Interpreting scripture among adults who believe in Heaven

% of adults who believe in Heaven 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 = 24,337. 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 39% 33% 3% 19% 6% 24,337
2007 40% 32% 4% 17% 8% 25,775

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Interpreting scripture among adults who believe in Heaven by religious group

% of adults who believe in Heaven 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 28% 40% 3% 22% 7% 6,083
Evangelical Protestant 56% 30% 4% 7% 4% 7,452
Historically Black Protestant 61% 24% 3% 7% 6% 1,761
Jehovah's Witness 45% 38% 11% 3% 3% 126
Jewish 23% 42% 2% 27% 6% 288
Mainline Protestant 28% 40% 3% 21% 8% 4,683
Mormon 34% 55% 5% 4% 2% 626
Muslim 45% 32% 10% 10% 3% 202
Orthodox Christian 27% 46% 2% 18% 7% 138
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 22% 23% 2% 45% 9% 2,430

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DemographicInformation

Age distribution among adults who believe in Heaven by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who believe in Heaven who are ages…

Interpreting scripture 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 8,701. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 15% 34% 30% 22% 8,701
Word of God; not everything taken literally 24% 34% 25% 17% 8,347
Word of God; other/don't know 14% 28% 29% 28% 769
Not the word of God 29% 35% 25% 12% 4,473
Other/don't know 18% 34% 28% 20% 1,559

Generational cohort among adults who believe in Heaven by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who believe in Heaven who are…

Interpreting scripture Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 8,701. 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% 11% 29% 35% 15% 2% 8,701
Word of God; not everything taken literally 16% 14% 28% 30% 11% 1% 8,347
Word of God; other/don't know 8% 9% 25% 36% 20% 2% 769
Not the word of God 18% 18% 28% 29% 7% < 1% 4,473
Other/don't know 9% 16% 28% 34% 12% 2% 1,559

Gender composition among adults who believe in Heaven by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who believe in Heaven who are…

Interpreting scripture Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 8,889. 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% 57% 8,889
Word of God; not everything taken literally 46% 54% 8,489
Word of God; other/don't know 40% 60% 806
Not the word of God 50% 50% 4,538
Other/don't know 46% 54% 1,615

Racial and ethnic composition among adults who believe in Heaven by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who believe in Heaven who identify as…

Interpreting scripture White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 8,782. 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 56% 20% 2% 18% 3% 8,782
Word of God; not everything taken literally 71% 10% 3% 13% 4% 8,408
Word of God; other/don't know 65% 11% 3% 15% 6% 785
Not the word of God 68% 8% 5% 15% 4% 4,481
Other/don't know 65% 13% 4% 14% 5% 1,573

Immigrant status among adults who believe in Heaven by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who believe in Heaven who are…

Interpreting scripture Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 8,734. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 17% 7% 76% 8,734
Word of God; not everything taken literally 12% 10% 78% 8,407
Word of God; other/don't know 18% 8% 75% 788
Not the word of God 14% 12% 74% 4,490
Other/don't know 13% 8% 79% 1,578

Income distribution among adults who believe in Heaven by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who believe in Heaven 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 = 7,565. 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% 22% 21% 10% 7,565
Word of God; not everything taken literally 29% 21% 30% 20% 7,503
Word of God; other/don't know 39% 22% 25% 14% 619
Not the word of God 32% 20% 28% 21% 4,092
Other/don't know 39% 20% 25% 17% 1,305

Educational distribution among adults who believe in Heaven by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who believe in Heaven who have completed…

Interpreting scripture High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 8,827. 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% 29% 10% 5% 8,827
Word of God; not everything taken literally 37% 34% 18% 11% 8,461
Word of God; other/don't know 44% 35% 14% 7% 796
Not the word of God 36% 34% 18% 12% 4,521
Other/don't know 39% 36% 15% 10% 1,597

Marital status among adults who believe in Heaven by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who believe in Heaven who are…

Interpreting scripture Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 8,851. 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% 5% 15% 9% 20% 8,851
Word of God; not everything taken literally 51% 6% 12% 6% 26% 8,464
Word of God; other/don't know 54% 4% 13% 12% 17% 796
Not the word of God 44% 11% 11% 4% 30% 4,525
Other/don't know 45% 9% 15% 9% 22% 1,598

Parent of children under 18 among adults who believe in Heaven by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who believe in Heaven who are…

Interpreting scripture Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 8,859. 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% 8,859
Word of God; not everything taken literally 32% 68% 8,457
Word of God; other/don't know 28% 72% 796
Not the word of God 29% 71% 4,528
Other/don't know 29% 71% 1,604

BeliefsandPractices

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

% of adults who believe in Heaven 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 = 8,889. 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% < 1% 8,889
Word of God; not everything taken literally 78% 20% 2% < 1% < 1% < 1% 8,489
Word of God; other/don't know 88% 9% 1% 2% < 1% 1% 806
Not the word of God 47% 38% 10% < 1% 3% 2% 4,538
Other/don't know 70% 23% 3% 2% 1% 2% 1,615

Importance of religion in one's life among adults who believe in Heaven by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who believe in Heaven who say religion is…

Interpreting scripture Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 8,889. 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% 12% 2% 1% < 1% 8,889
Word of God; not everything taken literally 63% 31% 5% 1% < 1% 8,489
Word of God; other/don't know 83% 13% 1% 1% 1% 806
Not the word of God 28% 44% 19% 8% 1% 4,538
Other/don't know 55% 31% 8% 3% 1% 1,615

Attendance at religious services among adults who believe in Heaven by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who believe in Heaven 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 = 8,889. 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% 28% 12% < 1% 8,889
Word of God; not everything taken literally 42% 41% 17% < 1% 8,489
Word of God; other/don't know 55% 29% 15% 2% 806
Not the word of God 15% 44% 41% < 1% 4,538
Other/don't know 30% 43% 25% 2% 1,615

Frequency of prayer among adults who believe in Heaven by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who believe in Heaven who pray…

Interpreting scripture At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 8,889. 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 80% 12% 3% 4% 1% 8,889
Word of God; not everything taken literally 64% 22% 6% 8% < 1% 8,489
Word of God; other/don't know 81% 10% 2% 3% 3% 806
Not the word of God 40% 22% 11% 27% < 1% 4,538
Other/don't know 60% 19% 7% 12% 3% 1,615

Frequency of participation in prayer, scripture study or religious education groups among adults who believe in Heaven by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who believe in Heaven 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 = 8,889. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 45% 14% 9% 31% 1% 8,889
Word of God; not everything taken literally 24% 12% 11% 52% < 1% 8,489
Word of God; other/don't know 39% 10% 9% 40% 2% 806
Not the word of God 8% 5% 7% 80% < 1% 4,538
Other/don't know 18% 10% 9% 62% 2% 1,615

Frequency of meditation among adults who believe in Heaven by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who believe in Heaven 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 = 8,889. 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% 7% 3% 35% 2% 8,889
Word of God; not everything taken literally 38% 8% 4% 48% 1% 8,489
Word of God; other/don't know 51% 5% 3% 35% 5% 806
Not the word of God 31% 10% 5% 53% 1% 4,538
Other/don't know 40% 10% 4% 43% 3% 1,615

Frequency of feeling spiritual peace and wellbeing among adults who believe in Heaven by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who believe in Heaven 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 = 8,889. 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 75% 11% 6% 7% 1% 8,889
Word of God; not everything taken literally 60% 18% 10% 11% 1% 8,489
Word of God; other/don't know 70% 10% 9% 6% 5% 806
Not the word of God 47% 18% 13% 21% 1% 4,538
Other/don't know 58% 15% 10% 13% 3% 1,615

Frequency of feeling wonder about the universe among adults who believe in Heaven by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who believe in Heaven 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 = 8,889. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 45% 14% 11% 27% 2% 8,889
Word of God; not everything taken literally 41% 18% 14% 25% 1% 8,489
Word of God; other/don't know 43% 13% 11% 26% 7% 806
Not the word of God 45% 16% 14% 24% < 1% 4,538
Other/don't know 44% 15% 13% 25% 3% 1,615

Sources of guidance on right and wrong among adults who believe in Heaven by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who believe in Heaven 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 = 8,889. 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% 4% 30% 4% 2% 8,889
Word of God; not everything taken literally 38% 9% 46% 5% 2% 8,489
Word of God; other/don't know 51% 3% 32% 3% 10% 806
Not the word of God 11% 14% 62% 11% 2% 4,538
Other/don't know 26% 10% 52% 6% 6% 1,615

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

% of adults who believe in Heaven 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 = 8,889. 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% 54% 1% 2% 8,889
Word of God; not everything taken literally 36% 62% 1% < 1% 8,489
Word of God; other/don't know 41% 51% 5% 3% 806
Not the word of God 24% 75% 1% 1% 4,538
Other/don't know 29% 66% 3% 2% 1,615

Frequency of reading scripture among adults who believe in Heaven by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who believe in Heaven 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 = 8,889. 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% 11% 6% 20% 1% 8,889
Word of God; not everything taken literally 37% 15% 11% 37% < 1% 8,489
Word of God; other/don't know 58% 11% 8% 21% 2% 806
Not the word of God 14% 8% 9% 68% < 1% 4,538
Other/don't know 31% 13% 10% 44% 2% 1,615

Belief in Hell among adults who believe in Heaven by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who believe in Heaven who …in hell

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 8,889. 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 86% 10% 4% 8,889
Word of God; not everything taken literally 76% 19% 5% 8,489
Word of God; other/don't know 78% 11% 11% 806
Not the word of God 60% 35% 5% 4,538
Other/don't know 66% 22% 11% 1,615

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among adults who believe in Heaven by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who believe in Heaven who identify as…

Interpreting scripture Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 8,889. 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% 18% 39% 8,889
Word of God; not everything taken literally 47% 15% 38% 8,489
Word of God; other/don't know 43% 26% 31% 806
Not the word of God 31% 18% 51% 4,538
Other/don't know 31% 26% 43% 1,615

Political ideology among adults who believe in Heaven by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who believe in Heaven who are…

Interpreting scripture Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 8,889. 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% 26% 15% 7% 8,889
Word of God; not everything taken literally 41% 38% 17% 4% 8,489
Word of God; other/don't know 47% 25% 11% 17% 806
Not the word of God 24% 40% 31% 5% 4,538
Other/don't know 30% 37% 21% 13% 1,615

Views about size of government among adults who believe in Heaven by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who believe in Heaven who would rather have…

Interpreting scripture Smaller government; fewer services Bigger government; more services Depends Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 8,889. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 48% 47% 2% 3% 8,889
Word of God; not everything taken literally 59% 37% 2% 2% 8,489
Word of God; other/don't know 50% 31% 7% 12% 806
Not the word of God 52% 43% 2% 3% 4,538
Other/don't know 48% 36% 7% 9% 1,615

Views about government aid to the poor among adults who believe in Heaven by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who believe in Heaven 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 = 8,889. 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% 45% 3% 2% 8,889
Word of God; not everything taken literally 51% 45% 3% 1% 8,489
Word of God; other/don't know 47% 35% 10% 8% 806
Not the word of God 41% 54% 3% 1% 4,538
Other/don't know 41% 47% 8% 4% 1,615

Views about abortion among adults who believe in Heaven by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who believe in Heaven who say abortion should be…

Interpreting scripture Legal in all/most cases Illegal in all/most cases Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 8,889. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 32% 63% 4% 8,889
Word of God; not everything taken literally 48% 49% 2% 8,489
Word of God; other/don't know 30% 55% 15% 806
Not the word of God 71% 26% 3% 4,538
Other/don't know 53% 34% 12% 1,615

Views about homosexuality among adults who believe in Heaven by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who believe in Heaven who say homosexuality…

Interpreting scripture Should be accepted Should be discouraged Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 8,889. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 37% 55% 4% 4% 8,889
Word of God; not everything taken literally 63% 30% 4% 3% 8,489
Word of God; other/don't know 35% 47% 9% 9% 806
Not the word of God 83% 13% 3% 2% 4,538
Other/don't know 61% 24% 8% 7% 1,615

Views about same-sex marriage among adults who believe in Heaven by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who believe in Heaven who …same-sex marriage

Interpreting scripture Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 8,889. 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% 65% 8% 8,889
Word of God; not everything taken literally 52% 41% 7% 8,489
Word of God; other/don't know 27% 55% 19% 806
Not the word of God 75% 19% 6% 4,538
Other/don't know 55% 31% 14% 1,615

Views about environmental regulation among adults who believe in Heaven by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who believe in Heaven 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 = 8,889. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 48% 46% 2% 4% 8,889
Word of God; not everything taken literally 41% 56% 2% 1% 8,489
Word of God; other/don't know 40% 42% 7% 11% 806
Not the word of God 32% 64% 2% 2% 4,538
Other/don't know 35% 52% 6% 7% 1,615

Views about human evolution among adults who believe in Heaven by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who believe in Heaven 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 = 8,889. 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% 23% 2% 58% 5% 8,889
Word of God; not everything taken literally 20% 39% 3% 36% 3% 8,489
Word of God; other/don't know 9% 21% 5% 47% 17% 806
Not the word of God 47% 29% 4% 18% 2% 4,538
Other/don't know 23% 32% 10% 25% 10% 1,615