Interpreting scripture among adults who seldom or never meditate

% of adults who seldom or never meditate 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 = 15,172. 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 24% 28% 2% 40% 7% 15,172
2007 26% 29% 3% 33% 9% 15,447

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Interpreting scripture among adults who seldom or never meditate by religious group

% of adults who seldom or never meditate 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 19% 38% 2% 33% 7% 3,119
Evangelical Protestant 48% 34% 4% 9% 4% 3,202
Historically Black Protestant 50% 27% 2% 13% 9% 538
Jewish 7% 23% 2% 61% 7% 487
Mainline Protestant 21% 38% 2% 31% 8% 2,679
Mormon 31% 53% 3% 7% 5% 175
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 8% 11% 1% 73% 7% 4,330

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DemographicInformation

Age distribution among adults who seldom or never meditate by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never meditate who are ages…

Interpreting scripture 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 3,169. 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% 38% 31% 12% 3,169
Word of God; not everything taken literally 28% 36% 23% 12% 4,161
Word of God; other/don't know 16% 32% 33% 19% 302
Not the word of God 32% 34% 21% 12% 6,265
Other/don't know 21% 37% 25% 17% 1,006

Generational cohort among adults who seldom or never meditate by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never meditate who are…

Interpreting scripture Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 3,169. 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 12% 14% 32% 35% 7% < 1% 3,169
Word of God; not everything taken literally 19% 16% 29% 28% 7% < 1% 4,161
Word of God; other/don't know 9% 9% 30% 37% 15% 1% 302
Not the word of God 21% 19% 26% 26% 7% 1% 6,265
Other/don't know 11% 17% 30% 30% 10% 1% 1,006

Gender composition among adults who seldom or never meditate by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never meditate who are…

Interpreting scripture Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 3,224. 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 44% 56% 3,224
Word of God; not everything taken literally 48% 52% 4,226
Word of God; other/don't know 41% 59% 315
Not the word of God 59% 41% 6,353
Other/don't know 49% 51% 1,054

Racial and ethnic composition among adults who seldom or never meditate by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never meditate who identify as…

Interpreting scripture White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 3,193. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 66% 16% 2% 13% 3% 3,193
Word of God; not everything taken literally 76% 8% 3% 10% 3% 4,192
Word of God; other/don't know 75% 5% 1% 15% 3% 309
Not the word of God 75% 5% 6% 11% 3% 6,280
Other/don't know 68% 11% 4% 12% 5% 1,024

Immigrant status among adults who seldom or never meditate by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never meditate who are…

Interpreting scripture Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 3,156. 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% 8% 81% 3,156
Word of God; not everything taken literally 9% 10% 81% 4,184
Word of God; other/don't know 14% 6% 80% 312
Not the word of God 12% 13% 75% 6,296
Other/don't know 14% 8% 78% 1,028

Income distribution among adults who seldom or never meditate by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never meditate 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 = 2,759. 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 41% 22% 24% 13% 2,759
Word of God; not everything taken literally 28% 21% 30% 21% 3,749
Word of God; other/don't know 37% 16% 29% 17% 237
Not the word of God 25% 19% 30% 26% 5,738
Other/don't know 34% 21% 26% 20% 836

Educational distribution among adults who seldom or never meditate by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never meditate who have completed…

Interpreting scripture High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 3,200. 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% 29% 11% 4% 3,200
Word of God; not everything taken literally 41% 34% 17% 9% 4,209
Word of God; other/don't know 49% 35% 11% 6% 312
Not the word of God 34% 31% 21% 14% 6,334
Other/don't know 40% 35% 16% 9% 1,039

Marital status among adults who seldom or never meditate by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never meditate who are…

Interpreting scripture Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 3,217. 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% 6% 14% 5% 23% 3,217
Word of God; not everything taken literally 50% 7% 10% 4% 29% 4,217
Word of God; other/don't know 54% 4% 13% 10% 19% 311
Not the word of God 44% 10% 9% 3% 33% 6,334
Other/don't know 49% 8% 12% 6% 25% 1,043

Parent of children under 18 among adults who seldom or never meditate by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never meditate who are…

Interpreting scripture Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 3,215. 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% 65% 3,215
Word of God; not everything taken literally 34% 66% 4,207
Word of God; other/don't know 28% 72% 312
Not the word of God 26% 74% 6,338
Other/don't know 32% 68% 1,046

BeliefsandPractices

Belief in God among adults who seldom or never meditate by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never meditate 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 = 3,224. 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% 10% 2% 1% < 1% < 1% 3,224
Word of God; not everything taken literally 70% 25% 3% < 1% 1% < 1% 4,226
Word of God; other/don't know 86% 9% < 1% 3% 1% 1% 315
Not the word of God 21% 27% 13% < 1% 33% 6% 6,353
Other/don't know 51% 26% 8% 1% 7% 7% 1,054

Importance of religion in one's life among adults who seldom or never meditate by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never meditate who say religion is…

Interpreting scripture Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,224. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 76% 20% 3% 1% < 1% 3,224
Word of God; not everything taken literally 50% 40% 8% 2% < 1% 4,226
Word of God; other/don't know 77% 19% 1% 1% 2% 315
Not the word of God 10% 29% 27% 34% < 1% 6,353
Other/don't know 35% 37% 17% 11% 1% 1,054

Attendance at religious services among adults who seldom or never meditate by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never meditate 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 = 3,224. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 46% 35% 18% 1% 3,224
Word of God; not everything taken literally 31% 44% 25% < 1% 4,226
Word of God; other/don't know 41% 36% 22% 1% 315
Not the word of God 6% 31% 64% < 1% 6,353
Other/don't know 16% 42% 40% 1% 1,054

Frequency of prayer among adults who seldom or never meditate by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never meditate who pray…

Interpreting scripture At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,224. 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 69% 17% 4% 9% 1% 3,224
Word of God; not everything taken literally 50% 26% 9% 15% < 1% 4,226
Word of God; other/don't know 69% 15% 6% 7% 3% 315
Not the word of God 14% 12% 8% 65% < 1% 6,353
Other/don't know 40% 17% 8% 33% 3% 1,054

Frequency of participation in prayer, scripture study or religious education groups among adults who seldom or never meditate by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never meditate 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 = 3,224. 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 31% 12% 10% 46% < 1% 3,224
Word of God; not everything taken literally 14% 10% 10% 66% < 1% 4,226
Word of God; other/don't know 24% 8% 9% 56% 3% 315
Not the word of God 2% 2% 3% 92% < 1% 6,353
Other/don't know 9% 6% 6% 77% 1% 1,054

Frequency of feeling spiritual peace and wellbeing among adults who seldom or never meditate by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never meditate 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 = 3,224. 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 64% 13% 8% 13% 1% 3,224
Word of God; not everything taken literally 47% 20% 15% 18% 1% 4,226
Word of God; other/don't know 60% 14% 9% 11% 6% 315
Not the word of God 29% 17% 13% 40% 2% 6,353
Other/don't know 40% 14% 13% 29% 3% 1,054

Frequency of feeling wonder about the universe among adults who seldom or never meditate by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never meditate 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 = 3,224. 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% 14% 12% 39% 1% 3,224
Word of God; not everything taken literally 32% 18% 16% 34% 1% 4,226
Word of God; other/don't know 29% 14% 15% 37% 4% 315
Not the word of God 36% 18% 17% 29% 1% 6,353
Other/don't know 32% 15% 14% 37% 2% 1,054

Sources of guidance on right and wrong among adults who seldom or never meditate by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never meditate 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 = 3,224. 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% 37% 4% 2% 3,224
Word of God; not everything taken literally 31% 8% 54% 6% 2% 4,226
Word of God; other/don't know 44% 3% 39% 5% 9% 315
Not the word of God 5% 15% 61% 18% 1% 6,353
Other/don't know 14% 9% 61% 10% 6% 1,054

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong among adults who seldom or never meditate by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never meditate 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 = 3,224. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 43% 54% 1% 1% 3,224
Word of God; not everything taken literally 34% 65% 1% < 1% 4,226
Word of God; other/don't know 44% 49% 4% 2% 315
Not the word of God 21% 78% 1% < 1% 6,353
Other/don't know 25% 71% 3% 2% 1,054

Frequency of reading scripture among adults who seldom or never meditate by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never meditate 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 = 3,224. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 45% 13% 9% 33% 1% 3,224
Word of God; not everything taken literally 22% 13% 11% 53% < 1% 4,226
Word of God; other/don't know 44% 11% 10% 32% 3% 315
Not the word of God 4% 5% 5% 86% < 1% 6,353
Other/don't know 15% 10% 7% 66% 2% 1,054

Belief in Heaven among adults who seldom or never meditate by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never meditate who …in heaven

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,224. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 92% 4% 4% 3,224
Word of God; not everything taken literally 90% 6% 4% 4,226
Word of God; other/don't know 83% 6% 12% 315
Not the word of God 40% 51% 9% 6,353
Other/don't know 63% 16% 21% 1,054

Belief in Hell among adults who seldom or never meditate by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never meditate who …in hell

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,224. 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 83% 12% 6% 3,224
Word of God; not everything taken literally 72% 22% 6% 4,226
Word of God; other/don't know 74% 11% 15% 315
Not the word of God 27% 65% 7% 6,353
Other/don't know 47% 31% 22% 1,054

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among adults who seldom or never meditate by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never meditate who identify as…

Interpreting scripture Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 3,224. 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% 18% 34% 3,224
Word of God; not everything taken literally 48% 16% 36% 4,226
Word of God; other/don't know 48% 25% 27% 315
Not the word of God 28% 17% 55% 6,353
Other/don't know 31% 26% 43% 1,054

Political ideology among adults who seldom or never meditate by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never meditate who are…

Interpreting scripture Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,224. 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% 27% 13% 8% 3,224
Word of God; not everything taken literally 39% 39% 17% 5% 4,226
Word of God; other/don't know 45% 23% 14% 18% 315
Not the word of God 19% 37% 38% 6% 6,353
Other/don't know 28% 37% 21% 13% 1,054

Views about size of government among adults who seldom or never meditate by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never meditate who would rather have…

Interpreting scripture Smaller government; fewer services Bigger government; more services Depends Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,224. 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% 44% 2% 3% 3,224
Word of God; not everything taken literally 59% 37% 1% 2% 4,226
Word of God; other/don't know 57% 29% 4% 10% 315
Not the word of God 51% 43% 3% 3% 6,353
Other/don't know 49% 34% 7% 9% 1,054

Views about government aid to the poor among adults who seldom or never meditate by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never meditate 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 = 3,224. 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% 42% 3% 2% 3,224
Word of God; not everything taken literally 53% 43% 2% 1% 4,226
Word of God; other/don't know 53% 32% 8% 7% 315
Not the word of God 40% 56% 3% 1% 6,353
Other/don't know 41% 47% 8% 4% 1,054

Views about abortion among adults who seldom or never meditate by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never meditate who say abortion should be…

Interpreting scripture Legal in all/most cases Illegal in all/most cases Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,224. 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 34% 62% 4% 3,224
Word of God; not everything taken literally 50% 47% 2% 4,226
Word of God; other/don't know 30% 56% 14% 315
Not the word of God 79% 19% 3% 6,353
Other/don't know 60% 29% 11% 1,054

Views about homosexuality among adults who seldom or never meditate by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never meditate who say homosexuality…

Interpreting scripture Should be accepted Should be discouraged Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,224. 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% 50% 4% 4% 3,224
Word of God; not everything taken literally 67% 27% 4% 2% 4,226
Word of God; other/don't know 38% 41% 10% 11% 315
Not the word of God 86% 10% 2% 2% 6,353
Other/don't know 66% 20% 8% 6% 1,054

Views about same-sex marriage among adults who seldom or never meditate by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never meditate who …same-sex marriage

Interpreting scripture Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,224. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 32% 61% 7% 3,224
Word of God; not everything taken literally 58% 36% 6% 4,226
Word of God; other/don't know 32% 55% 13% 315
Not the word of God 81% 14% 5% 6,353
Other/don't know 58% 28% 14% 1,054

Views about environmental regulation among adults who seldom or never meditate by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never meditate 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 = 3,224. 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 50% 45% 2% 3% 3,224
Word of God; not everything taken literally 42% 55% 2% 1% 4,226
Word of God; other/don't know 45% 38% 7% 10% 315
Not the word of God 29% 68% 2% 2% 6,353
Other/don't know 35% 53% 5% 7% 1,054

Views about human evolution among adults who seldom or never meditate by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never meditate 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 = 3,224. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 14% 23% 2% 57% 4% 3,224
Word of God; not everything taken literally 23% 37% 3% 34% 3% 4,226
Word of God; other/don't know 10% 21% 5% 45% 19% 315
Not the word of God 69% 15% 4% 11% 2% 6,353
Other/don't know 33% 25% 12% 22% 9% 1,054