who attend services weekly or more by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend services weekly or more who …in heaven

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,198. 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% 6,198
Word of God; not everything taken literally 90% 5% 5% 4,409
Word of God; other/don't know 83% 4% 13% 582
Not the word of God 66% 24% 10% 1,236
Other/don't know 77% 7% 16% 730

Belief in Hell among adults who attend services weekly or more by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend services weekly or more who …in hell

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,198. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 84% 10% 6% 6,198
Word of God; not everything taken literally 72% 20% 7% 4,409
Word of God; other/don't know 72% 13% 15% 582
Not the word of God 43% 49% 9% 1,236
Other/don't know 54% 27% 20% 730

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among adults who attend services weekly or more by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend services weekly or more who identify as…

Interpreting scripture Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 6,198. 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% 17% 35% 6,198
Word of God; not everything taken literally 50% 15% 35% 4,409
Word of God; other/don't know 48% 25% 28% 582
Not the word of God 27% 20% 53% 1,236
Other/don't know 31% 23% 46% 730

Political ideology among adults who attend services weekly or more by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend services weekly or more who are…

Interpreting scripture Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,198. 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% 23% 12% 7% 6,198
Word of God; not everything taken literally 47% 36% 13% 4% 4,409
Word of God; other/don't know 53% 23% 8% 16% 582
Not the word of God 24% 38% 33% 5% 1,236
Other/don't know 36% 34% 23% 7% 730

Views about size of government among adults who attend services weekly or more by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend services weekly or more who would rather have…

Interpreting scripture Smaller government; fewer services Bigger government; more services Depends Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,198. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 54% 41% 2% 3% 6,198
Word of God; not everything taken literally 62% 33% 3% 3% 4,409
Word of God; other/don't know 58% 25% 7% 11% 582
Not the word of God 44% 48% 3% 5% 1,236
Other/don't know 46% 38% 8% 8% 730

Views about government aid to the poor among adults who attend services weekly or more by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend services weekly or more 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 = 6,198. 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% 4% 2% 6,198
Word of God; not everything taken literally 51% 44% 4% 1% 4,409
Word of God; other/don't know 49% 32% 10% 8% 582
Not the word of God 35% 60% 4% 1% 1,236
Other/don't know 36% 50% 9% 5% 730

Views about abortion among adults who attend services weekly or more by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend services weekly or more who say abortion should be…

Interpreting scripture Legal in all/most cases Illegal in all/most cases Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,198. 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% 71% 4% 6,198
Word of God; not everything taken literally 35% 62% 3% 4,409
Word of God; other/don't know 23% 64% 13% 582
Not the word of God 63% 33% 4% 1,236
Other/don't know 42% 45% 13% 730

Views about homosexuality among adults who attend services weekly or more by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend services weekly or more who say homosexuality…

Interpreting scripture Should be accepted Should be discouraged Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,198. 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 28% 64% 4% 4% 6,198
Word of God; not everything taken literally 51% 41% 5% 3% 4,409
Word of God; other/don't know 27% 54% 10% 9% 582
Not the word of God 76% 18% 4% 3% 1,236
Other/don't know 50% 33% 9% 9% 730

Views about same-sex marriage among adults who attend services weekly or more by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend services weekly or more who …same-sex marriage

Interpreting scripture Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,198. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 19% 74% 7% 6,198
Word of God; not everything taken literally 39% 54% 7% 4,409
Word of God; other/don't know 21% 65% 14% 582
Not the word of God 68% 25% 7% 1,236
Other/don't know 46% 41% 13% 730

Views about environmental regulation among adults who attend services weekly or more by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend services weekly or more 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 = 6,198. 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% 44% 3% 4% 6,198
Word of God; not everything taken literally 40% 56% 2% 2% 4,409
Word of God; other/don't know 40% 41% 8% 11% 582
Not the word of God 28% 67% 2% 3% 1,236
Other/don't know 36% 52% 6% 7% 730

Views about human evolution among adults who attend services weekly or more by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend services weekly or more 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 = 6,198. 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% 20% 2% 64% 5% 6,198
Word of God; not everything taken literally 13% 37% 2% 44% 4% 4,409
Word of God; other/don't know 6% 17% 5% 57% 16% 582
Not the word of God 40% 30% 5% 22% 4% 1,236
Other/don't know 14% 32% 11% 32% 11% 730