Interpreting scripture among adults who believe in God with absolute certainty

% of adults who believe in God with absolute certainty 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 = 21,904. 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 43% 32% 4% 14% 7% 21,904
2007 42% 31% 4% 15% 8% 25,667

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Interpreting scripture among adults who believe in God with absolute certainty by religious group

% of adults who believe in God with absolute certainty 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 29% 42% 3% 18% 7% 4,775
Evangelical Protestant 59% 28% 4% 5% 4% 7,594
Historically Black Protestant 62% 23% 3% 7% 5% 1,694
Jehovah's Witness 49% 38% 8% 1% 4% 221
Jewish 26% 39% 3% 21% 10% 277
Mainline Protestant 32% 39% 3% 16% 9% 3,989
Mormon 35% 56% 5% 2% 2% 576
Muslim 48% 28% 11% 10% 3% 192
Orthodox Christian 35% 45% 4% 9% 8% 113
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 26% 23% 2% 39% 10% 1,805

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DemographicInformation

Age distribution among adults who believe in God with absolute certainty by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who believe in God with absolute certainty who are ages…

Interpreting scripture 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 8,640. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 14% 33% 31% 22% 8,640
Word of God; not everything taken literally 22% 34% 26% 18% 7,303
Word of God; other/don't know 14% 30% 30% 26% 810
Not the word of God 21% 36% 29% 14% 3,214
Other/don't know 15% 33% 30% 21% 1,457

Generational cohort among adults who believe in God with absolute certainty by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who believe in God with absolute certainty who are…

Interpreting scripture Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 8,640. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 9% 10% 28% 36% 15% 2% 8,640
Word of God; not everything taken literally 15% 14% 28% 31% 12% 1% 7,303
Word of God; other/don't know 9% 9% 27% 36% 18% 2% 810
Not the word of God 12% 17% 29% 34% 8% < 1% 3,214
Other/don't know 7% 14% 28% 36% 14% 2% 1,457

Gender composition among adults who believe in God with absolute certainty by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who believe in God with absolute certainty who are…

Interpreting scripture Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 8,837. 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% 58% 8,837
Word of God; not everything taken literally 44% 56% 7,431
Word of God; other/don't know 42% 58% 853
Not the word of God 47% 53% 3,266
Other/don't know 47% 53% 1,517

Racial and ethnic composition among adults who believe in God with absolute certainty by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who believe in God with absolute certainty who identify as…

Interpreting scripture White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 8,724. 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 60% 20% 2% 14% 3% 8,724
Word of God; not everything taken literally 71% 11% 2% 12% 4% 7,342
Word of God; other/don't know 67% 12% 3% 13% 5% 824
Not the word of God 63% 11% 4% 17% 5% 3,202
Other/don't know 62% 15% 4% 14% 6% 1,467

Immigrant status among adults who believe in God with absolute certainty by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who believe in God with absolute certainty who are…

Interpreting scripture Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 8,706. 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% 8% 79% 8,706
Word of God; not everything taken literally 11% 10% 79% 7,359
Word of God; other/don't know 15% 7% 78% 834
Not the word of God 14% 11% 75% 3,232
Other/don't know 15% 9% 76% 1,483

Income distribution among adults who believe in God with absolute certainty by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who believe in God with absolute certainty 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 = 7,525. 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% 22% 23% 11% 7,525
Word of God; not everything taken literally 28% 21% 31% 21% 6,550
Word of God; other/don't know 35% 21% 29% 15% 649
Not the word of God 33% 20% 27% 19% 2,928
Other/don't know 39% 21% 24% 16% 1,218

Educational distribution among adults who believe in God with absolute certainty by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who believe in God with absolute certainty who have completed…

Interpreting scripture High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 8,781. 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% 31% 11% 5% 8,781
Word of God; not everything taken literally 35% 35% 19% 12% 7,410
Word of God; other/don't know 41% 35% 15% 9% 842
Not the word of God 34% 34% 19% 13% 3,242
Other/don't know 38% 35% 16% 10% 1,497

Marital status among adults who believe in God with absolute certainty by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who believe in God with absolute certainty who are…

Interpreting scripture Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 8,800. 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% 4% 15% 9% 19% 8,800
Word of God; not everything taken literally 53% 5% 12% 6% 23% 7,412
Word of God; other/don't know 56% 3% 13% 11% 17% 843
Not the word of God 44% 9% 15% 6% 26% 3,254
Other/don't know 46% 9% 16% 9% 20% 1,495

Parent of children under 18 among adults who believe in God with absolute certainty by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who believe in God with absolute certainty who are…

Interpreting scripture Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 8,806. 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 30% 70% 8,806
Word of God; not everything taken literally 32% 68% 7,405
Word of God; other/don't know 29% 71% 844
Not the word of God 29% 71% 3,259
Other/don't know 28% 72% 1,505

BeliefsandPractices

Importance of religion in one's life among adults who believe in God with absolute certainty by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who believe in God with absolute certainty who say religion is…

Interpreting scripture Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 8,837. 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% 10% 1% 1% < 1% 8,837
Word of God; not everything taken literally 72% 24% 3% 1% < 1% 7,431
Word of God; other/don't know 86% 12% < 1% 1% 1% 853
Not the word of God 40% 38% 11% 10% 1% 3,266
Other/don't know 63% 27% 5% 3% 2% 1,517

Attendance at religious services among adults who believe in God with absolute certainty by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who believe in God with absolute certainty 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 = 8,837. 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 63% 26% 11% 1% 8,837
Word of God; not everything taken literally 47% 37% 15% < 1% 7,431
Word of God; other/don't know 57% 27% 14% 2% 853
Not the word of God 18% 42% 40% < 1% 3,266
Other/don't know 33% 41% 24% 2% 1,517

Frequency of prayer among adults who believe in God with absolute certainty by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who believe in God with absolute certainty who pray…

Interpreting scripture At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 8,837. 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 83% 11% 2% 3% 1% 8,837
Word of God; not everything taken literally 72% 19% 4% 5% < 1% 7,431
Word of God; other/don't know 83% 10% 2% 2% 3% 853
Not the word of God 54% 21% 7% 17% 1% 3,266
Other/don't know 68% 16% 6% 7% 3% 1,517

Frequency of participation in prayer, scripture study or religious education groups among adults who believe in God with absolute certainty by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who believe in God with absolute certainty 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 = 8,837. 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% 13% 9% 29% 1% 8,837
Word of God; not everything taken literally 29% 12% 11% 48% < 1% 7,431
Word of God; other/don't know 42% 10% 10% 37% 2% 853
Not the word of God 10% 7% 7% 75% 1% 3,266
Other/don't know 22% 9% 9% 58% 2% 1,517

Frequency of meditation among adults who believe in God with absolute certainty by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who believe in God with absolute certainty 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 = 8,837. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 54% 6% 3% 34% 2% 8,837
Word of God; not everything taken literally 43% 8% 4% 44% 1% 7,431
Word of God; other/don't know 52% 5% 3% 35% 5% 853
Not the word of God 45% 9% 4% 41% 1% 3,266
Other/don't know 47% 9% 3% 38% 3% 1,517

Frequency of feeling spiritual peace and wellbeing among adults who believe in God with absolute certainty by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who believe in God with absolute certainty 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 = 8,837. 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 78% 10% 5% 6% 1% 8,837
Word of God; not everything taken literally 67% 17% 8% 8% 1% 7,431
Word of God; other/don't know 75% 10% 7% 4% 4% 853
Not the word of God 60% 16% 10% 13% 1% 3,266
Other/don't know 67% 13% 6% 10% 3% 1,517

Frequency of feeling wonder about the universe among adults who believe in God with absolute certainty by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who believe in God with absolute certainty 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 = 8,837. 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% 14% 10% 27% 2% 8,837
Word of God; not everything taken literally 44% 18% 13% 24% 1% 7,431
Word of God; other/don't know 45% 13% 11% 25% 6% 853
Not the word of God 53% 15% 11% 21% 1% 3,266
Other/don't know 50% 13% 11% 23% 3% 1,517

Sources of guidance on right and wrong among adults who believe in God with absolute certainty by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who believe in God with absolute certainty 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 = 8,837. 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 63% 4% 28% 3% 2% 8,837
Word of God; not everything taken literally 45% 8% 41% 4% 2% 7,431
Word of God; other/don't know 53% 3% 31% 3% 10% 853
Not the word of God 13% 15% 59% 10% 2% 3,266
Other/don't know 29% 9% 49% 5% 7% 1,517

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong among adults who believe in God with absolute certainty by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who believe in God with absolute certainty 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 = 8,837. 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% 51% 1% 1% 8,837
Word of God; not everything taken literally 39% 59% 1% < 1% 7,431
Word of God; other/don't know 45% 47% 5% 2% 853
Not the word of God 23% 74% 1% 1% 3,266
Other/don't know 31% 63% 4% 2% 1,517

Frequency of reading scripture among adults who believe in God with absolute certainty by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who believe in God with absolute certainty 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 = 8,837. 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% 11% 6% 16% 1% 8,837
Word of God; not everything taken literally 44% 14% 11% 31% < 1% 7,431
Word of God; other/don't know 63% 10% 7% 18% 2% 853
Not the word of God 20% 10% 10% 60% 1% 3,266
Other/don't know 37% 13% 10% 37% 2% 1,517

Belief in Heaven among adults who believe in God with absolute certainty by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who believe in God with absolute certainty who …in heaven

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 8,837. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 91% 4% 4% 8,837
Word of God; not everything taken literally 91% 5% 4% 7,431
Word of God; other/don't know 84% 5% 11% 853
Not the word of God 70% 22% 8% 3,266
Other/don't know 76% 8% 16% 1,517

Belief in Hell among adults who believe in God with absolute certainty by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who believe in God with absolute certainty who …in hell

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 8,837. 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 83% 11% 6% 8,837
Word of God; not everything taken literally 73% 20% 7% 7,431
Word of God; other/don't know 73% 13% 14% 853
Not the word of God 46% 46% 8% 3,266
Other/don't know 56% 27% 17% 1,517

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among adults who believe in God with absolute certainty by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who believe in God with absolute certainty who identify as…

Interpreting scripture Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 8,837. 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% 17% 37% 8,837
Word of God; not everything taken literally 48% 15% 37% 7,431
Word of God; other/don't know 44% 27% 29% 853
Not the word of God 29% 20% 51% 3,266
Other/don't know 31% 28% 41% 1,517

Political ideology among adults who believe in God with absolute certainty by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who believe in God with absolute certainty who are…

Interpreting scripture Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 8,837. 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% 25% 13% 7% 8,837
Word of God; not everything taken literally 43% 37% 15% 5% 7,431
Word of God; other/don't know 48% 26% 11% 14% 853
Not the word of God 25% 36% 34% 6% 3,266
Other/don't know 31% 36% 21% 13% 1,517

Views about size of government among adults who believe in God with absolute certainty by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who believe in God with absolute certainty who would rather have…

Interpreting scripture Smaller government; fewer services Bigger government; more services Depends Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 8,837. 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 52% 42% 2% 3% 8,837
Word of God; not everything taken literally 60% 35% 2% 3% 7,431
Word of God; other/don't know 55% 29% 7% 10% 853
Not the word of God 51% 41% 3% 4% 3,266
Other/don't know 48% 35% 8% 10% 1,517

Views about government aid to the poor among adults who believe in God with absolute certainty by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who believe in God with absolute certainty 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 = 8,837. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 51% 43% 4% 2% 8,837
Word of God; not everything taken literally 50% 45% 3% 1% 7,431
Word of God; other/don't know 48% 35% 10% 7% 853
Not the word of God 40% 55% 4% 2% 3,266
Other/don't know 41% 45% 9% 5% 1,517

Views about abortion among adults who believe in God with absolute certainty by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who believe in God with absolute certainty who say abortion should be…

Interpreting scripture Legal in all/most cases Illegal in all/most cases Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 8,837. 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% 65% 4% 8,837
Word of God; not everything taken literally 45% 52% 3% 7,431
Word of God; other/don't know 29% 58% 13% 853
Not the word of God 69% 27% 4% 3,266
Other/don't know 52% 36% 12% 1,517

Views about homosexuality among adults who believe in God with absolute certainty by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who believe in God with absolute certainty who say homosexuality…

Interpreting scripture Should be accepted Should be discouraged Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 8,837. 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% 57% 4% 4% 8,837
Word of God; not everything taken literally 59% 34% 4% 3% 7,431
Word of God; other/don't know 33% 47% 9% 10% 853
Not the word of God 79% 15% 3% 3% 3,266
Other/don't know 57% 26% 10% 7% 1,517

Views about same-sex marriage among adults who believe in God with absolute certainty by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who believe in God with absolute certainty who …same-sex marriage

Interpreting scripture Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 8,837. 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% 68% 7% 8,837
Word of God; not everything taken literally 48% 45% 7% 7,431
Word of God; other/don't know 26% 57% 17% 853
Not the word of God 72% 21% 7% 3,266
Other/don't know 51% 33% 16% 1,517

Views about environmental regulation among adults who believe in God with absolute certainty by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who believe in God with absolute certainty 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 = 8,837. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 49% 44% 2% 4% 8,837
Word of God; not everything taken literally 41% 56% 2% 2% 7,431
Word of God; other/don't know 42% 40% 7% 11% 853
Not the word of God 31% 64% 2% 2% 3,266
Other/don't know 34% 52% 6% 8% 1,517

Views about human evolution among adults who believe in God with absolute certainty by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who believe in God with absolute certainty 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 = 8,837. 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 10% 22% 2% 61% 5% 8,837
Word of God; not everything taken literally 16% 39% 3% 40% 3% 7,431
Word of God; other/don't know 9% 20% 5% 50% 16% 853
Not the word of God 38% 34% 5% 20% 3% 3,266
Other/don't know 17% 33% 11% 28% 11% 1,517