Interpreting scripture among women

% of women 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 = 17,557. 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 34% 28% 3% 28% 7% 17,557
2007 37% 28% 4% 23% 9% 19,265

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Interpreting scripture among women by religious group

% of women 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 = 126. 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 6% 9% < 1% 72% 13% 126
Catholic 27% 38% 4% 24% 8% 3,776
Evangelical Protestant 58% 28% 4% 6% 4% 4,532
Historically Black Protestant 59% 25% 2% 7% 6% 1,098
Jehovah's Witness 52% 37% 6% 2% 3% 158
Jewish 12% 24% 1% 56% 8% 419
Mainline Protestant 26% 37% 3% 25% 9% 3,305
Mormon 37% 51% 4% 5% 3% 317
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 11% 12% 1% 69% 7% 3,085

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DemographicInformation

Age distribution among women by interpretation of scripture

% of women who are ages…

Interpreting scripture 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 5,418. 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% 33% 29% 23% 5,418
Word of God; not everything taken literally 24% 33% 25% 18% 4,870
Word of God; other/don't know 9% 27% 33% 32% 525
Not the word of God 29% 35% 23% 13% 5,065
Other/don't know 17% 31% 27% 24% 1,245

Generational cohort among women by interpretation of scripture

% of women who are…

Interpreting scripture Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 5,418. 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 8% 11% 28% 35% 16% 2% 5,418
Word of God; not everything taken literally 16% 14% 27% 30% 12% 1% 4,870
Word of God; other/don't know 6% 6% 24% 38% 23% 3% 525
Not the word of God 18% 19% 27% 27% 8% 1% 5,065
Other/don't know 8% 15% 26% 33% 16% 2% 1,245

Racial and ethnic composition among women by interpretation of scripture

% of women who identify as…

Interpreting scripture White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 5,498. 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% 20% 2% 18% 4% 5,498
Word of God; not everything taken literally 70% 11% 2% 13% 4% 4,934
Word of God; other/don't know 66% 10% 2% 16% 7% 535
Not the word of God 72% 6% 5% 12% 4% 5,099
Other/don't know 64% 13% 5% 15% 4% 1,276

Immigrant status among women by interpretation of scripture

% of women who are…

Interpreting scripture Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 5,456. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 16% 8% 76% 5,456
Word of God; not everything taken literally 12% 10% 77% 4,920
Word of God; other/don't know 19% 6% 74% 538
Not the word of God 14% 13% 73% 5,108
Other/don't know 16% 10% 74% 1,273

Income distribution among women by interpretation of scripture

% of women 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 = 4,595. 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% 21% 19% 8% 4,595
Word of God; not everything taken literally 33% 22% 28% 17% 4,285
Word of God; other/don't know 45% 19% 25% 12% 394
Not the word of God 30% 18% 27% 24% 4,592
Other/don't know 43% 19% 24% 15% 1,015

Educational distribution among women by interpretation of scripture

% of women who have completed…

Interpreting scripture High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 5,523. 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% 31% 11% 5% 5,523
Word of God; not everything taken literally 36% 36% 18% 11% 4,956
Word of God; other/don't know 45% 34% 14% 7% 547
Not the word of God 27% 32% 24% 18% 5,133
Other/don't know 37% 33% 18% 13% 1,296

Marital status among women by interpretation of scripture

% of women who are…

Interpreting scripture Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 5,533. 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% 5% 16% 12% 17% 5,533
Word of God; not everything taken literally 49% 6% 13% 8% 23% 4,954
Word of God; other/don't know 52% 4% 14% 15% 16% 548
Not the word of God 44% 11% 12% 6% 27% 5,137
Other/don't know 45% 8% 16% 13% 19% 1,290

Parent of children under 18 among women by interpretation of scripture

% of women who are…

Interpreting scripture Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 5,544. 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% 67% 5,544
Word of God; not everything taken literally 33% 67% 4,956
Word of God; other/don't know 26% 74% 547
Not the word of God 29% 71% 5,153
Other/don't know 29% 71% 1,301

BeliefsandPractices

Belief in God among women by interpretation of scripture

% of women 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 = 5,560. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 90% 8% 1% 1% < 1% < 1% 5,560
Word of God; not everything taken literally 79% 18% 2% < 1% < 1% < 1% 4,969
Word of God; other/don't know 86% 9% 1% 2% < 1% 2% 555
Not the word of God 33% 30% 11% 1% 21% 4% 5,161
Other/don't know 63% 23% 5% 2% 3% 4% 1,312

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

% of women who say religion is…

Interpreting scripture Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 5,560. 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% 10% 1% 1% < 1% 5,560
Word of God; not everything taken literally 65% 29% 5% 1% < 1% 4,969
Word of God; other/don't know 82% 15% 1% 1% 1% 555
Not the word of God 20% 32% 23% 25% 1% 5,161
Other/don't know 51% 32% 11% 5% 2% 1,312

Attendance at religious services among women by interpretation of scripture

% of women 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 = 5,560. 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 63% 26% 11% 1% 5,560
Word of God; not everything taken literally 42% 40% 17% < 1% 4,969
Word of God; other/don't know 54% 28% 16% 2% 555
Not the word of God 11% 34% 55% < 1% 5,161
Other/don't know 29% 40% 30% 2% 1,312

Frequency of prayer among women by interpretation of scripture

% of women who pray…

Interpreting scripture At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 5,560. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 84% 10% 2% 3% < 1% 5,560
Word of God; not everything taken literally 70% 19% 5% 6% 1% 4,969
Word of God; other/don't know 84% 8% 2% 4% 3% 555
Not the word of God 31% 17% 8% 43% 1% 5,161
Other/don't know 59% 17% 6% 14% 4% 1,312

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

% of women 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 = 5,560. 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% 13% 8% 29% 1% 5,560
Word of God; not everything taken literally 25% 12% 11% 51% < 1% 4,969
Word of God; other/don't know 39% 9% 10% 40% 2% 555
Not the word of God 5% 5% 5% 84% < 1% 5,161
Other/don't know 18% 7% 7% 65% 2% 1,312

Frequency of meditation among women by interpretation of scripture

% of women 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 = 5,560. 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% 7% 3% 34% 2% 5,560
Word of God; not everything taken literally 41% 9% 4% 46% 1% 4,969
Word of God; other/don't know 52% 5% 3% 36% 4% 555
Not the word of God 33% 11% 5% 50% 1% 5,161
Other/don't know 41% 8% 4% 44% 3% 1,312

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

% of women 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 = 5,560. 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 78% 10% 5% 5% 1% 5,560
Word of God; not everything taken literally 64% 17% 10% 9% 1% 4,969
Word of God; other/don't know 73% 8% 9% 6% 4% 555
Not the word of God 48% 17% 12% 21% 1% 5,161
Other/don't know 58% 14% 10% 14% 4% 1,312

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

% of women 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 = 5,560. 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% 14% 10% 27% 3% 5,560
Word of God; not everything taken literally 42% 18% 14% 25% 1% 4,969
Word of God; other/don't know 42% 14% 10% 28% 6% 555
Not the word of God 47% 18% 14% 21% 1% 5,161
Other/don't know 43% 15% 14% 26% 3% 1,312

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

% of women 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 = 5,560. 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% 4% 29% 4% 2% 5,560
Word of God; not everything taken literally 41% 9% 44% 5% 2% 4,969
Word of God; other/don't know 50% 4% 34% 4% 9% 555
Not the word of God 7% 18% 58% 15% 2% 5,161
Other/don't know 25% 9% 54% 6% 6% 1,312

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

% of women 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 = 5,560. 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% 55% 1% 2% 5,560
Word of God; not everything taken literally 32% 66% 1% 1% 4,969
Word of God; other/don't know 39% 53% 4% 4% 555
Not the word of God 17% 81% 1% 1% 5,161
Other/don't know 25% 72% 2% 2% 1,312

Frequency of reading scripture among women by interpretation of scripture

% of women 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 = 5,560. 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 66% 10% 5% 17% 1% 5,560
Word of God; not everything taken literally 39% 14% 11% 36% < 1% 4,969
Word of God; other/don't know 57% 10% 8% 22% 2% 555
Not the word of God 10% 7% 8% 76% < 1% 5,161
Other/don't know 29% 12% 10% 47% 2% 1,312

Belief in Heaven among women by interpretation of scripture

% of women who …in heaven

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 5,560. 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% 5% 4% 5,560
Word of God; not everything taken literally 89% 6% 5% 4,969
Word of God; other/don't know 86% 5% 9% 555
Not the word of God 46% 44% 9% 5,161
Other/don't know 69% 13% 18% 1,312

Belief in Hell among women by interpretation of scripture

% of women who …in hell

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 5,560. 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 80% 13% 7% 5,560
Word of God; not everything taken literally 68% 25% 7% 4,969
Word of God; other/don't know 68% 15% 16% 555
Not the word of God 27% 64% 8% 5,161
Other/don't know 45% 35% 20% 1,312

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among women by interpretation of scripture

% of women who identify as…

Interpreting scripture Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 5,560. 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% 20% 40% 5,560
Word of God; not everything taken literally 41% 16% 43% 4,969
Word of God; other/don't know 41% 31% 28% 555
Not the word of God 20% 16% 64% 5,161
Other/don't know 26% 25% 48% 1,312

Political ideology among women by interpretation of scripture

% of women who are…

Interpreting scripture Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 5,560. 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% 28% 14% 8% 5,560
Word of God; not everything taken literally 36% 40% 19% 5% 4,969
Word of God; other/don't know 42% 26% 13% 19% 555
Not the word of God 14% 34% 48% 5% 5,161
Other/don't know 25% 36% 26% 12% 1,312

Views about size of government among women by interpretation of scripture

% of women who would rather have…

Interpreting scripture Smaller government; fewer services Bigger government; more services Depends Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 5,560. 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% 50% 2% 4% 5,560
Word of God; not everything taken literally 51% 43% 2% 3% 4,969
Word of God; other/don't know 46% 34% 8% 13% 555
Not the word of God 41% 52% 3% 4% 5,161
Other/don't know 40% 42% 8% 10% 1,312

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

% of women 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 = 5,560. 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% 4% 2% 5,560
Word of God; not everything taken literally 45% 51% 3% 1% 4,969
Word of God; other/don't know 46% 34% 10% 10% 555
Not the word of God 31% 65% 3% 1% 5,161
Other/don't know 36% 50% 8% 6% 1,312

Views about abortion among women by interpretation of scripture

% of women who say abortion should be…

Interpreting scripture Legal in all/most cases Illegal in all/most cases Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 5,560. 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% 63% 4% 5,560
Word of God; not everything taken literally 52% 45% 3% 4,969
Word of God; other/don't know 32% 56% 13% 555
Not the word of God 81% 17% 2% 5,161
Other/don't know 60% 29% 11% 1,312

Views about homosexuality among women by interpretation of scripture

% of women who say homosexuality…

Interpreting scripture Should be accepted Should be discouraged Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 5,560. 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% 50% 4% 5% 5,560
Word of God; not everything taken literally 69% 24% 3% 3% 4,969
Word of God; other/don't know 42% 39% 9% 11% 555
Not the word of God 92% 5% 2% 1% 5,161
Other/don't know 70% 16% 7% 6% 1,312

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

% of women who …same-sex marriage

Interpreting scripture Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 5,560. 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% 62% 9% 5,560
Word of God; not everything taken literally 57% 36% 7% 4,969
Word of God; other/don't know 31% 50% 19% 555
Not the word of God 88% 8% 4% 5,161
Other/don't know 66% 22% 12% 1,312

Views about environmental regulation among women by interpretation of scripture

% of women 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 = 5,560. 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% 2% 5% 5,560
Word of God; not everything taken literally 36% 61% 2% 2% 4,969
Word of God; other/don't know 36% 41% 7% 16% 555
Not the word of God 21% 75% 2% 2% 5,161
Other/don't know 30% 56% 6% 9% 1,312

Views about human evolution among women by interpretation of scripture

% of women 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 = 5,560. 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% 22% 2% 59% 5% 5,560
Word of God; not everything taken literally 21% 36% 3% 37% 3% 4,969
Word of God; other/don't know 10% 18% 6% 50% 17% 555
Not the word of God 62% 18% 4% 13% 2% 5,161
Other/don't know 27% 26% 11% 24% 12% 1,312