Interpreting scripture among adults who seldom or never feel a deep sense of spiritual peace and wellbeing

% of adults who seldom or never feel a deep sense of spiritual peace and wellbeing 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 = 5,262. 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% 19% 1% 58% 8% 5,262
2007 18% 22% 2% 48% 11% 5,886

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Interpreting scripture among adults who seldom or never feel a deep sense of spiritual peace and wellbeing by religious group

% of adults who seldom or never feel a deep sense of spiritual peace and wellbeing 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 18% 27% 1% 45% 8% 963
Evangelical Protestant 33% 38% 2% 22% 6% 511
Historically Black Protestant 53% 21% 1% 17% 9% 136
Jewish 7% 15% 1% 69% 9% 235
Mainline Protestant 14% 29% 2% 46% 9% 778
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 6% 10% < 1% 76% 7% 2,348

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DemographicInformation

Age distribution among adults who seldom or never feel a deep sense of spiritual peace and wellbeing by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never feel a deep sense of spiritual peace and wellbeing who are ages…

Interpreting scripture 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 586. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 16% 35% 32% 17% 586
Word of God; not everything taken literally 27% 31% 25% 17% 943
Not the word of God 30% 34% 21% 15% 3,176
Other/don't know 18% 36% 25% 21% 412

Generational cohort among adults who seldom or never feel a deep sense of spiritual peace and wellbeing by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never feel a deep sense of spiritual peace and wellbeing who are…

Interpreting scripture Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 586. 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% 28% 35% 13% 1% 586
Word of God; not everything taken literally 17% 16% 25% 29% 12% 1% 943
Not the word of God 19% 18% 27% 26% 9% 1% 3,176
Other/don't know 10% 14% 30% 30% 13% 3% 412

Gender composition among adults who seldom or never feel a deep sense of spiritual peace and wellbeing by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never feel a deep sense of spiritual peace and wellbeing who are…

Interpreting scripture Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 598. 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% 43% 598
Word of God; not everything taken literally 56% 44% 958
Not the word of God 66% 34% 3,220
Other/don't know 59% 41% 424

Racial and ethnic composition among adults who seldom or never feel a deep sense of spiritual peace and wellbeing by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never feel a deep sense of spiritual peace and wellbeing who identify as…

Interpreting scripture White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 594. 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% 21% 2% 21% 4% 594
Word of God; not everything taken literally 72% 8% 3% 14% 3% 945
Not the word of God 77% 4% 6% 10% 3% 3,186
Other/don't know 73% 6% 4% 12% 5% 414

Immigrant status among adults who seldom or never feel a deep sense of spiritual peace and wellbeing by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never feel a deep sense of spiritual peace and wellbeing who are…

Interpreting scripture Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 577. 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% 9% 74% 577
Word of God; not everything taken literally 11% 13% 76% 942
Not the word of God 12% 14% 75% 3,183
Other/don't know 13% 9% 77% 416

Income distribution among adults who seldom or never feel a deep sense of spiritual peace and wellbeing by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never feel a deep sense of spiritual peace and wellbeing 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 = 498. 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% 22% 13% 7% 498
Word of God; not everything taken literally 38% 23% 24% 15% 832
Not the word of God 30% 19% 29% 22% 2,899
Other/don't know 44% 17% 22% 17% 337

Educational distribution among adults who seldom or never feel a deep sense of spiritual peace and wellbeing by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never feel a deep sense of spiritual peace and wellbeing who have completed…

Interpreting scripture High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 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.
Word of God; should be taken literally 73% 19% 6% 2% 589
Word of God; not everything taken literally 55% 30% 10% 6% 954
Not the word of God 38% 31% 18% 13% 3,210
Other/don't know 46% 34% 13% 7% 421

Marital status among adults who seldom or never feel a deep sense of spiritual peace and wellbeing by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never feel a deep sense of spiritual peace and wellbeing who are…

Interpreting scripture Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 594. 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% 9% 17% 9% 28% 594
Word of God; not everything taken literally 41% 8% 15% 7% 29% 952
Not the word of God 40% 10% 11% 4% 34% 3,204
Other/don't know 42% 8% 14% 9% 26% 417

Parent of children under 18 among adults who seldom or never feel a deep sense of spiritual peace and wellbeing by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never feel a deep sense of spiritual peace and wellbeing who are…

Interpreting scripture Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 598. 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% 598
Word of God; not everything taken literally 28% 72% 953
Not the word of God 24% 76% 3,207
Other/don't know 28% 72% 420

BeliefsandPractices

Belief in God among adults who seldom or never feel a deep sense of spiritual peace and wellbeing by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never feel a deep sense of spiritual peace and wellbeing 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 = 598. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 70% 22% 6% 2% 1% < 1% 598
Word of God; not everything taken literally 50% 38% 7% < 1% 3% 1% 958
Not the word of God 13% 24% 16% < 1% 41% 6% 3,220
Other/don't know 35% 27% 11% 2% 14% 11% 424

Importance of religion in one's life among adults who seldom or never feel a deep sense of spiritual peace and wellbeing by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never feel a deep sense of spiritual peace and wellbeing who say religion is…

Interpreting scripture Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 598. 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% 34% 7% 4% 1% 598
Word of God; not everything taken literally 28% 50% 17% 5% < 1% 958
Not the word of God 6% 23% 30% 41% < 1% 3,220
Other/don't know 20% 38% 22% 20% 1% 424

Attendance at religious services among adults who seldom or never feel a deep sense of spiritual peace and wellbeing by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never feel a deep sense of spiritual peace and wellbeing 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 = 598. 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% 34% 37% < 1% 598
Word of God; not everything taken literally 17% 43% 40% < 1% 958
Not the word of God 4% 24% 73% < 1% 3,220
Other/don't know 7% 34% 57% 1% 424

Frequency of prayer among adults who seldom or never feel a deep sense of spiritual peace and wellbeing by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never feel a deep sense of spiritual peace and wellbeing who pray…

Interpreting scripture At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 598. 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% 21% 8% 23% 1% 598
Word of God; not everything taken literally 32% 21% 12% 34% 1% 958
Not the word of God 9% 8% 7% 76% < 1% 3,220
Other/don't know 22% 14% 9% 51% 4% 424

Frequency of participation in prayer, scripture study or religious education groups among adults who seldom or never feel a deep sense of spiritual peace and wellbeing by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never feel a deep sense of spiritual peace and wellbeing 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 = 598. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 17% 7% 7% 69% < 1% 598
Word of God; not everything taken literally 10% 5% 6% 79% < 1% 958
Not the word of God 1% 1% 3% 95% < 1% 3,220
Other/don't know 4% 5% 3% 87% 1% 424

Frequency of meditation among adults who seldom or never feel a deep sense of spiritual peace and wellbeing by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never feel a deep sense of spiritual peace and wellbeing 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 = 598. 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 25% 5% 2% 65% 3% 598
Word of God; not everything taken literally 16% 5% 4% 74% 1% 958
Not the word of God 12% 6% 4% 78% 1% 3,220
Other/don't know 16% 6% 3% 74% 2% 424

Frequency of feeling wonder about the universe among adults who seldom or never feel a deep sense of spiritual peace and wellbeing by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never feel a deep sense of spiritual peace and wellbeing 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 = 598. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 21% 7% 11% 59% 2% 598
Word of God; not everything taken literally 22% 9% 12% 56% 1% 958
Not the word of God 30% 15% 16% 38% < 1% 3,220
Other/don't know 26% 12% 12% 47% 3% 424

Sources of guidance on right and wrong among adults who seldom or never feel a deep sense of spiritual peace and wellbeing by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never feel a deep sense of spiritual peace and wellbeing 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 = 598. 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% 9% 47% 9% 2% 598
Word of God; not everything taken literally 18% 9% 63% 9% 2% 958
Not the word of God 3% 15% 62% 19% 1% 3,220
Other/don't know 8% 12% 62% 12% 6% 424

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong among adults who seldom or never feel a deep sense of spiritual peace and wellbeing by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never feel a deep sense of spiritual peace and wellbeing 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 = 598. 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% 68% 2% 2% 598
Word of God; not everything taken literally 28% 72% < 1% < 1% 958
Not the word of God 20% 78% 1% 1% 3,220
Other/don't know 20% 74% 4% 3% 424

Frequency of reading scripture among adults who seldom or never feel a deep sense of spiritual peace and wellbeing by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never feel a deep sense of spiritual peace and wellbeing 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 = 598. 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 25% 10% 6% 58% 1% 598
Word of God; not everything taken literally 11% 8% 8% 73% < 1% 958
Not the word of God 2% 2% 5% 90% < 1% 3,220
Other/don't know 8% 7% 6% 77% 1% 424

Belief in Heaven among adults who seldom or never feel a deep sense of spiritual peace and wellbeing by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never feel a deep sense of spiritual peace and wellbeing who …in heaven

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 598. 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% 2% 598
Word of God; not everything taken literally 82% 12% 6% 958
Not the word of God 31% 60% 9% 3,220
Other/don't know 49% 26% 25% 424

Belief in Hell among adults who seldom or never feel a deep sense of spiritual peace and wellbeing by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never feel a deep sense of spiritual peace and wellbeing who …in hell

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 598. 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% 6% 598
Word of God; not everything taken literally 64% 29% 7% 958
Not the word of God 22% 70% 8% 3,220
Other/don't know 35% 40% 24% 424

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among adults who seldom or never feel a deep sense of spiritual peace and wellbeing by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never feel a deep sense of spiritual peace and wellbeing who identify as…

Interpreting scripture Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 598. 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% 23% 44% 598
Word of God; not everything taken literally 38% 20% 42% 958
Not the word of God 29% 19% 53% 3,220
Other/don't know 28% 33% 39% 424

Political ideology among adults who seldom or never feel a deep sense of spiritual peace and wellbeing by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never feel a deep sense of spiritual peace and wellbeing who are…

Interpreting scripture Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 598. 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 35% 28% 24% 14% 598
Word of God; not everything taken literally 34% 39% 22% 6% 958
Not the word of God 19% 35% 38% 7% 3,220
Other/don't know 29% 35% 21% 15% 424

Views about size of government among adults who seldom or never feel a deep sense of spiritual peace and wellbeing by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never feel a deep sense of spiritual peace and wellbeing who would rather have…

Interpreting scripture Smaller government; fewer services Bigger government; more services Depends Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 598. 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% 58% 2% 4% 598
Word of God; not everything taken literally 54% 43% 1% 2% 958
Not the word of God 52% 42% 3% 3% 3,220
Other/don't know 50% 33% 8% 10% 424

Views about government aid to the poor among adults who seldom or never feel a deep sense of spiritual peace and wellbeing by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never feel a deep sense of spiritual peace and wellbeing 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 = 598. 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% 46% 3% 4% 598
Word of God; not everything taken literally 48% 48% 2% 2% 958
Not the word of God 39% 57% 3% 1% 3,220
Other/don't know 39% 48% 8% 6% 424

Views about abortion among adults who seldom or never feel a deep sense of spiritual peace and wellbeing by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never feel a deep sense of spiritual peace and wellbeing who say abortion should be…

Interpreting scripture Legal in all/most cases Illegal in all/most cases Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 598. 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% 54% 6% 598
Word of God; not everything taken literally 58% 40% 2% 958
Not the word of God 79% 18% 3% 3,220
Other/don't know 61% 26% 13% 424

Views about homosexuality among adults who seldom or never feel a deep sense of spiritual peace and wellbeing by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never feel a deep sense of spiritual peace and wellbeing who say homosexuality…

Interpreting scripture Should be accepted Should be discouraged Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 598. 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% 46% 3% 5% 598
Word of God; not everything taken literally 69% 26% 4% 2% 958
Not the word of God 84% 12% 2% 2% 3,220
Other/don't know 61% 24% 7% 8% 424

Views about same-sex marriage among adults who seldom or never feel a deep sense of spiritual peace and wellbeing by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never feel a deep sense of spiritual peace and wellbeing who …same-sex marriage

Interpreting scripture Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 598. 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 35% 55% 9% 598
Word of God; not everything taken literally 61% 32% 7% 958
Not the word of God 78% 16% 5% 3,220
Other/don't know 53% 31% 16% 424

Views about environmental regulation among adults who seldom or never feel a deep sense of spiritual peace and wellbeing by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never feel a deep sense of spiritual peace and wellbeing 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 = 598. 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% 43% 2% 5% 598
Word of God; not everything taken literally 43% 54% 1% 2% 958
Not the word of God 30% 67% 1% 2% 3,220
Other/don't know 34% 52% 6% 8% 424

Views about human evolution among adults who seldom or never feel a deep sense of spiritual peace and wellbeing by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never feel a deep sense of spiritual peace and wellbeing 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 = 598. 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 18% 21% 3% 50% 8% 598
Word of God; not everything taken literally 32% 30% 3% 32% 4% 958
Not the word of God 73% 12% 3% 10% 2% 3,220
Other/don't know 38% 20% 12% 18% 12% 424