Interpreting scripture among adults who read scripture at least once a week

% of adults who read scripture at least once a week 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 = 12,336. 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 54% 28% 4% 8% 5% 12,336
2007 56% 26% 5% 6% 6% 12,777

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Interpreting scripture among adults who read scripture at least once a week by religious group

% of adults who read scripture at least once a week 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 42% 35% 4% 13% 7% 1,810
Evangelical Protestant 66% 23% 5% 3% 3% 5,525
Historically Black Protestant 67% 20% 3% 4% 5% 1,189
Jehovah's Witness 49% 40% 8% < 1% 3% 216
Jewish 25% 47% 5% 15% 9% 121
Mainline Protestant 42% 36% 4% 10% 8% 1,894
Mormon 35% 55% 5% 2% 2% 513
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 38% 22% 4% 28% 9% 606

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DemographicInformation

Age distribution among adults who read scripture at least once a week by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who read scripture at least once a week who are ages…

Interpreting scripture 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 6,250. 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% 6,250
Word of God; not everything taken literally 24% 33% 25% 17% 3,615
Word of God; other/don't know 13% 32% 28% 26% 568
Not the word of God 22% 38% 26% 15% 957
Other/don't know 15% 30% 30% 25% 646

Generational cohort among adults who read scripture at least once a week by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who read scripture at least once a week who are…

Interpreting scripture Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 6,250. 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 7% 10% 28% 36% 16% 2% 6,250
Word of God; not everything taken literally 15% 14% 28% 30% 12% 1% 3,615
Word of God; other/don't know 9% 8% 29% 35% 18% 3% 568
Not the word of God 12% 17% 31% 29% 10% 1% 957
Other/don't know 7% 13% 24% 35% 18% 2% 646

Gender composition among adults who read scripture at least once a week by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who read scripture at least once a week who are…

Interpreting scripture Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 6,408. 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% 6,408
Word of God; not everything taken literally 42% 58% 3,685
Word of God; other/don't know 45% 55% 594
Not the word of God 50% 50% 978
Other/don't know 43% 57% 671

Racial and ethnic composition among adults who read scripture at least once a week by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who read scripture at least once a week who identify as…

Interpreting scripture White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 6,314. 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% 21% 2% 16% 4% 6,314
Word of God; not everything taken literally 66% 13% 2% 14% 5% 3,642
Word of God; other/don't know 65% 15% 2% 13% 6% 569
Not the word of God 52% 16% 4% 22% 6% 950
Other/don't know 56% 20% 4% 15% 5% 652

Immigrant status among adults who read scripture at least once a week by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who read scripture at least once a week who are…

Interpreting scripture Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 6,319. 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% 77% 6,319
Word of God; not everything taken literally 13% 9% 78% 3,648
Word of God; other/don't know 15% 7% 78% 580
Not the word of God 20% 11% 69% 961
Other/don't know 15% 7% 78% 658

Income distribution among adults who read scripture at least once a week by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who read scripture at least once a week 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 = 5,451. 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% 10% 5,451
Word of God; not everything taken literally 30% 22% 29% 19% 3,238
Word of God; other/don't know 34% 21% 31% 14% 465
Not the word of God 40% 20% 24% 16% 881
Other/don't know 46% 17% 22% 15% 538

Educational distribution among adults who read scripture at least once a week by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who read scripture at least once a week who have completed…

Interpreting scripture High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 6,364. 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% 31% 12% 6% 6,364
Word of God; not everything taken literally 32% 36% 19% 13% 3,672
Word of God; other/don't know 38% 36% 15% 11% 588
Not the word of God 36% 35% 16% 13% 973
Other/don't know 39% 35% 15% 12% 665

Marital status among adults who read scripture at least once a week by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who read scripture at least once a week who are…

Interpreting scripture Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 6,378. 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% 4% 15% 10% 17% 6,378
Word of God; not everything taken literally 53% 5% 13% 6% 24% 3,671
Word of God; other/don't know 57% 3% 15% 9% 16% 586
Not the word of God 40% 9% 16% 8% 27% 970
Other/don't know 44% 7% 16% 12% 22% 658

Parent of children under 18 among adults who read scripture at least once a week by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who read scripture at least once a week who are…

Interpreting scripture Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 6,382. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 30% 70% 6,382
Word of God; not everything taken literally 34% 66% 3,667
Word of God; other/don't know 30% 70% 588
Not the word of God 30% 70% 976
Other/don't know 26% 74% 666

BeliefsandPractices

Belief in God among adults who read scripture at least once a week by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who read scripture at least once a week 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 = 6,408. 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% 6% < 1% 1% < 1% < 1% 6,408
Word of God; not everything taken literally 90% 9% < 1% < 1% < 1% < 1% 3,685
Word of God; other/don't know 91% 5% 1% 1% < 1% 2% 594
Not the word of God 64% 22% 5% 1% 6% 3% 978
Other/don't know 84% 10% 2% 1% < 1% 2% 671

Importance of religion in one's life among adults who read scripture at least once a week by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who read scripture at least once a week who say religion is…

Interpreting scripture Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,408. 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 94% 5% < 1% 1% < 1% 6,408
Word of God; not everything taken literally 86% 11% 1% 1% 1% 3,685
Word of God; other/don't know 89% 8% < 1% 1% 2% 594
Not the word of God 55% 30% 7% 7% 1% 978
Other/don't know 81% 12% 2% 3% 2% 671

Attendance at religious services among adults who read scripture at least once a week by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who read scripture at least once a week 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 = 6,408. 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 77% 17% 6% < 1% 6,408
Word of God; not everything taken literally 70% 23% 7% < 1% 3,685
Word of God; other/don't know 72% 18% 8% 2% 594
Not the word of God 36% 37% 27% 1% 978
Other/don't know 57% 28% 13% 2% 671

Frequency of prayer among adults who read scripture at least once a week by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who read scripture at least once a week who pray…

Interpreting scripture At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,408. 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% 6,408
Word of God; not everything taken literally 89% 9% 1% 1% < 1% 3,685
Word of God; other/don't know 93% 5% < 1% < 1% 2% 594
Not the word of God 74% 14% 2% 10% < 1% 978
Other/don't know 85% 9% 1% 2% 3% 671

Frequency of participation in prayer, scripture study or religious education groups among adults who read scripture at least once a week by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who read scripture at least once a week 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 = 6,408. 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% 13% 7% 15% 1% 6,408
Word of God; not everything taken literally 52% 15% 10% 22% < 1% 3,685
Word of God; other/don't know 59% 11% 9% 20% 1% 594
Not the word of God 30% 13% 8% 49% < 1% 978
Other/don't know 45% 12% 9% 32% 2% 671

Frequency of meditation among adults who read scripture at least once a week by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who read scripture at least once a week 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 = 6,408. 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% 6% 2% 25% 2% 6,408
Word of God; not everything taken literally 62% 7% 2% 28% 1% 3,685
Word of God; other/don't know 64% 4% 1% 26% 4% 594
Not the word of God 66% 8% 2% 23% 2% 978
Other/don't know 62% 7% 1% 25% 4% 671

Frequency of feeling spiritual peace and wellbeing among adults who read scripture at least once a week by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who read scripture at least once a week 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 = 6,408. 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 86% 8% 2% 3% 1% 6,408
Word of God; not everything taken literally 81% 11% 3% 3% 1% 3,685
Word of God; other/don't know 82% 7% 4% 2% 4% 594
Not the word of God 73% 11% 7% 7% 1% 978
Other/don't know 80% 8% 3% 5% 3% 671

Frequency of feeling wonder about the universe among adults who read scripture at least once a week by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who read scripture at least once a week 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 = 6,408. 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% 14% 8% 22% 2% 6,408
Word of God; not everything taken literally 54% 19% 9% 17% 1% 3,685
Word of God; other/don't know 52% 13% 8% 19% 9% 594
Not the word of God 66% 11% 7% 14% 1% 978
Other/don't know 60% 13% 6% 17% 3% 671

Sources of guidance on right and wrong among adults who read scripture at least once a week by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who read scripture at least once a week 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 = 6,408. 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% 3% 21% 3% 2% 6,408
Word of God; not everything taken literally 60% 8% 27% 3% 3% 3,685
Word of God; other/don't know 64% 4% 20% 2% 10% 594
Not the word of God 22% 18% 49% 8% 2% 978
Other/don't know 42% 9% 38% 4% 8% 671

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong among adults who read scripture at least once a week by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who read scripture at least once a week 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 = 6,408. 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% 46% 1% 1% 6,408
Word of God; not everything taken literally 45% 52% 2% 1% 3,685
Word of God; other/don't know 51% 41% 5% 3% 594
Not the word of God 24% 72% 2% 2% 978
Other/don't know 35% 60% 4% 1% 671

Belief in Heaven among adults who read scripture at least once a week by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who read scripture at least once a week who …in heaven

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,408. 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 90% 5% 5% 6,408
Word of God; not everything taken literally 88% 6% 5% 3,685
Word of God; other/don't know 81% 5% 14% 594
Not the word of God 68% 24% 8% 978
Other/don't know 77% 9% 15% 671

Belief in Hell among adults who read scripture at least once a week by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who read scripture at least once a week who …in hell

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,408. 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 84% 10% 6% 6,408
Word of God; not everything taken literally 72% 20% 8% 3,685
Word of God; other/don't know 71% 13% 16% 594
Not the word of God 45% 48% 8% 978
Other/don't know 60% 25% 16% 671

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among adults who read scripture at least once a week by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who read scripture at least once a week who identify as…

Interpreting scripture Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 6,408. 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% 18% 35% 6,408
Word of God; not everything taken literally 49% 17% 34% 3,685
Word of God; other/don't know 46% 27% 28% 594
Not the word of God 28% 20% 52% 978
Other/don't know 29% 26% 45% 671

Political ideology among adults who read scripture at least once a week by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who read scripture at least once a week who are…

Interpreting scripture Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,408. 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% 23% 13% 7% 6,408
Word of God; not everything taken literally 47% 33% 14% 6% 3,685
Word of God; other/don't know 49% 26% 9% 16% 594
Not the word of God 26% 36% 34% 4% 978
Other/don't know 32% 32% 24% 12% 671

Views about size of government among adults who read scripture at least once a week by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who read scripture at least once a week who would rather have…

Interpreting scripture Smaller government; fewer services Bigger government; more services Depends Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,408. 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% 41% 2% 3% 6,408
Word of God; not everything taken literally 60% 35% 2% 3% 3,685
Word of God; other/don't know 54% 28% 8% 10% 594
Not the word of God 49% 42% 4% 5% 978
Other/don't know 43% 40% 8% 9% 671

Views about government aid to the poor among adults who read scripture at least once a week by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who read scripture at least once a week 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 = 6,408. 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% 43% 4% 2% 6,408
Word of God; not everything taken literally 50% 45% 4% 1% 3,685
Word of God; other/don't know 48% 34% 12% 6% 594
Not the word of God 35% 60% 4% 2% 978
Other/don't know 35% 50% 9% 5% 671

Views about abortion among adults who read scripture at least once a week by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who read scripture at least once a week who say abortion should be…

Interpreting scripture Legal in all/most cases Illegal in all/most cases Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,408. 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% 70% 4% 6,408
Word of God; not everything taken literally 35% 62% 3% 3,685
Word of God; other/don't know 23% 64% 14% 594
Not the word of God 62% 34% 4% 978
Other/don't know 46% 43% 11% 671

Views about homosexuality among adults who read scripture at least once a week by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who read scripture at least once a week who say homosexuality…

Interpreting scripture Should be accepted Should be discouraged Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,408. 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% 63% 4% 4% 6,408
Word of God; not everything taken literally 48% 44% 5% 4% 3,685
Word of God; other/don't know 27% 55% 10% 9% 594
Not the word of God 74% 19% 4% 3% 978
Other/don't know 48% 36% 9% 7% 671

Views about same-sex marriage among adults who read scripture at least once a week by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who read scripture at least once a week who …same-sex marriage

Interpreting scripture Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,408. 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% 73% 7% 6,408
Word of God; not everything taken literally 37% 56% 7% 3,685
Word of God; other/don't know 19% 64% 17% 594
Not the word of God 68% 25% 7% 978
Other/don't know 41% 42% 17% 671

Views about environmental regulation among adults who read scripture at least once a week by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who read scripture at least once a week 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 = 6,408. 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% 44% 3% 4% 6,408
Word of God; not everything taken literally 40% 56% 2% 2% 3,685
Word of God; other/don't know 39% 41% 8% 12% 594
Not the word of God 31% 65% 2% 2% 978
Other/don't know 33% 52% 6% 8% 671

Views about human evolution among adults who read scripture at least once a week by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who read scripture at least once a week 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 = 6,408. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 9% 19% 2% 64% 5% 6,408
Word of God; not everything taken literally 11% 36% 2% 46% 5% 3,685
Word of God; other/don't know 6% 18% 5% 56% 16% 594
Not the word of God 35% 32% 5% 26% 3% 978
Other/don't know 13% 31% 10% 36% 11% 671