Interpreting scripture among adults with some college education

% of adults with some college education 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 = 9,589. 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 28% 28% 3% 33% 8% 9,589

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Interpreting scripture among adults with some college education by religious group

% of adults with some college education 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 23% 38% 2% 28% 9% 1,810
Evangelical Protestant 51% 31% 4% 9% 5% 2,739
Historically Black Protestant 51% 28% 3% 11% 7% 600
Jewish 11% 30% 4% 46% 10% 138
Mainline Protestant 23% 40% 3% 25% 10% 1,567
Mormon 32% 57% 5% 5% 2% 224
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 5% 11% 1% 75% 8% 1,950

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DemographicInformation

Age distribution among adults with some college education by interpretation of scripture

% of adults with some college education who are ages…

Interpreting scripture 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 2,780. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 17% 35% 30% 18% 2,780
Word of God; not everything taken literally 29% 33% 24% 14% 2,706
Word of God; other/don't know 17% 32% 28% 23% 285
Not the word of God 37% 32% 20% 10% 2,933
Other/don't know 27% 32% 26% 15% 738

Generational cohort among adults with some college education by interpretation of scripture

% of adults with some college education who are…

Interpreting scripture Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 2,780. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 11% 12% 29% 35% 12% 1% 2,780
Word of God; not everything taken literally 20% 15% 27% 28% 9% 1% 2,706
Word of God; other/don't know 9% 9% 30% 34% 16% 1% 285
Not the word of God 25% 21% 24% 24% 6% 1% 2,933
Other/don't know 14% 19% 26% 30% 10% 1% 738

Gender composition among adults with some college education by interpretation of scripture

% of adults with some college education who are…

Interpreting scripture Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 2,836. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 38% 62% 2,836
Word of God; not everything taken literally 42% 58% 2,736
Word of God; other/don't know 40% 60% 299
Not the word of God 56% 44% 2,954
Other/don't know 53% 47% 764

Racial and ethnic composition among adults with some college education by interpretation of scripture

% of adults with some college education who identify as…

Interpreting scripture White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 2,799. 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% 19% 2% 13% 4% 2,799
Word of God; not everything taken literally 70% 12% 2% 11% 4% 2,719
Word of God; other/don't know 69% 11% 1% 12% 7% 288
Not the word of God 71% 7% 4% 12% 5% 2,904
Other/don't know 66% 13% 3% 11% 6% 741

Immigrant status among adults with some college education by interpretation of scripture

% of adults with some college education who are…

Interpreting scripture Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 2,805. 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 10% 9% 81% 2,805
Word of God; not everything taken literally 9% 11% 80% 2,710
Word of God; other/don't know 10% 6% 85% 292
Not the word of God 11% 14% 75% 2,930
Other/don't know 10% 10% 79% 752

Income distribution among adults with some college education by interpretation of scripture

% of adults with some college education 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 = 2,448. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 38% 26% 26% 10% 2,448
Word of God; not everything taken literally 29% 23% 34% 14% 2,440
Word of God; other/don't know 31% 25% 32% 13% 231
Not the word of God 30% 22% 30% 18% 2,686
Other/don't know 37% 22% 29% 12% 624

Marital status among adults with some college education by interpretation of scripture

% of adults with some college education who are…

Interpreting scripture Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 2,827. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 53% 5% 15% 7% 19% 2,827
Word of God; not everything taken literally 46% 8% 13% 5% 28% 2,731
Word of God; other/don't know 58% 3% 12% 8% 18% 296
Not the word of God 37% 11% 13% 3% 36% 2,945
Other/don't know 38% 11% 16% 8% 27% 756

Parent of children under 18 among adults with some college education by interpretation of scripture

% of adults with some college education who are…

Interpreting scripture Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 2,831. 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 33% 67% 2,831
Word of God; not everything taken literally 32% 68% 2,731
Word of God; other/don't know 31% 69% 298
Not the word of God 25% 75% 2,944
Other/don't know 26% 74% 761

BeliefsandPractices

Belief in God among adults with some college education by interpretation of scripture

% of adults with some college education 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 = 2,836. 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 93% 6% < 1% 1% < 1% < 1% 2,836
Word of God; not everything taken literally 79% 19% 1% < 1% < 1% < 1% 2,736
Word of God; other/don't know 92% 5% < 1% 1% < 1% < 1% 299
Not the word of God 30% 28% 11% 1% 25% 5% 2,954
Other/don't know 60% 23% 5% 2% 4% 6% 764

Importance of religion in one's life among adults with some college education by interpretation of scripture

% of adults with some college education who say religion is…

Interpreting scripture Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,836. 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% 11% 2% 1% < 1% 2,836
Word of God; not everything taken literally 63% 30% 5% 2% < 1% 2,736
Word of God; other/don't know 81% 15% 1% 1% 2% 299
Not the word of God 16% 30% 25% 29% 1% 2,954
Other/don't know 42% 35% 15% 6% 2% 764

Attendance at religious services among adults with some college education by interpretation of scripture

% of adults with some college education 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 = 2,836. 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 63% 26% 10% < 1% 2,836
Word of God; not everything taken literally 39% 43% 18% < 1% 2,736
Word of God; other/don't know 53% 30% 15% 2% 299
Not the word of God 7% 33% 60% < 1% 2,954
Other/don't know 20% 46% 33% 2% 764

Frequency of prayer among adults with some college education by interpretation of scripture

% of adults with some college education who pray…

Interpreting scripture At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,836. 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% 10% 2% 3% < 1% 2,836
Word of God; not everything taken literally 66% 20% 6% 8% < 1% 2,736
Word of God; other/don't know 84% 9% 3% 2% 2% 299
Not the word of God 25% 15% 8% 52% 1% 2,954
Other/don't know 51% 19% 8% 20% 3% 764

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

% of adults with some college education 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 = 2,836. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 47% 14% 10% 29% 1% 2,836
Word of God; not everything taken literally 25% 11% 12% 52% < 1% 2,736
Word of God; other/don't know 42% 12% 9% 35% 2% 299
Not the word of God 4% 4% 4% 88% < 1% 2,954
Other/don't know 16% 9% 7% 67% 2% 764

Frequency of meditation among adults with some college education by interpretation of scripture

% of adults with some college education 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 = 2,836. 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% 7% 3% 35% 2% 2,836
Word of God; not everything taken literally 39% 8% 4% 48% 1% 2,736
Word of God; other/don't know 52% 5% 2% 37% 4% 299
Not the word of God 30% 11% 5% 53% 1% 2,954
Other/don't know 42% 9% 4% 44% 2% 764

Frequency of feeling spiritual peace and wellbeing among adults with some college education by interpretation of scripture

% of adults with some college education 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 = 2,836. 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% 5% 1% 2,836
Word of God; not everything taken literally 62% 18% 9% 10% 1% 2,736
Word of God; other/don't know 74% 10% 6% 6% 4% 299
Not the word of God 43% 17% 11% 27% 1% 2,954
Other/don't know 54% 15% 10% 17% 4% 764

Frequency of feeling wonder about the universe among adults with some college education by interpretation of scripture

% of adults with some college education 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 = 2,836. 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% 16% 12% 26% 1% 2,836
Word of God; not everything taken literally 45% 18% 13% 23% 1% 2,736
Word of God; other/don't know 42% 14% 10% 29% 5% 299
Not the word of God 51% 17% 12% 19% 1% 2,954
Other/don't know 48% 16% 12% 23% 2% 764

Sources of guidance on right and wrong among adults with some college education by interpretation of scripture

% of adults with some college education 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 = 2,836. 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% 4% 26% 3% 2% 2,836
Word of God; not everything taken literally 39% 9% 46% 4% 2% 2,736
Word of God; other/don't know 55% 4% 28% 3% 10% 299
Not the word of God 5% 18% 61% 14% 2% 2,954
Other/don't know 20% 13% 54% 7% 6% 764

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong among adults with some college education by interpretation of scripture

% of adults with some college education 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 = 2,836. 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% 47% 1% 1% 2,836
Word of God; not everything taken literally 37% 61% 1% < 1% 2,736
Word of God; other/don't know 50% 44% 4% 2% 299
Not the word of God 21% 77% 2% 1% 2,954
Other/don't know 27% 68% 3% 2% 764

Frequency of reading scripture among adults with some college education by interpretation of scripture

% of adults with some college education 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 = 2,836. 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 67% 12% 6% 15% 1% 2,836
Word of God; not everything taken literally 40% 14% 11% 35% < 1% 2,736
Word of God; other/don't know 65% 8% 8% 17% 2% 299
Not the word of God 9% 6% 8% 76% < 1% 2,954
Other/don't know 26% 14% 8% 50% 2% 764

Belief in Heaven among adults with some college education by interpretation of scripture

% of adults with some college education who …in heaven

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,836. 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% 5% 4% 2,836
Word of God; not everything taken literally 90% 6% 4% 2,736
Word of God; other/don't know 87% 3% 10% 299
Not the word of God 44% 47% 10% 2,954
Other/don't know 67% 14% 18% 764

Belief in Hell among adults with some college education by interpretation of scripture

% of adults with some college education who …in hell

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,836. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 85% 11% 5% 2,836
Word of God; not everything taken literally 73% 21% 6% 2,736
Word of God; other/don't know 72% 15% 14% 299
Not the word of God 29% 63% 9% 2,954
Other/don't know 53% 29% 18% 764

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among adults with some college education by interpretation of scripture

% of adults with some college education who identify as…

Interpreting scripture Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 2,836. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 48% 17% 35% 2,836
Word of God; not everything taken literally 48% 14% 38% 2,736
Word of God; other/don't know 47% 24% 29% 299
Not the word of God 26% 18% 56% 2,954
Other/don't know 30% 30% 41% 764

Political ideology among adults with some college education by interpretation of scripture

% of adults with some college education who are…

Interpreting scripture Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,836. 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% 28% 12% 6% 2,836
Word of God; not everything taken literally 43% 36% 17% 4% 2,736
Word of God; other/don't know 48% 28% 7% 17% 299
Not the word of God 18% 39% 38% 5% 2,954
Other/don't know 26% 41% 21% 12% 764

Views about size of government among adults with some college education by interpretation of scripture

% of adults with some college education who would rather have…

Interpreting scripture Smaller government; fewer services Bigger government; more services Depends Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,836. 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% 38% 2% 3% 2,836
Word of God; not everything taken literally 62% 34% 2% 3% 2,736
Word of God; other/don't know 59% 22% 8% 11% 299
Not the word of God 52% 40% 4% 4% 2,954
Other/don't know 51% 31% 9% 8% 764

Views about government aid to the poor among adults with some college education by interpretation of scripture

% of adults with some college education 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 = 2,836. 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% 41% 4% 2% 2,836
Word of God; not everything taken literally 52% 44% 3% 1% 2,736
Word of God; other/don't know 55% 28% 13% 4% 299
Not the word of God 38% 58% 3% 1% 2,954
Other/don't know 44% 44% 8% 4% 764

Views about abortion among adults with some college education by interpretation of scripture

% of adults with some college education who say abortion should be…

Interpreting scripture Legal in all/most cases Illegal in all/most cases Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,836. 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 33% 63% 4% 2,836
Word of God; not everything taken literally 49% 49% 3% 2,736
Word of God; other/don't know 25% 62% 13% 299
Not the word of God 78% 18% 4% 2,954
Other/don't know 57% 30% 13% 764

Views about homosexuality among adults with some college education by interpretation of scripture

% of adults with some college education who say homosexuality…

Interpreting scripture Should be accepted Should be discouraged Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,836. 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% 55% 5% 4% 2,836
Word of God; not everything taken literally 62% 31% 4% 3% 2,736
Word of God; other/don't know 33% 45% 14% 8% 299
Not the word of God 87% 8% 2% 2% 2,954
Other/don't know 64% 22% 7% 6% 764

Views about same-sex marriage among adults with some college education by interpretation of scripture

% of adults with some college education who …same-sex marriage

Interpreting scripture Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,836. 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 26% 68% 6% 2,836
Word of God; not everything taken literally 53% 41% 7% 2,736
Word of God; other/don't know 26% 57% 17% 299
Not the word of God 83% 12% 5% 2,954
Other/don't know 58% 27% 15% 764

Views about environmental regulation among adults with some college education by interpretation of scripture

% of adults with some college education 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 = 2,836. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 48% 47% 3% 2% 2,836
Word of God; not everything taken literally 41% 56% 2% 1% 2,736
Word of God; other/don't know 42% 39% 11% 8% 299
Not the word of God 26% 70% 2% 2% 2,954
Other/don't know 34% 55% 5% 6% 764

Views about human evolution among adults with some college education by interpretation of scripture

% of adults with some college education 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 = 2,836. 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% 25% 1% 61% 3% 2,836
Word of God; not everything taken literally 17% 39% 2% 39% 3% 2,736
Word of God; other/don't know 9% 20% 5% 53% 14% 299
Not the word of God 63% 19% 5% 11% 2% 2,954
Other/don't know 27% 31% 12% 22% 8% 764