Interpreting scripture among adults who pray weekly

% of adults who pray weekly 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 = 5,299. 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 24% 36% 2% 31% 7% 5,299
2007 23% 35% 3% 29% 10% 5,789

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Interpreting scripture among adults who pray weekly by religious group

% of adults who pray weekly 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 20% 38% 2% 32% 8% 1,431
Evangelical Protestant 36% 43% 3% 13% 6% 1,105
Historically Black Protestant 54% 28% 1% 13% 4% 219
Jewish 9% 35% < 1% 49% 6% 135
Mainline Protestant 18% 41% 2% 31% 8% 1,323
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 18% 23% 1% 50% 9% 754

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DemographicInformation

Age distribution among adults who pray weekly by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who pray weekly who are ages…

Interpreting scripture 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 1,069. 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 22% 34% 29% 15% 1,069
Word of God; not everything taken literally 28% 33% 24% 15% 1,888
Not the word of God 25% 37% 27% 12% 1,748
Other/don't know 19% 33% 27% 21% 428

Generational cohort among adults who pray weekly by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who pray weekly who are…

Interpreting scripture Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 1,069. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 14% 14% 28% 33% 10% 1% 1,069
Word of God; not everything taken literally 19% 15% 26% 30% 10% < 1% 1,888
Not the word of God 15% 16% 30% 31% 7% < 1% 1,748
Other/don't know 11% 15% 27% 33% 13% 1% 428

Gender composition among adults who pray weekly by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who pray weekly who are…

Interpreting scripture Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 1,077. 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% 49% 1,077
Word of God; not everything taken literally 50% 50% 1,912
Not the word of God 48% 52% 1,772
Other/don't know 49% 51% 441

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

% of adults who pray weekly who identify as…

Interpreting scripture White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 1,063. 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% 19% 2% 25% 2% 1,063
Word of God; not everything taken literally 74% 8% 3% 12% 3% 1,896
Not the word of God 72% 6% 4% 14% 4% 1,745
Other/don't know 70% 6% 4% 16% 4% 432

Immigrant status among adults who pray weekly by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who pray weekly who are…

Interpreting scripture Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 1,055. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 20% 8% 72% 1,055
Word of God; not everything taken literally 11% 10% 79% 1,897
Not the word of God 14% 11% 76% 1,758
Other/don't know 16% 10% 73% 434

Income distribution among adults who pray weekly by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who pray weekly 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 = 942. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 52% 21% 18% 9% 942
Word of God; not everything taken literally 28% 21% 31% 21% 1,719
Not the word of God 27% 18% 29% 26% 1,596
Other/don't know 32% 21% 28% 20% 354

Educational distribution among adults who pray weekly by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who pray weekly who have completed…

Interpreting scripture High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 1,074. 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% 25% 7% 3% 1,074
Word of God; not everything taken literally 39% 33% 18% 10% 1,907
Not the word of God 30% 32% 22% 16% 1,764
Other/don't know 33% 41% 15% 12% 434

Marital status among adults who pray weekly by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who pray weekly who are…

Interpreting scripture Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 1,075. 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% 7% 16% 7% 30% 1,075
Word of God; not everything taken literally 49% 6% 11% 5% 29% 1,909
Not the word of God 49% 9% 12% 4% 27% 1,764
Other/don't know 46% 13% 16% 8% 18% 436

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

% of adults who pray weekly who are…

Interpreting scripture Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 1,075. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 32% 68% 1,075
Word of God; not everything taken literally 30% 70% 1,906
Not the word of God 30% 70% 1,767
Other/don't know 31% 69% 438

BeliefsandPractices

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

% of adults who pray weekly who say they…

Interpreting scripture Believe in God; absolutely certain Believe in God; fairly certain Believe in God; not too/not at all certain Believe in God; don't know Do not believe in God Other/don't know if they believe in God Sample Size
Sample size = 1,077. 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 80% 17% 2% 1% < 1% < 1% 1,077
Word of God; not everything taken literally 69% 29% 1% < 1% < 1% < 1% 1,912
Not the word of God 39% 45% 10% 1% 2% 3% 1,772
Other/don't know 58% 34% 5% 1% < 1% 1% 441

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

% of adults who pray weekly who say religion is…

Interpreting scripture Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,077. 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% 27% 3% 2% 1% 1,077
Word of God; not everything taken literally 45% 50% 5% 1% < 1% 1,912
Not the word of God 21% 53% 19% 6% 1% 1,772
Other/don't know 37% 52% 7% 3% 1% 441

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

% of adults who pray weekly who attend religious services…

Interpreting scripture At least once a week Once or twice a month/a few times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,077. 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% 42% 17% < 1% 1,077
Word of God; not everything taken literally 29% 52% 19% < 1% 1,912
Not the word of God 15% 46% 39% < 1% 1,772
Other/don't know 20% 49% 29% 2% 441

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

% of adults who pray weekly 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 = 1,077. 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% 15% 11% 47% < 1% 1,077
Word of God; not everything taken literally 12% 10% 13% 65% < 1% 1,912
Not the word of God 6% 6% 7% 80% < 1% 1,772
Other/don't know 9% 12% 7% 72% < 1% 441

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

% of adults who pray weekly who meditate…

Interpreting scripture At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,077. 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% 11% 5% 48% 2% 1,077
Word of God; not everything taken literally 23% 11% 5% 60% < 1% 1,912
Not the word of God 35% 13% 6% 45% 1% 1,772
Other/don't know 38% 10% 7% 44% 2% 441

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

% of adults who pray weekly who feel a sense of spiritual peace and wellbeing…

Interpreting scripture At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,077. 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 57% 20% 10% 12% 1% 1,077
Word of God; not everything taken literally 47% 25% 16% 12% 1% 1,912
Not the word of God 46% 22% 15% 16% 2% 1,772
Other/don't know 47% 21% 15% 14% 2% 441

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

% of adults who pray weekly who feel a sense of wonder about the universe…

Interpreting scripture At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,077. 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% 14% 14% 33% 2% 1,077
Word of God; not everything taken literally 35% 20% 17% 28% 1% 1,912
Not the word of God 46% 20% 15% 19% 1% 1,772
Other/don't know 38% 18% 15% 27% 2% 441

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

% of adults who pray weekly who say they look to…most for guidance on right and wrong

Interpreting scripture Religion Philosophy/reason Common sense Science Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,077. 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% 8% 41% 7% 2% 1,077
Word of God; not everything taken literally 25% 11% 55% 7% 2% 1,912
Not the word of God 8% 19% 58% 13% 2% 1,772
Other/don't know 14% 16% 57% 9% 4% 441

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

% of adults who pray weekly who say…

Interpreting scripture There are clear standards for what is right and wrong Right or wrong depends on the situation Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,077. 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 34% 64% 1% 1% 1,077
Word of God; not everything taken literally 32% 67% 1% 1% 1,912
Not the word of God 23% 75% 1% 1% 1,772
Other/don't know 24% 71% 3% 2% 441

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

% of adults who pray weekly who read scripture…

Interpreting scripture At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,077. 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% 16% 12% 34% 1% 1,077
Word of God; not everything taken literally 16% 17% 17% 50% < 1% 1,912
Not the word of God 8% 11% 13% 68% < 1% 1,772
Other/don't know 15% 14% 12% 56% 2% 441

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

% of adults who pray weekly who …in heaven

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,077. 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% 5% 3% 1,077
Word of God; not everything taken literally 92% 5% 3% 1,912
Not the word of God 61% 28% 11% 1,772
Other/don't know 73% 12% 15% 441

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

% of adults who pray weekly who …in hell

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,077. 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 81% 13% 6% 1,077
Word of God; not everything taken literally 71% 23% 6% 1,912
Not the word of God 39% 52% 9% 1,772
Other/don't know 53% 27% 19% 441

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among adults who pray weekly by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who pray weekly who identify as…

Interpreting scripture Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 1,077. 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% 20% 40% 1,077
Word of God; not everything taken literally 47% 14% 39% 1,912
Not the word of God 28% 16% 56% 1,772
Other/don't know 32% 24% 45% 441

Political ideology among adults who pray weekly by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who pray weekly who are…

Interpreting scripture Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,077. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 44% 29% 21% 6% 1,077
Word of God; not everything taken literally 37% 42% 17% 4% 1,912
Not the word of God 22% 38% 36% 5% 1,772
Other/don't know 23% 44% 25% 8% 441

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

% of adults who pray weekly who would rather have…

Interpreting scripture Smaller government; fewer services Bigger government; more services Depends Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,077. 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% 2% 2% 1,077
Word of God; not everything taken literally 61% 35% 2% 2% 1,912
Not the word of God 50% 44% 3% 3% 1,772
Other/don't know 50% 35% 6% 8% 441

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

% of adults who pray weekly who say government aid to the poor…

Interpreting scripture Does more harm than good Does more good than harm Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,077. 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% 1,077
Word of God; not everything taken literally 53% 44% 2% 1% 1,912
Not the word of God 38% 56% 4% 2% 1,772
Other/don't know 37% 52% 7% 4% 441

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

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

Interpreting scripture Legal in all/most cases Illegal in all/most cases Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,077. 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 38% 57% 5% 1,077
Word of God; not everything taken literally 56% 42% 2% 1,912
Not the word of God 74% 24% 2% 1,772
Other/don't know 61% 30% 10% 441

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

% of adults who pray weekly who say homosexuality…

Interpreting scripture Should be accepted Should be discouraged Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,077. 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% 44% 4% 4% 1,077
Word of God; not everything taken literally 72% 22% 4% 2% 1,912
Not the word of God 85% 11% 2% 2% 1,772
Other/don't know 73% 16% 6% 4% 441

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

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

Interpreting scripture Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,077. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 36% 55% 9% 1,077
Word of God; not everything taken literally 61% 32% 7% 1,912
Not the word of God 78% 16% 5% 1,772
Other/don't know 65% 25% 10% 441

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

% of adults who pray weekly who say…

Interpreting scripture Stricter environmental laws and regulations cost too many jobs and hurt the economy Stricter environmental laws and regulations are worth the cost Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,077. 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% 46% 1% 3% 1,077
Word of God; not everything taken literally 39% 58% 1% 1% 1,912
Not the word of God 30% 67% 2% 1% 1,772
Other/don't know 35% 57% 5% 4% 441

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

% of adults who pray weekly who say humans…

Interpreting scripture Evolved; due to natural processes Evolved; due to God's design Evolved; don't know how Always existed in present form Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,077. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 17% 27% 3% 49% 5% 1,077
Word of God; not everything taken literally 25% 41% 3% 29% 2% 1,912
Not the word of God 53% 26% 5% 14% 2% 1,772
Other/don't know 34% 29% 9% 19% 9% 441