Interpreting scripture among adults who read scripture several times a year

% of adults who read scripture several times a year 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 = 2,894. 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 23% 35% 2% 32% 8% 2,894
2007 26% 34% 3% 27% 10% 2,904

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Interpreting scripture among adults who read scripture several times a year by religious group

% of adults who read scripture several times a year 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 25% 41% 3% 23% 8% 755
Evangelical Protestant 36% 42% 3% 13% 6% 561
Historically Black Protestant 50% 28% 1% 17% 5% 148
Mainline Protestant 14% 42% 2% 31% 10% 703
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 9% 16% 1% 69% 6% 442

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DemographicInformation

Age distribution among adults who read scripture several times a year by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who read scripture several times a year who are ages…

Interpreting scripture 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 570. 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% 35% 27% 16% 570
Word of God; not everything taken literally 23% 38% 26% 14% 988
Not the word of God 24% 38% 24% 14% 971
Other/don't know 16% 36% 28% 20% 250

Generational cohort among adults who read scripture several times a year by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who read scripture several times a year who are…

Interpreting scripture Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 570. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 15% 11% 31% 31% 12% 1% 570
Word of God; not everything taken literally 16% 13% 31% 29% 9% 1% 988
Not the word of God 14% 19% 29% 28% 9% 1% 971
Other/don't know 5% 15% 32% 34% 12% 1% 250

Gender composition among adults who read scripture several times a year by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who read scripture several times a year who are…

Interpreting scripture Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 576. 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% 48% 576
Word of God; not everything taken literally 46% 54% 1,004
Not the word of God 58% 42% 987
Other/don't know 46% 54% 261

Racial and ethnic composition among adults who read scripture several times a year by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who read scripture several times a year who identify as…

Interpreting scripture White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 572. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 53% 19% 3% 22% 3% 572
Word of God; not everything taken literally 71% 8% 3% 14% 4% 993
Not the word of God 68% 7% 7% 13% 5% 971
Other/don't know 66% 7% 6% 15% 5% 253

Immigrant status among adults who read scripture several times a year by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who read scripture several times a year who are…

Interpreting scripture Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 565. 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% 11% 70% 565
Word of God; not everything taken literally 13% 9% 77% 992
Not the word of God 16% 11% 73% 976
Other/don't know 21% 9% 70% 252

Income distribution among adults who read scripture several times a year by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who read scripture several times a year 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 = 513. 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% 24% 24% 11% 513
Word of God; not everything taken literally 29% 18% 30% 23% 905
Not the word of God 25% 19% 30% 25% 900
Other/don't know 36% 21% 22% 21% 213

Educational distribution among adults who read scripture several times a year by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who read scripture several times a year who have completed…

Interpreting scripture High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 573. 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 60% 27% 9% 4% 573
Word of God; not everything taken literally 36% 35% 17% 12% 1,001
Not the word of God 26% 32% 23% 18% 980
Other/don't know 34% 31% 19% 16% 256

Marital status among adults who read scripture several times a year by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who read scripture several times a year who are…

Interpreting scripture Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 576. 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% 12% 8% 24% 576
Word of God; not everything taken literally 51% 5% 13% 5% 26% 999
Not the word of God 47% 10% 11% 4% 28% 983
Other/don't know 52% 6% 16% 7% 19% 259

Parent of children under 18 among adults who read scripture several times a year by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who read scripture several times a year who are…

Interpreting scripture Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 576. 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% 69% 576
Word of God; not everything taken literally 32% 68% 1,002
Not the word of God 25% 75% 983
Other/don't know 33% 67% 259

BeliefsandPractices

Belief in God among adults who read scripture several times a year by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who read scripture several times a year 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 = 576. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 87% 11% 1% < 1% < 1% < 1% 576
Word of God; not everything taken literally 74% 24% 2% < 1% < 1% < 1% 1,004
Not the word of God 36% 35% 9% 1% 15% 4% 987
Other/don't know 67% 22% 5% 3% 1% 2% 261

Importance of religion in one's life among adults who read scripture several times a year by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who read scripture several times a year who say religion is…

Interpreting scripture Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 576. 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 75% 22% 2% 1% < 1% 576
Word of God; not everything taken literally 54% 42% 3% 1% 1% 1,004
Not the word of God 25% 44% 17% 12% 1% 987
Other/don't know 44% 44% 8% 2% 2% 261

Attendance at religious services among adults who read scripture several times a year by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who read scripture several times a year 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 = 576. 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% 52% 15% < 1% 576
Word of God; not everything taken literally 26% 59% 14% < 1% 1,004
Not the word of God 11% 55% 34% 1% 987
Other/don't know 22% 54% 23% 1% 261

Frequency of prayer among adults who read scripture several times a year by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who read scripture several times a year who pray…

Interpreting scripture At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 576. 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 62% 23% 8% 5% 1% 576
Word of God; not everything taken literally 53% 32% 10% 6% < 1% 1,004
Not the word of God 33% 23% 11% 32% 1% 987
Other/don't know 52% 22% 12% 11% 4% 261

Frequency of participation in prayer, scripture study or religious education groups among adults who read scripture several times a year by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who read scripture several times a year 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 = 576. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 14% 11% 32% 43% < 1% 576
Word of God; not everything taken literally 7% 10% 25% 57% < 1% 1,004
Not the word of God 3% 6% 19% 71% 1% 987
Other/don't know 7% 7% 21% 63% 2% 261

Frequency of meditation among adults who read scripture several times a year by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who read scripture several times a year 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 = 576. 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% 13% 12% 48% 1% 576
Word of God; not everything taken literally 27% 11% 12% 49% 1% 1,004
Not the word of God 36% 14% 11% 37% 2% 987
Other/don't know 36% 16% 14% 32% 2% 261

Frequency of feeling spiritual peace and wellbeing among adults who read scripture several times a year by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who read scripture several times a year 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 = 576. 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% 19% 18% 7% 1% 576
Word of God; not everything taken literally 52% 22% 18% 8% < 1% 1,004
Not the word of God 48% 18% 16% 17% 1% 987
Other/don't know 53% 19% 13% 12% 3% 261

Frequency of feeling wonder about the universe among adults who read scripture several times a year by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who read scripture several times a year 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 = 576. 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% 17% 22% 28% 1% 576
Word of God; not everything taken literally 37% 18% 21% 22% 1% 1,004
Not the word of God 54% 18% 16% 12% < 1% 987
Other/don't know 52% 10% 19% 17% 1% 261

Sources of guidance on right and wrong among adults who read scripture several times a year by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who read scripture several times a year 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 = 576. 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% 5% 45% 8% 1% 576
Word of God; not everything taken literally 29% 9% 53% 7% 2% 1,004
Not the word of God 7% 22% 53% 15% 3% 987
Other/don't know 18% 15% 53% 8% 5% 261

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong among adults who read scripture several times a year by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who read scripture several times a year 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 = 576. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 34% 65% < 1% 1% 576
Word of God; not everything taken literally 33% 66% 1% < 1% 1,004
Not the word of God 21% 77% 1% 1% 987
Other/don't know 32% 64% 3% 2% 261

Belief in Heaven among adults who read scripture several times a year by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who read scripture several times a year who …in heaven

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 576. 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% 4% 2% 576
Word of God; not everything taken literally 92% 5% 3% 1,004
Not the word of God 48% 43% 10% 987
Other/don't know 69% 13% 18% 261

Belief in Hell among adults who read scripture several times a year by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who read scripture several times a year who …in hell

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 576. 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% 10% 4% 576
Word of God; not everything taken literally 73% 21% 6% 1,004
Not the word of God 31% 60% 9% 987
Other/don't know 50% 30% 21% 261

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among adults who read scripture several times a year by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who read scripture several times a year who identify as…

Interpreting scripture Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 576. 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% 19% 43% 576
Word of God; not everything taken literally 44% 14% 42% 1,004
Not the word of God 26% 16% 59% 987
Other/don't know 29% 25% 46% 261

Political ideology among adults who read scripture several times a year by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who read scripture several times a year who are…

Interpreting scripture Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 576. 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% 29% 17% 6% 576
Word of God; not everything taken literally 37% 41% 19% 3% 1,004
Not the word of God 19% 39% 37% 4% 987
Other/don't know 30% 35% 24% 11% 261

Views about size of government among adults who read scripture several times a year by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who read scripture several times a year who would rather have…

Interpreting scripture Smaller government; fewer services Bigger government; more services Depends Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 576. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 44% 52% 2% 2% 576
Word of God; not everything taken literally 57% 40% 2% 2% 1,004
Not the word of God 53% 40% 4% 3% 987
Other/don't know 49% 38% 6% 7% 261

Views about government aid to the poor among adults who read scripture several times a year by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who read scripture several times a year 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 = 576. 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% 47% 3% 1% 576
Word of God; not everything taken literally 49% 48% 2% 1% 1,004
Not the word of God 35% 61% 3% 1% 987
Other/don't know 38% 50% 9% 2% 261

Views about abortion among adults who read scripture several times a year by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who read scripture several times a year who say abortion should be…

Interpreting scripture Legal in all/most cases Illegal in all/most cases Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 576. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 41% 55% 4% 576
Word of God; not everything taken literally 55% 42% 3% 1,004
Not the word of God 77% 19% 4% 987
Other/don't know 61% 26% 13% 261

Views about homosexuality among adults who read scripture several times a year by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who read scripture several times a year who say homosexuality…

Interpreting scripture Should be accepted Should be discouraged Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 576. 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% 48% 4% 4% 576
Word of God; not everything taken literally 70% 23% 4% 3% 1,004
Not the word of God 84% 11% 3% 3% 987
Other/don't know 72% 15% 9% 4% 261

Views about same-sex marriage among adults who read scripture several times a year by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who read scripture several times a year who …same-sex marriage

Interpreting scripture Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 576. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 34% 57% 9% 576
Word of God; not everything taken literally 59% 34% 8% 1,004
Not the word of God 78% 16% 6% 987
Other/don't know 64% 24% 12% 261

Views about environmental regulation among adults who read scripture several times a year by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who read scripture several times a year 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 = 576. 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% 49% 1% 2% 576
Word of God; not everything taken literally 38% 59% 2% 2% 1,004
Not the word of God 27% 68% 2% 2% 987
Other/don't know 29% 59% 8% 4% 261

Views about human evolution among adults who read scripture several times a year by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who read scripture several times a year 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 = 576. 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% 29% 3% 47% 2% 576
Word of God; not everything taken literally 21% 43% 2% 32% 2% 1,004
Not the word of God 57% 23% 6% 11% 3% 987
Other/don't know 24% 29% 13% 21% 12% 261