Interpreting scripture among adults who seldom or never pray

% of adults who seldom or never pray who say the holy scripture is…

Survey year Word of God; should be taken literally Word of God; not everything taken literally Word of God; other/don't know Not the word of God Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 8,123. 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 6% 11% < 1% 76% 6% 8,123
2007 9% 13% 1% 67% 10% 6,160

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Interpreting scripture among adults who seldom or never pray by religious group

% of adults who seldom or never pray 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 13% 24% 1% 53% 8% 893
Evangelical Protestant 26% 34% 1% 34% 5% 326
Jewish 3% 10% 1% 80% 6% 408
Mainline Protestant 9% 21% < 1% 60% 9% 903
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 3% 5% < 1% 86% 5% 4,941

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DemographicInformation

Age distribution among adults who seldom or never pray by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never pray who are ages…

Interpreting scripture 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 348. 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% 42% 26% 13% 348
Word of God; not everything taken literally 31% 32% 22% 14% 775
Not the word of God 35% 34% 19% 12% 6,348
Other/don't know 30% 35% 18% 17% 493

Generational cohort among adults who seldom or never pray by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never pray who are…

Interpreting scripture Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 348. 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% 14% 37% 30% 8% < 1% 348
Word of God; not everything taken literally 23% 15% 26% 28% 8% 1% 775
Not the word of God 23% 21% 26% 23% 8% 1% 6,348
Other/don't know 17% 21% 26% 22% 10% 3% 493

Gender composition among adults who seldom or never pray by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never pray who are…

Interpreting scripture Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 356. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 64% 36% 356
Word of God; not everything taken literally 65% 35% 789
Not the word of God 64% 36% 6,428
Other/don't know 65% 35% 515

Racial and ethnic composition among adults who seldom or never pray by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never pray who identify as…

Interpreting scripture White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 354. 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% 15% 3% 25% 2% 354
Word of God; not everything taken literally 73% 5% 3% 16% 3% 784
Not the word of God 77% 4% 6% 10% 3% 6,350
Other/don't know 73% 3% 8% 11% 5% 499

Immigrant status among adults who seldom or never pray by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never pray who are…

Interpreting scripture Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 345. 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% 8% 69% 345
Word of God; not everything taken literally 13% 12% 75% 773
Not the word of God 13% 14% 74% 6,366
Other/don't know 16% 9% 75% 506

Income distribution among adults who seldom or never pray by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never pray 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 = 301. 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% 25% 14% 6% 301
Word of God; not everything taken literally 34% 25% 23% 18% 687
Not the word of God 23% 19% 30% 27% 5,838
Other/don't know 36% 21% 24% 20% 413

Educational distribution among adults who seldom or never pray by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never pray who have completed…

Interpreting scripture High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 349. 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 74% 20% 5% 1% 349
Word of God; not everything taken literally 53% 28% 13% 6% 785
Not the word of God 29% 31% 23% 16% 6,412
Other/don't know 40% 34% 17% 10% 512

Marital status among adults who seldom or never pray by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never pray who are…

Interpreting scripture Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 353. 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 35% 8% 17% 7% 34% 353
Word of God; not everything taken literally 41% 7% 12% 4% 35% 785
Not the word of God 41% 11% 10% 3% 36% 6,407
Other/don't know 43% 7% 9% 5% 35% 507

Parent of children under 18 among adults who seldom or never pray by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never pray who are…

Interpreting scripture Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 355. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 26% 74% 355
Word of God; not everything taken literally 24% 76% 787
Not the word of God 23% 77% 6,408
Other/don't know 27% 73% 511

BeliefsandPractices

Belief in God among adults who seldom or never pray by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never pray 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 = 356. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 64% 26% 6% 2% 2% 1% 356
Word of God; not everything taken literally 40% 44% 9% < 1% 5% 2% 789
Not the word of God 9% 21% 15% < 1% 47% 7% 6,428
Other/don't know 19% 29% 14% 4% 18% 16% 515

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

% of adults who seldom or never pray who say religion is…

Interpreting scripture Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 356. 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% 41% 13% 6% < 1% 356
Word of God; not everything taken literally 13% 53% 26% 7% 1% 789
Not the word of God 3% 17% 32% 48% < 1% 6,428
Other/don't know 9% 30% 36% 23% 2% 515

Attendance at religious services among adults who seldom or never pray by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never pray 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 = 356. 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% 29% 56% 1% 356
Word of God; not everything taken literally 9% 39% 52% < 1% 789
Not the word of God 2% 22% 75% < 1% 6,428
Other/don't know 3% 35% 61% 1% 515

Frequency of participation in prayer, scripture study or religious education groups among adults who seldom or never pray by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never pray 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 = 356. 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% 4% 6% 83% < 1% 356
Word of God; not everything taken literally 2% 3% 4% 90% < 1% 789
Not the word of God 1% 1% 2% 96% < 1% 6,428
Other/don't know 1% 4% 3% 90% 2% 515

Frequency of meditation among adults who seldom or never pray by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never pray 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 = 356. 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% 4% 4% 73% 2% 356
Word of God; not everything taken literally 11% 6% 4% 78% < 1% 789
Not the word of God 17% 9% 6% 67% 1% 6,428
Other/don't know 17% 8% 4% 69% 2% 515

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

% of adults who seldom or never pray 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 = 356. 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% 13% 15% 37% 1% 356
Word of God; not everything taken literally 23% 16% 18% 42% 1% 789
Not the word of God 31% 16% 12% 40% 2% 6,428
Other/don't know 29% 13% 11% 43% 4% 515

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

% of adults who seldom or never pray 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 = 356. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 26% 12% 15% 47% 1% 356
Word of God; not everything taken literally 27% 14% 16% 42% 1% 789
Not the word of God 44% 17% 15% 24% 1% 6,428
Other/don't know 33% 14% 16% 34% 3% 515

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

% of adults who seldom or never pray 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 = 356. 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% 7% 51% 12% 2% 356
Word of God; not everything taken literally 10% 11% 66% 12% 1% 789
Not the word of God 2% 19% 57% 21% 1% 6,428
Other/don't know 6% 13% 60% 14% 7% 515

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

% of adults who seldom or never pray 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 = 356. 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% 66% 1% 2% 356
Word of God; not everything taken literally 27% 72% 1% < 1% 789
Not the word of God 17% 81% 1% < 1% 6,428
Other/don't know 18% 78% 2% 2% 515

Frequency of reading scripture among adults who seldom or never pray by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never pray 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 = 356. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 12% 5% 7% 76% 1% 356
Word of God; not everything taken literally 4% 6% 7% 84% < 1% 789
Not the word of God 2% 2% 5% 91% < 1% 6,428
Other/don't know 2% 3% 5% 89% 1% 515

Belief in Heaven among adults who seldom or never pray by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never pray who …in heaven

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 356. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 87% 8% 5% 356
Word of God; not everything taken literally 78% 16% 7% 789
Not the word of God 21% 71% 8% 6,428
Other/don't know 36% 35% 29% 515

Belief in Hell among adults who seldom or never pray by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never pray who …in hell

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 356. 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% 23% 9% 356
Word of God; not everything taken literally 61% 33% 6% 789
Not the word of God 15% 79% 6% 6,428
Other/don't know 26% 49% 25% 515

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among adults who seldom or never pray by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never pray who identify as…

Interpreting scripture Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 356. 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% 24% 42% 356
Word of God; not everything taken literally 39% 23% 38% 789
Not the word of God 23% 17% 59% 6,428
Other/don't know 26% 36% 38% 515

Political ideology among adults who seldom or never pray by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never pray who are…

Interpreting scripture Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 356. 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% 31% 23% 10% 356
Word of God; not everything taken literally 29% 41% 25% 5% 789
Not the word of God 15% 36% 44% 5% 6,428
Other/don't know 24% 33% 24% 19% 515

Views about size of government among adults who seldom or never pray by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never pray who would rather have…

Interpreting scripture Smaller government; fewer services Bigger government; more services Depends Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 356. 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% 61% 1% 2% 356
Word of God; not everything taken literally 53% 44% 1% 3% 789
Not the word of God 49% 45% 3% 3% 6,428
Other/don't know 46% 34% 8% 12% 515

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

% of adults who seldom or never pray 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 = 356. 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% 48% 4% 1% 356
Word of God; not everything taken literally 50% 46% 3% 2% 789
Not the word of God 34% 61% 3% 1% 6,428
Other/don't know 39% 44% 11% 7% 515

Views about abortion among adults who seldom or never pray by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never pray who say abortion should be…

Interpreting scripture Legal in all/most cases Illegal in all/most cases Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 356. 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% 55% 4% 356
Word of God; not everything taken literally 60% 38% 3% 789
Not the word of God 84% 13% 2% 6,428
Other/don't know 65% 21% 14% 515

Views about homosexuality among adults who seldom or never pray by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never pray who say homosexuality…

Interpreting scripture Should be accepted Should be discouraged Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 356. 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% 38% 5% 3% 356
Word of God; not everything taken literally 75% 19% 4% 2% 789
Not the word of God 89% 7% 2% 1% 6,428
Other/don't know 72% 14% 7% 8% 515

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

% of adults who seldom or never pray who …same-sex marriage

Interpreting scripture Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 356. 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% 51% 10% 356
Word of God; not everything taken literally 70% 25% 5% 789
Not the word of God 86% 11% 4% 6,428
Other/don't know 63% 19% 17% 515

Views about environmental regulation among adults who seldom or never pray by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never pray 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 = 356. 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% 42% 2% 5% 356
Word of God; not everything taken literally 43% 55% 1% 1% 789
Not the word of God 23% 73% 2% 2% 6,428
Other/don't know 31% 52% 6% 11% 515

Views about human evolution among adults who seldom or never pray by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never pray 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 = 356. 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% 28% 3% 37% 5% 356
Word of God; not everything taken literally 41% 30% 4% 23% 2% 789
Not the word of God 81% 8% 3% 7% 1% 6,428
Other/don't know 48% 14% 17% 10% 11% 515