Interpreting scripture among adults who seldom or never attend prayer groups

% of adults who seldom or never attend prayer groups 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 = 20,395. 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 16% 24% 2% 50% 8% 20,395
2007 20% 26% 3% 40% 11% 20,841

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Interpreting scripture among adults who seldom or never attend prayer groups by religious group

% of adults who seldom or never attend prayer groups 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 = 160. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Buddhist 2% 6% 1% 81% 10% 160
Catholic 19% 34% 2% 36% 8% 4,669
Evangelical Protestant 37% 37% 4% 16% 6% 2,790
Hindu 3% 12% < 1% 72% 13% 119
Historically Black Protestant 41% 29% 2% 18% 9% 572
Jewish 6% 17% < 1% 69% 7% 548
Mainline Protestant 15% 34% 2% 38% 10% 3,642
Mormon 24% 44% 3% 22% 7% 116
Orthodox Christian 12% 28% 3% 43% 15% 109
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 6% 10% 1% 77% 7% 6,810

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DemographicInformation

Age distribution among adults who seldom or never attend prayer groups by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never attend prayer groups who are ages…

Interpreting scripture 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 2,817. 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 15% 34% 31% 20% 2,817
Word of God; not everything taken literally 22% 33% 27% 18% 4,866
Word of God; other/don't know 12% 23% 34% 31% 361
Not the word of God 30% 35% 22% 13% 10,369
Other/don't know 18% 34% 27% 20% 1,637

Generational cohort among adults who seldom or never attend prayer groups by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never attend prayer groups who are…

Interpreting scripture Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 2,817. 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 9% 12% 28% 36% 13% 2% 2,817
Word of God; not everything taken literally 14% 13% 27% 33% 11% 1% 4,866
Word of God; other/don't know 7% 7% 21% 39% 24% 3% 361
Not the word of God 18% 19% 27% 27% 8% 1% 10,369
Other/don't know 10% 15% 28% 33% 13% 2% 1,637

Gender composition among adults who seldom or never attend prayer groups by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never attend prayer groups who are…

Interpreting scripture Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 2,862. 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% 55% 2,862
Word of God; not everything taken literally 47% 53% 4,941
Word of God; other/don't know 42% 58% 373
Not the word of God 57% 43% 10,512
Other/don't know 50% 50% 1,707

Racial and ethnic composition among adults who seldom or never attend prayer groups by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never attend prayer groups who identify as…

Interpreting scripture White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 2,838. 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 60% 15% 2% 20% 3% 2,838
Word of God; not everything taken literally 75% 8% 3% 11% 3% 4,896
Word of God; other/don't know 71% 6% 1% 16% 5% 362
Not the word of God 74% 5% 5% 12% 4% 10,377
Other/don't know 70% 8% 5% 13% 5% 1,654

Immigrant status among adults who seldom or never attend prayer groups by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never attend prayer groups who are…

Interpreting scripture Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 2,793. 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% 9% 74% 2,793
Word of God; not everything taken literally 10% 11% 79% 4,894
Word of God; other/don't know 18% 7% 74% 365
Not the word of God 12% 13% 75% 10,415
Other/don't know 14% 9% 77% 1,669

Income distribution among adults who seldom or never attend prayer groups by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never attend prayer groups who have a household income of…

Interpreting scripture Less than $30,000 $30,000-$49,999 $50,000-$99,999 $100,000 or more Sample Size
Sample size = 2,406. 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% 23% 18% 8% 2,406
Word of God; not everything taken literally 30% 21% 28% 20% 4,340
Word of God; other/don't know 44% 19% 22% 15% 275
Not the word of God 26% 19% 29% 26% 9,515
Other/don't know 37% 21% 24% 18% 1,364

Educational distribution among adults who seldom or never attend prayer groups by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never attend prayer groups who have completed…

Interpreting scripture High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 2,839. 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 63% 27% 7% 3% 2,839
Word of God; not everything taken literally 41% 33% 16% 9% 4,929
Word of God; other/don't know 54% 29% 11% 6% 367
Not the word of God 30% 32% 22% 16% 10,475
Other/don't know 38% 35% 16% 11% 1,688

Marital status among adults who seldom or never attend prayer groups by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never attend prayer groups who are…

Interpreting scripture Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 2,850. 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% 7% 17% 9% 23% 2,850
Word of God; not everything taken literally 50% 7% 13% 6% 24% 4,927
Word of God; other/don't know 48% 4% 14% 17% 17% 367
Not the word of God 43% 11% 11% 4% 31% 10,473
Other/don't know 44% 10% 14% 8% 23% 1,685

Parent of children under 18 among adults who seldom or never attend prayer groups by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never attend prayer groups who are…

Interpreting scripture Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 2,855. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 28% 72% 2,855
Word of God; not everything taken literally 28% 72% 4,927
Word of God; other/don't know 22% 78% 371
Not the word of God 25% 75% 10,485
Other/don't know 26% 74% 1,696

BeliefsandPractices

Belief in God among adults who seldom or never attend prayer groups by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never attend prayer groups 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 = 2,862. 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% 2,862
Word of God; not everything taken literally 69% 26% 3% < 1% 1% < 1% 4,941
Word of God; other/don't know 80% 16% < 1% 2% 1% < 1% 373
Not the word of God 24% 28% 13% < 1% 29% 5% 10,512
Other/don't know 53% 27% 6% 2% 6% 7% 1,707

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

% of adults who seldom or never attend prayer groups who say religion is…

Interpreting scripture Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,862. 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 68% 26% 4% 2% < 1% 2,862
Word of God; not everything taken literally 45% 43% 9% 3% < 1% 4,941
Word of God; other/don't know 69% 25% 3% 1% 2% 373
Not the word of God 11% 29% 27% 33% 1% 10,512
Other/don't know 35% 37% 16% 10% 2% 1,707

Attendance at religious services among adults who seldom or never attend prayer groups by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never attend prayer groups 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 = 2,862. 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 27% 41% 32% 1% 2,862
Word of God; not everything taken literally 19% 50% 31% < 1% 4,941
Word of God; other/don't know 22% 40% 35% 2% 373
Not the word of God 5% 31% 64% < 1% 10,512
Other/don't know 10% 43% 45% 2% 1,707

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

% of adults who seldom or never attend prayer groups who pray…

Interpreting scripture At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,862. 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 63% 19% 6% 12% 1% 2,862
Word of God; not everything taken literally 49% 26% 9% 16% < 1% 4,941
Word of God; other/don't know 67% 16% 6% 8% 3% 373
Not the word of God 19% 14% 8% 59% < 1% 10,512
Other/don't know 42% 18% 9% 28% 3% 1,707

Frequency of meditation among adults who seldom or never attend prayer groups by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never attend prayer groups 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 = 2,862. 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 36% 6% 3% 52% 2% 2,862
Word of God; not everything taken literally 27% 8% 5% 60% 1% 4,941
Word of God; other/don't know 35% 6% 4% 50% 5% 373
Not the word of God 26% 10% 5% 58% 1% 10,512
Other/don't know 34% 8% 4% 51% 2% 1,707

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

% of adults who seldom or never attend prayer groups 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 = 2,862. 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% 15% 9% 16% 2% 2,862
Word of God; not everything taken literally 48% 20% 14% 17% 1% 4,941
Word of God; other/don't know 59% 14% 10% 12% 6% 373
Not the word of God 39% 17% 12% 31% 1% 10,512
Other/don't know 47% 14% 11% 23% 4% 1,707

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

% of adults who seldom or never attend prayer groups 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 = 2,862. 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% 12% 13% 37% 2% 2,862
Word of God; not everything taken literally 37% 16% 15% 32% 1% 4,941
Word of God; other/don't know 33% 11% 12% 36% 8% 373
Not the word of God 47% 17% 14% 22% 1% 10,512
Other/don't know 41% 14% 13% 29% 3% 1,707

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

% of adults who seldom or never attend prayer groups 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 = 2,862. 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% 6% 43% 6% 2% 2,862
Word of God; not everything taken literally 25% 9% 57% 7% 2% 4,941
Word of God; other/don't know 34% 5% 47% 4% 10% 373
Not the word of God 4% 18% 59% 17% 2% 10,512
Other/don't know 13% 12% 60% 9% 7% 1,707

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

% of adults who seldom or never attend prayer groups 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 = 2,862. 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% 60% 2% 2% 2,862
Word of God; not everything taken literally 31% 68% 1% < 1% 4,941
Word of God; other/don't know 33% 55% 6% 6% 373
Not the word of God 20% 79% 1% 1% 10,512
Other/don't know 24% 70% 4% 2% 1,707

Frequency of reading scripture among adults who seldom or never attend prayer groups by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never attend prayer groups 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 = 2,862. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 31% 12% 9% 47% 1% 2,862
Word of God; not everything taken literally 16% 12% 12% 60% < 1% 4,941
Word of God; other/don't know 30% 10% 12% 46% 3% 373
Not the word of God 5% 5% 6% 84% < 1% 10,512
Other/don't know 13% 9% 9% 68% 2% 1,707

Belief in Heaven among adults who seldom or never attend prayer groups by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never attend prayer groups who …in heaven

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,862. 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% 4% 3% 2,862
Word of God; not everything taken literally 89% 7% 4% 4,941
Word of God; other/don't know 84% 5% 11% 373
Not the word of God 38% 53% 9% 10,512
Other/don't know 61% 18% 21% 1,707

Belief in Hell among adults who seldom or never attend prayer groups by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never attend prayer groups who …in hell

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,862. 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 78% 15% 7% 2,862
Word of God; not everything taken literally 68% 25% 7% 4,941
Word of God; other/don't know 68% 14% 17% 373
Not the word of God 24% 68% 8% 10,512
Other/don't know 44% 34% 22% 1,707

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among adults who seldom or never attend prayer groups by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never attend prayer groups who identify as…

Interpreting scripture Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 2,862. 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% 20% 41% 2,862
Word of God; not everything taken literally 44% 16% 39% 4,941
Word of God; other/don't know 39% 29% 32% 373
Not the word of God 25% 17% 58% 10,512
Other/don't know 29% 29% 42% 1,707

Political ideology among adults who seldom or never attend prayer groups by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never attend prayer groups who are…

Interpreting scripture Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,862. 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% 29% 18% 9% 2,862
Word of God; not everything taken literally 36% 40% 20% 4% 4,941
Word of God; other/don't know 44% 25% 14% 17% 373
Not the word of God 17% 37% 41% 5% 10,512
Other/don't know 26% 37% 23% 14% 1,707

Views about size of government among adults who seldom or never attend prayer groups by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never attend prayer groups who would rather have…

Interpreting scripture Smaller government; fewer services Bigger government; more services Depends Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,862. 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% 49% 3% 4% 2,862
Word of God; not everything taken literally 59% 37% 2% 3% 4,941
Word of God; other/don't know 50% 30% 8% 13% 373
Not the word of God 49% 44% 3% 3% 10,512
Other/don't know 48% 35% 8% 10% 1,707

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

% of adults who seldom or never attend prayer groups 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 = 2,862. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 50% 45% 3% 2% 2,862
Word of God; not everything taken literally 51% 45% 3% 1% 4,941
Word of God; other/don't know 49% 36% 7% 8% 373
Not the word of God 36% 60% 3% 1% 10,512
Other/don't know 39% 46% 9% 6% 1,707

Views about abortion among adults who seldom or never attend prayer groups by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never attend prayer groups who say abortion should be…

Interpreting scripture Legal in all/most cases Illegal in all/most cases Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,862. 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% 56% 5% 2,862
Word of God; not everything taken literally 56% 41% 3% 4,941
Word of God; other/don't know 38% 47% 15% 373
Not the word of God 80% 17% 3% 10,512
Other/don't know 61% 27% 12% 1,707

Views about homosexuality among adults who seldom or never attend prayer groups by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never attend prayer groups who say homosexuality…

Interpreting scripture Should be accepted Should be discouraged Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,862. 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% 42% 4% 5% 2,862
Word of God; not everything taken literally 71% 22% 4% 3% 4,941
Word of God; other/don't know 45% 33% 7% 14% 373
Not the word of God 88% 9% 2% 2% 10,512
Other/don't know 69% 16% 8% 6% 1,707

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

% of adults who seldom or never attend prayer groups who …same-sex marriage

Interpreting scripture Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,862. 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% 54% 9% 2,862
Word of God; not everything taken literally 61% 32% 7% 4,941
Word of God; other/don't know 33% 45% 22% 373
Not the word of God 83% 13% 5% 10,512
Other/don't know 62% 23% 14% 1,707

Views about environmental regulation among adults who seldom or never attend prayer groups by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never attend prayer groups 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 = 2,862. 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% 5% 2,862
Word of God; not everything taken literally 41% 56% 2% 2% 4,941
Word of God; other/don't know 38% 42% 6% 14% 373
Not the word of God 26% 71% 2% 2% 10,512
Other/don't know 32% 54% 6% 7% 1,707

Views about human evolution among adults who seldom or never attend prayer groups by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never attend prayer groups 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 = 2,862. 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% 27% 3% 48% 6% 2,862
Word of God; not everything taken literally 25% 38% 3% 30% 3% 4,941
Word of God; other/don't know 10% 22% 9% 35% 24% 373
Not the word of God 69% 16% 4% 10% 2% 10,512
Other/don't know 33% 25% 13% 19% 10% 1,707