Interpreting scripture among adults who believe in God and are fairly certain

% of adults who believe in God and are fairly certain 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 = 6,792. 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 15% 28% 1% 48% 8% 6,792
2007 13% 25% 2% 49% 11% 5,816

Learn More: Word of God; should be taken literally, Word of God; not everything taken literally, Not the word of God

Interpreting scripture among adults who believe in God and are fairly certain by religious group

% of adults who believe in God and are fairly certain 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 22% 29% 2% 40% 8% 1,854
Evangelical Protestant 26% 42% 2% 23% 7% 827
Historically Black Protestant 35% 31% 2% 23% 10% 175
Jewish 4% 29% 1% 59% 7% 231
Mainline Protestant 8% 33% 2% 48% 10% 1,550
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 9% 15% 1% 67% 8% 1,614

Learn More: Word of God; should be taken literally, Word of God; not everything taken literally, Not the word of God

DemographicInformation

Age distribution among adults who believe in God and are fairly certain by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who believe in God and are fairly certain who are ages…

Interpreting scripture 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 768. 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 20% 41% 26% 14% 768
Word of God; not everything taken literally 29% 33% 23% 15% 1,818
Not the word of God 25% 36% 25% 14% 3,383
Other/don't know 20% 36% 24% 19% 620

Generational cohort among adults who believe in God and are fairly certain by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who believe in God and are fairly certain who are…

Interpreting scripture Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 768. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 9% 20% 32% 29% 10% 1% 768
Word of God; not everything taken literally 20% 15% 27% 28% 9% 1% 1,818
Not the word of God 15% 17% 29% 30% 8% 1% 3,383
Other/don't know 10% 18% 29% 30% 11% 2% 620

Gender composition among adults who believe in God and are fairly certain by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who believe in God and are fairly certain who are…

Interpreting scripture Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 784. 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% 784
Word of God; not everything taken literally 52% 48% 1,847
Not the word of God 53% 47% 3,432
Other/don't know 50% 50% 643

Racial and ethnic composition among adults who believe in God and are fairly certain by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who believe in God and are fairly certain who identify as…

Interpreting scripture White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 782. 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% 13% 2% 52% 3% 782
Word of God; not everything taken literally 71% 6% 4% 16% 3% 1,841
Not the word of God 74% 5% 5% 12% 3% 3,392
Other/don't know 69% 6% 5% 15% 4% 632

Immigrant status among adults who believe in God and are fairly certain by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who believe in God and are fairly certain who are…

Interpreting scripture Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 759. 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% 5% 44% 759
Word of God; not everything taken literally 15% 12% 74% 1,830
Not the word of God 14% 12% 75% 3,397
Other/don't know 16% 7% 77% 634

Income distribution among adults who believe in God and are fairly certain by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who believe in God and are fairly certain 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 = 648. 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% 17% 11% 6% 648
Word of God; not everything taken literally 33% 22% 27% 18% 1,646
Not the word of God 25% 19% 30% 26% 3,108
Other/don't know 37% 19% 24% 20% 516

Educational distribution among adults who believe in God and are fairly certain by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who believe in God and are fairly certain who have completed…

Interpreting scripture High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 773. 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% 18% 5% 3% 773
Word of God; not everything taken literally 44% 31% 16% 10% 1,840
Not the word of God 31% 32% 21% 16% 3,424
Other/don't know 36% 34% 16% 14% 639

Marital status among adults who believe in God and are fairly certain by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who believe in God and are fairly certain who are…

Interpreting scripture Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 780. 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% 12% 15% 7% 23% 780
Word of God; not everything taken literally 45% 8% 12% 5% 30% 1,840
Not the word of God 49% 11% 11% 4% 25% 3,419
Other/don't know 47% 9% 13% 7% 25% 641

Parent of children under 18 among adults who believe in God and are fairly certain by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who believe in God and are fairly certain who are…

Interpreting scripture Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 783. 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% 62% 783
Word of God; not everything taken literally 30% 70% 1,838
Not the word of God 28% 72% 3,426
Other/don't know 29% 71% 641

BeliefsandPractices

Importance of religion in one's life among adults who believe in God and are fairly certain by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who believe in God and are fairly certain who say religion is…

Interpreting scripture Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 784. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 64% 29% 5% 2% < 1% 784
Word of God; not everything taken literally 30% 56% 13% 1% < 1% 1,847
Not the word of God 13% 46% 28% 12% 1% 3,432
Other/don't know 28% 48% 18% 4% 1% 643

Attendance at religious services among adults who believe in God and are fairly certain by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who believe in God and are fairly certain 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 = 784. 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% 36% 22% < 1% 784
Word of God; not everything taken literally 24% 50% 26% < 1% 1,847
Not the word of God 10% 40% 50% < 1% 3,432
Other/don't know 18% 46% 35% 1% 643

Frequency of prayer among adults who believe in God and are fairly certain by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who believe in God and are fairly certain who pray…

Interpreting scripture At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 784. 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% 22% 9% 12% < 1% 784
Word of God; not everything taken literally 38% 30% 12% 20% < 1% 1,847
Not the word of God 24% 23% 13% 39% < 1% 3,432
Other/don't know 35% 24% 12% 26% 3% 643

Frequency of participation in prayer, scripture study or religious education groups among adults who believe in God and are fairly certain by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who believe in God and are fairly certain 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 = 784. 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 29% 16% 9% 45% 1% 784
Word of God; not everything taken literally 12% 10% 12% 67% < 1% 1,847
Not the word of God 4% 4% 5% 86% < 1% 3,432
Other/don't know 7% 9% 7% 75% 2% 643

Frequency of meditation among adults who believe in God and are fairly certain by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who believe in God and are fairly certain 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 = 784. 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% 11% 4% 36% 3% 784
Word of God; not everything taken literally 24% 10% 6% 59% 1% 1,847
Not the word of God 29% 13% 6% 52% 1% 3,432
Other/don't know 33% 10% 6% 49% 2% 643

Frequency of feeling spiritual peace and wellbeing among adults who believe in God and are fairly certain by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who believe in God and are fairly certain 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 = 784. 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% 15% 10% 16% 1% 784
Word of God; not everything taken literally 38% 23% 17% 22% 1% 1,847
Not the word of God 41% 20% 15% 23% 1% 3,432
Other/don't know 42% 18% 18% 20% 3% 643

Frequency of feeling wonder about the universe among adults who believe in God and are fairly certain by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who believe in God and are fairly certain 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 = 784. 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% 15% 16% 23% 3% 784
Word of God; not everything taken literally 36% 18% 17% 28% 1% 1,847
Not the word of God 44% 18% 16% 21% 1% 3,432
Other/don't know 42% 17% 16% 23% 2% 643

Sources of guidance on right and wrong among adults who believe in God and are fairly certain by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who believe in God and are fairly certain 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 = 784. 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% 7% 38% 12% 2% 784
Word of God; not everything taken literally 17% 13% 59% 10% 1% 1,847
Not the word of God 5% 18% 62% 14% 1% 3,432
Other/don't know 12% 12% 62% 9% 6% 643

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong among adults who believe in God and are fairly certain by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who believe in God and are fairly certain 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 = 784. 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% 2% 2% 784
Word of God; not everything taken literally 26% 73% 1% < 1% 1,847
Not the word of God 22% 76% 1% 1% 3,432
Other/don't know 21% 74% 3% 2% 643

Frequency of reading scripture among adults who believe in God and are fairly certain by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who believe in God and are fairly certain 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 = 784. 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% 13% 7% 38% 1% 784
Word of God; not everything taken literally 17% 12% 13% 58% < 1% 1,847
Not the word of God 7% 7% 10% 76% < 1% 3,432
Other/don't know 12% 12% 9% 65% 2% 643

Belief in Heaven among adults who believe in God and are fairly certain by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who believe in God and are fairly certain who …in heaven

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 784. 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% 3% 784
Word of God; not everything taken literally 88% 7% 4% 1,847
Not the word of God 54% 35% 10% 3,432
Other/don't know 63% 16% 21% 643

Belief in Hell among adults who believe in God and are fairly certain by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who believe in God and are fairly certain who …in hell

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 784. 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% 7% 784
Word of God; not everything taken literally 64% 29% 6% 1,847
Not the word of God 34% 58% 9% 3,432
Other/don't know 41% 35% 24% 643

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among adults who believe in God and are fairly certain by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who believe in God and are fairly certain who identify as…

Interpreting scripture Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 784. 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 27% 28% 45% 784
Word of God; not everything taken literally 41% 17% 42% 1,847
Not the word of God 30% 17% 54% 3,432
Other/don't know 29% 23% 48% 643

Political ideology among adults who believe in God and are fairly certain by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who believe in God and are fairly certain who are…

Interpreting scripture Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 784. 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% 25% 27% 9% 784
Word of God; not everything taken literally 31% 43% 22% 4% 1,847
Not the word of God 19% 41% 35% 4% 3,432
Other/don't know 24% 42% 25% 9% 643

Views about size of government among adults who believe in God and are fairly certain by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who believe in God and are fairly certain who would rather have…

Interpreting scripture Smaller government; fewer services Bigger government; more services Depends Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 784. 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% 70% 2% 3% 784
Word of God; not everything taken literally 55% 42% 1% 2% 1,847
Not the word of God 53% 42% 3% 3% 3,432
Other/don't know 45% 39% 8% 7% 643

Views about government aid to the poor among adults who believe in God and are fairly certain by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who believe in God and are fairly certain 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 = 784. 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 43% 51% 3% 3% 784
Word of God; not everything taken literally 50% 47% 2% 1% 1,847
Not the word of God 39% 57% 3% 1% 3,432
Other/don't know 36% 51% 8% 5% 643

Views about abortion among adults who believe in God and are fairly certain by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who believe in God and are fairly certain who say abortion should be…

Interpreting scripture Legal in all/most cases Illegal in all/most cases Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 784. 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% 56% 4% 784
Word of God; not everything taken literally 58% 39% 2% 1,847
Not the word of God 77% 20% 3% 3,432
Other/don't know 59% 30% 11% 643

Views about homosexuality among adults who believe in God and are fairly certain by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who believe in God and are fairly certain who say homosexuality…

Interpreting scripture Should be accepted Should be discouraged Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 784. 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% 36% 3% 5% 784
Word of God; not everything taken literally 74% 20% 4% 2% 1,847
Not the word of God 88% 9% 2% 1% 3,432
Other/don't know 74% 15% 6% 5% 643

Views about same-sex marriage among adults who believe in God and are fairly certain by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who believe in God and are fairly certain who …same-sex marriage

Interpreting scripture Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 784. 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% 48% 11% 784
Word of God; not everything taken literally 64% 28% 7% 1,847
Not the word of God 81% 13% 5% 3,432
Other/don't know 66% 23% 11% 643

Views about environmental regulation among adults who believe in God and are fairly certain by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who believe in God and are fairly certain 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 = 784. 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% 50% 2% 6% 784
Word of God; not everything taken literally 38% 59% 1% 1% 1,847
Not the word of God 29% 67% 2% 2% 3,432
Other/don't know 30% 60% 5% 5% 643

Views about human evolution among adults who believe in God and are fairly certain by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who believe in God and are fairly certain 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 = 784. 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 23% 28% 4% 41% 5% 784
Word of God; not everything taken literally 34% 36% 4% 23% 3% 1,847
Not the word of God 62% 20% 5% 11% 2% 3,432
Other/don't know 39% 21% 15% 16% 9% 643