Interpreting scripture among adults who meditate at least once a week

% of adults who meditate at least once a week 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 = 14,858. 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 40% 25% 3% 24% 7% 14,858
2007 42% 24% 4% 21% 9% 15,033

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Interpreting scripture among adults who meditate at least once a week by religious group

% of adults who meditate at least once a week 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 = 186. 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.
Buddhist 5% 11% 1% 74% 9% 186
Catholic 33% 34% 3% 22% 8% 3,024
Evangelical Protestant 61% 24% 4% 6% 4% 4,408
Historically Black Protestant 66% 20% 3% 7% 4% 1,132
Jehovah's Witness 45% 42% 8% 2% 4% 195
Jewish 18% 28% 2% 43% 8% 227
Mainline Protestant 31% 31% 4% 24% 11% 2,411
Mormon 35% 53% 5% 4% 3% 410
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 14% 12% 1% 65% 8% 2,029

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DemographicInformation

Age distribution among adults who meditate at least once a week by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who meditate at least once a week who are ages…

Interpreting scripture 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 5,308. 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% 31% 30% 28% 5,308
Word of God; not everything taken literally 18% 31% 28% 23% 3,933
Word of God; other/don't know 11% 27% 32% 30% 514
Not the word of God 22% 36% 27% 15% 3,709
Other/don't know 15% 30% 30% 25% 1,061

Generational cohort among adults who meditate at least once a week by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who meditate at least once a week who are…

Interpreting scripture Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 5,308. 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% 9% 26% 36% 20% 2% 5,308
Word of God; not everything taken literally 11% 12% 26% 34% 16% 1% 3,933
Word of God; other/don't know 7% 8% 23% 38% 21% 3% 514
Not the word of God 13% 16% 29% 32% 9% 1% 3,709
Other/don't know 7% 14% 24% 35% 17% 3% 1,061

Gender composition among adults who meditate at least once a week by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who meditate at least once a week who are…

Interpreting scripture Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 5,443. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 42% 58% 5,443
Word of God; not everything taken literally 43% 57% 4,008
Word of God; other/don't know 41% 59% 534
Not the word of God 51% 49% 3,767
Other/don't know 48% 52% 1,106

Racial and ethnic composition among adults who meditate at least once a week by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who meditate at least once a week who identify as…

Interpreting scripture White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 5,366. 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% 22% 2% 21% 4% 5,366
Word of God; not everything taken literally 65% 12% 3% 16% 5% 3,957
Word of God; other/don't know 56% 15% 3% 19% 6% 514
Not the word of God 68% 8% 4% 16% 5% 3,690
Other/don't know 66% 11% 4% 15% 5% 1,068

Immigrant status among adults who meditate at least once a week by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who meditate at least once a week who are…

Interpreting scripture Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 5,366. 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 20% 7% 73% 5,366
Word of God; not everything taken literally 15% 10% 75% 3,969
Word of God; other/don't know 21% 7% 72% 521
Not the word of God 16% 12% 72% 3,727
Other/don't know 14% 10% 76% 1,080

Income distribution among adults who meditate at least once a week by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who meditate at least once a week 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 = 4,615. 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% 22% 21% 9% 4,615
Word of God; not everything taken literally 32% 21% 28% 18% 3,514
Word of God; other/don't know 39% 22% 27% 12% 420
Not the word of God 31% 19% 27% 24% 3,393
Other/don't know 41% 19% 23% 17% 887

Educational distribution among adults who meditate at least once a week by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who meditate at least once a week who have completed…

Interpreting scripture High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 5,402. 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% 29% 11% 6% 5,402
Word of God; not everything taken literally 34% 34% 19% 13% 3,999
Word of God; other/don't know 39% 34% 16% 11% 527
Not the word of God 28% 32% 22% 17% 3,746
Other/don't know 34% 37% 15% 14% 1,093

Marital status among adults who meditate at least once a week by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who meditate at least once a week who are…

Interpreting scripture Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 5,414. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 52% 5% 16% 12% 16% 5,414
Word of God; not everything taken literally 51% 5% 15% 8% 21% 3,989
Word of God; other/don't know 55% 4% 13% 12% 16% 530
Not the word of God 44% 11% 15% 5% 26% 3,748
Other/don't know 43% 9% 16% 11% 20% 1,086

Parent of children under 18 among adults who meditate at least once a week by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who meditate at least once a week who are…

Interpreting scripture Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 5,422. 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% 5,422
Word of God; not everything taken literally 29% 71% 3,994
Word of God; other/don't know 26% 74% 529
Not the word of God 27% 73% 3,756
Other/don't know 24% 76% 1,097

BeliefsandPractices

Belief in God among adults who meditate at least once a week by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who meditate at least once a week 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 = 5,443. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 90% 8% < 1% 1% < 1% < 1% 5,443
Word of God; not everything taken literally 86% 13% 1% < 1% < 1% < 1% 4,008
Word of God; other/don't know 87% 9% 1% 2% < 1% 2% 534
Not the word of God 42% 28% 10% 1% 16% 4% 3,767
Other/don't know 70% 20% 2% 3% 2% 3% 1,106

Importance of religion in one's life among adults who meditate at least once a week by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who meditate at least once a week who say religion is…

Interpreting scripture Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 5,443. 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% 5,443
Word of God; not everything taken literally 78% 18% 2% 1% 1% 4,008
Word of God; other/don't know 86% 11% 1% 1% 1% 534
Not the word of God 28% 31% 17% 22% 1% 3,767
Other/don't know 61% 24% 8% 5% 3% 1,106

Attendance at religious services among adults who meditate at least once a week by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who meditate at least once a week 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 = 5,443. 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% 20% 9% < 1% 5,443
Word of God; not everything taken literally 56% 32% 12% < 1% 4,008
Word of God; other/don't know 65% 22% 11% 2% 534
Not the word of God 16% 34% 50% < 1% 3,767
Other/don't know 36% 35% 27% 2% 1,106

Frequency of prayer among adults who meditate at least once a week by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who meditate at least once a week who pray…

Interpreting scripture At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 5,443. 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% 8% 1% 1% < 1% 5,443
Word of God; not everything taken literally 82% 12% 2% 3% < 1% 4,008
Word of God; other/don't know 90% 6% < 1% 2% 2% 534
Not the word of God 45% 17% 6% 31% 1% 3,767
Other/don't know 68% 16% 4% 9% 4% 1,106

Frequency of participation in prayer, scripture study or religious education groups among adults who meditate at least once a week by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who meditate at least once a week 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 = 5,443. 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 59% 12% 7% 21% 1% 5,443
Word of God; not everything taken literally 39% 13% 12% 37% < 1% 4,008
Word of God; other/don't know 54% 10% 9% 27% 1% 534
Not the word of God 10% 6% 6% 77% < 1% 3,767
Other/don't know 24% 9% 7% 58% 2% 1,106

Frequency of feeling spiritual peace and wellbeing among adults who meditate at least once a week by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who meditate at least once a week 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 = 5,443. 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 86% 7% 3% 3% 1% 5,443
Word of God; not everything taken literally 79% 11% 4% 5% 1% 4,008
Word of God; other/don't know 82% 7% 7% 2% 2% 534
Not the word of God 66% 14% 7% 11% 1% 3,767
Other/don't know 74% 12% 5% 7% 2% 1,106

Frequency of feeling wonder about the universe among adults who meditate at least once a week by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who meditate at least once a week 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 = 5,443. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 57% 13% 8% 19% 2% 5,443
Word of God; not everything taken literally 57% 17% 9% 16% 1% 4,008
Word of God; other/don't know 57% 10% 7% 18% 8% 534
Not the word of God 67% 14% 8% 11% 1% 3,767
Other/don't know 62% 12% 10% 14% 3% 1,106

Sources of guidance on right and wrong among adults who meditate at least once a week by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who meditate at least once a week 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 = 5,443. 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% 24% 4% 2% 5,443
Word of God; not everything taken literally 48% 10% 35% 4% 3% 4,008
Word of God; other/don't know 56% 4% 27% 2% 11% 534
Not the word of God 9% 22% 53% 14% 3% 3,767
Other/don't know 26% 12% 48% 6% 7% 1,106

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong among adults who meditate at least once a week by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who meditate at least once a week 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 = 5,443. 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% 50% 1% 2% 5,443
Word of God; not everything taken literally 40% 57% 1% 1% 4,008
Word of God; other/don't know 43% 48% 5% 4% 534
Not the word of God 20% 78% 1% 1% 3,767
Other/don't know 29% 64% 4% 2% 1,106

Frequency of reading scripture among adults who meditate at least once a week by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who meditate at least once a week 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 = 5,443. 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% 9% 3% 11% 1% 5,443
Word of God; not everything taken literally 59% 12% 8% 20% < 1% 4,008
Word of God; other/don't know 73% 8% 4% 13% 1% 534
Not the word of God 19% 9% 10% 62% < 1% 3,767
Other/don't know 41% 11% 8% 37% 2% 1,106

Belief in Heaven among adults who meditate at least once a week by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who meditate at least once a week who …in heaven

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 5,443. 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% 5% 5,443
Word of God; not everything taken literally 88% 7% 5% 4,008
Word of God; other/don't know 82% 5% 13% 534
Not the word of God 44% 47% 10% 3,767
Other/don't know 66% 15% 19% 1,106

Belief in Hell among adults who meditate at least once a week by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who meditate at least once a week who …in hell

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 5,443. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 82% 12% 6% 5,443
Word of God; not everything taken literally 69% 23% 8% 4,008
Word of God; other/don't know 69% 15% 15% 534
Not the word of God 26% 66% 8% 3,767
Other/don't know 48% 33% 20% 1,106

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among adults who meditate at least once a week by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who meditate at least once a week who identify as…

Interpreting scripture Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 5,443. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 42% 18% 39% 5,443
Word of God; not everything taken literally 44% 16% 40% 4,008
Word of God; other/don't know 37% 32% 31% 534
Not the word of God 22% 19% 59% 3,767
Other/don't know 29% 30% 41% 1,106

Political ideology among adults who meditate at least once a week by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who meditate at least once a week who are…

Interpreting scripture Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 5,443. 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% 23% 15% 7% 5,443
Word of God; not everything taken literally 42% 36% 17% 5% 4,008
Word of God; other/don't know 49% 26% 11% 15% 534
Not the word of God 18% 35% 43% 5% 3,767
Other/don't know 28% 36% 24% 12% 1,106

Views about size of government among adults who meditate at least once a week by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who meditate at least once a week who would rather have…

Interpreting scripture Smaller government; fewer services Bigger government; more services Depends Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 5,443. 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% 46% 2% 3% 5,443
Word of God; not everything taken literally 58% 36% 3% 3% 4,008
Word of God; other/don't know 50% 31% 7% 11% 534
Not the word of God 47% 44% 5% 4% 3,767
Other/don't know 45% 35% 10% 10% 1,106

Views about government aid to the poor among adults who meditate at least once a week by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who meditate at least once a week 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 = 5,443. 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% 46% 4% 2% 5,443
Word of God; not everything taken literally 46% 49% 4% 1% 4,008
Word of God; other/don't know 43% 38% 12% 7% 534
Not the word of God 31% 63% 4% 2% 3,767
Other/don't know 35% 47% 11% 7% 1,106

Views about abortion among adults who meditate at least once a week by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who meditate at least once a week who say abortion should be…

Interpreting scripture Legal in all/most cases Illegal in all/most cases Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 5,443. 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% 66% 5% 5,443
Word of God; not everything taken literally 43% 53% 4% 4,008
Word of God; other/don't know 29% 58% 13% 534
Not the word of God 76% 20% 4% 3,767
Other/don't know 53% 33% 14% 1,106

Views about homosexuality among adults who meditate at least once a week by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who meditate at least once a week who say homosexuality…

Interpreting scripture Should be accepted Should be discouraged Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 5,443. 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% 59% 4% 4% 5,443
Word of God; not everything taken literally 56% 36% 5% 4% 4,008
Word of God; other/don't know 33% 46% 10% 11% 534
Not the word of God 84% 11% 3% 2% 3,767
Other/don't know 60% 23% 8% 8% 1,106

Views about same-sex marriage among adults who meditate at least once a week by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who meditate at least once a week who …same-sex marriage

Interpreting scripture Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 5,443. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 22% 70% 8% 5,443
Word of God; not everything taken literally 44% 48% 8% 4,008
Word of God; other/don't know 26% 52% 22% 534
Not the word of God 80% 15% 6% 3,767
Other/don't know 53% 30% 16% 1,106

Views about environmental regulation among adults who meditate at least once a week by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who meditate at least once a week 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 = 5,443. 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% 45% 3% 5% 5,443
Word of God; not everything taken literally 39% 58% 2% 2% 4,008
Word of God; other/don't know 37% 44% 7% 11% 534
Not the word of God 23% 72% 2% 2% 3,767
Other/don't know 31% 54% 6% 8% 1,106

Views about human evolution among adults who meditate at least once a week by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who meditate at least once a week 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 = 5,443. 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% 22% 2% 60% 6% 5,443
Word of God; not everything taken literally 16% 38% 3% 39% 4% 4,008
Word of God; other/don't know 8% 20% 5% 50% 16% 534
Not the word of God 57% 21% 6% 14% 2% 3,767
Other/don't know 22% 30% 13% 24% 11% 1,106