Interpreting scripture among adults with a post-graduate degree

% of adults with a post-graduate degree 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 = 5,897. 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 14% 28% 2% 49% 8% 5,897

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Interpreting scripture among adults with a post-graduate degree by religious group

% of adults with a post-graduate degree 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 9% 42% 1% 39% 8% 1,128
Evangelical Protestant 42% 40% 6% 8% 4% 959
Hindu 12% 13% 1% 61% 13% 104
Historically Black Protestant 36% 44% 3% 11% 5% 193
Jewish 5% 19% 1% 67% 8% 326
Mainline Protestant 8% 35% 2% 42% 12% 1,269
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 2% 4% < 1% 90% 5% 1,382

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DemographicInformation

Age distribution among adults with a post-graduate degree by interpretation of scripture

% of adults with a post-graduate degree who are ages…

Interpreting scripture 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 758. 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% 46% 25% 20% 758
Word of God; not everything taken literally 9% 42% 30% 19% 1,598
Word of God; other/don't know 4% 37% 33% 26% 123
Not the word of God 10% 45% 27% 18% 2,820
Other/don't know 7% 38% 30% 24% 445

Generational cohort among adults with a post-graduate degree by interpretation of scripture

% of adults with a post-graduate degree who are…

Interpreting scripture Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 758. 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 1% 13% 40% 31% 14% 1% 758
Word of God; not everything taken literally 2% 15% 34% 36% 12% 1% 1,598
Word of God; other/don't know 3% 8% 30% 40% 18% 1% 123
Not the word of God 2% 17% 36% 34% 11% 1% 2,820
Other/don't know 1% 11% 33% 37% 15% 2% 445

Gender composition among adults with a post-graduate degree by interpretation of scripture

% of adults with a post-graduate degree who are…

Interpreting scripture Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 786. 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% 54% 786
Word of God; not everything taken literally 48% 52% 1,630
Word of God; other/don't know 56% 44% 131
Not the word of God 50% 50% 2,876
Other/don't know 44% 56% 474

Racial and ethnic composition among adults with a post-graduate degree by interpretation of scripture

% of adults with a post-graduate degree who identify as…

Interpreting scripture White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 781. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 61% 16% 10% 9% 4% 781
Word of God; not everything taken literally 77% 10% 5% 5% 3% 1,605
Word of God; other/don't know 62% 16% 11% 5% 6% 123
Not the word of God 80% 3% 9% 5% 3% 2,838
Other/don't know 74% 7% 11% 5% 5% 454

Immigrant status among adults with a post-graduate degree by interpretation of scripture

% of adults with a post-graduate degree who are…

Interpreting scripture Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 776. 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% 7% 75% 776
Word of God; not everything taken literally 12% 10% 78% 1,616
Word of God; other/don't know 19% 7% 74% 127
Not the word of God 17% 12% 71% 2,847
Other/don't know 21% 11% 68% 469

Income distribution among adults with a post-graduate degree by interpretation of scripture

% of adults with a post-graduate degree 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 = 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 13% 15% 38% 35% 685
Word of God; not everything taken literally 7% 10% 35% 48% 1,466
Word of God; other/don't know 13% 10% 28% 49% 107
Not the word of God 9% 10% 30% 51% 2,602
Other/don't know 6% 10% 32% 52% 381

Marital status among adults with a post-graduate degree by interpretation of scripture

% of adults with a post-graduate degree who are…

Interpreting scripture Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 784. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 72% 2% 9% 5% 13% 784
Word of God; not everything taken literally 69% 3% 9% 5% 15% 1,625
Word of God; other/don't know 79% 3% 4% 3% 11% 130
Not the word of God 62% 9% 10% 3% 16% 2,868
Other/don't know 67% 4% 10% 7% 12% 469

Parent of children under 18 among adults with a post-graduate degree by interpretation of scripture

% of adults with a post-graduate degree who are…

Interpreting scripture Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 779. 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 36% 64% 779
Word of God; not everything taken literally 37% 63% 1,622
Word of God; other/don't know 25% 75% 128
Not the word of God 31% 69% 2,868
Other/don't know 30% 70% 469

BeliefsandPractices

Belief in God among adults with a post-graduate degree by interpretation of scripture

% of adults with a post-graduate degree 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 = 786. 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% 6% < 1% < 1% < 1% < 1% 786
Word of God; not everything taken literally 80% 18% 1% < 1% < 1% < 1% 1,630
Word of God; other/don't know 89% 5% < 1% 2% 1% 3% 131
Not the word of God 23% 28% 14% 1% 29% 6% 2,876
Other/don't know 54% 28% 5% 3% 4% 5% 474

Importance of religion in one's life among adults with a post-graduate degree by interpretation of scripture

% of adults with a post-graduate degree who say religion is…

Interpreting scripture Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 786. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 91% 7% 1% 1% 1% 786
Word of God; not everything taken literally 72% 23% 4% < 1% < 1% 1,630
Word of God; other/don't know 89% 7% 3% < 1% 1% 131
Not the word of God 16% 29% 25% 30% 1% 2,876
Other/don't know 50% 31% 10% 7% 2% 474

Attendance at religious services among adults with a post-graduate degree by interpretation of scripture

% of adults with a post-graduate degree 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 = 786. 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 77% 17% 5% < 1% 786
Word of God; not everything taken literally 58% 32% 9% 1% 1,630
Word of God; other/don't know 73% 15% 11% 1% 131
Not the word of God 11% 38% 51% < 1% 2,876
Other/don't know 33% 44% 21% 2% 474

Frequency of prayer among adults with a post-graduate degree by interpretation of scripture

% of adults with a post-graduate degree who pray…

Interpreting scripture At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 786. 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 89% 7% 3% 1% < 1% 786
Word of God; not everything taken literally 71% 19% 5% 5% < 1% 1,630
Word of God; other/don't know 86% 7% 1% 3% 4% 131
Not the word of God 22% 15% 8% 54% 1% 2,876
Other/don't know 55% 16% 7% 18% 5% 474

Frequency of participation in prayer, scripture study or religious education groups among adults with a post-graduate degree by interpretation of scripture

% of adults with a post-graduate degree 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 = 786. 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% 14% 10% 18% < 1% 786
Word of God; not everything taken literally 29% 14% 15% 43% < 1% 1,630
Word of God; other/don't know 54% 15% 5% 26% 2% 131
Not the word of God 5% 3% 5% 86% < 1% 2,876
Other/don't know 17% 11% 10% 61% 1% 474

Frequency of meditation among adults with a post-graduate degree by interpretation of scripture

% of adults with a post-graduate degree 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 = 786. 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% 5% 3% 28% 3% 786
Word of God; not everything taken literally 47% 9% 4% 39% 1% 1,630
Word of God; other/don't know 68% 1% 2% 23% 7% 131
Not the word of God 32% 11% 7% 48% 1% 2,876
Other/don't know 47% 9% 5% 36% 3% 474

Frequency of feeling spiritual peace and wellbeing among adults with a post-graduate degree by interpretation of scripture

% of adults with a post-graduate degree 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 = 786. 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% 8% 2% 3% 1% 786
Word of God; not everything taken literally 65% 18% 11% 6% < 1% 1,630
Word of God; other/don't know 76% 9% 6% 6% 4% 131
Not the word of God 42% 19% 15% 23% 1% 2,876
Other/don't know 61% 16% 9% 11% 3% 474

Frequency of feeling wonder about the universe among adults with a post-graduate degree by interpretation of scripture

% of adults with a post-graduate degree 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 = 786. 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% 17% 12% 16% 2% 786
Word of God; not everything taken literally 45% 19% 17% 18% 1% 1,630
Word of God; other/don't know 57% 10% 18% 8% 7% 131
Not the word of God 48% 19% 17% 15% 1% 2,876
Other/don't know 51% 18% 14% 14% 3% 474

Sources of guidance on right and wrong among adults with a post-graduate degree by interpretation of scripture

% of adults with a post-graduate degree 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 = 786. 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 72% 5% 16% 5% 1% 786
Word of God; not everything taken literally 45% 11% 33% 8% 3% 1,630
Word of God; other/don't know 58% 5% 26% 1% 11% 131
Not the word of God 4% 24% 46% 23% 2% 2,876
Other/don't know 22% 13% 42% 12% 11% 474

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong among adults with a post-graduate degree by interpretation of scripture

% of adults with a post-graduate degree 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 = 786. 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% 38% 1% < 1% 786
Word of God; not everything taken literally 42% 56% 1% < 1% 1,630
Word of God; other/don't know 52% 34% 12% 2% 131
Not the word of God 17% 81% 1% < 1% 2,876
Other/don't know 27% 66% 6% 1% 474

Frequency of reading scripture among adults with a post-graduate degree by interpretation of scripture

% of adults with a post-graduate degree 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 = 786. 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% 10% 6% 9% < 1% 786
Word of God; not everything taken literally 44% 15% 12% 28% < 1% 1,630
Word of God; other/don't know 74% 11% 3% 10% 3% 131
Not the word of God 7% 6% 9% 78% < 1% 2,876
Other/don't know 27% 14% 13% 45% 2% 474

Belief in Heaven among adults with a post-graduate degree by interpretation of scripture

% of adults with a post-graduate degree who …in heaven

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 786. 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% 6% 6% 786
Word of God; not everything taken literally 88% 7% 6% 1,630
Word of God; other/don't know 69% 11% 20% 131
Not the word of God 30% 62% 8% 2,876
Other/don't know 53% 23% 23% 474

Belief in Hell among adults with a post-graduate degree by interpretation of scripture

% of adults with a post-graduate degree who …in hell

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 786. 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% 12% 7% 786
Word of God; not everything taken literally 65% 26% 9% 1,630
Word of God; other/don't know 63% 12% 26% 131
Not the word of God 15% 78% 7% 2,876
Other/don't know 30% 44% 26% 474

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among adults with a post-graduate degree by interpretation of scripture

% of adults with a post-graduate degree who identify as…

Interpreting scripture Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 786. 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 58% 13% 29% 786
Word of God; not everything taken literally 49% 10% 41% 1,630
Word of God; other/don't know 48% 21% 31% 131
Not the word of God 19% 10% 72% 2,876
Other/don't know 29% 19% 52% 474

Political ideology among adults with a post-graduate degree by interpretation of scripture

% of adults with a post-graduate degree who are…

Interpreting scripture Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 786. 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% 27% 8% 4% 786
Word of God; not everything taken literally 35% 45% 18% 2% 1,630
Word of God; other/don't know 51% 33% 9% 7% 131
Not the word of God 10% 35% 53% 2% 2,876
Other/don't know 19% 40% 35% 6% 474

Views about size of government among adults with a post-graduate degree by interpretation of scripture

% of adults with a post-graduate degree who would rather have…

Interpreting scripture Smaller government; fewer services Bigger government; more services Depends Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 786. 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% 32% 1% 2% 786
Word of God; not everything taken literally 63% 33% 2% 1% 1,630
Word of God; other/don't know 73% 14% 6% 8% 131
Not the word of God 41% 53% 3% 3% 2,876
Other/don't know 47% 35% 10% 8% 474

Views about government aid to the poor among adults with a post-graduate degree by interpretation of scripture

% of adults with a post-graduate degree 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 = 786. 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% 38% 5% 2% 786
Word of God; not everything taken literally 46% 50% 3% 1% 1,630
Word of God; other/don't know 46% 33% 15% 5% 131
Not the word of God 24% 72% 3% 1% 2,876
Other/don't know 30% 56% 9% 6% 474

Views about abortion among adults with a post-graduate degree by interpretation of scripture

% of adults with a post-graduate degree who say abortion should be…

Interpreting scripture Legal in all/most cases Illegal in all/most cases Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 786. 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% 68% 3% 786
Word of God; not everything taken literally 51% 46% 2% 1,630
Word of God; other/don't know 25% 64% 11% 131
Not the word of God 88% 11% 2% 2,876
Other/don't know 68% 24% 8% 474

Views about homosexuality among adults with a post-graduate degree by interpretation of scripture

% of adults with a post-graduate degree who say homosexuality…

Interpreting scripture Should be accepted Should be discouraged Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 786. 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% 62% 4% 5% 786
Word of God; not everything taken literally 66% 27% 5% 2% 1,630
Word of God; other/don't know 32% 47% 13% 9% 131
Not the word of God 92% 6% 2% 1% 2,876
Other/don't know 73% 12% 9% 6% 474

Views about same-sex marriage among adults with a post-graduate degree by interpretation of scripture

% of adults with a post-graduate degree who …same-sex marriage

Interpreting scripture Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 786. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 24% 70% 6% 786
Word of God; not everything taken literally 56% 38% 7% 1,630
Word of God; other/don't know 22% 59% 19% 131
Not the word of God 90% 8% 3% 2,876
Other/don't know 68% 19% 13% 474

Views about environmental regulation among adults with a post-graduate degree by interpretation of scripture

% of adults with a post-graduate degree 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 = 786. 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% 49% 2% 3% 786
Word of God; not everything taken literally 34% 64% 1% 1% 1,630
Word of God; other/don't know 44% 43% 4% 9% 131
Not the word of God 15% 82% 2% 1% 2,876
Other/don't know 20% 70% 6% 4% 474

Views about human evolution among adults with a post-graduate degree by interpretation of scripture

% of adults with a post-graduate degree 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 = 786. 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 6% 26% 1% 63% 4% 786
Word of God; not everything taken literally 20% 47% 5% 26% 2% 1,630
Word of God; other/don't know 8% 23% 6% 48% 14% 131
Not the word of God 78% 12% 4% 5% 1% 2,876
Other/don't know 38% 24% 21% 13% 5% 474