Interpreting scripture among adults who meditate several times a year

% of adults who meditate several times a year 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 = 1,534. 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 22% 27% 2% 42% 7% 1,534
2007 26% 28% 2% 35% 9% 1,517

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Interpreting scripture among adults who meditate several times a year by religious group

% of adults who meditate several times a year 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 21% 40% 3% 30% 7% 350
Evangelical Protestant 44% 33% 4% 12% 7% 243
Mainline Protestant 18% 42% 1% 30% 9% 304
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 6% 9% 1% 79% 5% 418

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DemographicInformation

Age distribution among adults who meditate several times a year by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who meditate several times a year who are ages…

Interpreting scripture 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 268. 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% 33% 31% 19% 268
Word of God; not everything taken literally 22% 34% 25% 18% 416
Not the word of God 30% 36% 20% 13% 686
Other/don't know 28% 33% 26% 13% 112

Generational cohort among adults who meditate several times a year by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who meditate several times a year who are…

Interpreting scripture Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 268. 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% 27% 35% 13% 2% 268
Word of God; not everything taken literally 16% 12% 29% 30% 13% 1% 416
Not the word of God 18% 20% 28% 25% 8% 1% 686
Other/don't know 16% 14% 31% 30% 9% 1% 112

Gender composition among adults who meditate several times a year by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who meditate several times a year who are…

Interpreting scripture Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 271. 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% 48% 271
Word of God; not everything taken literally 49% 51% 419
Not the word of God 57% 43% 700
Other/don't know 48% 52% 115

Racial and ethnic composition among adults who meditate several times a year by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who meditate several times a year who identify as…

Interpreting scripture White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 270. 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% 21% 1% 21% 2% 270
Word of God; not everything taken literally 69% 9% 5% 15% 2% 412
Not the word of God 72% 5% 6% 12% 4% 695
Other/don't know 61% 4% 21% 8% 6% 113

Immigrant status among adults who meditate several times a year by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who meditate several times a year who are…

Interpreting scripture Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 263. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 24% 6% 70% 263
Word of God; not everything taken literally 13% 11% 75% 417
Not the word of God 16% 13% 70% 698
Other/don't know 25% 7% 69% 111

Income distribution among adults who meditate several times a year by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who meditate several times a year 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 = 234. 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% 24% 18% 6% 234
Word of God; not everything taken literally 31% 12% 33% 25% 371
Not the word of God 21% 21% 29% 29% 636

Educational distribution among adults who meditate several times a year by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who meditate several times a year who have completed…

Interpreting scripture High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 271. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 62% 26% 8% 4% 271
Word of God; not everything taken literally 36% 32% 23% 10% 418
Not the word of God 23% 29% 28% 21% 695
Other/don't know 28% 31% 26% 15% 114

Marital status among adults who meditate several times a year by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who meditate several times a year who are…

Interpreting scripture Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 271. 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% 7% 15% 7% 24% 271
Word of God; not everything taken literally 52% 8% 11% 4% 24% 418
Not the word of God 43% 12% 9% 3% 32% 695
Other/don't know 46% 12% 12% 3% 27% 115

Parent of children under 18 among adults who meditate several times a year by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who meditate several times a year who are…

Interpreting scripture Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 271. 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% 71% 271
Word of God; not everything taken literally 31% 69% 419
Not the word of God 23% 77% 699
Other/don't know 34% 66% 114

BeliefsandPractices

Belief in God among adults who meditate several times a year by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who meditate several times a year 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 = 271. 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% 12% 2% < 1% < 1% < 1% 271
Word of God; not everything taken literally 68% 27% 4% < 1% < 1% < 1% 419
Not the word of God 22% 30% 16% < 1% 26% 5% 700
Other/don't know 48% 34% 2% 2% 9% 5% 115

Importance of religion in one's life among adults who meditate several times a year by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who meditate several times a year who say religion is…

Interpreting scripture Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 271. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 84% 13% 1% 1% < 1% 271
Word of God; not everything taken literally 49% 43% 7% 1% < 1% 419
Not the word of God 11% 35% 27% 26% < 1% 700
Other/don't know 30% 58% 6% 4% 1% 115

Attendance at religious services among adults who meditate several times a year by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who meditate several times a year 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 = 271. 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% 40% 12% < 1% 271
Word of God; not everything taken literally 34% 52% 13% < 1% 419
Not the word of God 6% 40% 53% < 1% 700
Other/don't know 15% 53% 30% 1% 115

Frequency of prayer among adults who meditate several times a year by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who meditate several times a year who pray…

Interpreting scripture At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 271. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 67% 20% 6% 6% 1% 271
Word of God; not everything taken literally 52% 26% 12% 9% < 1% 419
Not the word of God 15% 17% 11% 56% 1% 700
Other/don't know 36% 26% 17% 20% 1% 115

Frequency of participation in prayer, scripture study or religious education groups among adults who meditate several times a year by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who meditate several times a year 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 = 271. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 24% 16% 28% 32% < 1% 271
Word of God; not everything taken literally 14% 9% 19% 58% < 1% 419
Not the word of God 2% 3% 8% 87% < 1% 700
Other/don't know 6% 8% 20% 66% < 1% 115

Frequency of feeling spiritual peace and wellbeing among adults who meditate several times a year by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who meditate several times a year 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 = 271. 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% 14% 27% 5% < 1% 271
Word of God; not everything taken literally 43% 22% 24% 11% 1% 419
Not the word of God 33% 21% 26% 18% 1% 700
Other/don't know 40% 26% 17% 12% 5% 115

Frequency of feeling wonder about the universe among adults who meditate several times a year by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who meditate several times a year 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 = 271. 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% 15% 25% 23% 1% 271
Word of God; not everything taken literally 30% 19% 28% 22% 1% 419
Not the word of God 48% 17% 22% 13% < 1% 700
Other/don't know 40% 20% 21% 18% 2% 115

Sources of guidance on right and wrong among adults who meditate several times a year by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who meditate several times a year 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 = 271. 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% 4% 36% 5% 3% 271
Word of God; not everything taken literally 29% 10% 54% 6% 1% 419
Not the word of God 4% 21% 55% 19% 1% 700
Other/don't know 23% 14% 52% 6% 5% 115

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong among adults who meditate several times a year by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who meditate several times a year 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 = 271. 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% 58% 1% 3% 271
Word of God; not everything taken literally 32% 68% < 1% < 1% 419
Not the word of God 17% 81% 1% 1% 700
Other/don't know 29% 67% 4% < 1% 115

Frequency of reading scripture among adults who meditate several times a year by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who meditate several times a year 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 = 271. 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% 13% 25% 21% < 1% 271
Word of God; not everything taken literally 17% 14% 31% 37% < 1% 419
Not the word of God 3% 5% 16% 75% < 1% 700
Other/don't know 6% 14% 31% 45% 3% 115

Belief in Heaven among adults who meditate several times a year by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who meditate several times a year who …in heaven

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 271. 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% 3% 271
Word of God; not everything taken literally 90% 7% 3% 419
Not the word of God 34% 57% 9% 700
Other/don't know 65% 17% 18% 115

Belief in Hell among adults who meditate several times a year by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who meditate several times a year who …in hell

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 271. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 85% 9% 6% 271
Word of God; not everything taken literally 66% 23% 11% 419
Not the word of God 18% 74% 8% 700
Other/don't know 41% 33% 26% 115

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among adults who meditate several times a year by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who meditate several times a year who identify as…

Interpreting scripture Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 271. 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 37% 16% 47% 271
Word of God; not everything taken literally 44% 11% 45% 419
Not the word of God 19% 15% 66% 700
Other/don't know 25% 31% 44% 115

Political ideology among adults who meditate several times a year by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who meditate several times a year who are…

Interpreting scripture Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 271. 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% 29% 24% 5% 271
Word of God; not everything taken literally 33% 45% 19% 3% 419
Not the word of God 11% 43% 43% 3% 700
Other/don't know 23% 40% 26% 11% 115

Views about size of government among adults who meditate several times a year by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who meditate several times a year who would rather have…

Interpreting scripture Smaller government; fewer services Bigger government; more services Depends Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 271. 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% 51% 2% 3% 271
Word of God; not everything taken literally 60% 34% 3% 3% 419
Not the word of God 44% 50% 2% 4% 700
Other/don't know 47% 36% 8% 9% 115

Views about government aid to the poor among adults who meditate several times a year by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who meditate several times a year 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 = 271. 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% 41% 3% 3% 271
Word of God; not everything taken literally 50% 45% 4% 1% 419
Not the word of God 28% 67% 4% 1% 700
Other/don't know 41% 41% 12% 6% 115

Views about abortion among adults who meditate several times a year by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who meditate several times a year who say abortion should be…

Interpreting scripture Legal in all/most cases Illegal in all/most cases Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 271. 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% 65% 2% 271
Word of God; not everything taken literally 55% 42% 3% 419
Not the word of God 87% 12% 1% 700
Other/don't know 55% 34% 10% 115

Views about homosexuality among adults who meditate several times a year by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who meditate several times a year who say homosexuality…

Interpreting scripture Should be accepted Should be discouraged Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 271. 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 39% 54% 5% 2% 271
Word of God; not everything taken literally 67% 25% 4% 4% 419
Not the word of God 88% 8% 2% 2% 700
Other/don't know 75% 17% 4% 3% 115

Views about same-sex marriage among adults who meditate several times a year by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who meditate several times a year who …same-sex marriage

Interpreting scripture Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 271. 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% 73% 5% 271
Word of God; not everything taken literally 55% 38% 8% 419
Not the word of God 84% 13% 3% 700
Other/don't know 66% 24% 10% 115

Views about environmental regulation among adults who meditate several times a year by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who meditate several times a year 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 = 271. 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% 2% 4% 271
Word of God; not everything taken literally 41% 56% 1% 2% 419
Not the word of God 21% 76% 2% 1% 700
Other/don't know 21% 63% 9% 7% 115

Views about human evolution among adults who meditate several times a year by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who meditate several times a year 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 = 271. 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% 20% 2% 53% 7% 271
Word of God; not everything taken literally 21% 41% 3% 33% 3% 419
Not the word of God 72% 16% 4% 8% 1% 700
Other/don't know 40% 24% 11% 10% 14% 115