Interpreting scripture among adults who attend prayer groups once or twice a month

% of adults who attend prayer groups once or twice a month 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 = 2,945. 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 44% 33% 3% 13% 6% 2,945
2007 45% 31% 4% 12% 7% 3,086

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Interpreting scripture among adults who attend prayer groups once or twice a month by religious group

% of adults who attend prayer groups once or twice a month 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 39% 37% 3% 13% 8% 593
Evangelical Protestant 56% 32% 3% 6% 3% 1,044
Historically Black Protestant 59% 27% 4% 6% 4% 265
Mainline Protestant 35% 42% 2% 13% 8% 551
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 35% 21% < 1% 34% 11% 189

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DemographicInformation

Age distribution among adults who attend prayer groups once or twice a month by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend prayer groups once or twice a month who are ages…

Interpreting scripture 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 1,203. 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% 25% 17% 1,203
Word of God; not everything taken literally 32% 38% 19% 11% 1,005
Not the word of God 32% 34% 24% 10% 409
Other/don't know 27% 34% 23% 17% 180

Generational cohort among adults who attend prayer groups once or twice a month by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend prayer groups once or twice a month who are…

Interpreting scripture Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 1,203. 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% 14% 32% 31% 10% 1% 1,203
Word of God; not everything taken literally 22% 17% 31% 22% 7% < 1% 1,005
Not the word of God 22% 16% 27% 29% 5% < 1% 409
Other/don't know 16% 15% 30% 25% 12% 2% 180

Gender composition among adults who attend prayer groups once or twice a month by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend prayer groups once or twice a month who are…

Interpreting scripture Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 1,224. 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% 57% 1,224
Word of God; not everything taken literally 45% 55% 1,028
Not the word of God 42% 58% 418
Other/don't know 55% 45% 184

Racial and ethnic composition among adults who attend prayer groups once or twice a month by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend prayer groups once or twice a month who identify as…

Interpreting scripture White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 1,206. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 51% 22% 3% 21% 3% 1,206
Word of God; not everything taken literally 62% 14% 3% 18% 4% 1,022
Not the word of God 54% 12% 8% 22% 4% 404
Other/don't know 56% 16% 8% 18% 3% 178

Immigrant status among adults who attend prayer groups once or twice a month by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend prayer groups once or twice a month who are…

Interpreting scripture Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 1,206. 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 19% 8% 73% 1,206
Word of God; not everything taken literally 15% 10% 75% 1,012
Not the word of God 25% 12% 63% 411
Other/don't know 20% 12% 67% 178

Income distribution among adults who attend prayer groups once or twice a month by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend prayer groups once or twice a month 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 = 1,057. 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% 18% 22% 11% 1,057
Word of God; not everything taken literally 27% 22% 30% 20% 940
Not the word of God 36% 15% 32% 16% 369
Other/don't know 39% 12% 26% 23% 148

Educational distribution among adults who attend prayer groups once or twice a month by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend prayer groups once or twice a month who have completed…

Interpreting scripture High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 1,218. 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% 30% 10% 5% 1,218
Word of God; not everything taken literally 35% 33% 19% 14% 1,025
Not the word of God 38% 31% 18% 14% 413
Other/don't know 37% 36% 11% 15% 183

Marital status among adults who attend prayer groups once or twice a month by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend prayer groups once or twice a month who are…

Interpreting scripture Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 1,221. 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% 15% 7% 21% 1,221
Word of God; not everything taken literally 49% 5% 11% 4% 31% 1,027
Not the word of God 42% 10% 13% 5% 31% 417
Other/don't know 38% 12% 13% 7% 31% 182

Parent of children under 18 among adults who attend prayer groups once or twice a month by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend prayer groups once or twice a month who are…

Interpreting scripture Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 1,222. 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% 63% 1,222
Word of God; not everything taken literally 37% 63% 1,022
Not the word of God 34% 66% 416
Other/don't know 29% 71% 184

BeliefsandPractices

Belief in God among adults who attend prayer groups once or twice a month by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend prayer groups once or twice a month 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 = 1,224. 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 86% 12% 1% < 1% < 1% < 1% 1,224
Word of God; not everything taken literally 81% 17% 1% < 1% < 1% < 1% 1,028
Not the word of God 51% 31% 7% 1% 7% 3% 418
Other/don't know 63% 25% 8% 1% 1% 2% 184

Importance of religion in one's life among adults who attend prayer groups once or twice a month by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend prayer groups once or twice a month who say religion is…

Interpreting scripture Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,224. 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 89% 9% 1% < 1% 1% 1,224
Word of God; not everything taken literally 72% 25% 2% < 1% 1% 1,028
Not the word of God 45% 45% 7% 2% 1% 418
Other/don't know 59% 31% 6% 3% 1% 184

Attendance at religious services among adults who attend prayer groups once or twice a month by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend prayer groups once or twice a month 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 = 1,224. 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 56% 39% 4% < 1% 1,224
Word of God; not everything taken literally 54% 40% 5% < 1% 1,028
Not the word of God 33% 53% 13% 1% 418
Other/don't know 33% 56% 8% 2% 184

Frequency of prayer among adults who attend prayer groups once or twice a month by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend prayer groups once or twice a month who pray…

Interpreting scripture At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,224. 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 82% 14% 2% 1% 1% 1,224
Word of God; not everything taken literally 74% 19% 4% 3% < 1% 1,028
Not the word of God 55% 24% 8% 12% 1% 418
Other/don't know 58% 24% 6% 11% 1% 184

Frequency of meditation among adults who attend prayer groups once or twice a month by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend prayer groups once or twice a month 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 = 1,224. 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 49% 13% 4% 32% 2% 1,224
Word of God; not everything taken literally 43% 13% 3% 40% < 1% 1,028
Not the word of God 47% 17% 4% 30% 1% 418
Other/don't know 43% 16% 4% 34% 4% 184

Frequency of feeling spiritual peace and wellbeing among adults who attend prayer groups once or twice a month by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend prayer groups once or twice a month 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 = 1,224. 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% 16% 4% 4% 1% 1,224
Word of God; not everything taken literally 66% 21% 8% 4% < 1% 1,028
Not the word of God 58% 22% 12% 8% < 1% 418
Other/don't know 59% 18% 11% 10% 2% 184

Frequency of feeling wonder about the universe among adults who attend prayer groups once or twice a month by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend prayer groups once or twice a month 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 = 1,224. 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% 21% 11% 23% 1% 1,224
Word of God; not everything taken literally 44% 22% 14% 19% 1% 1,028
Not the word of God 56% 19% 13% 11% < 1% 418
Other/don't know 53% 18% 13% 11% 5% 184

Sources of guidance on right and wrong among adults who attend prayer groups once or twice a month by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend prayer groups once or twice a month 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 = 1,224. 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 58% 4% 30% 6% 2% 1,224
Word of God; not everything taken literally 44% 11% 36% 6% 3% 1,028
Not the word of God 15% 21% 49% 13% 2% 418
Other/don't know 30% 15% 47% 3% 5% 184

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong among adults who attend prayer groups once or twice a month by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend prayer groups once or twice a month 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 = 1,224. 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% 55% 1% 1% 1,224
Word of God; not everything taken literally 39% 59% 1% < 1% 1,028
Not the word of God 21% 77% 1% < 1% 418
Other/don't know 23% 72% 4% 1% 184

Frequency of reading scripture among adults who attend prayer groups once or twice a month by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend prayer groups once or twice a month 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 = 1,224. 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% 23% 5% 8% 1% 1,224
Word of God; not everything taken literally 49% 26% 10% 14% < 1% 1,028
Not the word of God 29% 26% 12% 32% 1% 418
Other/don't know 37% 32% 8% 21% 2% 184

Belief in Heaven among adults who attend prayer groups once or twice a month by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend prayer groups once or twice a month who …in heaven

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,224. 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 93% 3% 4% 1,224
Word of God; not everything taken literally 91% 5% 4% 1,028
Not the word of God 59% 33% 9% 418
Other/don't know 75% 11% 13% 184

Belief in Hell among adults who attend prayer groups once or twice a month by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend prayer groups once or twice a month who …in hell

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,224. 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 85% 10% 5% 1,224
Word of God; not everything taken literally 77% 18% 5% 1,028
Not the word of God 42% 51% 7% 418
Other/don't know 53% 31% 16% 184

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among adults who attend prayer groups once or twice a month by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend prayer groups once or twice a month who identify as…

Interpreting scripture Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 1,224. 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% 16% 39% 1,224
Word of God; not everything taken literally 47% 10% 42% 1,028
Not the word of God 21% 22% 56% 418
Other/don't know 25% 29% 45% 184

Political ideology among adults who attend prayer groups once or twice a month by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend prayer groups once or twice a month who are…

Interpreting scripture Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,224. 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% 27% 16% 6% 1,224
Word of God; not everything taken literally 40% 40% 17% 4% 1,028
Not the word of God 18% 33% 42% 6% 418
Other/don't know 25% 38% 28% 10% 184

Views about size of government among adults who attend prayer groups once or twice a month by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend prayer groups once or twice a month who would rather have…

Interpreting scripture Smaller government; fewer services Bigger government; more services Depends Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,224. 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% 49% 2% 2% 1,224
Word of God; not everything taken literally 55% 40% 2% 2% 1,028
Not the word of God 46% 49% 3% 3% 418
Other/don't know 42% 38% 11% 9% 184

Views about government aid to the poor among adults who attend prayer groups once or twice a month by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend prayer groups once or twice a month 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 = 1,224. 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% 45% 3% 2% 1,224
Word of God; not everything taken literally 46% 50% 4% < 1% 1,028
Not the word of God 33% 62% 3% 1% 418
Other/don't know 44% 45% 9% 3% 184

Views about abortion among adults who attend prayer groups once or twice a month by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend prayer groups once or twice a month who say abortion should be…

Interpreting scripture Legal in all/most cases Illegal in all/most cases Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,224. 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% 65% 3% 1,224
Word of God; not everything taken literally 45% 54% 1% 1,028
Not the word of God 68% 29% 2% 418
Other/don't know 56% 35% 9% 184

Views about homosexuality among adults who attend prayer groups once or twice a month by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend prayer groups once or twice a month who say homosexuality…

Interpreting scripture Should be accepted Should be discouraged Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,224. 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 41% 52% 4% 3% 1,224
Word of God; not everything taken literally 63% 30% 5% 2% 1,028
Not the word of God 82% 13% 3% 1% 418
Other/don't know 62% 29% 3% 6% 184

Views about same-sex marriage among adults who attend prayer groups once or twice a month by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend prayer groups once or twice a month who …same-sex marriage

Interpreting scripture Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,224. 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 29% 64% 7% 1,224
Word of God; not everything taken literally 51% 41% 7% 1,028
Not the word of God 78% 17% 5% 418
Other/don't know 49% 35% 16% 184

Views about environmental regulation among adults who attend prayer groups once or twice a month by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend prayer groups once or twice a month 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 = 1,224. 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 47% 47% 3% 3% 1,224
Word of God; not everything taken literally 39% 59% 1% 1% 1,028
Not the word of God 26% 69% 3% 3% 418
Other/don't know 37% 54% 3% 6% 184

Views about human evolution among adults who attend prayer groups once or twice a month by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend prayer groups once or twice a month 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 = 1,224. 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% 24% 1% 56% 4% 1,224
Word of God; not everything taken literally 17% 40% 3% 37% 3% 1,028
Not the word of God 41% 27% 8% 22% 2% 418
Other/don't know 31% 28% 7% 26% 8% 184