Interpreting scripture among adults with an education level of high school or less

% of adults with an education level of high school or less 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 = 10,584. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
2014 42% 24% 3% 25% 6% 10,584

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Interpreting scripture among adults with an education level of high school or less by religious group

% of adults with an education level of high school or less 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 36% 31% 4% 23% 7% 2,431
Evangelical Protestant 62% 24% 3% 7% 4% 2,977
Historically Black Protestant 69% 17% 2% 7% 5% 823
Jehovah's Witness 53% 35% 5% 3% 3% 130
Mainline Protestant 37% 32% 3% 21% 8% 1,536
Mormon 43% 40% 4% 9% 5% 127
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 18% 16% 1% 57% 7% 2,129

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DemographicInformation

Age distribution among adults with an education level of high school or less by interpretation of scripture

% of adults with an education level of high school or less who are ages…

Interpreting scripture 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 4,385. 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% 31% 30% 24% 4,385
Word of God; not everything taken literally 27% 28% 24% 21% 2,566
Word of God; other/don't know 13% 23% 33% 32% 325
Not the word of God 34% 30% 23% 14% 2,500
Other/don't know 16% 32% 27% 25% 685

Generational cohort among adults with an education level of high school or less by interpretation of scripture

% of adults with an education level of high school or less who are…

Interpreting scripture Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 4,385. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 9% 10% 26% 35% 17% 2% 4,385
Word of God; not everything taken literally 20% 11% 24% 29% 15% 1% 2,566
Word of God; other/don't know 9% 6% 21% 39% 23% 3% 325
Not the word of God 26% 13% 25% 27% 9% 1% 2,500
Other/don't know 9% 12% 26% 33% 16% 3% 685

Gender composition among adults with an education level of high school or less by interpretation of scripture

% of adults with an education level of high school or less who are…

Interpreting scripture Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 4,434. 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% 55% 4,434
Word of God; not everything taken literally 48% 52% 2,598
Word of God; other/don't know 42% 58% 330
Not the word of God 62% 38% 2,523
Other/don't know 51% 49% 699

Racial and ethnic composition among adults with an education level of high school or less by interpretation of scripture

% of adults with an education level of high school or less who identify as…

Interpreting scripture White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 4,394. 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% 20% 1% 24% 3% 4,394
Word of God; not everything taken literally 66% 10% 1% 19% 4% 2,581
Word of God; other/don't know 60% 10% 3% 23% 5% 321
Not the word of God 64% 8% 4% 21% 4% 2,492
Other/don't know 61% 11% 2% 22% 4% 685

Immigrant status among adults with an education level of high school or less by interpretation of scripture

% of adults with an education level of high school or less who are…

Interpreting scripture Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 4,343. 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 22% 7% 72% 4,343
Word of God; not everything taken literally 15% 10% 75% 2,570
Word of God; other/don't know 25% 6% 69% 326
Not the word of God 16% 12% 71% 2,484
Other/don't know 17% 9% 74% 669

Income distribution among adults with an education level of high school or less by interpretation of scripture

% of adults with an education level of high school or less 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 = 3,706. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 60% 21% 14% 5% 3,706
Word of God; not everything taken literally 46% 24% 21% 9% 2,246
Word of God; other/don't know 57% 20% 18% 5% 236
Not the word of God 44% 22% 23% 11% 2,226
Other/don't know 56% 20% 15% 8% 545

Marital status among adults with an education level of high school or less by interpretation of scripture

% of adults with an education level of high school or less who are…

Interpreting scripture Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 4,414. 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% 6% 16% 11% 21% 4,414
Word of God; not everything taken literally 43% 6% 13% 8% 29% 2,591
Word of God; other/don't know 46% 4% 17% 16% 16% 327
Not the word of God 35% 11% 12% 6% 37% 2,514
Other/don't know 39% 10% 17% 10% 25% 693

Parent of children under 18 among adults with an education level of high school or less by interpretation of scripture

% of adults with an education level of high school or less who are…

Interpreting scripture Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 4,427. 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 28% 72% 4,427
Word of God; not everything taken literally 26% 74% 2,591
Word of God; other/don't know 25% 75% 326
Not the word of God 24% 76% 2,517
Other/don't know 26% 74% 694

BeliefsandPractices

Belief in God among adults with an education level of high school or less by interpretation of scripture

% of adults with an education level of high school or less who say they…

Interpreting scripture Believe in God; absolutely certain Believe in God; fairly certain Believe in God; not too/not at all certain Believe in God; don't know Do not believe in God Other/don't know if they believe in God Sample Size
Sample size = 4,434. 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 84% 13% 2% 1% < 1% < 1% 4,434
Word of God; not everything taken literally 71% 24% 3% < 1% 1% < 1% 2,598
Word of God; other/don't know 78% 15% 1% 4% 1% 1% 330
Not the word of God 31% 29% 13% 1% 24% 4% 2,523
Other/don't know 61% 22% 6% 3% 4% 4% 699

Importance of religion in one's life among adults with an education level of high school or less by interpretation of scripture

% of adults with an education level of high school or less who say religion is…

Interpreting scripture Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,434. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 82% 14% 2% 1% 1% 4,434
Word of God; not everything taken literally 55% 36% 7% 2% < 1% 2,598
Word of God; other/don't know 78% 17% 2% 1% 1% 330
Not the word of God 20% 31% 21% 27% 1% 2,523
Other/don't know 51% 28% 9% 9% 3% 699

Attendance at religious services among adults with an education level of high school or less by interpretation of scripture

% of adults with an education level of high school or less who attend religious services…

Interpreting scripture At least once a week Once or twice a month/a few times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,434. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 54% 30% 16% 1% 4,434
Word of God; not everything taken literally 34% 41% 24% < 1% 2,598
Word of God; other/don't know 48% 29% 21% 2% 330
Not the word of God 11% 28% 61% < 1% 2,523
Other/don't know 25% 35% 37% 3% 699

Frequency of prayer among adults with an education level of high school or less by interpretation of scripture

% of adults with an education level of high school or less who pray…

Interpreting scripture At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,434. 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 76% 14% 3% 6% 1% 4,434
Word of God; not everything taken literally 57% 22% 7% 13% < 1% 2,598
Word of God; other/don't know 75% 12% 3% 7% 4% 330
Not the word of God 26% 14% 9% 51% < 1% 2,523
Other/don't know 50% 15% 8% 22% 5% 699

Frequency of participation in prayer, scripture study or religious education groups among adults with an education level of high school or less by interpretation of scripture

% of adults with an education level of high school or less who attend prayer group…

Interpreting scripture At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,434. 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% 13% 9% 35% 1% 4,434
Word of God; not everything taken literally 22% 11% 9% 58% < 1% 2,598
Word of God; other/don't know 33% 7% 9% 48% 2% 330
Not the word of God 7% 5% 5% 84% < 1% 2,523
Other/don't know 14% 8% 7% 66% 4% 699

Frequency of meditation among adults with an education level of high school or less by interpretation of scripture

% of adults with an education level of high school or less who meditate…

Interpreting scripture At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,434. 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% 7% 3% 35% 3% 4,434
Word of God; not everything taken literally 35% 8% 4% 52% 1% 2,598
Word of God; other/don't know 45% 6% 4% 38% 7% 330
Not the word of God 27% 8% 4% 59% 1% 2,523
Other/don't know 36% 10% 3% 47% 5% 699

Frequency of feeling spiritual peace and wellbeing among adults with an education level of high school or less by interpretation of scripture

% of adults with an education level of high school or less who feel a sense of spiritual peace and wellbeing…

Interpreting scripture At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,434. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 71% 11% 6% 9% 1% 4,434
Word of God; not everything taken literally 54% 17% 11% 17% 1% 2,598
Word of God; other/don't know 67% 10% 11% 7% 6% 330
Not the word of God 40% 14% 10% 34% 2% 2,523
Other/don't know 51% 14% 9% 22% 5% 699

Frequency of feeling wonder about the universe among adults with an education level of high school or less by interpretation of scripture

% of adults with an education level of high school or less who feel a sense of wonder about the universe…

Interpreting scripture At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,434. 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% 13% 10% 29% 3% 4,434
Word of God; not everything taken literally 39% 16% 13% 32% 1% 2,598
Word of God; other/don't know 41% 11% 10% 28% 10% 330
Not the word of God 44% 15% 12% 29% 1% 2,523
Other/don't know 44% 10% 11% 29% 6% 699

Sources of guidance on right and wrong among adults with an education level of high school or less by interpretation of scripture

% of adults with an education level of high school or less who say they look to…most for guidance on right and wrong

Interpreting scripture Religion Philosophy/reason Common sense Science Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,434. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 54% 5% 34% 5% 2% 4,434
Word of God; not everything taken literally 33% 8% 52% 6% 2% 2,598
Word of God; other/don't know 44% 3% 39% 3% 12% 330
Not the word of God 9% 13% 63% 13% 1% 2,523
Other/don't know 21% 7% 59% 7% 6% 699

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong among adults with an education level of high school or less by interpretation of scripture

% of adults with an education level of high school or less 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 = 4,434. 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% 59% 1% 2% 4,434
Word of God; not everything taken literally 31% 68% 1% 1% 2,598
Word of God; other/don't know 33% 57% 5% 6% 330
Not the word of God 22% 76% 1% 1% 2,523
Other/don't know 26% 68% 3% 2% 699

Frequency of reading scripture among adults with an education level of high school or less by interpretation of scripture

% of adults with an education level of high school or less who read scripture…

Interpreting scripture At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,434. 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% 11% 7% 23% 1% 4,434
Word of God; not everything taken literally 32% 14% 11% 44% 1% 2,598
Word of God; other/don't know 50% 12% 7% 29% 2% 330
Not the word of God 10% 7% 7% 75% < 1% 2,523
Other/don't know 27% 10% 8% 51% 4% 699

Belief in Heaven among adults with an education level of high school or less by interpretation of scripture

% of adults with an education level of high school or less who …in heaven

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,434. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 92% 4% 4% 4,434
Word of God; not everything taken literally 88% 8% 4% 2,598
Word of God; other/don't know 82% 7% 11% 330
Not the word of God 48% 42% 10% 2,523
Other/don't know 67% 12% 21% 699

Belief in Hell among adults with an education level of high school or less by interpretation of scripture

% of adults with an education level of high school or less who …in hell

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,434. 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 81% 13% 6% 4,434
Word of God; not everything taken literally 70% 24% 6% 2,598
Word of God; other/don't know 74% 12% 14% 330
Not the word of God 35% 57% 8% 2,523
Other/don't know 50% 28% 22% 699

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among adults with an education level of high school or less by interpretation of scripture

% of adults with an education level of high school or less who identify as…

Interpreting scripture Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 4,434. 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% 21% 42% 4,434
Word of God; not everything taken literally 40% 21% 39% 2,598
Word of God; other/don't know 34% 34% 32% 330
Not the word of God 29% 25% 45% 2,523
Other/don't know 25% 33% 42% 699

Political ideology among adults with an education level of high school or less by interpretation of scripture

% of adults with an education level of high school or less who are…

Interpreting scripture Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,434. 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% 24% 18% 9% 4,434
Word of God; not everything taken literally 37% 37% 19% 7% 2,598
Word of God; other/don't know 43% 20% 18% 19% 330
Not the word of God 26% 35% 31% 8% 2,523
Other/don't know 34% 28% 20% 18% 699

Views about size of government among adults with an education level of high school or less by interpretation of scripture

% of adults with an education level of high school or less who would rather have…

Interpreting scripture Smaller government; fewer services Bigger government; more services Depends Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,434. 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% 55% 2% 3% 4,434
Word of God; not everything taken literally 50% 44% 2% 3% 2,598
Word of God; other/don't know 39% 43% 6% 13% 330
Not the word of God 52% 42% 3% 3% 2,523
Other/don't know 40% 41% 7% 12% 699

Views about government aid to the poor among adults with an education level of high school or less by interpretation of scripture

% of adults with an education level of high school or less who say government aid to the poor…

Interpreting scripture Does more harm than good Does more good than harm Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,434. 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% 49% 3% 3% 4,434
Word of God; not everything taken literally 48% 47% 3% 2% 2,598
Word of God; other/don't know 43% 40% 6% 11% 330
Not the word of God 43% 52% 3% 2% 2,523
Other/don't know 36% 46% 10% 8% 699

Views about abortion among adults with an education level of high school or less by interpretation of scripture

% of adults with an education level of high school or less who say abortion should be…

Interpreting scripture Legal in all/most cases Illegal in all/most cases Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,434. 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% 5% 4,434
Word of God; not everything taken literally 46% 50% 3% 2,598
Word of God; other/don't know 34% 49% 17% 330
Not the word of God 68% 28% 3% 2,523
Other/don't know 49% 37% 14% 699

Views about homosexuality among adults with an education level of high school or less by interpretation of scripture

% of adults with an education level of high school or less who say homosexuality…

Interpreting scripture Should be accepted Should be discouraged Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,434. 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% 53% 4% 4% 4,434
Word of God; not everything taken literally 61% 32% 4% 3% 2,598
Word of God; other/don't know 39% 42% 6% 13% 330
Not the word of God 78% 16% 3% 3% 2,523
Other/don't know 58% 25% 9% 8% 699

Views about same-sex marriage among adults with an education level of high school or less by interpretation of scripture

% of adults with an education level of high school or less who …same-sex marriage

Interpreting scripture Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,434. 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% 63% 9% 4,434
Word of God; not everything taken literally 49% 42% 8% 2,598
Word of God; other/don't know 29% 50% 21% 330
Not the word of God 69% 24% 8% 2,523
Other/don't know 48% 35% 17% 699

Views about environmental regulation among adults with an education level of high school or less by interpretation of scripture

% of adults with an education level of high school or less who say…

Interpreting scripture Stricter environmental laws and regulations cost too many jobs and hurt the economy Stricter environmental laws and regulations are worth the cost Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,434. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 49% 44% 2% 5% 4,434
Word of God; not everything taken literally 42% 54% 2% 2% 2,598
Word of God; other/don't know 37% 43% 5% 16% 330
Not the word of God 37% 58% 2% 3% 2,523
Other/don't know 37% 45% 6% 11% 699

Views about human evolution among adults with an education level of high school or less by interpretation of scripture

% of adults with an education level of high school or less who say humans…

Interpreting scripture Evolved; due to natural processes Evolved; due to God's design Evolved; don't know how Always existed in present form Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,434. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 14% 21% 3% 55% 7% 4,434
Word of God; not everything taken literally 23% 32% 3% 38% 4% 2,598
Word of God; other/don't know 11% 18% 6% 43% 22% 330
Not the word of God 54% 19% 4% 20% 3% 2,523
Other/don't know 23% 23% 10% 29% 15% 699