Interpreting scripture among adults who read scripture once or twice a month

% of adults who read scripture once or twice a month 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 = 3,457. 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 33% 36% 3% 20% 8% 3,457
2007 35% 34% 4% 17% 10% 3,543

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Interpreting scripture among adults who read scripture once or twice a month by religious group

% of adults who read scripture once or twice a month 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 29% 40% 3% 19% 8% 782
Evangelical Protestant 44% 38% 2% 10% 5% 979
Historically Black Protestant 49% 31% 1% 11% 9% 249
Mainline Protestant 25% 41% 4% 19% 10% 791
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 23% 25% 1% 44% 8% 362

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DemographicInformation

Age distribution among adults who read scripture once or twice a month by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who read scripture once or twice a month who are ages…

Interpreting scripture 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 1,035. 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% 37% 27% 18% 1,035
Word of God; not everything taken literally 32% 32% 21% 14% 1,274
Not the word of God 31% 32% 26% 11% 714
Other/don't know 17% 45% 24% 14% 279

Generational cohort among adults who read scripture once or twice a month by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who read scripture once or twice a month who are…

Interpreting scripture Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 1,035. 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% 13% 30% 31% 11% 2% 1,035
Word of God; not everything taken literally 22% 15% 28% 26% 9% 1% 1,274
Not the word of God 21% 17% 26% 30% 7% < 1% 714
Other/don't know 8% 18% 36% 29% 8% 1% 279

Gender composition among adults who read scripture once or twice a month by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who read scripture once or twice a month who are…

Interpreting scripture Men Women 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 47% 53% 1,055
Word of God; not everything taken literally 47% 53% 1,291
Not the word of God 54% 46% 726
Other/don't know 48% 52% 288

Racial and ethnic composition among adults who read scripture once or twice a month by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who read scripture once or twice a month who identify as…

Interpreting scripture White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 1,046. 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% 20% 3% 20% 3% 1,046
Word of God; not everything taken literally 65% 14% 4% 13% 3% 1,274
Not the word of God 63% 9% 5% 19% 3% 713
Other/don't know 63% 15% 1% 16% 5% 285

Immigrant status among adults who read scripture once or twice a month by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who read scripture once or twice a month who are…

Interpreting scripture Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 1,033. 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% 7% 72% 1,033
Word of God; not everything taken literally 12% 12% 76% 1,281
Not the word of God 17% 13% 71% 716
Other/don't know 14% 12% 74% 284

Income distribution among adults who read scripture once or twice a month by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who read scripture once or twice a month 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 = 912. 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% 21% 21% 12% 912
Word of God; not everything taken literally 30% 22% 30% 19% 1,167
Not the word of God 37% 21% 24% 19% 659
Other/don't know 34% 17% 31% 17% 236

Educational distribution among adults who read scripture once or twice a month by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who read scripture once or twice a month who have completed…

Interpreting scripture High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 1,053. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 56% 30% 10% 4% 1,053
Word of God; not everything taken literally 36% 33% 19% 12% 1,291
Not the word of God 36% 31% 18% 14% 721
Other/don't know 31% 41% 14% 14% 288

Marital status among adults who read scripture once or twice a month by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who read scripture once or twice a month who are…

Interpreting scripture Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 1,052. 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% 7% 17% 7% 22% 1,052
Word of God; not everything taken literally 46% 5% 11% 5% 32% 1,290
Not the word of God 40% 13% 12% 4% 30% 723
Other/don't know 42% 13% 17% 6% 21% 284

Parent of children under 18 among adults who read scripture once or twice a month by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who read scripture once or twice a month who are…

Interpreting scripture Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 1,052. 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% 1,052
Word of God; not everything taken literally 31% 69% 1,288
Not the word of God 30% 70% 725
Other/don't know 30% 70% 285

BeliefsandPractices

Belief in God among adults who read scripture once or twice a month by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who read scripture once or twice a month 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 = 1,055. 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 86% 12% 1% 1% < 1% < 1% 1,055
Word of God; not everything taken literally 79% 18% 2% < 1% < 1% < 1% 1,291
Not the word of God 44% 32% 8% 1% 11% 4% 726
Other/don't know 69% 25% 4% 1% < 1% 1% 288

Importance of religion in one's life among adults who read scripture once or twice a month by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who read scripture once or twice a month who say religion is…

Interpreting scripture Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,055. 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 81% 15% 2% 1% 1% 1,055
Word of God; not everything taken literally 65% 31% 3% 1% < 1% 1,291
Not the word of God 39% 41% 10% 9% 1% 726
Other/don't know 58% 28% 11% 2% 2% 288

Attendance at religious services among adults who read scripture once or twice a month by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who read scripture once or twice a month 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 = 1,055. 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 41% 48% 10% < 1% 1,055
Word of God; not everything taken literally 39% 49% 11% < 1% 1,291
Not the word of God 21% 47% 32% < 1% 726
Other/don't know 26% 59% 14% 1% 288

Frequency of prayer among adults who read scripture once or twice a month by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who read scripture once or twice a month who pray…

Interpreting scripture At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know 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 76% 18% 3% 2% 1% 1,055
Word of God; not everything taken literally 66% 25% 5% 4% < 1% 1,291
Not the word of God 44% 26% 8% 21% 1% 726
Other/don't know 62% 21% 8% 6% 4% 288

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

% of adults who read scripture once or twice a month 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 = 1,055. 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 24% 27% 14% 34% < 1% 1,055
Word of God; not everything taken literally 16% 22% 17% 45% < 1% 1,291
Not the word of God 9% 15% 11% 63% < 1% 726
Other/don't know 12% 23% 12% 52% 1% 288

Frequency of meditation among adults who read scripture once or twice a month by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who read scripture once or twice a month 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 = 1,055. 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 41% 14% 3% 39% 2% 1,055
Word of God; not everything taken literally 34% 15% 4% 46% 1% 1,291
Not the word of God 41% 16% 4% 39% 1% 726
Other/don't know 38% 16% 5% 39% 2% 288

Frequency of feeling spiritual peace and wellbeing among adults who read scripture once or twice a month by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who read scripture once or twice a month 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 = 1,055. 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 67% 18% 7% 7% 1% 1,055
Word of God; not everything taken literally 56% 25% 11% 7% 1% 1,291
Not the word of God 56% 21% 10% 11% 1% 726
Other/don't know 56% 20% 10% 11% 2% 288

Frequency of feeling wonder about the universe among adults who read scripture once or twice a month by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who read scripture once or twice a month 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 = 1,055. 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 36% 20% 12% 29% 2% 1,055
Word of God; not everything taken literally 44% 21% 15% 20% < 1% 1,291
Not the word of God 58% 18% 10% 14% < 1% 726
Other/don't know 47% 18% 14% 17% 4% 288

Sources of guidance on right and wrong among adults who read scripture once or twice a month by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who read scripture once or twice a month 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 = 1,055. 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 52% 6% 35% 6% 2% 1,055
Word of God; not everything taken literally 35% 10% 47% 6% 2% 1,291
Not the word of God 10% 24% 50% 13% 3% 726
Other/don't know 23% 15% 50% 5% 8% 288

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong among adults who read scripture once or twice a month by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who read scripture once or twice a month 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 = 1,055. 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 40% 58% 1% 2% 1,055
Word of God; not everything taken literally 34% 65% 1% < 1% 1,291
Not the word of God 22% 75% 2% 1% 726
Other/don't know 23% 73% 2% 2% 288

Belief in Heaven among adults who read scripture once or twice a month by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who read scripture once or twice a month who …in heaven

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know 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 92% 4% 3% 1,055
Word of God; not everything taken literally 93% 5% 2% 1,291
Not the word of God 55% 34% 11% 726
Other/don't know 73% 9% 18% 288

Belief in Hell among adults who read scripture once or twice a month by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who read scripture once or twice a month who …in hell

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know 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 81% 13% 6% 1,055
Word of God; not everything taken literally 74% 20% 6% 1,291
Not the word of God 37% 55% 7% 726
Other/don't know 56% 23% 21% 288

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among adults who read scripture once or twice a month by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who read scripture once or twice a month who identify as…

Interpreting scripture Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. 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 43% 16% 41% 1,055
Word of God; not everything taken literally 45% 13% 42% 1,291
Not the word of God 23% 19% 59% 726
Other/don't know 31% 26% 43% 288

Political ideology among adults who read scripture once or twice a month by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who read scripture once or twice a month who are…

Interpreting scripture Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know 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 49% 28% 17% 6% 1,055
Word of God; not everything taken literally 38% 40% 18% 3% 1,291
Not the word of God 22% 38% 36% 4% 726
Other/don't know 27% 41% 24% 7% 288

Views about size of government among adults who read scripture once or twice a month by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who read scripture once or twice a month who would rather have…

Interpreting scripture Smaller government; fewer services Bigger government; more services Depends Don't know 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 45% 49% 2% 4% 1,055
Word of God; not everything taken literally 56% 41% 1% 2% 1,291
Not the word of God 44% 47% 4% 5% 726
Other/don't know 49% 33% 11% 7% 288

Views about government aid to the poor among adults who read scripture once or twice a month by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who read scripture once or twice a month 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 = 1,055. 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 48% 47% 3% 2% 1,055
Word of God; not everything taken literally 46% 50% 3% < 1% 1,291
Not the word of God 33% 63% 3% 2% 726
Other/don't know 46% 46% 6% 3% 288

Views about abortion among adults who read scripture once or twice a month by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who read scripture once or twice a month who say abortion should be…

Interpreting scripture Legal in all/most cases Illegal in all/most cases Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,055. 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 37% 59% 4% 1,055
Word of God; not everything taken literally 51% 48% 1% 1,291
Not the word of God 71% 27% 3% 726
Other/don't know 56% 35% 10% 288

Views about homosexuality among adults who read scripture once or twice a month by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who read scripture once or twice a month who say homosexuality…

Interpreting scripture Should be accepted Should be discouraged Neither/both equally Don't know 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 46% 45% 4% 5% 1,055
Word of God; not everything taken literally 68% 26% 4% 2% 1,291
Not the word of God 84% 12% 3% 1% 726
Other/don't know 66% 22% 6% 5% 288

Views about same-sex marriage among adults who read scripture once or twice a month by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who read scripture once or twice a month who …same-sex marriage

Interpreting scripture Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know 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 33% 58% 10% 1,055
Word of God; not everything taken literally 56% 36% 8% 1,291
Not the word of God 77% 16% 7% 726
Other/don't know 58% 31% 11% 288

Views about environmental regulation among adults who read scripture once or twice a month by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who read scripture once or twice a month 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 = 1,055. 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 47% 47% 3% 3% 1,055
Word of God; not everything taken literally 41% 56% 1% 1% 1,291
Not the word of God 28% 67% 3% 2% 726
Other/don't know 35% 56% 5% 4% 288

Views about human evolution among adults who read scripture once or twice a month by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who read scripture once or twice a month 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 = 1,055. 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 13% 27% 2% 53% 5% 1,055
Word of God; not everything taken literally 20% 39% 4% 35% 3% 1,291
Not the word of God 49% 26% 6% 17% 2% 726
Other/don't know 27% 32% 12% 23% 7% 288