Interpreting scripture among adults who attend services seldom or never

% of adults who attend services seldom or never who say the holy scripture is…

Survey year Word of God; should be taken literally Word of God; not everything taken literally Word of God; other/don't know Not the word of God Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 10,485. 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 13% 16% 1% 63% 8% 10,485
2007 16% 17% 2% 54% 11% 8,946

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Interpreting scripture among adults who attend services seldom or never by religious group

% of adults who attend services seldom or never 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 = 107. 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 < 1% 6% < 1% 86% 8% 107
Catholic 19% 25% 2% 46% 8% 1,326
Evangelical Protestant 37% 35% 3% 20% 5% 995
Historically Black Protestant 44% 21% 2% 25% 8% 181
Jewish 9% 14% < 1% 70% 7% 270
Mainline Protestant 15% 28% 2% 45% 10% 1,340
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 6% 8% 1% 79% 7% 5,580

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DemographicInformation

Age distribution among adults who attend services seldom or never by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend services seldom or never who are ages…

Interpreting scripture 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 1,091. 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% 35% 31% 19% 1,091
Word of God; not everything taken literally 22% 34% 27% 17% 1,547
Word of God; other/don't know 8% 26% 38% 28% 134
Not the word of God 30% 36% 21% 13% 6,759
Other/don't know 20% 34% 27% 19% 791

Generational cohort among adults who attend services seldom or never by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend services seldom or never who are…

Interpreting scripture Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 1,091. 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 7% 13% 29% 35% 13% 3% 1,091
Word of God; not everything taken literally 13% 15% 29% 32% 10% 1% 1,547
Word of God; other/don't know 4% 6% 24% 42% 21% 3% 134
Not the word of God 19% 20% 28% 26% 8% 1% 6,759
Other/don't know 9% 18% 26% 33% 11% 2% 791

Gender composition among adults who attend services seldom or never by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend services seldom or never who are…

Interpreting scripture Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 1,107. 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% 50% 1,107
Word of God; not everything taken literally 48% 52% 1,571
Word of God; other/don't know 42% 58% 136
Not the word of God 58% 42% 6,844
Other/don't know 54% 46% 827

Racial and ethnic composition among adults who attend services seldom or never by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend services seldom or never who identify as…

Interpreting scripture White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 1,096. 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% 15% 2% 21% 4% 1,096
Word of God; not everything taken literally 74% 7% 2% 13% 5% 1,555
Word of God; other/don't know 62% 6% 5% 23% 4% 134
Not the word of God 76% 5% 5% 10% 4% 6,753
Other/don't know 72% 6% 3% 14% 6% 797

Immigrant status among adults who attend services seldom or never by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend services seldom or never who are…

Interpreting scripture Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 1,078. 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% 7% 74% 1,078
Word of God; not everything taken literally 10% 10% 80% 1,546
Word of God; other/don't know 28% 2% 70% 135
Not the word of God 11% 13% 76% 6,781
Other/don't know 11% 9% 80% 804

Income distribution among adults who attend services seldom or never by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend services seldom or never 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 = 942. 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 57% 23% 14% 6% 942
Word of God; not everything taken literally 42% 20% 24% 14% 1,370
Word of God; other/don't know 53% 23% 13% 11% 102
Not the word of God 28% 20% 29% 24% 6,198
Other/don't know 43% 19% 22% 15% 659

Educational distribution among adults who attend services seldom or never by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend services seldom or never who have completed…

Interpreting scripture High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 1,096. 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% 24% 4% 2% 1,096
Word of God; not everything taken literally 50% 33% 12% 6% 1,565
Word of God; other/don't know 59% 30% 5% 6% 135
Not the word of God 32% 33% 21% 14% 6,819
Other/don't know 43% 35% 15% 7% 816

Marital status among adults who attend services seldom or never by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend services seldom or never who are…

Interpreting scripture Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 1,097. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 34% 8% 21% 12% 25% 1,097
Word of God; not everything taken literally 43% 9% 15% 6% 26% 1,565
Word of God; other/don't know 44% 7% 18% 15% 17% 134
Not the word of God 41% 12% 12% 4% 32% 6,820
Other/don't know 40% 11% 17% 7% 24% 818

Parent of children under 18 among adults who attend services seldom or never by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend services seldom or never who are…

Interpreting scripture Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 1,106. 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 24% 76% 1,106
Word of God; not everything taken literally 26% 74% 1,567
Word of God; other/don't know 23% 77% 135
Not the word of God 24% 76% 6,829
Other/don't know 26% 74% 823

BeliefsandPractices

Belief in God among adults who attend services seldom or never by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend services seldom or never 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 = 1,107. 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 77% 17% 4% 1% 1% < 1% 1,107
Word of God; not everything taken literally 64% 29% 4% < 1% 2% < 1% 1,571
Word of God; other/don't know 72% 20% 1% 4% 1% 2% 136
Not the word of God 19% 24% 13% < 1% 37% 6% 6,844
Other/don't know 44% 25% 8% 3% 11% 10% 827

Importance of religion in one's life among adults who attend services seldom or never by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend services seldom or never who say religion is…

Interpreting scripture Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,107. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 58% 29% 8% 5% 1% 1,107
Word of God; not everything taken literally 35% 42% 16% 6% 1% 1,571
Word of God; other/don't know 49% 38% 7% 4% 3% 136
Not the word of God 7% 20% 27% 45% 1% 6,844
Other/don't know 24% 32% 23% 18% 3% 827

Frequency of prayer among adults who attend services seldom or never by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend services seldom or never who pray…

Interpreting scripture At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,107. 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 57% 17% 5% 20% 1% 1,107
Word of God; not everything taken literally 43% 21% 9% 26% < 1% 1,571
Word of God; other/don't know 65% 14% 4% 15% 2% 136
Not the word of God 15% 10% 6% 69% < 1% 6,844
Other/don't know 33% 15% 9% 39% 3% 827

Frequency of participation in prayer, scripture study or religious education groups among adults who attend services seldom or never by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend services seldom or never 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 = 1,107. 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 12% 5% 4% 78% 1% 1,107
Word of God; not everything taken literally 5% 3% 3% 89% < 1% 1,571
Word of God; other/don't know 12% < 1% 2% 86% < 1% 136
Not the word of God 1% 1% 1% 97% < 1% 6,844
Other/don't know 3% 2% 2% 91% 2% 827

Frequency of meditation among adults who attend services seldom or never by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend services seldom or never 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 = 1,107. 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% 5% 3% 51% 2% 1,107
Word of God; not everything taken literally 26% 6% 3% 64% 1% 1,571
Word of God; other/don't know 36% 9% 4% 47% 4% 136
Not the word of God 25% 9% 5% 60% 1% 6,844
Other/don't know 33% 7% 4% 54% 2% 827

Frequency of feeling spiritual peace and wellbeing among adults who attend services seldom or never by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend services seldom or never 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 = 1,107. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 56% 13% 8% 22% 1% 1,107
Word of God; not everything taken literally 43% 17% 14% 25% 1% 1,571
Word of God; other/don't know 57% 11% 12% 15% 5% 136
Not the word of God 37% 15% 11% 35% 2% 6,844
Other/don't know 43% 12% 10% 31% 4% 827

Frequency of feeling wonder about the universe among adults who attend services seldom or never by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend services seldom or never 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 = 1,107. 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% 12% 12% 36% 2% 1,107
Word of God; not everything taken literally 39% 15% 13% 33% 1% 1,571
Word of God; other/don't know 33% 10% 11% 35% 11% 136
Not the word of God 47% 16% 14% 22% < 1% 6,844
Other/don't know 45% 12% 12% 28% 3% 827

Sources of guidance on right and wrong among adults who attend services seldom or never by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend services seldom or never 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 = 1,107. 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 36% 7% 47% 8% 2% 1,107
Word of God; not everything taken literally 19% 10% 61% 8% 2% 1,571
Word of God; other/don't know 30% 8% 46% 4% 11% 136
Not the word of God 3% 19% 59% 18% 2% 6,844
Other/don't know 8% 12% 64% 9% 7% 827

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong among adults who attend services seldom or never by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend services seldom or never 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 = 1,107. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 32% 64% 1% 3% 1,107
Word of God; not everything taken literally 30% 69% 1% < 1% 1,571
Word of God; other/don't know 33% 54% 6% 7% 136
Not the word of God 19% 79% 1% 1% 6,844
Other/don't know 23% 71% 4% 3% 827

Frequency of reading scripture among adults who attend services seldom or never by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend services seldom or never 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 = 1,107. 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% 9% 8% 54% 1% 1,107
Word of God; not everything taken literally 15% 9% 8% 67% < 1% 1,571
Word of God; other/don't know 30% 12% 10% 46% 3% 136
Not the word of God 4% 4% 5% 88% < 1% 6,844
Other/don't know 10% 5% 7% 77% 2% 827

Belief in Heaven among adults who attend services seldom or never by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend services seldom or never who …in heaven

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,107. 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% 6% 4% 1,107
Word of God; not everything taken literally 84% 9% 7% 1,571
Word of God; other/don't know 75% 9% 16% 136
Not the word of God 29% 62% 9% 6,844
Other/don't know 50% 24% 25% 827

Belief in Hell among adults who attend services seldom or never by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend services seldom or never who …in hell

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,107. 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% 19% 8% 1,107
Word of God; not everything taken literally 67% 26% 7% 1,571
Word of God; other/don't know 67% 15% 18% 136
Not the word of God 20% 73% 7% 6,844
Other/don't know 39% 38% 23% 827

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among adults who attend services seldom or never by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend services seldom or never who identify as…

Interpreting scripture Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 1,107. 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 35% 23% 42% 1,107
Word of God; not everything taken literally 40% 21% 39% 1,571
Word of God; other/don't know 38% 36% 27% 136
Not the word of God 24% 19% 58% 6,844
Other/don't know 29% 34% 38% 827

Political ideology among adults who attend services seldom or never by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend services seldom or never who are…

Interpreting scripture Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,107. 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% 25% 22% 11% 1,107
Word of God; not everything taken literally 31% 40% 21% 7% 1,571
Word of God; other/don't know 36% 30% 16% 18% 136
Not the word of God 16% 34% 44% 6% 6,844
Other/don't know 27% 33% 23% 17% 827

Views about size of government among adults who attend services seldom or never by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend services seldom or never who would rather have…

Interpreting scripture Smaller government; fewer services Bigger government; more services Depends Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,107. 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% 53% 2% 5% 1,107
Word of God; not everything taken literally 55% 40% 1% 4% 1,571
Word of God; other/don't know 42% 36% 7% 15% 136
Not the word of God 50% 43% 3% 4% 6,844
Other/don't know 50% 29% 9% 13% 827

Views about government aid to the poor among adults who attend services seldom or never by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend services seldom or never 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 = 1,107. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 46% 48% 3% 2% 1,107
Word of God; not everything taken literally 48% 48% 3% 2% 1,571
Word of God; other/don't know 49% 37% 9% 5% 136
Not the word of God 35% 60% 4% 1% 6,844
Other/don't know 37% 44% 12% 7% 827

Views about abortion among adults who attend services seldom or never by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend services seldom or never who say abortion should be…

Interpreting scripture Legal in all/most cases Illegal in all/most cases Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,107. 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% 53% 6% 1,107
Word of God; not everything taken literally 59% 39% 3% 1,571
Word of God; other/don't know 36% 49% 14% 136
Not the word of God 82% 15% 3% 6,844
Other/don't know 63% 21% 16% 827

Views about homosexuality among adults who attend services seldom or never by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend services seldom or never who say homosexuality…

Interpreting scripture Should be accepted Should be discouraged Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,107. 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% 43% 4% 5% 1,107
Word of God; not everything taken literally 69% 23% 4% 4% 1,571
Word of God; other/don't know 38% 36% 10% 16% 136
Not the word of God 88% 8% 2% 2% 6,844
Other/don't know 71% 15% 7% 6% 827

Views about same-sex marriage among adults who attend services seldom or never by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend services seldom or never who …same-sex marriage

Interpreting scripture Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,107. 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% 54% 9% 1,107
Word of God; not everything taken literally 61% 30% 9% 1,571
Word of God; other/don't know 29% 49% 21% 136
Not the word of God 84% 11% 4% 6,844
Other/don't know 65% 20% 16% 827

Views about environmental regulation among adults who attend services seldom or never by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend services seldom or never 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 = 1,107. 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% 46% 3% 5% 1,107
Word of God; not everything taken literally 42% 55% 1% 2% 1,571
Word of God; other/don't know 40% 34% 7% 19% 136
Not the word of God 25% 71% 2% 2% 6,844
Other/don't know 34% 52% 5% 8% 827

Views about human evolution among adults who attend services seldom or never by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend services seldom or never 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 = 1,107. 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% 25% 3% 48% 7% 1,107
Word of God; not everything taken literally 27% 35% 4% 30% 3% 1,571
Word of God; other/don't know 14% 18% 7% 35% 25% 136
Not the word of God 73% 12% 4% 9% 2% 6,844
Other/don't know 37% 21% 13% 15% 14% 827