Interpreting scripture among adults who say that there are clear standards for what is right and wrong

% of adults who say that there are clear standards for what is right and wrong 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 = 12,206. 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 42% 29% 3% 20% 6% 12,206

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Interpreting scripture among adults who say that there are clear standards for what is right and wrong by religious group

% of adults who say that there are clear standards for what is right and wrong who say the holy scripture is…

Religious tradition Word of God; should be taken literally Word of God; not everything taken literally Word of God; other/don't know Not the word of God Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 0. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Catholic 27% 42% 3% 22% 7% 2,385
Evangelical Protestant 64% 24% 4% 5% 3% 4,563
Historically Black Protestant 62% 22% 4% 7% 6% 585
Jehovah's Witness 43% 45% 9% 2% 2% 140
Jewish 18% 30% 2% 40% 9% 188
Mainline Protestant 31% 37% 3% 21% 8% 2,013
Mormon 36% 54% 6% 2% 3% 382
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 14% 15% 1% 62% 8% 1,520

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DemographicInformation

Age distribution among adults who say that there are clear standards for what is right and wrong by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who say that there are clear standards for what is right and wrong who are ages…

Interpreting scripture 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 4,751. 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% 34% 32% 22% 4,751
Word of God; not everything taken literally 18% 36% 28% 18% 3,648
Word of God; other/don't know 9% 35% 31% 25% 426
Not the word of God 20% 37% 29% 15% 2,427
Other/don't know 13% 35% 29% 23% 673

Generational cohort among adults who say that there are clear standards for what is right and wrong by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who say that there are clear standards for what is right and wrong who are…

Interpreting scripture Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 4,751. 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 6% 11% 28% 38% 15% 2% 4,751
Word of God; not everything taken literally 11% 13% 30% 34% 12% 1% 3,648
Word of God; other/don't know 5% 7% 32% 37% 18% 1% 426
Not the word of God 12% 16% 29% 34% 8% < 1% 2,427
Other/don't know 7% 12% 30% 35% 14% 3% 673

Gender composition among adults who say that there are clear standards for what is right and wrong by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who say that there are clear standards for what is right and wrong who are…

Interpreting scripture Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 4,868. 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% 54% 4,868
Word of God; not everything taken literally 52% 48% 3,717
Word of God; other/don't know 48% 52% 444
Not the word of God 63% 37% 2,466
Other/don't know 54% 46% 711

Racial and ethnic composition among adults who say that there are clear standards for what is right and wrong by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who say that there are clear standards for what is right and wrong who identify as…

Interpreting scripture White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 4,799. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 68% 13% 2% 13% 3% 4,799
Word of God; not everything taken literally 76% 8% 2% 11% 3% 3,664
Word of God; other/don't know 74% 9% 2% 11% 4% 431
Not the word of God 75% 6% 4% 12% 3% 2,417
Other/don't know 69% 13% 4% 10% 4% 683

Immigrant status among adults who say that there are clear standards for what is right and wrong by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who say that there are clear standards for what is right and wrong who are…

Interpreting scripture Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 4,816. 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% 7% 81% 4,816
Word of God; not everything taken literally 10% 9% 81% 3,682
Word of God; other/don't know 11% 7% 82% 437
Not the word of God 13% 11% 76% 2,447
Other/don't know 13% 8% 79% 695

Income distribution among adults who say that there are clear standards for what is right and wrong by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who say that there are clear standards for what is right and wrong 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 = 4,159. 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% 22% 28% 14% 4,159
Word of God; not everything taken literally 24% 19% 33% 24% 3,300
Word of God; other/don't know 29% 19% 34% 18% 351
Not the word of God 25% 17% 32% 26% 2,231
Other/don't know 35% 22% 21% 22% 591

Educational distribution among adults who say that there are clear standards for what is right and wrong by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who say that there are clear standards for what is right and wrong who have completed…

Interpreting scripture High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 4,833. 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% 33% 14% 7% 4,833
Word of God; not everything taken literally 32% 34% 21% 13% 3,705
Word of God; other/don't know 34% 38% 17% 10% 440
Not the word of God 34% 33% 20% 14% 2,453
Other/don't know 37% 35% 16% 12% 701

Marital status among adults who say that there are clear standards for what is right and wrong by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who say that there are clear standards for what is right and wrong who are…

Interpreting scripture Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 4,848. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 62% 3% 12% 7% 15% 4,848
Word of God; not everything taken literally 59% 5% 11% 5% 20% 3,707
Word of God; other/don't know 64% 3% 12% 8% 13% 439
Not the word of God 50% 10% 12% 4% 24% 2,455
Other/don't know 53% 7% 13% 9% 19% 698

Parent of children under 18 among adults who say that there are clear standards for what is right and wrong by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who say that there are clear standards for what is right and wrong who are…

Interpreting scripture Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 4,846. 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% 4,846
Word of God; not everything taken literally 33% 67% 3,701
Word of God; other/don't know 31% 69% 441
Not the word of God 27% 73% 2,459
Other/don't know 25% 75% 704

BeliefsandPractices

Belief in God among adults who say that there are clear standards for what is right and wrong by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who say that there are clear standards for what is right and wrong 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 = 4,868. 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% 4,868
Word of God; not everything taken literally 83% 15% 1% < 1% < 1% < 1% 3,717
Word of God; other/don't know 90% 6% 1% 1% < 1% 1% 444
Not the word of God 32% 31% 11% 1% 21% 4% 2,466
Other/don't know 69% 19% 4% 2% 3% 3% 711

Importance of religion in one's life among adults who say that there are clear standards for what is right and wrong by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who say that there are clear standards for what is right and wrong who say religion is…

Interpreting scripture Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,868. 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% 4,868
Word of God; not everything taken literally 70% 25% 4% 1% < 1% 3,717
Word of God; other/don't know 83% 12% 1% 2% 2% 444
Not the word of God 20% 34% 22% 24% 1% 2,466
Other/don't know 55% 28% 8% 7% 2% 711

Attendance at religious services among adults who say that there are clear standards for what is right and wrong by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who say that there are clear standards for what is right and wrong who attend religious services…

Interpreting scripture At least once a week Once or twice a month/a few times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,868. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 69% 22% 9% < 1% 4,868
Word of God; not everything taken literally 50% 35% 15% < 1% 3,717
Word of God; other/don't know 65% 21% 12% 2% 444
Not the word of God 10% 35% 54% 1% 2,466
Other/don't know 31% 39% 28% 2% 711

Frequency of prayer among adults who say that there are clear standards for what is right and wrong by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who say that there are clear standards for what is right and wrong who pray…

Interpreting scripture At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,868. 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% 9% 2% 3% < 1% 4,868
Word of God; not everything taken literally 69% 18% 5% 7% 1% 3,717
Word of God; other/don't know 85% 9% 1% 2% 2% 444
Not the word of God 28% 17% 8% 46% 1% 2,466
Other/don't know 60% 15% 7% 14% 4% 711

Frequency of participation in prayer, scripture study or religious education groups among adults who say that there are clear standards for what is right and wrong by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who say that there are clear standards for what is right and wrong 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 = 4,868. 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% 13% 9% 25% 1% 4,868
Word of God; not everything taken literally 31% 12% 12% 45% < 1% 3,717
Word of God; other/don't know 49% 12% 7% 31% 1% 444
Not the word of God 6% 4% 5% 85% < 1% 2,466
Other/don't know 21% 7% 10% 60% 2% 711

Frequency of meditation among adults who say that there are clear standards for what is right and wrong by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who say that there are clear standards for what is right and wrong 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 = 4,868. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 55% 6% 3% 33% 3% 4,868
Word of God; not everything taken literally 43% 8% 4% 44% 1% 3,717
Word of God; other/don't know 52% 4% 2% 36% 5% 444
Not the word of God 29% 9% 5% 56% 1% 2,466
Other/don't know 43% 8% 5% 40% 3% 711

Frequency of feeling spiritual peace and wellbeing among adults who say that there are clear standards for what is right and wrong by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who say that there are clear standards for what is right and wrong 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 = 4,868. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 82% 8% 4% 5% 1% 4,868
Word of God; not everything taken literally 65% 16% 9% 9% 1% 3,717
Word of God; other/don't know 80% 8% 5% 4% 3% 444
Not the word of God 44% 16% 12% 28% 1% 2,466
Other/don't know 62% 13% 8% 13% 4% 711

Frequency of feeling wonder about the universe among adults who say that there are clear standards for what is right and wrong by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who say that there are clear standards for what is right and wrong 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 = 4,868. 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% 14% 10% 24% 2% 4,868
Word of God; not everything taken literally 47% 18% 12% 22% 1% 3,717
Word of God; other/don't know 49% 14% 10% 21% 5% 444
Not the word of God 43% 17% 16% 24% 1% 2,466
Other/don't know 48% 12% 11% 26% 4% 711

Sources of guidance on right and wrong among adults who say that there are clear standards for what is right and wrong by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who say that there are clear standards for what is right and wrong 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 = 4,868. 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% 1% 4,868
Word of God; not everything taken literally 50% 7% 36% 4% 2% 3,717
Word of God; other/don't know 63% 3% 22% 3% 9% 444
Not the word of God 9% 17% 58% 14% 1% 2,466
Other/don't know 29% 11% 48% 6% 7% 711

Frequency of reading scripture among adults who say that there are clear standards for what is right and wrong by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who say that there are clear standards for what is right and wrong 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 = 4,868. 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 71% 10% 5% 13% 1% 4,868
Word of God; not everything taken literally 46% 13% 10% 30% < 1% 3,717
Word of God; other/don't know 70% 9% 4% 15% 2% 444
Not the word of God 10% 7% 8% 74% < 1% 2,466
Other/don't know 34% 10% 11% 42% 3% 711

Belief in Heaven among adults who say that there are clear standards for what is right and wrong by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who say that there are clear standards for what is right and wrong who …in heaven

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,868. 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 88% 6% 6% 4,868
Word of God; not everything taken literally 89% 6% 5% 3,717
Word of God; other/don't know 79% 6% 14% 444
Not the word of God 48% 43% 9% 2,466
Other/don't know 70% 12% 17% 711

Belief in Hell among adults who say that there are clear standards for what is right and wrong by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who say that there are clear standards for what is right and wrong who …in hell

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,868. 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% 10% 6% 4,868
Word of God; not everything taken literally 74% 19% 7% 3,717
Word of God; other/don't know 70% 16% 14% 444
Not the word of God 33% 59% 8% 2,466
Other/don't know 56% 26% 19% 711

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among adults who say that there are clear standards for what is right and wrong by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who say that there are clear standards for what is right and wrong who identify as…

Interpreting scripture Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 4,868. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 59% 15% 26% 4,868
Word of God; not everything taken literally 59% 15% 27% 3,717
Word of God; other/don't know 54% 26% 20% 444
Not the word of God 37% 18% 44% 2,466
Other/don't know 38% 24% 38% 711

Political ideology among adults who say that there are clear standards for what is right and wrong by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who say that there are clear standards for what is right and wrong who are…

Interpreting scripture Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,868. 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 66% 20% 9% 6% 4,868
Word of God; not everything taken literally 53% 31% 11% 4% 3,717
Word of God; other/don't know 57% 19% 7% 17% 444
Not the word of God 28% 37% 29% 6% 2,466
Other/don't know 39% 32% 17% 12% 711

Views about size of government among adults who say that there are clear standards for what is right and wrong by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who say that there are clear standards for what is right and wrong who would rather have…

Interpreting scripture Smaller government; fewer services Bigger government; more services Depends Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,868. 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 65% 30% 2% 2% 4,868
Word of God; not everything taken literally 70% 26% 2% 3% 3,717
Word of God; other/don't know 66% 20% 5% 9% 444
Not the word of God 61% 34% 3% 3% 2,466
Other/don't know 58% 29% 7% 7% 711

Views about government aid to the poor among adults who say that there are clear standards for what is right and wrong by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who say that there are clear standards for what is right and wrong 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 = 4,868. 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% 33% 3% 1% 4,868
Word of God; not everything taken literally 60% 35% 3% 1% 3,717
Word of God; other/don't know 58% 25% 13% 4% 444
Not the word of God 48% 48% 3% 1% 2,466
Other/don't know 48% 41% 7% 4% 711

Views about abortion among adults who say that there are clear standards for what is right and wrong by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who say that there are clear standards for what is right and wrong who say abortion should be…

Interpreting scripture Legal in all/most cases Illegal in all/most cases Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,868. 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% 72% 4% 4,868
Word of God; not everything taken literally 37% 61% 2% 3,717
Word of God; other/don't know 20% 70% 10% 444
Not the word of God 71% 25% 4% 2,466
Other/don't know 54% 36% 10% 711

Views about homosexuality among adults who say that there are clear standards for what is right and wrong by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who say that there are clear standards for what is right and wrong who say homosexuality…

Interpreting scripture Should be accepted Should be discouraged Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,868. 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 26% 66% 4% 4% 4,868
Word of God; not everything taken literally 50% 42% 4% 4% 3,717
Word of God; other/don't know 23% 59% 10% 9% 444
Not the word of God 80% 15% 3% 2% 2,466
Other/don't know 57% 29% 7% 7% 711

Views about same-sex marriage among adults who say that there are clear standards for what is right and wrong by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who say that there are clear standards for what is right and wrong who …same-sex marriage

Interpreting scripture Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,868. 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% 76% 6% 4,868
Word of God; not everything taken literally 39% 54% 7% 3,717
Word of God; other/don't know 15% 68% 17% 444
Not the word of God 73% 20% 8% 2,466
Other/don't know 48% 36% 15% 711

Views about environmental regulation among adults who say that there are clear standards for what is right and wrong by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who say that there are clear standards for what is right and wrong 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 = 4,868. 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% 39% 2% 3% 4,868
Word of God; not everything taken literally 47% 49% 2% 1% 3,717
Word of God; other/don't know 46% 35% 10% 10% 444
Not the word of God 36% 60% 2% 2% 2,466
Other/don't know 41% 48% 5% 6% 711

Views about human evolution among adults who say that there are clear standards for what is right and wrong by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who say that there are clear standards for what is right and wrong 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 = 4,868. 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% 19% 1% 69% 4% 4,868
Word of God; not everything taken literally 15% 37% 2% 42% 3% 3,717
Word of God; other/don't know 7% 14% 5% 60% 14% 444
Not the word of God 60% 20% 4% 14% 2% 2,466
Other/don't know 22% 30% 9% 29% 10% 711