Interpreting scripture among adults who pray daily

% of adults who pray daily 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 = 19,336. 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 45% 31% 4% 14% 7% 19,336
2007 45% 29% 4% 13% 8% 21,138

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Interpreting scripture among adults who pray daily by religious group

% of adults who pray daily 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 = 110. 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 11% 13% 1% 62% 14% 110
Catholic 32% 39% 4% 19% 7% 4,335
Evangelical Protestant 61% 26% 4% 5% 4% 6,852
Hindu 19% 16% 1% 51% 12% 102
Historically Black Protestant 61% 23% 3% 7% 6% 1,538
Jehovah's Witness 47% 41% 7% 2% 3% 221
Jewish 27% 39% 4% 23% 7% 213
Mainline Protestant 32% 37% 4% 17% 10% 3,342
Mormon 35% 55% 5% 2% 2% 571
Muslim 49% 28% 12% 8% 3% 164
Orthodox Christian 27% 47% 3% 15% 7% 100
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 27% 21% 2% 40% 10% 1,333

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DemographicInformation

Age distribution among adults who pray daily by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who pray daily who are ages…

Interpreting scripture 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 7,872. 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 13% 33% 31% 23% 7,872
Word of God; not everything taken literally 22% 34% 26% 18% 6,122
Word of God; other/don't know 13% 31% 29% 28% 757
Not the word of God 19% 35% 30% 16% 2,848
Other/don't know 13% 34% 30% 22% 1,295

Generational cohort among adults who pray daily by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who pray daily who are…

Interpreting scripture Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 7,872. 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 8% 10% 28% 36% 16% 2% 7,872
Word of God; not everything taken literally 14% 13% 28% 31% 12% 1% 6,122
Word of God; other/don't know 8% 8% 27% 35% 19% 2% 757
Not the word of God 10% 16% 29% 35% 10% 1% 2,848
Other/don't know 5% 14% 28% 36% 15% 2% 1,295

Gender composition among adults who pray daily by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who pray daily who are…

Interpreting scripture Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 8,053. 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% 60% 8,053
Word of God; not everything taken literally 41% 59% 6,241
Word of God; other/don't know 40% 60% 788
Not the word of God 43% 57% 2,903
Other/don't know 42% 58% 1,351

Racial and ethnic composition among adults who pray daily by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who pray daily who identify as…

Interpreting scripture White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 7,953. 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% 20% 2% 17% 4% 7,953
Word of God; not everything taken literally 69% 12% 2% 13% 4% 6,169
Word of God; other/don't know 65% 11% 3% 16% 6% 765
Not the word of God 63% 10% 5% 17% 5% 2,844
Other/don't know 61% 16% 4% 15% 5% 1,308

Immigrant status among adults who pray daily by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who pray daily who are…

Interpreting scripture Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 7,933. 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 16% 7% 76% 7,933
Word of God; not everything taken literally 12% 10% 78% 6,184
Word of God; other/don't know 19% 7% 74% 771
Not the word of God 16% 12% 72% 2,870
Other/don't know 15% 9% 76% 1,315

Income distribution among adults who pray daily by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who pray daily 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 = 6,827. 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% 22% 23% 11% 6,827
Word of God; not everything taken literally 30% 21% 30% 20% 5,488
Word of God; other/don't know 37% 20% 28% 15% 609
Not the word of God 34% 19% 26% 20% 2,605
Other/don't know 40% 19% 24% 17% 1,081

Educational distribution among adults who pray daily by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who pray daily who have completed…

Interpreting scripture High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 8,000. 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% 30% 12% 5% 8,000
Word of God; not everything taken literally 34% 35% 19% 12% 6,223
Word of God; other/don't know 42% 35% 14% 9% 778
Not the word of God 34% 32% 19% 15% 2,885
Other/don't know 37% 34% 16% 12% 1,335

Marital status among adults who pray daily by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who pray daily who are…

Interpreting scripture Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 8,018. 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% 5% 15% 10% 17% 8,018
Word of God; not everything taken literally 53% 5% 12% 7% 23% 6,222
Word of God; other/don't know 56% 3% 12% 12% 16% 779
Not the word of God 46% 10% 15% 6% 21% 2,891
Other/don't know 46% 8% 17% 10% 19% 1,333

Parent of children under 18 among adults who pray daily by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who pray daily who are…

Interpreting scripture Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 8,026. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 31% 69% 8,026
Word of God; not everything taken literally 33% 67% 6,219
Word of God; other/don't know 29% 71% 780
Not the word of God 28% 72% 2,897
Other/don't know 28% 72% 1,341

BeliefsandPractices

Belief in God among adults who pray daily by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who pray daily 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 = 8,053. 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% 7% 1% 1% < 1% < 1% 8,053
Word of God; not everything taken literally 86% 12% 1% < 1% < 1% < 1% 6,241
Word of God; other/don't know 89% 8% < 1% 1% < 1% 1% 788
Not the word of God 62% 28% 6% 1% 2% 1% 2,903
Other/don't know 79% 16% 2% 1% < 1% 1% 1,351

Importance of religion in one's life among adults who pray daily by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who pray daily who say religion is…

Interpreting scripture Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 8,053. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 91% 7% 1% 1% < 1% 8,053
Word of God; not everything taken literally 78% 19% 2% 1% < 1% 6,241
Word of God; other/don't know 86% 11% 1% 1% 2% 788
Not the word of God 45% 37% 10% 7% 1% 2,903
Other/don't know 69% 22% 4% 3% 2% 1,351

Attendance at religious services among adults who pray daily by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who pray daily 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 = 8,053. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 67% 24% 9% < 1% 8,053
Word of God; not everything taken literally 54% 34% 12% < 1% 6,241
Word of God; other/don't know 61% 24% 13% 1% 788
Not the word of God 21% 43% 36% < 1% 2,903
Other/don't know 38% 39% 21% 2% 1,351

Frequency of participation in prayer, scripture study or religious education groups among adults who pray daily by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who pray daily who attend prayer group…

Interpreting scripture At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 8,053. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 53% 14% 9% 24% 1% 8,053
Word of God; not everything taken literally 34% 13% 12% 40% < 1% 6,241
Word of God; other/don't know 46% 10% 9% 33% 1% 788
Not the word of God 13% 8% 9% 69% < 1% 2,903
Other/don't know 25% 9% 10% 54% 1% 1,351

Frequency of meditation among adults who pray daily by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who pray daily 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 = 8,053. 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 59% 6% 3% 30% 3% 8,053
Word of God; not everything taken literally 50% 8% 4% 37% 1% 6,241
Word of God; other/don't know 58% 5% 3% 30% 5% 788
Not the word of God 55% 8% 3% 32% 1% 2,903
Other/don't know 52% 8% 3% 34% 3% 1,351

Frequency of feeling spiritual peace and wellbeing among adults who pray daily by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who pray daily 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 = 8,053. 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% 9% 4% 4% 1% 8,053
Word of God; not everything taken literally 72% 15% 7% 6% 1% 6,241
Word of God; other/don't know 78% 8% 6% 3% 4% 788
Not the word of God 67% 14% 8% 10% 1% 2,903
Other/don't know 71% 12% 7% 8% 3% 1,351

Frequency of feeling wonder about the universe among adults who pray daily by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who pray daily 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 = 8,053. 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% 14% 10% 24% 2% 8,053
Word of God; not everything taken literally 48% 17% 12% 21% 1% 6,241
Word of God; other/don't know 48% 12% 10% 22% 7% 788
Not the word of God 58% 14% 11% 17% < 1% 2,903
Other/don't know 55% 12% 9% 20% 3% 1,351

Sources of guidance on right and wrong among adults who pray daily by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who pray daily 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 = 8,053. 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 65% 4% 26% 4% 2% 8,053
Word of God; not everything taken literally 49% 8% 37% 4% 3% 6,241
Word of God; other/don't know 56% 4% 27% 3% 10% 788
Not the word of God 15% 17% 56% 10% 2% 2,903
Other/don't know 31% 8% 48% 5% 7% 1,351

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong among adults who pray daily by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who pray daily 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 = 8,053. 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% 1% 2% 8,053
Word of God; not everything taken literally 40% 58% 1% 1% 6,241
Word of God; other/don't know 45% 47% 5% 3% 788
Not the word of God 24% 74% 2% 1% 2,903
Other/don't know 31% 63% 4% 2% 1,351

Frequency of reading scripture among adults who pray daily by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who pray daily 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 = 8,053. 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 71% 11% 5% 12% 1% 8,053
Word of God; not everything taken literally 52% 14% 9% 24% < 1% 6,241
Word of God; other/don't know 68% 8% 6% 16% 1% 788
Not the word of God 26% 12% 11% 51% < 1% 2,903
Other/don't know 43% 14% 9% 32% 2% 1,351

Belief in Heaven among adults who pray daily by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who pray daily who …in heaven

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 8,053. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 91% 4% 5% 8,053
Word of God; not everything taken literally 90% 6% 5% 6,241
Word of God; other/don't know 83% 5% 11% 788
Not the word of God 67% 24% 9% 2,903
Other/don't know 75% 8% 17% 1,351

Belief in Hell among adults who pray daily by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who pray daily who …in hell

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 8,053. 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% 8,053
Word of God; not everything taken literally 72% 21% 7% 6,241
Word of God; other/don't know 73% 11% 15% 788
Not the word of God 42% 49% 8% 2,903
Other/don't know 55% 27% 18% 1,351

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among adults who pray daily by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who pray daily who identify as…

Interpreting scripture Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 8,053. 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% 18% 37% 8,053
Word of God; not everything taken literally 47% 15% 38% 6,241
Word of God; other/don't know 44% 27% 29% 788
Not the word of God 27% 19% 55% 2,903
Other/don't know 30% 25% 45% 1,351

Political ideology among adults who pray daily by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who pray daily who are…

Interpreting scripture Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 8,053. 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% 24% 13% 7% 8,053
Word of God; not everything taken literally 44% 36% 16% 5% 6,241
Word of God; other/don't know 49% 26% 11% 14% 788
Not the word of God 23% 36% 35% 5% 2,903
Other/don't know 32% 35% 22% 11% 1,351

Views about size of government among adults who pray daily by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who pray daily who would rather have…

Interpreting scripture Smaller government; fewer services Bigger government; more services Depends Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 8,053. 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% 43% 2% 3% 8,053
Word of God; not everything taken literally 58% 37% 2% 3% 6,241
Word of God; other/don't know 53% 29% 7% 10% 788
Not the word of God 49% 43% 4% 4% 2,903
Other/don't know 46% 36% 9% 9% 1,351

Views about government aid to the poor among adults who pray daily by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who pray daily 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 = 8,053. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 50% 44% 4% 2% 8,053
Word of God; not everything taken literally 49% 47% 4% 1% 6,241
Word of God; other/don't know 49% 35% 10% 6% 788
Not the word of God 36% 58% 4% 2% 2,903
Other/don't know 39% 47% 10% 4% 1,351

Views about abortion among adults who pray daily by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who pray daily who say abortion should be…

Interpreting scripture Legal in all/most cases Illegal in all/most cases Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 8,053. 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% 66% 4% 8,053
Word of God; not everything taken literally 43% 54% 3% 6,241
Word of God; other/don't know 28% 59% 13% 788
Not the word of God 70% 26% 4% 2,903
Other/don't know 51% 38% 12% 1,351

Views about homosexuality among adults who pray daily by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who pray daily who say homosexuality…

Interpreting scripture Should be accepted Should be discouraged Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 8,053. 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 33% 58% 4% 4% 8,053
Word of God; not everything taken literally 57% 36% 4% 3% 6,241
Word of God; other/don't know 34% 47% 9% 9% 788
Not the word of God 81% 14% 3% 2% 2,903
Other/don't know 57% 26% 10% 7% 1,351

Views about same-sex marriage among adults who pray daily by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who pray daily who …same-sex marriage

Interpreting scripture Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 8,053. 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 23% 69% 8% 8,053
Word of God; not everything taken literally 46% 47% 8% 6,241
Word of God; other/don't know 25% 57% 18% 788
Not the word of God 74% 19% 7% 2,903
Other/don't know 51% 35% 15% 1,351

Views about environmental regulation among adults who pray daily by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who pray daily 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 = 8,053. 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% 45% 3% 4% 8,053
Word of God; not everything taken literally 40% 56% 2% 2% 6,241
Word of God; other/don't know 39% 43% 7% 10% 788
Not the word of God 29% 66% 2% 2% 2,903
Other/don't know 34% 53% 6% 7% 1,351

Views about human evolution among adults who pray daily by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who pray daily 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 = 8,053. 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 10% 21% 2% 62% 5% 8,053
Word of God; not everything taken literally 15% 38% 3% 41% 4% 6,241
Word of God; other/don't know 8% 20% 5% 51% 17% 788
Not the word of God 40% 32% 6% 19% 3% 2,903
Other/don't know 18% 32% 11% 29% 11% 1,351