Interpreting scripture among adults who attend prayer groups at least once a week

% of adults who attend prayer groups 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 = 8,591. 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 58% 27% 4% 6% 4% 8,591
2007 60% 25% 5% 5% 5% 8,407

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Interpreting scripture among adults who attend prayer groups at least once a week by religious group

% of adults who attend prayer groups 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 = 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 41% 37% 4% 11% 6% 1,157
Evangelical Protestant 70% 21% 4% 2% 3% 3,921
Historically Black Protestant 73% 18% 3% 3% 4% 875
Jehovah's Witness 46% 40% 8% 2% 5% 204
Jewish 28% 34% 8% 22% 8% 121
Mainline Protestant 46% 33% 4% 9% 8% 1,221
Mormon 34% 57% 5% 2% 2% 472
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 51% 17% 3% 24% 6% 305

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DemographicInformation

Age distribution among adults who attend prayer groups at least once a week by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend prayer groups at least once a week who are ages…

Interpreting scripture 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 4,643. 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% 33% 32% 23% 4,643
Word of God; not everything taken literally 23% 34% 24% 18% 2,389
Word of God; other/don't know 15% 31% 30% 24% 393
Not the word of God 16% 39% 29% 15% 555
Other/don't know 13% 32% 31% 24% 394

Generational cohort among adults who attend prayer groups at least once a week by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend prayer groups at least once a week who are…

Interpreting scripture Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 4,643. 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 8% 9% 28% 37% 16% 2% 4,643
Word of God; not everything taken literally 16% 13% 28% 28% 13% 1% 2,389
Word of God; other/don't know 10% 9% 26% 37% 16% 2% 393
Not the word of God 12% 11% 32% 33% 11% 1% 555
Other/don't know 5% 15% 26% 37% 16% 2% 394

Gender composition among adults who attend prayer groups at least once a week by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend prayer groups at least once a week who are…

Interpreting scripture Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 4,764. 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% 59% 4,764
Word of God; not everything taken literally 44% 56% 2,435
Word of God; other/don't know 43% 57% 410
Not the word of God 50% 50% 567
Other/don't know 42% 58% 415

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

% of adults who attend prayer groups at least once a week who identify as…

Interpreting scripture White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 4,694. 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 56% 22% 2% 16% 4% 4,694
Word of God; not everything taken literally 65% 14% 2% 15% 4% 2,404
Word of God; other/don't know 61% 14% 4% 15% 6% 398
Not the word of God 58% 12% 5% 21% 4% 552
Other/don't know 53% 20% 4% 18% 6% 404

Immigrant status among adults who attend prayer groups at least once a week by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend prayer groups at least once a week who are…

Interpreting scripture Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 4,700. 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% 6% 77% 4,700
Word of God; not everything taken literally 14% 9% 76% 2,416
Word of God; other/don't know 17% 8% 75% 400
Not the word of God 22% 11% 67% 556
Other/don't know 20% 8% 72% 407

Income distribution among adults who attend prayer groups at least once a week by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend prayer groups 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 = 4,042. 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% 21% 24% 11% 4,042
Word of God; not everything taken literally 31% 21% 31% 18% 2,124
Word of God; other/don't know 33% 19% 32% 16% 323
Not the word of God 37% 17% 26% 20% 503
Other/don't know 38% 19% 26% 17% 329

Educational distribution among adults who attend prayer groups at least once a week by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend prayer groups at least once a week who have completed…

Interpreting scripture High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 4,731. 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% 30% 13% 6% 4,731
Word of God; not everything taken literally 33% 34% 20% 13% 2,424
Word of God; other/don't know 37% 34% 17% 11% 406
Not the word of God 43% 25% 16% 15% 565
Other/don't know 35% 36% 16% 13% 408

Marital status among adults who attend prayer groups at least once a week by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend prayer groups at least once a week who are…

Interpreting scripture Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 4,742. 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% 4% 14% 9% 16% 4,742
Word of God; not everything taken literally 55% 4% 11% 6% 24% 2,425
Word of God; other/don't know 64% 2% 12% 7% 15% 407
Not the word of God 46% 9% 14% 6% 25% 564
Other/don't know 53% 5% 15% 9% 18% 405

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

% of adults who attend prayer groups at least once a week who are…

Interpreting scripture Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 4,744. 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% 69% 4,744
Word of God; not everything taken literally 35% 65% 2,423
Word of God; other/don't know 28% 72% 405
Not the word of God 32% 68% 565
Other/don't know 32% 68% 410

BeliefsandPractices

Belief in God among adults who attend prayer groups at least once a week by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend prayer groups 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 = 4,764. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 93% 6% < 1% 1% < 1% < 1% 4,764
Word of God; not everything taken literally 89% 10% 1% < 1% < 1% < 1% 2,435
Word of God; other/don't know 90% 4% < 1% 3% < 1% 2% 410
Not the word of God 61% 26% 6% < 1% 5% 2% 567
Other/don't know 84% 11% 2% 2% < 1% 1% 415

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

% of adults who attend prayer groups 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 = 4,764. 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 95% 4% < 1% 1% < 1% 4,764
Word of God; not everything taken literally 89% 9% < 1% 1% < 1% 2,435
Word of God; other/don't know 93% 4% < 1% 1% 2% 410
Not the word of God 64% 23% 5% 7% 1% 567
Other/don't know 84% 12% 1% 1% 1% 415

Attendance at religious services among adults who attend prayer groups at least once a week by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend prayer groups 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 = 4,764. 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% 9% 3% < 1% 4,764
Word of God; not everything taken literally 84% 12% 4% < 1% 2,435
Word of God; other/don't know 88% 7% 5% < 1% 410
Not the word of God 60% 24% 15% 1% 567
Other/don't know 79% 14% 6% 1% 415

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

% of adults who attend prayer groups at least once a week who pray…

Interpreting scripture At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,764. 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% 4,764
Word of God; not everything taken literally 88% 10% 1% 1% < 1% 2,435
Word of God; other/don't know 93% 5% < 1% 2% 1% 410
Not the word of God 68% 19% 3% 10% < 1% 567
Other/don't know 83% 10% 2% 2% 3% 415

Frequency of meditation among adults who attend prayer groups at least once a week by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend prayer groups at least once a week who meditate…

Interpreting scripture At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,764. 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% 5% 2% 24% 2% 4,764
Word of God; not everything taken literally 61% 7% 2% 28% 1% 2,435
Word of God; other/don't know 69% 3% 1% 22% 5% 410
Not the word of God 63% 9% 2% 22% 4% 567
Other/don't know 61% 9% 2% 25% 4% 415

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

% of adults who attend prayer groups 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 = 4,764. 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 88% 6% 2% 3% 1% 4,764
Word of God; not everything taken literally 80% 10% 4% 4% 1% 2,435
Word of God; other/don't know 86% 5% 5% 1% 3% 410
Not the word of God 75% 10% 6% 7% 2% 567
Other/don't know 82% 7% 2% 5% 3% 415

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

% of adults who attend prayer groups 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 = 4,764. 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 55% 14% 8% 21% 2% 4,764
Word of God; not everything taken literally 53% 18% 10% 17% 1% 2,435
Word of God; other/don't know 55% 14% 7% 18% 6% 410
Not the word of God 59% 12% 9% 17% 2% 567
Other/don't know 64% 11% 7% 15% 3% 415

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

% of adults who attend prayer groups 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 = 4,764. 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 72% 3% 20% 3% 2% 4,764
Word of God; not everything taken literally 62% 7% 26% 3% 2% 2,435
Word of God; other/don't know 69% 3% 15% 2% 10% 410
Not the word of God 26% 15% 45% 10% 3% 567
Other/don't know 47% 6% 35% 3% 9% 415

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

% of adults who attend prayer groups 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 = 4,764. 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% 46% 1% 1% 4,764
Word of God; not everything taken literally 45% 52% 2% 1% 2,435
Word of God; other/don't know 53% 40% 5% 2% 410
Not the word of God 25% 70% 1% 3% 567
Other/don't know 37% 59% 2% 2% 415

Frequency of reading scripture among adults who attend prayer groups at least once a week by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend prayer groups 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 = 4,764. 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% 6% 2% 5% 1% 4,764
Word of God; not everything taken literally 79% 9% 3% 8% 1% 2,435
Word of God; other/don't know 87% 6% 1% 5% < 1% 410
Not the word of God 53% 12% 6% 27% 2% 567
Other/don't know 75% 9% 4% 9% 3% 415

Belief in Heaven among adults who attend prayer groups at least once a week by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend prayer groups at least once a week who …in heaven

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,764. 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% 5% 6% 4,764
Word of God; not everything taken literally 88% 7% 6% 2,435
Word of God; other/don't know 81% 6% 13% 410
Not the word of God 65% 27% 8% 567
Other/don't know 73% 9% 18% 415

Belief in Hell among adults who attend prayer groups at least once a week by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend prayer groups at least once a week who …in hell

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,764. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 84% 10% 6% 4,764
Word of God; not everything taken literally 72% 22% 7% 2,435
Word of God; other/don't know 71% 14% 15% 410
Not the word of God 47% 46% 7% 567
Other/don't know 55% 26% 19% 415

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among adults who attend prayer groups at least once a week by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend prayer groups at least once a week who identify as…

Interpreting scripture Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 4,764. 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% 18% 35% 4,764
Word of God; not everything taken literally 48% 18% 35% 2,435
Word of God; other/don't know 47% 28% 26% 410
Not the word of God 27% 22% 52% 567
Other/don't know 30% 23% 47% 415

Political ideology among adults who attend prayer groups at least once a week by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend prayer groups at least once a week who are…

Interpreting scripture Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,764. 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 58% 21% 14% 7% 4,764
Word of God; not everything taken literally 49% 32% 13% 6% 2,435
Word of God; other/don't know 51% 25% 9% 16% 410
Not the word of God 26% 32% 36% 6% 567
Other/don't know 37% 33% 20% 10% 415

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

% of adults who attend prayer groups 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 = 4,764. 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% 2% 3% 4,764
Word of God; not everything taken literally 60% 34% 2% 3% 2,435
Word of God; other/don't know 54% 30% 7% 10% 410
Not the word of God 47% 45% 3% 5% 567
Other/don't know 44% 39% 10% 7% 415

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

% of adults who attend prayer groups 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 = 4,764. 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% 44% 4% 2% 4,764
Word of God; not everything taken literally 51% 44% 4% 1% 2,435
Word of God; other/don't know 47% 34% 11% 7% 410
Not the word of God 36% 58% 3% 3% 567
Other/don't know 32% 52% 13% 3% 415

Views about abortion among adults who attend prayer groups at least once a week by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend prayer groups 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 = 4,764. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 25% 71% 4% 4,764
Word of God; not everything taken literally 32% 65% 3% 2,435
Word of God; other/don't know 18% 69% 13% 410
Not the word of God 63% 32% 4% 567
Other/don't know 39% 46% 14% 415

Views about homosexuality among adults who attend prayer groups at least once a week by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend prayer groups 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 = 4,764. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 26% 66% 4% 4% 4,764
Word of God; not everything taken literally 43% 49% 5% 3% 2,435
Word of God; other/don't know 24% 59% 10% 6% 410
Not the word of God 71% 22% 5% 2% 567
Other/don't know 44% 39% 10% 7% 415

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

% of adults who attend prayer groups at least once a week who …same-sex marriage

Interpreting scripture Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,764. 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% 75% 7% 4,764
Word of God; not everything taken literally 32% 60% 8% 2,435
Word of God; other/don't know 19% 66% 15% 410
Not the word of God 65% 26% 9% 567
Other/don't know 39% 47% 14% 415

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

% of adults who attend prayer groups 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 = 4,764. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 49% 43% 3% 4% 4,764
Word of God; not everything taken literally 40% 55% 2% 2% 2,435
Word of God; other/don't know 40% 42% 9% 10% 410
Not the word of God 33% 61% 3% 3% 567
Other/don't know 36% 50% 6% 7% 415

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

% of adults who attend prayer groups 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 = 4,764. 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 8% 19% 2% 66% 5% 4,764
Word of God; not everything taken literally 12% 33% 2% 48% 4% 2,435
Word of God; other/don't know 6% 17% 3% 60% 14% 410
Not the word of God 33% 29% 6% 28% 4% 567
Other/don't know 11% 31% 11% 34% 14% 415