Interpreting scripture among college graduates

% of college graduates 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 = 8,798. 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 19% 29% 2% 43% 7% 8,798

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Interpreting scripture among college graduates by religious group

% of college graduates 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 11% 44% 2% 35% 8% 1,788
Evangelical Protestant 50% 35% 4% 7% 3% 1,870
Historically Black Protestant 50% 29% 3% 9% 9% 289
Jewish 7% 22% 1% 63% 7% 294
Mainline Protestant 13% 37% 2% 39% 9% 1,673
Mormon 24% 61% 7% 5% 3% 212
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 3% 5% < 1% 86% 6% 2,071

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DemographicInformation

Age distribution among college graduates by interpretation of scripture

% of college graduates who are ages…

Interpreting scripture 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 1,638. 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% 40% 32% 16% 1,638
Word of God; not everything taken literally 18% 41% 26% 15% 2,492
Word of God; other/don't know 12% 37% 30% 22% 198
Not the word of God 24% 40% 24% 12% 3,675
Other/don't know 14% 37% 27% 22% 598

Generational cohort among college graduates by interpretation of scripture

% of college graduates who are…

Interpreting scripture Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 1,638. 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 4% 14% 34% 37% 10% 1% 1,638
Word of God; not everything taken literally 9% 16% 34% 31% 9% 1% 2,492
Word of God; other/don't know 6% 14% 29% 35% 16% 1% 198
Not the word of God 10% 24% 30% 28% 7% 1% 3,675
Other/don't know 4% 18% 28% 34% 13% 2% 598

Gender composition among college graduates by interpretation of scripture

% of college graduates who are…

Interpreting scripture Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 1,685. 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% 1,685
Word of God; not everything taken literally 46% 54% 2,545
Word of God; other/don't know 44% 56% 211
Not the word of God 52% 48% 3,729
Other/don't know 45% 55% 628

Racial and ethnic composition among college graduates by interpretation of scripture

% of college graduates who identify as…

Interpreting scripture White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 1,655. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 65% 16% 7% 8% 4% 1,655
Word of God; not everything taken literally 77% 7% 5% 9% 3% 2,508
Word of God; other/don't know 75% 9% 2% 10% 4% 206
Not the word of God 79% 4% 6% 8% 3% 3,681
Other/don't know 67% 9% 11% 8% 5% 609

Immigrant status among college graduates by interpretation of scripture

% of college graduates who are…

Interpreting scripture Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 1,672. 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 16% 7% 78% 1,672
Word of God; not everything taken literally 11% 11% 78% 2,531
Word of God; other/don't know 15% 15% 70% 208
Not the word of God 12% 13% 75% 3,711
Other/don't know 18% 8% 74% 619

Income distribution among college graduates by interpretation of scripture

% of college graduates 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 = 1,468. 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 19% 18% 38% 25% 1,468
Word of God; not everything taken literally 12% 18% 36% 35% 2,246
Word of God; other/don't know 18% 20% 38% 24% 170
Not the word of God 12% 16% 35% 37% 3,425
Other/don't know 20% 21% 30% 28% 489

Marital status among college graduates by interpretation of scripture

% of college graduates who are…

Interpreting scripture Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 1,679. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 65% 3% 13% 5% 14% 1,679
Word of God; not everything taken literally 66% 4% 9% 4% 19% 2,535
Word of God; other/don't know 64% 1% 10% 6% 19% 207
Not the word of God 52% 11% 9% 3% 25% 3,714
Other/don't know 61% 5% 8% 6% 20% 610

Parent of children under 18 among college graduates by interpretation of scripture

% of college graduates who are…

Interpreting scripture Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 1,677. 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% 63% 1,677
Word of God; not everything taken literally 37% 63% 2,535
Word of God; other/don't know 32% 68% 209
Not the word of God 27% 73% 3,724
Other/don't know 32% 68% 626

BeliefsandPractices

Belief in God among college graduates by interpretation of scripture

% of college graduates who say they…

Interpreting scripture Believe in God; absolutely certain Believe in God; fairly certain Believe in God; not too/not at all certain Believe in God; don't know Do not believe in God Other/don't know if they believe in God Sample Size
Sample size = 1,685. 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 94% 5% < 1% < 1% < 1% < 1% 1,685
Word of God; not everything taken literally 81% 18% 1% < 1% < 1% < 1% 2,545
Word of God; other/don't know 93% 5% < 1% 1% < 1% 1% 211
Not the word of God 23% 27% 13% 1% 30% 6% 3,729
Other/don't know 59% 24% 5% 1% 6% 6% 628

Importance of religion in one's life among college graduates by interpretation of scripture

% of college graduates who say religion is…

Interpreting scripture Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,685. 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% 8% 1% < 1% < 1% 1,685
Word of God; not everything taken literally 66% 29% 4% 1% 1% 2,545
Word of God; other/don't know 87% 9% 1% 1% 1% 211
Not the word of God 13% 30% 26% 31% 1% 3,729
Other/don't know 46% 33% 13% 6% 2% 628

Attendance at religious services among college graduates by interpretation of scripture

% of college graduates 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 = 1,685. 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% 20% 5% < 1% 1,685
Word of God; not everything taken literally 51% 36% 12% < 1% 2,545
Word of God; other/don't know 70% 23% 6% 1% 211
Not the word of God 8% 37% 55% < 1% 3,729
Other/don't know 30% 37% 30% 3% 628

Frequency of prayer among college graduates by interpretation of scripture

% of college graduates who pray…

Interpreting scripture At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,685. 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% 8% 2% 2% 1% 1,685
Word of God; not everything taken literally 68% 21% 5% 7% < 1% 2,545
Word of God; other/don't know 83% 11% 2% 1% 2% 211
Not the word of God 21% 14% 7% 56% 1% 3,729
Other/don't know 52% 15% 7% 22% 4% 628

Frequency of participation in prayer, scripture study or religious education groups among college graduates by interpretation of scripture

% of college graduates who attend prayer group…

Interpreting scripture At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,685. 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% 13% 9% 20% 1% 1,685
Word of God; not everything taken literally 27% 12% 13% 47% < 1% 2,545
Word of God; other/don't know 49% 7% 12% 30% 2% 211
Not the word of God 3% 3% 5% 88% < 1% 3,729
Other/don't know 15% 6% 10% 67% 3% 628

Frequency of meditation among college graduates by interpretation of scripture

% of college graduates who meditate…

Interpreting scripture At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,685. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 55% 6% 2% 35% 3% 1,685
Word of God; not everything taken literally 41% 9% 5% 44% 1% 2,545
Word of God; other/don't know 57% 6% 5% 27% 4% 211
Not the word of God 30% 10% 7% 52% 1% 3,729
Other/don't know 38% 9% 7% 43% 4% 628

Frequency of feeling spiritual peace and wellbeing among college graduates by interpretation of scripture

% of college graduates who feel a sense of spiritual peace and wellbeing…

Interpreting scripture At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,685. 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% 10% 5% 4% 1% 1,685
Word of God; not everything taken literally 65% 18% 10% 6% < 1% 2,545
Word of God; other/don't know 79% 12% 5% 2% 2% 211
Not the word of God 42% 19% 14% 23% 1% 3,729
Other/don't know 59% 12% 9% 14% 5% 628

Frequency of feeling wonder about the universe among college graduates by interpretation of scripture

% of college graduates who feel a sense of wonder about the universe…

Interpreting scripture At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,685. 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% 15% 11% 23% 2% 1,685
Word of God; not everything taken literally 44% 20% 15% 20% 1% 2,545
Word of God; other/don't know 48% 13% 12% 22% 5% 211
Not the word of God 49% 18% 16% 16% < 1% 3,729
Other/don't know 45% 16% 16% 21% 3% 628

Sources of guidance on right and wrong among college graduates by interpretation of scripture

% of college graduates who say they look to…most for guidance on right and wrong

Interpreting scripture Religion Philosophy/reason Common sense Science Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,685. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 70% 4% 21% 3% 2% 1,685
Word of God; not everything taken literally 42% 10% 39% 6% 3% 2,545
Word of God; other/don't know 59% 5% 23% 4% 10% 211
Not the word of God 4% 22% 52% 20% 2% 3,729
Other/don't know 22% 15% 44% 10% 9% 628

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong among college graduates by interpretation of scripture

% of college graduates who say…

Interpreting scripture There are clear standards for what is right and wrong Right or wrong depends on the situation Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,685. 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 61% 37% 1% < 1% 1,685
Word of God; not everything taken literally 43% 56% 1% < 1% 2,545
Word of God; other/don't know 53% 42% 3% 2% 211
Not the word of God 18% 80% 1% 1% 3,729
Other/don't know 26% 67% 4% 3% 628

Frequency of reading scripture among college graduates by interpretation of scripture

% of college graduates who read scripture…

Interpreting scripture At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,685. 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% 10% 5% 10% 1% 1,685
Word of God; not everything taken literally 40% 14% 10% 35% < 1% 2,545
Word of God; other/don't know 65% 10% 7% 17% 1% 211
Not the word of God 6% 5% 8% 80% < 1% 3,729
Other/don't know 24% 10% 11% 53% 3% 628

Belief in Heaven among college graduates by interpretation of scripture

% of college graduates who …in heaven

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,685. 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 87% 5% 8% 1,685
Word of God; not everything taken literally 90% 5% 5% 2,545
Word of God; other/don't know 82% 6% 13% 211
Not the word of God 34% 58% 8% 3,729
Other/don't know 60% 18% 22% 628

Belief in Hell among college graduates by interpretation of scripture

% of college graduates who …in hell

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,685. 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% 10% 8% 1,685
Word of God; not everything taken literally 70% 22% 8% 2,545
Word of God; other/don't know 69% 15% 17% 211
Not the word of God 20% 74% 6% 3,729
Other/don't know 36% 39% 25% 628

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among college graduates by interpretation of scripture

% of college graduates who identify as…

Interpreting scripture Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 1,685. 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% 12% 25% 1,685
Word of God; not everything taken literally 54% 11% 35% 2,545
Word of God; other/don't know 57% 22% 21% 211
Not the word of God 23% 12% 65% 3,729
Other/don't know 36% 23% 41% 628

Political ideology among college graduates by interpretation of scripture

% of college graduates who are…

Interpreting scripture Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,685. 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% 22% 8% 4% 1,685
Word of God; not everything taken literally 44% 39% 15% 2% 2,545
Word of God; other/don't know 56% 30% 6% 8% 211
Not the word of God 13% 38% 46% 2% 3,729
Other/don't know 27% 40% 26% 8% 628

Views about size of government among college graduates by interpretation of scripture

% of college graduates who would rather have…

Interpreting scripture Smaller government; fewer services Bigger government; more services Depends Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,685. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 69% 28% 2% 2% 1,685
Word of God; not everything taken literally 67% 29% 2% 2% 2,545
Word of God; other/don't know 65% 22% 7% 6% 211
Not the word of God 46% 47% 4% 3% 3,729
Other/don't know 52% 31% 7% 10% 628

Views about government aid to the poor among college graduates by interpretation of scripture

% of college graduates who say government aid to the poor…

Interpreting scripture Does more harm than good Does more good than harm Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,685. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 62% 33% 3% 2% 1,685
Word of God; not everything taken literally 54% 41% 4% 1% 2,545
Word of God; other/don't know 49% 36% 9% 6% 211
Not the word of God 31% 65% 3% 1% 3,729
Other/don't know 39% 46% 10% 6% 628

Views about abortion among college graduates by interpretation of scripture

% of college graduates who say abortion should be…

Interpreting scripture Legal in all/most cases Illegal in all/most cases Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,685. 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% 69% 3% 1,685
Word of God; not everything taken literally 50% 48% 2% 2,545
Word of God; other/don't know 26% 65% 9% 211
Not the word of God 85% 12% 2% 3,729
Other/don't know 61% 27% 12% 628

Views about homosexuality among college graduates by interpretation of scripture

% of college graduates who say homosexuality…

Interpreting scripture Should be accepted Should be discouraged Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,685. 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% 63% 5% 4% 1,685
Word of God; not everything taken literally 64% 28% 5% 3% 2,545
Word of God; other/don't know 29% 52% 8% 11% 211
Not the word of God 92% 6% 1% 1% 3,729
Other/don't know 69% 17% 8% 6% 628

Views about same-sex marriage among college graduates by interpretation of scripture

% of college graduates who …same-sex marriage

Interpreting scripture Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,685. 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 21% 72% 6% 1,685
Word of God; not everything taken literally 53% 41% 6% 2,545
Word of God; other/don't know 25% 62% 13% 211
Not the word of God 90% 7% 3% 3,729
Other/don't know 65% 23% 13% 628

Views about environmental regulation among college graduates by interpretation of scripture

% of college graduates who say…

Interpreting scripture Stricter environmental laws and regulations cost too many jobs and hurt the economy Stricter environmental laws and regulations are worth the cost Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,685. 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% 44% 2% 3% 1,685
Word of God; not everything taken literally 40% 56% 2% 2% 2,545
Word of God; other/don't know 49% 38% 5% 8% 211
Not the word of God 18% 79% 2% 1% 3,729
Other/don't know 31% 58% 6% 6% 628

Views about human evolution among college graduates by interpretation of scripture

% of college graduates who say humans…

Interpreting scripture Evolved; due to natural processes Evolved; due to God's design Evolved; don't know how Always existed in present form Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,685. 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 8% 21% 2% 66% 4% 1,685
Word of God; not everything taken literally 21% 41% 4% 31% 3% 2,545
Word of God; other/don't know 6% 23% 6% 46% 18% 211
Not the word of God 74% 15% 4% 5% 1% 3,729
Other/don't know 35% 25% 15% 17% 9% 628