Interpreting scripture among men

% of men 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 = 17,514. 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 27% 25% 2% 38% 7% 17,514
2007 29% 26% 3% 33% 10% 16,291

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Interpreting scripture among men by religious group

% of men 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 = 138. 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 3% 9% 2% 74% 12% 138
Catholic 24% 34% 2% 32% 7% 3,426
Evangelical Protestant 51% 30% 4% 9% 5% 4,061
Hindu 7% 15% < 1% 66% 11% 136
Historically Black Protestant 59% 20% 3% 12% 6% 818
Jewish 10% 24% 2% 55% 8% 428
Mainline Protestant 22% 34% 2% 32% 10% 2,778
Mormon 28% 56% 6% 7% 4% 347
Muslim 44% 27% 9% 15% 5% 152
Orthodox Christian 17% 51% 2% 23% 8% 106
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 8% 10% 1% 74% 7% 4,471

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DemographicInformation

Age distribution among men by interpretation of scripture

% of men who are ages…

Interpreting scripture 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 4,178. 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% 35% 31% 19% 4,178
Word of God; not everything taken literally 24% 34% 25% 16% 4,507
Word of God; other/don't know 19% 31% 28% 22% 414
Not the word of God 29% 35% 23% 13% 6,887
Other/don't know 20% 36% 27% 18% 1,236

Generational cohort among men by interpretation of scripture

% of men who are…

Interpreting scripture Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 4,178. 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% 11% 29% 36% 12% 1% 4,178
Word of God; not everything taken literally 16% 14% 28% 30% 10% 1% 4,507
Word of God; other/don't know 11% 11% 28% 34% 15% 1% 414
Not the word of God 18% 18% 27% 27% 8% 1% 6,887
Other/don't know 11% 16% 28% 33% 10% 2% 1,236

Racial and ethnic composition among men by interpretation of scripture

% of men who identify as…

Interpreting scripture White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 4,191. 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% 19% 3% 19% 3% 4,191
Word of God; not everything taken literally 71% 9% 3% 13% 4% 4,509
Word of God; other/don't know 64% 12% 3% 17% 3% 415
Not the word of God 72% 6% 6% 13% 4% 6,856
Other/don't know 66% 9% 5% 14% 5% 1,236

Immigrant status among men by interpretation of scripture

% of men who are…

Interpreting scripture Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 4,189. 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% 7% 74% 4,189
Word of God; not everything taken literally 12% 10% 78% 4,526
Word of God; other/don't know 17% 8% 75% 424
Not the word of God 14% 13% 74% 6,900
Other/don't know 15% 8% 76% 1,259

Income distribution among men by interpretation of scripture

% of men 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 = 3,730. 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% 22% 24% 13% 3,730
Word of God; not everything taken literally 26% 20% 31% 23% 4,124
Word of God; other/don't know 30% 22% 29% 18% 354
Not the word of God 24% 19% 30% 27% 6,365
Other/don't know 34% 20% 25% 21% 1,036

Educational distribution among men by interpretation of scripture

% of men who have completed…

Interpreting scripture High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 4,218. 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 59% 26% 10% 5% 4,218
Word of God; not everything taken literally 39% 31% 18% 12% 4,553
Word of God; other/don't know 44% 31% 14% 11% 424
Not the word of God 34% 31% 20% 14% 6,949
Other/don't know 38% 37% 15% 10% 1,269

Marital status among men by interpretation of scripture

% of men who are…

Interpreting scripture Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 4,235. 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% 5% 14% 5% 23% 4,235
Word of God; not everything taken literally 53% 6% 11% 3% 28% 4,558
Word of God; other/don't know 60% 3% 12% 6% 19% 425
Not the word of God 43% 10% 11% 2% 34% 6,948
Other/don't know 46% 10% 12% 4% 28% 1,263

Parent of children under 18 among men by interpretation of scripture

% of men who are…

Interpreting scripture Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 4,232. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 27% 73% 4,232
Word of God; not everything taken literally 29% 71% 4,550
Word of God; other/don't know 30% 70% 427
Not the word of God 23% 77% 6,946
Other/don't know 26% 74% 1,277

BeliefsandPractices

Belief in God among men by interpretation of scripture

% of men 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 = 4,251. 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% 11% 2% 1% < 1% < 1% 4,251
Word of God; not everything taken literally 73% 23% 2% < 1% 1% 1% 4,573
Word of God; other/don't know 85% 11% < 1% 2% 1% < 1% 430
Not the word of God 23% 27% 13% 1% 31% 5% 6,971
Other/don't know 56% 23% 5% 3% 5% 7% 1,289

Importance of religion in one's life among men by interpretation of scripture

% of men who say religion is…

Interpreting scripture Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,251. 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 82% 14% 2% 2% < 1% 4,251
Word of God; not everything taken literally 57% 34% 6% 2% < 1% 4,573
Word of God; other/don't know 80% 14% 2% 1% 2% 430
Not the word of God 14% 29% 25% 32% 1% 6,971
Other/don't know 43% 31% 13% 9% 3% 1,289

Attendance at religious services among men by interpretation of scripture

% of men 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 = 4,251. 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% 28% 14% < 1% 4,251
Word of God; not everything taken literally 41% 40% 19% < 1% 4,573
Word of God; other/don't know 55% 27% 16% 2% 430
Not the word of God 8% 32% 60% < 1% 6,971
Other/don't know 21% 41% 35% 3% 1,289

Frequency of prayer among men by interpretation of scripture

% of men who pray…

Interpreting scripture At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,251. 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 74% 14% 4% 7% 1% 4,251
Word of God; not everything taken literally 56% 23% 8% 13% < 1% 4,573
Word of God; other/don't know 75% 13% 3% 5% 3% 430
Not the word of God 18% 12% 8% 60% 1% 6,971
Other/don't know 43% 16% 9% 27% 5% 1,289

Frequency of participation in prayer, scripture study or religious education groups among men by interpretation of scripture

% of men 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 = 4,251. 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% 13% 10% 32% < 1% 4,251
Word of God; not everything taken literally 23% 11% 11% 54% < 1% 4,573
Word of God; other/don't know 40% 10% 8% 39% 2% 430
Not the word of God 4% 3% 5% 88% < 1% 6,971
Other/don't know 13% 9% 8% 66% 3% 1,289

Frequency of meditation among men by interpretation of scripture

% of men 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 = 4,251. 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% 7% 4% 35% 3% 4,251
Word of God; not everything taken literally 37% 8% 5% 50% 1% 4,573
Word of God; other/don't know 50% 6% 4% 34% 7% 430
Not the word of God 27% 9% 6% 57% 1% 6,971
Other/don't know 38% 10% 4% 43% 5% 1,289

Frequency of feeling spiritual peace and wellbeing among men by interpretation of scripture

% of men 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 = 4,251. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 71% 12% 7% 9% 1% 4,251
Word of God; not everything taken literally 55% 18% 11% 14% 1% 4,573
Word of God; other/don't know 70% 12% 6% 6% 6% 430
Not the word of God 37% 16% 12% 33% 1% 6,971
Other/don't know 51% 14% 9% 21% 5% 1,289

Frequency of feeling wonder about the universe among men by interpretation of scripture

% of men 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 = 4,251. 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% 15% 12% 26% 2% 4,251
Word of God; not everything taken literally 43% 18% 14% 25% 1% 4,573
Word of God; other/don't know 46% 10% 12% 23% 9% 430
Not the word of God 48% 16% 14% 21% 1% 6,971
Other/don't know 50% 13% 11% 23% 4% 1,289

Sources of guidance on right and wrong among men by interpretation of scripture

% of men 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 = 4,251. 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% 5% 31% 5% 2% 4,251
Word of God; not everything taken literally 34% 9% 48% 6% 3% 4,573
Word of God; other/don't know 52% 4% 29% 2% 13% 430
Not the word of God 5% 19% 57% 18% 2% 6,971
Other/don't know 17% 14% 52% 9% 8% 1,289

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong among men by interpretation of scripture

% of men 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 = 4,251. 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% 4,251
Word of God; not everything taken literally 41% 57% 1% < 1% 4,573
Word of God; other/don't know 48% 43% 6% 3% 430
Not the word of God 22% 76% 1% 1% 6,971
Other/don't know 29% 64% 5% 3% 1,289

Frequency of reading scripture among men by interpretation of scripture

% of men who read scripture…

Interpreting scripture At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,251. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 58% 12% 8% 22% 1% 4,251
Word of God; not everything taken literally 34% 14% 11% 40% < 1% 4,573
Word of God; other/don't know 62% 9% 5% 21% 3% 430
Not the word of God 8% 6% 8% 78% < 1% 6,971
Other/don't know 23% 11% 9% 54% 4% 1,289

Belief in Heaven among men by interpretation of scripture

% of men who …in heaven

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,251. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 91% 4% 4% 4,251
Word of God; not everything taken literally 89% 6% 4% 4,573
Word of God; other/don't know 78% 6% 16% 430
Not the word of God 36% 55% 9% 6,971
Other/don't know 60% 17% 23% 1,289

Belief in Hell among men by interpretation of scripture

% of men who …in hell

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,251. 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 85% 10% 5% 4,251
Word of God; not everything taken literally 73% 21% 6% 4,573
Word of God; other/don't know 75% 11% 14% 430
Not the word of God 26% 67% 7% 6,971
Other/don't know 48% 29% 23% 1,289

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among men by interpretation of scripture

% of men who identify as…

Interpreting scripture Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 4,251. 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% 17% 35% 4,251
Word of God; not everything taken literally 52% 16% 32% 4,573
Word of God; other/don't know 43% 25% 32% 430
Not the word of God 29% 19% 52% 6,971
Other/don't know 32% 32% 36% 1,289

Political ideology among men by interpretation of scripture

% of men who are…

Interpreting scripture Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,251. 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% 21% 16% 6% 4,251
Word of God; not everything taken literally 45% 36% 15% 4% 4,573
Word of God; other/don't know 54% 23% 10% 12% 430
Not the word of God 21% 39% 34% 5% 6,971
Other/don't know 31% 36% 19% 14% 1,289

Views about size of government among men by interpretation of scripture

% of men who would rather have…

Interpreting scripture Smaller government; fewer services Bigger government; more services Depends Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,251. 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% 40% 2% 2% 4,251
Word of God; not everything taken literally 67% 29% 2% 2% 4,573
Word of God; other/don't know 60% 26% 5% 9% 430
Not the word of God 56% 38% 3% 3% 6,971
Other/don't know 53% 29% 9% 10% 1,289

Views about government aid to the poor among men by interpretation of scripture

% of men 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 = 4,251. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 54% 41% 3% 2% 4,251
Word of God; not everything taken literally 56% 40% 3% 2% 4,573
Word of God; other/don't know 50% 36% 9% 4% 430
Not the word of God 39% 55% 4% 1% 6,971
Other/don't know 41% 43% 11% 6% 1,289

Views about abortion among men by interpretation of scripture

% of men who say abortion should be…

Interpreting scripture Legal in all/most cases Illegal in all/most cases Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,251. 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% 65% 5% 4,251
Word of God; not everything taken literally 44% 53% 3% 4,573
Word of God; other/don't know 25% 58% 17% 430
Not the word of God 77% 20% 3% 6,971
Other/don't know 52% 34% 15% 1,289

Views about homosexuality among men by interpretation of scripture

% of men who say homosexuality…

Interpreting scripture Should be accepted Should be discouraged Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,251. 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% 62% 4% 4% 4,251
Word of God; not everything taken literally 54% 38% 5% 3% 4,573
Word of God; other/don't know 26% 53% 9% 11% 430
Not the word of God 81% 14% 3% 2% 6,971
Other/don't know 56% 27% 9% 8% 1,289

Views about same-sex marriage among men by interpretation of scripture

% of men who …same-sex marriage

Interpreting scripture Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,251. 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 23% 70% 7% 4,251
Word of God; not everything taken literally 46% 47% 7% 4,573
Word of God; other/don't know 21% 61% 18% 430
Not the word of God 76% 18% 6% 6,971
Other/don't know 47% 35% 18% 1,289

Views about environmental regulation among men by interpretation of scripture

% of men 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 = 4,251. 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% 41% 3% 3% 4,251
Word of God; not everything taken literally 45% 51% 2% 1% 4,573
Word of God; other/don't know 47% 41% 6% 5% 430
Not the word of God 30% 66% 2% 2% 6,971
Other/don't know 36% 51% 6% 7% 1,289

Views about human evolution among men by interpretation of scripture

% of men 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 = 4,251. 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 12% 23% 2% 57% 5% 4,251
Word of God; not everything taken literally 19% 40% 3% 34% 4% 4,573
Word of God; other/don't know 9% 22% 6% 43% 20% 430
Not the word of God 67% 16% 5% 11% 1% 6,971
Other/don't know 29% 26% 15% 21% 9% 1,289