Interpreting scripture among adults who seldom or never read scripture

% of adults who seldom or never read scripture 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 = 16,085. 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 13% 22% 1% 56% 8% 16,085
2007 16% 25% 2% 46% 11% 15,857

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

% of adults who seldom or never read scripture 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 = 147. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Buddhist 2% 4% 1% 83% 11% 147
Catholic 17% 34% 2% 38% 8% 3,807
Evangelical Protestant 31% 40% 3% 21% 6% 1,462
Hindu 3% 13% < 1% 70% 13% 120
Historically Black Protestant 45% 27% 1% 20% 7% 308
Jewish 7% 16% 1% 69% 6% 580
Mainline Protestant 13% 32% 1% 44% 10% 2,641
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 5% 8% < 1% 79% 7% 6,116

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DemographicInformation

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

% of adults who seldom or never read scripture who are ages…

Interpreting scripture 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 1,651. 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% 35% 31% 18% 1,651
Word of God; not everything taken literally 21% 33% 26% 19% 3,459
Word of God; other/don't know 14% 21% 38% 26% 192
Not the word of God 30% 35% 22% 13% 9,278
Other/don't know 21% 33% 26% 20% 1,240

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

% of adults who seldom or never read scripture who are…

Interpreting scripture Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 1,651. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 10% 13% 28% 35% 11% 2% 1,651
Word of God; not everything taken literally 15% 13% 27% 32% 12% 1% 3,459
Word of God; other/don't know 7% 9% 19% 44% 19% 2% 192
Not the word of God 19% 19% 27% 27% 8% 1% 9,278
Other/don't know 11% 16% 26% 32% 12% 2% 1,240

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

% of adults who seldom or never read scripture who are…

Interpreting scripture Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 1,674. 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% 50% 1,674
Word of God; not everything taken literally 49% 51% 3,518
Word of God; other/don't know 41% 59% 197
Not the word of God 57% 43% 9,405
Other/don't know 53% 47% 1,291

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

% of adults who seldom or never read scripture who identify as…

Interpreting scripture White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 1,663. 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% 15% 3% 22% 3% 1,663
Word of God; not everything taken literally 76% 6% 3% 12% 3% 3,491
Word of God; other/don't know 66% 5% 2% 23% 4% 195
Not the word of God 75% 4% 6% 11% 4% 9,287
Other/don't know 70% 6% 6% 13% 5% 1,249

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

% of adults who seldom or never read scripture who are…

Interpreting scripture Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 1,633. 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 21% 8% 71% 1,633
Word of God; not everything taken literally 11% 11% 78% 3,482
Word of God; other/don't know 25% 8% 67% 194
Not the word of God 13% 13% 74% 9,323
Other/don't know 15% 10% 75% 1,260

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

% of adults who seldom or never read scripture 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 = 1,395. 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% 22% 17% 10% 1,395
Word of God; not everything taken literally 29% 20% 29% 21% 3,068
Word of God; other/don't know 51% 17% 19% 14% 152
Not the word of God 25% 19% 30% 27% 8,492
Other/don't know 35% 21% 24% 20% 1,020

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

% of adults who seldom or never read scripture who have completed…

Interpreting scripture High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 1,657. 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 69% 23% 6% 2% 1,657
Word of God; not everything taken literally 43% 31% 17% 8% 3,504
Word of God; other/don't know 60% 25% 11% 4% 194
Not the word of God 30% 31% 23% 16% 9,375
Other/don't know 38% 35% 17% 10% 1,274

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

% of adults who seldom or never read scripture who are…

Interpreting scripture Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 1,667. 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% 16% 8% 26% 1,667
Word of God; not everything taken literally 51% 8% 11% 6% 24% 3,511
Word of God; other/don't know 54% 3% 13% 15% 15% 196
Not the word of God 44% 11% 11% 3% 31% 9,373
Other/don't know 46% 10% 12% 7% 26% 1,276

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

% of adults who seldom or never read scripture who are…

Interpreting scripture Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 1,670. 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% 1,670
Word of God; not everything taken literally 28% 72% 3,506
Word of God; other/don't know 25% 75% 196
Not the word of God 25% 75% 9,380
Other/don't know 28% 72% 1,283

BeliefsandPractices

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

% of adults who seldom or never read scripture 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 = 1,674. 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% 19% 3% 1% 1% < 1% 1,674
Word of God; not everything taken literally 63% 31% 4% < 1% 1% 1% 3,518
Word of God; other/don't know 71% 21% < 1% 6% 2% 1% 197
Not the word of God 21% 28% 14% < 1% 31% 5% 9,405
Other/don't know 43% 30% 7% 3% 8% 8% 1,291

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

% of adults who seldom or never read scripture who say religion is…

Interpreting scripture Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,674. 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 61% 31% 6% 2% < 1% 1,674
Word of God; not everything taken literally 38% 48% 11% 3% < 1% 3,518
Word of God; other/don't know 66% 25% 6% 2% 1% 197
Not the word of God 9% 28% 28% 35% 1% 9,405
Other/don't know 27% 40% 19% 12% 2% 1,291

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

% of adults who seldom or never read scripture 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 = 1,674. 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% 39% 35% < 1% 1,674
Word of God; not everything taken literally 19% 48% 33% < 1% 3,518
Word of God; other/don't know 26% 40% 34% < 1% 197
Not the word of God 5% 29% 66% < 1% 9,405
Other/don't know 9% 40% 50% 1% 1,291

Frequency of prayer among adults who seldom or never read scripture by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who seldom or never read scripture who pray…

Interpreting scripture At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,674. 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% 22% 8% 18% 1% 1,674
Word of God; not everything taken literally 41% 28% 11% 20% < 1% 3,518
Word of God; other/don't know 59% 13% 8% 17% 2% 197
Not the word of God 16% 13% 8% 62% < 1% 9,405
Other/don't know 32% 19% 10% 37% 3% 1,291

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

% of adults who seldom or never read scripture 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 = 1,674. 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 11% 5% 7% 76% < 1% 1,674
Word of God; not everything taken literally 5% 4% 6% 84% < 1% 3,518
Word of God; other/don't know 10% 2% 5% 84% < 1% 197
Not the word of God 2% 2% 2% 94% < 1% 9,405
Other/don't know 3% 3% 4% 89% 1% 1,291

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

% of adults who seldom or never read scripture 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 = 1,674. 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% 6% 3% 60% 2% 1,674
Word of God; not everything taken literally 21% 7% 4% 67% 1% 3,518
Word of God; other/don't know 32% 5% 7% 52% 4% 197
Not the word of God 24% 10% 5% 61% 1% 9,405
Other/don't know 29% 8% 4% 58% 2% 1,291

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

% of adults who seldom or never read scripture 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 = 1,674. 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% 14% 12% 22% 1% 1,674
Word of God; not everything taken literally 42% 20% 15% 22% 1% 3,518
Word of God; other/don't know 50% 12% 17% 19% 2% 197
Not the word of God 37% 17% 12% 33% 1% 9,405
Other/don't know 42% 15% 12% 27% 4% 1,291

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

% of adults who seldom or never read scripture 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 = 1,674. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 31% 11% 15% 41% 2% 1,674
Word of God; not everything taken literally 31% 16% 16% 37% 1% 3,518
Word of God; other/don't know 25% 10% 17% 42% 7% 197
Not the word of God 44% 17% 15% 23% 1% 9,405
Other/don't know 38% 15% 14% 31% 2% 1,291

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

% of adults who seldom or never read scripture 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 = 1,674. 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% 6% 49% 8% 2% 1,674
Word of God; not everything taken literally 20% 9% 61% 8% 2% 3,518
Word of God; other/don't know 31% 5% 50% 3% 10% 197
Not the word of God 4% 18% 59% 18% 2% 9,405
Other/don't know 10% 11% 62% 10% 6% 1,291

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

% of adults who seldom or never read scripture 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 = 1,674. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 31% 65% 1% 2% 1,674
Word of God; not everything taken literally 29% 70% 1% < 1% 3,518
Word of God; other/don't know 30% 59% 4% 7% 197
Not the word of God 19% 79% 1% 1% 9,405
Other/don't know 22% 72% 3% 3% 1,291

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

% of adults who seldom or never read scripture who …in heaven

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,674. 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 93% 4% 3% 1,674
Word of God; not everything taken literally 88% 8% 4% 3,518
Word of God; other/don't know 80% 6% 14% 197
Not the word of God 36% 55% 9% 9,405
Other/don't know 56% 21% 23% 1,291

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

% of adults who seldom or never read scripture who …in hell

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,674. 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% 16% 7% 1,674
Word of God; not everything taken literally 67% 27% 6% 3,518
Word of God; other/don't know 71% 13% 16% 197
Not the word of God 23% 70% 8% 9,405
Other/don't know 38% 38% 24% 1,291

SocialandPoliticalViews

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

% of adults who seldom or never read scripture who identify as…

Interpreting scripture Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 1,674. 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% 22% 41% 1,674
Word of God; not everything taken literally 44% 16% 40% 3,518
Word of God; other/don't know 38% 35% 26% 197
Not the word of God 25% 17% 58% 9,405
Other/don't know 30% 30% 40% 1,291

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

% of adults who seldom or never read scripture who are…

Interpreting scripture Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,674. 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% 29% 21% 10% 1,674
Word of God; not everything taken literally 35% 41% 19% 5% 3,518
Word of God; other/don't know 42% 24% 18% 16% 197
Not the word of God 17% 37% 41% 5% 9,405
Other/don't know 27% 38% 22% 14% 1,291

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

% of adults who seldom or never read scripture who would rather have…

Interpreting scripture Smaller government; fewer services Bigger government; more services Depends Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,674. 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% 2% 3% 1,674
Word of God; not everything taken literally 58% 37% 2% 3% 3,518
Word of God; other/don't know 44% 39% 5% 12% 197
Not the word of God 49% 45% 3% 3% 9,405
Other/don't know 48% 33% 8% 11% 1,291

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

% of adults who seldom or never read scripture 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 = 1,674. 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% 3% 2% 1,674
Word of God; not everything taken literally 52% 43% 3% 2% 3,518
Word of God; other/don't know 51% 36% 4% 9% 197
Not the word of God 36% 59% 3% 1% 9,405
Other/don't know 39% 44% 10% 7% 1,291

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

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

Interpreting scripture Legal in all/most cases Illegal in all/most cases Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,674. 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% 52% 5% 1,674
Word of God; not everything taken literally 59% 38% 3% 3,518
Word of God; other/don't know 36% 49% 15% 197
Not the word of God 81% 16% 3% 9,405
Other/don't know 61% 26% 13% 1,291

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

% of adults who seldom or never read scripture who say homosexuality…

Interpreting scripture Should be accepted Should be discouraged Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,674. 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% 37% 4% 4% 1,674
Word of God; not everything taken literally 74% 20% 4% 2% 3,518
Word of God; other/don't know 54% 25% 7% 13% 197
Not the word of God 88% 9% 2% 2% 9,405
Other/don't know 70% 15% 8% 7% 1,291

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

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

Interpreting scripture Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,674. 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 42% 49% 9% 1,674
Word of God; not everything taken literally 63% 30% 7% 3,518
Word of God; other/don't know 42% 33% 25% 197
Not the word of God 83% 12% 4% 9,405
Other/don't know 63% 22% 15% 1,291

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

% of adults who seldom or never read scripture 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 = 1,674. 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% 2% 5% 1,674
Word of God; not everything taken literally 40% 57% 2% 1% 3,518
Word of God; other/don't know 38% 45% 3% 14% 197
Not the word of God 25% 71% 2% 2% 9,405
Other/don't know 33% 54% 5% 8% 1,291

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

% of adults who seldom or never read scripture 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 = 1,674. 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 18% 26% 3% 46% 6% 1,674
Word of God; not everything taken literally 29% 38% 3% 28% 2% 3,518
Word of God; other/don't know 15% 19% 11% 33% 23% 197
Not the word of God 71% 14% 4% 10% 2% 9,405
Other/don't know 38% 23% 14% 15% 11% 1,291