Interpreting scripture among adults who attend prayer groups several times a year

% of adults who attend prayer groups several times a year who say the holy scripture is…

Survey year Word of God; should be taken literally Word of God; not everything taken literally Word of God; other/don't know Not the word of God Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,883. 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 34% 36% 3% 20% 7% 2,883
2007 36% 35% 3% 16% 9% 2,830

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Interpreting scripture among adults who attend prayer groups several times a year by religious group

% of adults who attend prayer groups several times a year who say the holy scripture is…

Religious tradition Word of God; should be taken literally Word of God; not everything taken literally Word of God; other/don't know Not the word of God Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 0. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Catholic 30% 43% 3% 17% 6% 730
Evangelical Protestant 48% 35% 4% 7% 5% 781
Historically Black Protestant 55% 27% < 1% 11% 6% 182
Mainline Protestant 26% 44% 3% 19% 9% 627
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 19% 23% 2% 50% 5% 233

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DemographicInformation

Age distribution among adults who attend prayer groups several times a year by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend prayer groups several times a year who are ages…

Interpreting scripture 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 857. 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% 36% 27% 18% 857
Word of God; not everything taken literally 26% 32% 24% 18% 1,086
Not the word of God 27% 38% 23% 13% 587
Other/don't know 22% 28% 27% 24% 217

Generational cohort among adults who attend prayer groups several times a year by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend prayer groups several times a year who are…

Interpreting scripture Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 857. 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% 29% 32% 13% 1% 857
Word of God; not everything taken literally 19% 14% 26% 29% 12% 1% 1,086
Not the word of God 17% 18% 30% 26% 9% < 1% 587
Other/don't know 6% 21% 22% 34% 13% 3% 217

Gender composition among adults who attend prayer groups several times a year by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend prayer groups several times a year who are…

Interpreting scripture Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 878. 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% 52% 878
Word of God; not everything taken literally 45% 55% 1,102
Not the word of God 53% 47% 598
Other/don't know 53% 47% 221

Racial and ethnic composition among adults who attend prayer groups several times a year by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend prayer groups several times a year who identify as…

Interpreting scripture White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 872. 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% 18% 3% 17% 3% 872
Word of God; not everything taken literally 70% 9% 5% 12% 5% 1,088
Not the word of God 59% 9% 12% 16% 5% 589
Other/don't know 64% 13% 8% 13% 2% 219

Immigrant status among adults who attend prayer groups several times a year by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend prayer groups several times a year who are…

Interpreting scripture Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 866. 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% 7% 74% 866
Word of God; not everything taken literally 15% 10% 75% 1,090
Not the word of God 26% 9% 65% 592
Other/don't know 17% 8% 75% 214

Income distribution among adults who attend prayer groups several times a year by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend prayer groups several times a year who have a household income of…

Interpreting scripture Less than $30,000 $30,000-$49,999 $50,000-$99,999 $100,000 or more Sample Size
Sample size = 768. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 42% 24% 22% 11% 768
Word of God; not everything taken literally 28% 18% 32% 23% 981
Not the word of God 26% 20% 29% 25% 549
Other/don't know 37% 22% 22% 20% 176

Educational distribution among adults who attend prayer groups several times a year by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend prayer groups several times a year who have completed…

Interpreting scripture High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 873. 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% 31% 11% 6% 873
Word of God; not everything taken literally 30% 35% 21% 14% 1,097
Not the word of God 30% 29% 24% 18% 594
Other/don't know 35% 30% 20% 15% 219

Marital status among adults who attend prayer groups several times a year by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend prayer groups several times a year who are…

Interpreting scripture Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 876. 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% 8% 12% 9% 23% 876
Word of God; not everything taken literally 50% 5% 12% 5% 27% 1,101
Not the word of God 48% 9% 10% 4% 29% 596
Other/don't know 50% 5% 15% 10% 21% 218

Parent of children under 18 among adults who attend prayer groups several times a year by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend prayer groups several times a year who are…

Interpreting scripture Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 874. 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 30% 70% 874
Word of God; not everything taken literally 31% 69% 1,100
Not the word of God 32% 68% 596
Other/don't know 32% 68% 220

BeliefsandPractices

Belief in God among adults who attend prayer groups several times a year by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend prayer groups several times a year who say they…

Interpreting scripture Believe in God; absolutely certain Believe in God; fairly certain Believe in God; not too/not at all certain Believe in God; don't know Do not believe in God Other/don't know if they believe in God Sample Size
Sample size = 878. 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% 10% 1% 1% < 1% < 1% 878
Word of God; not everything taken literally 77% 21% 1% < 1% < 1% < 1% 1,102
Not the word of God 43% 32% 10% 2% 10% 3% 598
Other/don't know 70% 22% 2% 4% 1% 1% 221

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

% of adults who attend prayer groups several times a year who say religion is…

Interpreting scripture Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 878. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 83% 14% 1% 1% 1% 878
Word of God; not everything taken literally 66% 31% 3% < 1% < 1% 1,102
Not the word of God 36% 46% 11% 6% 2% 598
Other/don't know 62% 28% 7% 2% 1% 221

Attendance at religious services among adults who attend prayer groups several times a year by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend prayer groups several times a year who attend religious services…

Interpreting scripture At least once a week Once or twice a month/a few times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 878. 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 40% 55% 5% < 1% 878
Word of God; not everything taken literally 40% 54% 5% 1% 1,102
Not the word of God 21% 64% 14% < 1% 598
Other/don't know 33% 58% 8% 1% 221

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

% of adults who attend prayer groups several times a year who pray…

Interpreting scripture At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 878. 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% 14% 4% 3% 1% 878
Word of God; not everything taken literally 66% 24% 6% 3% < 1% 1,102
Not the word of God 44% 22% 11% 22% < 1% 598
Other/don't know 66% 15% 7% 8% 4% 221

Frequency of meditation among adults who attend prayer groups several times a year by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend prayer groups several times a year 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 = 878. 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% 10% 9% 38% 2% 878
Word of God; not everything taken literally 40% 9% 7% 43% 1% 1,102
Not the word of God 38% 13% 9% 38% 2% 598
Other/don't know 36% 13% 11% 35% 5% 221

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

% of adults who attend prayer groups several times a year who feel a sense of spiritual peace and wellbeing…

Interpreting scripture At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 878. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 66% 13% 14% 6% 1% 878
Word of God; not everything taken literally 62% 20% 12% 6% < 1% 1,102
Not the word of God 50% 18% 17% 15% 1% 598
Other/don't know 60% 20% 10% 7% 3% 221

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

% of adults who attend prayer groups several times a year who feel a sense of wonder about the universe…

Interpreting scripture At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 878. 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% 15% 18% 28% 2% 878
Word of God; not everything taken literally 44% 20% 15% 20% < 1% 1,102
Not the word of God 51% 15% 17% 16% < 1% 598
Other/don't know 49% 17% 15% 17% 2% 221

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

% of adults who attend prayer groups several times a year who say they look to…most for guidance on right and wrong

Interpreting scripture Religion Philosophy/reason Common sense Science Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 878. 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% 5% 36% 5% 1% 878
Word of God; not everything taken literally 38% 12% 43% 5% 2% 1,102
Not the word of God 12% 19% 51% 16% 2% 598
Other/don't know 31% 11% 41% 11% 6% 221

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

% of adults who attend prayer groups several times a year who say…

Interpreting scripture There are clear standards for what is right and wrong Right or wrong depends on the situation Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 878. 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% 56% 1% 1% 878
Word of God; not everything taken literally 38% 61% 1% < 1% 1,102
Not the word of God 21% 75% 2% 1% 598
Other/don't know 33% 64% 2% 1% 221

Frequency of reading scripture among adults who attend prayer groups several times a year by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend prayer groups several times a year who read scripture…

Interpreting scripture At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 878. 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% 17% 22% 15% 1% 878
Word of God; not everything taken literally 33% 21% 25% 21% < 1% 1,102
Not the word of God 14% 15% 32% 39% < 1% 598
Other/don't know 31% 17% 25% 26% 2% 221

Belief in Heaven among adults who attend prayer groups several times a year by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend prayer groups several times a year who …in heaven

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 878. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 92% 4% 4% 878
Word of God; not everything taken literally 91% 5% 4% 1,102
Not the word of God 58% 33% 9% 598
Other/don't know 73% 12% 15% 221

Belief in Hell among adults who attend prayer groups several times a year by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend prayer groups several times a year who …in hell

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 878. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 83% 11% 6% 878
Word of God; not everything taken literally 71% 23% 6% 1,102
Not the word of God 38% 54% 7% 598
Other/don't know 50% 30% 20% 221

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among adults who attend prayer groups several times a year by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend prayer groups several times a year who identify as…

Interpreting scripture Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 878. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 46% 17% 38% 878
Word of God; not everything taken literally 48% 14% 37% 1,102
Not the word of God 25% 17% 59% 598
Other/don't know 33% 28% 39% 221

Political ideology among adults who attend prayer groups several times a year by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend prayer groups several times a year who are…

Interpreting scripture Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 878. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 54% 28% 12% 5% 878
Word of God; not everything taken literally 40% 40% 17% 3% 1,102
Not the word of God 24% 39% 32% 5% 598
Other/don't know 28% 36% 23% 12% 221

Views about size of government among adults who attend prayer groups several times a year by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend prayer groups several times a year who would rather have…

Interpreting scripture Smaller government; fewer services Bigger government; more services Depends Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 878. 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% 48% 1% 3% 878
Word of God; not everything taken literally 57% 38% 2% 2% 1,102
Not the word of God 46% 46% 4% 3% 598
Other/don't know 49% 33% 9% 9% 221

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

% of adults who attend prayer groups several times a year who say government aid to the poor…

Interpreting scripture Does more harm than good Does more good than harm Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 878. 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% 47% 3% 2% 878
Word of God; not everything taken literally 50% 47% 3% 1% 1,102
Not the word of God 34% 60% 4% 1% 598
Other/don't know 43% 41% 9% 6% 221

Views about abortion among adults who attend prayer groups several times a year by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend prayer groups several times a year who say abortion should be…

Interpreting scripture Legal in all/most cases Illegal in all/most cases Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 878. 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% 59% 4% 878
Word of God; not everything taken literally 52% 46% 2% 1,102
Not the word of God 72% 24% 3% 598
Other/don't know 53% 36% 11% 221

Views about homosexuality among adults who attend prayer groups several times a year by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend prayer groups several times a year who say homosexuality…

Interpreting scripture Should be accepted Should be discouraged Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 878. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 42% 49% 4% 5% 878
Word of God; not everything taken literally 64% 28% 4% 3% 1,102
Not the word of God 79% 15% 3% 3% 598
Other/don't know 60% 21% 9% 10% 221

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

% of adults who attend prayer groups several times a year who …same-sex marriage

Interpreting scripture Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 878. 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% 62% 9% 878
Word of God; not everything taken literally 55% 39% 6% 1,102
Not the word of God 72% 21% 7% 598
Other/don't know 54% 31% 15% 221

Views about environmental regulation among adults who attend prayer groups several times a year by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend prayer groups several times a year who say…

Interpreting scripture Stricter environmental laws and regulations cost too many jobs and hurt the economy Stricter environmental laws and regulations are worth the cost Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 878. 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% 47% 1% 3% 878
Word of God; not everything taken literally 38% 60% 2% 1% 1,102
Not the word of God 27% 68% 3% 2% 598
Other/don't know 30% 59% 4% 7% 221

Views about human evolution among adults who attend prayer groups several times a year by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who attend prayer groups several times a year who say humans…

Interpreting scripture Evolved; due to natural processes Evolved; due to God's design Evolved; don't know how Always existed in present form Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 878. 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 13% 24% 2% 57% 5% 878
Word of God; not everything taken literally 18% 43% 3% 34% 3% 1,102
Not the word of God 49% 26% 5% 17% 3% 598
Other/don't know 26% 28% 15% 23% 9% 221