Interpreting scripture among adults who attend services monthly or yearly

% of adults who attend services monthly or yearly 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 = 11,214. 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.
2014 25% 32% 2% 33% 8% 11,214
2007 25% 32% 3% 30% 11% 11,431

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Interpreting scripture among adults who attend services monthly or yearly by religious group

% of adults who attend services monthly or yearly 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 = 105. 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.
Buddhist 3% 12% 1% 67% 18% 105
Catholic 21% 36% 2% 33% 8% 2,747
Evangelical Protestant 40% 37% 3% 13% 7% 2,367
Hindu 12% 16% < 1% 60% 13% 111
Historically Black Protestant 47% 31% 2% 13% 8% 652
Jewish 6% 24% 1% 60% 8% 428
Mainline Protestant 19% 38% 2% 31% 10% 2,517
Orthodox Christian 18% 33% 4% 36% 9% 102
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 15% 18% 1% 58% 8% 1,668

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DemographicInformation

Age distribution among adults who attend services monthly or yearly by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend services monthly or yearly who are ages…

Interpreting scripture 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 2,412. 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% 36% 31% 15% 2,412
Word of God; not everything taken literally 27% 36% 25% 13% 3,468
Word of God; other/don't know 16% 33% 31% 20% 232
Not the word of God 30% 35% 24% 11% 3,954
Other/don't know 21% 36% 27% 16% 941

Generational cohort among adults who attend services monthly or yearly by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend services monthly or yearly who are…

Interpreting scripture Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 2,412. 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 11% 13% 30% 36% 10% 1% 2,412
Word of God; not everything taken literally 18% 15% 29% 29% 8% 1% 3,468
Word of God; other/don't know 12% 7% 30% 37% 14% < 1% 232
Not the word of God 19% 19% 27% 28% 6% 1% 3,954
Other/don't know 12% 16% 31% 31% 9% 1% 941

Gender composition among adults who attend services monthly or yearly by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend services monthly or yearly who are…

Interpreting scripture Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 2,447. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 45% 55% 2,447
Word of God; not everything taken literally 46% 54% 3,532
Word of God; other/don't know 43% 57% 243
Not the word of God 54% 46% 4,020
Other/don't know 50% 50% 972

Racial and ethnic composition among adults who attend services monthly or yearly by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend services monthly or yearly who identify as…

Interpreting scripture White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 2,418. 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% 21% 2% 20% 4% 2,418
Word of God; not everything taken literally 69% 11% 4% 13% 3% 3,502
Word of God; other/don't know 65% 13% 2% 15% 5% 237
Not the word of God 68% 7% 7% 15% 4% 3,966
Other/don't know 62% 12% 8% 13% 5% 953

Immigrant status among adults who attend services monthly or yearly by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend services monthly or yearly who are…

Interpreting scripture Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 2,399. 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 18% 9% 74% 2,399
Word of God; not everything taken literally 12% 11% 78% 3,500
Word of God; other/don't know 16% 5% 80% 237
Not the word of God 16% 13% 71% 3,978
Other/don't know 17% 10% 73% 952

Income distribution among adults who attend services monthly or yearly by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend services monthly or yearly 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 = 2,131. 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% 22% 18% 10% 2,131
Word of God; not everything taken literally 29% 21% 29% 22% 3,176
Word of God; other/don't know 39% 20% 23% 18% 193
Not the word of God 24% 18% 29% 28% 3,645
Other/don't know 34% 21% 26% 20% 811

Educational distribution among adults who attend services monthly or yearly by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend services monthly or yearly who have completed…

Interpreting scripture High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 2,436. 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% 28% 8% 3% 2,436
Word of God; not everything taken literally 39% 36% 16% 9% 3,521
Word of God; other/don't know 47% 36% 12% 5% 238
Not the word of God 26% 32% 24% 18% 4,004
Other/don't know 33% 40% 15% 12% 966

Marital status among adults who attend services monthly or yearly by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend services monthly or yearly who are…

Interpreting scripture Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 2,441. 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% 8% 18% 7% 22% 2,441
Word of God; not everything taken literally 47% 7% 13% 5% 28% 3,523
Word of God; other/don't know 46% 3% 15% 11% 25% 239
Not the word of God 46% 10% 10% 3% 30% 4,007
Other/don't know 44% 10% 13% 7% 26% 959

Parent of children under 18 among adults who attend services monthly or yearly by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend services monthly or yearly who are…

Interpreting scripture Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 2,439. 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 33% 67% 2,439
Word of God; not everything taken literally 32% 68% 3,522
Word of God; other/don't know 29% 71% 242
Not the word of God 29% 71% 4,005
Other/don't know 31% 69% 965

BeliefsandPractices

Belief in God among adults who attend services monthly or yearly by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend services monthly or yearly 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 = 2,447. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 85% 13% 1% 1% < 1% < 1% 2,447
Word of God; not everything taken literally 71% 25% 2% < 1% < 1% < 1% 3,532
Word of God; other/don't know 85% 12% < 1% < 1% 1% 1% 243
Not the word of God 35% 34% 13% 1% 13% 4% 4,020
Other/don't know 61% 27% 5% 2% 2% 3% 972

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

% of adults who attend services monthly or yearly who say religion is…

Interpreting scripture Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,447. 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% 23% 2% 1% < 1% 2,447
Word of God; not everything taken literally 47% 46% 5% 1% < 1% 3,532
Word of God; other/don't know 77% 20% 2% 1% 1% 243
Not the word of God 20% 47% 24% 8% < 1% 4,020
Other/don't know 43% 43% 10% 2% 1% 972

Frequency of prayer among adults who attend services monthly or yearly by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend services monthly or yearly who pray…

Interpreting scripture At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,447. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 70% 19% 6% 5% 1% 2,447
Word of God; not everything taken literally 54% 27% 10% 9% < 1% 3,532
Word of God; other/don't know 70% 17% 7% 4% 2% 243
Not the word of God 31% 20% 13% 35% 1% 4,020
Other/don't know 49% 20% 9% 18% 3% 972

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

% of adults who attend services monthly or yearly 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 = 2,447. 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% 19% 19% 46% 1% 2,447
Word of God; not everything taken literally 7% 12% 15% 66% < 1% 3,532
Word of God; other/don't know 10% 14% 16% 58% 2% 243
Not the word of God 3% 6% 9% 81% < 1% 4,020
Other/don't know 5% 11% 11% 70% 1% 972

Frequency of meditation among adults who attend services monthly or yearly by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend services monthly or yearly 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 = 2,447. 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% 9% 4% 45% 2% 2,447
Word of God; not everything taken literally 31% 10% 6% 53% 1% 3,532
Word of God; other/don't know 42% 4% 4% 46% 4% 243
Not the word of God 31% 12% 7% 50% 1% 4,020
Other/don't know 34% 12% 6% 46% 2% 972

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

% of adults who attend services monthly or yearly 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 = 2,447. 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% 16% 10% 9% 1% 2,447
Word of God; not everything taken literally 51% 22% 14% 12% 1% 3,532
Word of God; other/don't know 57% 18% 11% 9% 5% 243
Not the word of God 44% 20% 15% 20% 1% 4,020
Other/don't know 52% 17% 12% 15% 4% 972

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

% of adults who attend services monthly or yearly 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 = 2,447. 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% 14% 14% 30% 2% 2,447
Word of God; not everything taken literally 39% 17% 16% 28% 1% 3,532
Word of God; other/don't know 37% 14% 16% 29% 5% 243
Not the word of God 47% 18% 15% 19% 1% 4,020
Other/don't know 42% 16% 15% 24% 2% 972

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

% of adults who attend services monthly or yearly 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 = 2,447. 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% 6% 41% 7% 2% 2,447
Word of God; not everything taken literally 26% 10% 56% 7% 2% 3,532
Word of God; other/don't know 41% 2% 42% 4% 11% 243
Not the word of God 8% 19% 57% 14% 2% 4,020
Other/don't know 18% 14% 54% 8% 6% 972

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

% of adults who attend services monthly or yearly 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 = 2,447. 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 37% 61% 1% 1% 2,447
Word of God; not everything taken literally 31% 68% 1% < 1% 3,532
Word of God; other/don't know 32% 59% 4% 4% 243
Not the word of God 21% 77% 1% 1% 4,020
Other/don't know 26% 69% 3% 2% 972

Frequency of reading scripture among adults who attend services monthly or yearly by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend services monthly or yearly 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 = 2,447. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 40% 20% 12% 27% < 1% 2,447
Word of God; not everything taken literally 21% 17% 16% 45% < 1% 3,532
Word of God; other/don't know 40% 13% 14% 32% 1% 243
Not the word of God 9% 9% 13% 68% < 1% 4,020
Other/don't know 18% 17% 12% 50% 2% 972

Belief in Heaven among adults who attend services monthly or yearly by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend services monthly or yearly who …in heaven

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,447. 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% 4% 3% 2,447
Word of God; not everything taken literally 91% 6% 3% 3,532
Word of God; other/don't know 86% 5% 8% 243
Not the word of God 54% 37% 9% 4,020
Other/don't know 69% 14% 17% 972

Belief in Hell among adults who attend services monthly or yearly by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend services monthly or yearly who …in hell

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,447. 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% 12% 6% 2,447
Word of God; not everything taken literally 70% 24% 6% 3,532
Word of God; other/don't know 73% 13% 14% 243
Not the word of God 33% 59% 8% 4,020
Other/don't know 49% 30% 20% 972

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among adults who attend services monthly or yearly by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend services monthly or yearly who identify as…

Interpreting scripture Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 2,447. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 38% 19% 43% 2,447
Word of God; not everything taken literally 45% 14% 41% 3,532
Word of God; other/don't know 34% 31% 35% 243
Not the word of God 27% 15% 58% 4,020
Other/don't know 29% 26% 45% 972

Political ideology among adults who attend services monthly or yearly by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend services monthly or yearly who are…

Interpreting scripture Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,447. 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% 30% 18% 7% 2,447
Word of God; not everything taken literally 37% 40% 19% 4% 3,532
Word of God; other/don't know 43% 27% 16% 14% 243
Not the word of God 19% 41% 35% 4% 4,020
Other/don't know 26% 41% 23% 11% 972

Views about size of government among adults who attend services monthly or yearly by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend services monthly or yearly who would rather have…

Interpreting scripture Smaller government; fewer services Bigger government; more services Depends Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,447. 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% 53% 2% 3% 2,447
Word of God; not everything taken literally 57% 40% 2% 2% 3,532
Word of God; other/don't know 48% 39% 6% 7% 243
Not the word of God 49% 45% 3% 3% 4,020
Other/don't know 45% 39% 8% 8% 972

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

% of adults who attend services monthly or yearly 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 = 2,447. 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% 46% 3% 2% 2,447
Word of God; not everything taken literally 50% 47% 3% 1% 3,532
Word of God; other/don't know 45% 41% 8% 6% 243
Not the word of God 37% 59% 3% 1% 4,020
Other/don't know 41% 46% 8% 5% 972

Views about abortion among adults who attend services monthly or yearly by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend services monthly or yearly who say abortion should be…

Interpreting scripture Legal in all/most cases Illegal in all/most cases Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,447. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 40% 55% 5% 2,447
Word of God; not everything taken literally 57% 40% 3% 3,532
Word of God; other/don't know 38% 47% 15% 243
Not the word of God 77% 21% 2% 4,020
Other/don't know 59% 32% 9% 972

Views about homosexuality among adults who attend services monthly or yearly by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend services monthly or yearly who say homosexuality…

Interpreting scripture Should be accepted Should be discouraged Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,447. 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% 42% 4% 4% 2,447
Word of God; not everything taken literally 71% 22% 4% 3% 3,532
Word of God; other/don't know 51% 32% 7% 10% 243
Not the word of God 85% 11% 2% 1% 4,020
Other/don't know 66% 19% 9% 6% 972

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

% of adults who attend services monthly or yearly who …same-sex marriage

Interpreting scripture Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,447. 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 37% 53% 9% 2,447
Word of God; not everything taken literally 61% 32% 7% 3,532
Word of God; other/don't know 38% 39% 23% 243
Not the word of God 80% 15% 5% 4,020
Other/don't know 57% 28% 15% 972

Views about environmental regulation among adults who attend services monthly or yearly by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend services monthly or yearly 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 = 2,447. 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% 48% 2% 3% 2,447
Word of God; not everything taken literally 40% 58% 1% 2% 3,532
Word of God; other/don't know 42% 47% 3% 9% 243
Not the word of God 27% 70% 2% 1% 4,020
Other/don't know 30% 57% 6% 6% 972

Views about human evolution among adults who attend services monthly or yearly by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend services monthly or yearly 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 = 2,447. 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 16% 27% 3% 50% 5% 2,447
Word of God; not everything taken literally 25% 40% 3% 30% 2% 3,532
Word of God; other/don't know 14% 26% 7% 35% 18% 243
Not the word of God 59% 22% 4% 13% 2% 4,020
Other/don't know 30% 28% 13% 22% 7% 972