Interpreting scripture among baby Boomers

% of baby Boomers 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 = 13,049. 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 35% 26% 3% 29% 7% 13,049
2007 33% 27% 3% 28% 9% 13,662

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Interpreting scripture among baby Boomers by religious group

% of baby Boomers 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 = 107. 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 8% 8% 3% 71% 11% 107
Catholic 24% 36% 3% 29% 8% 2,905
Evangelical Protestant 60% 24% 4% 7% 4% 3,416
Historically Black Protestant 67% 17% 2% 8% 5% 749
Jewish 11% 19% 3% 60% 8% 330
Mainline Protestant 26% 32% 3% 29% 11% 2,435
Mormon 32% 50% 8% 4% 5% 214
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 10% 12% 1% 69% 8% 2,281

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DemographicInformation

Age distribution among baby Boomers by interpretation of scripture

% of baby Boomers who are ages…

Interpreting scripture 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 3,879. 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 < 1% < 1% 85% 15% 3,879
Word of God; not everything taken literally < 1% < 1% 83% 17% 3,562
Word of God; other/don't know < 1% < 1% 84% 16% 383
Not the word of God < 1% < 1% 84% 16% 4,246
Other/don't know < 1% < 1% 83% 17% 979

Gender composition among baby Boomers by interpretation of scripture

% of baby Boomers who are…

Interpreting scripture Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 3,879. 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% 56% 3,879
Word of God; not everything taken literally 46% 54% 3,562
Word of God; other/don't know 40% 60% 383
Not the word of God 56% 44% 4,246
Other/don't know 50% 50% 979

Racial and ethnic composition among baby Boomers by interpretation of scripture

% of baby Boomers who identify as…

Interpreting scripture White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 3,832. 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% 19% 2% 14% 3% 3,832
Word of God; not everything taken literally 79% 7% 2% 8% 3% 3,515
Word of God; other/don't know 65% 10% 1% 17% 6% 373
Not the word of God 81% 5% 3% 8% 3% 4,181
Other/don't know 74% 8% 3% 10% 5% 950

Immigrant status among baby Boomers by interpretation of scripture

% of baby Boomers who are…

Interpreting scripture Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 3,830. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 13% 5% 82% 3,830
Word of God; not everything taken literally 9% 7% 84% 3,537
Word of God; other/don't know 19% 4% 77% 376
Not the word of God 12% 8% 80% 4,224
Other/don't know 12% 7% 82% 962

Income distribution among baby Boomers by interpretation of scripture

% of baby Boomers 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 = 3,403. 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% 22% 24% 11% 3,403
Word of God; not everything taken literally 26% 19% 32% 24% 3,185
Word of God; other/don't know 37% 22% 26% 15% 300
Not the word of God 22% 16% 31% 32% 3,867
Other/don't know 39% 17% 22% 22% 815

Educational distribution among baby Boomers by interpretation of scripture

% of baby Boomers who have completed…

Interpreting scripture High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 3,867. 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% 29% 11% 4% 3,867
Word of God; not everything taken literally 36% 32% 19% 13% 3,555
Word of God; other/don't know 48% 30% 13% 9% 382
Not the word of God 30% 28% 23% 19% 4,234
Other/don't know 39% 32% 16% 13% 972

Marital status among baby Boomers by interpretation of scripture

% of baby Boomers who are…

Interpreting scripture Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 3,871. 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% 3% 21% 8% 9% 3,871
Word of God; not everything taken literally 64% 3% 18% 6% 9% 3,551
Word of God; other/don't know 63% 1% 20% 8% 8% 380
Not the word of God 60% 7% 19% 5% 9% 4,233
Other/don't know 56% 7% 21% 6% 11% 964

Parent of children under 18 among baby Boomers by interpretation of scripture

% of baby Boomers who are…

Interpreting scripture Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 3,875. 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% 86% 3,875
Word of God; not everything taken literally 14% 86% 3,553
Word of God; other/don't know 13% 87% 381
Not the word of God 12% 88% 4,241
Other/don't know 13% 87% 977

BeliefsandPractices

Belief in God among baby Boomers by interpretation of scripture

% of baby Boomers 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 = 3,879. 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% 8% 1% < 1% < 1% < 1% 3,879
Word of God; not everything taken literally 79% 19% 2% < 1% < 1% < 1% 3,562
Word of God; other/don't know 84% 10% 1% 3% 1% 1% 383
Not the word of God 34% 31% 11% 1% 19% 4% 4,246
Other/don't know 65% 22% 3% 2% 3% 5% 979

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

% of baby Boomers who say religion is…

Interpreting scripture Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,879. 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% 3,879
Word of God; not everything taken literally 63% 31% 4% 2% < 1% 3,562
Word of God; other/don't know 77% 17% 2% 2% 2% 383
Not the word of God 22% 32% 22% 24% 1% 4,246
Other/don't know 53% 30% 8% 6% 3% 979

Attendance at religious services among baby Boomers by interpretation of scripture

% of baby Boomers 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 = 3,879. 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% 28% 12% < 1% 3,879
Word of God; not everything taken literally 42% 39% 20% < 1% 3,562
Word of God; other/don't know 52% 28% 19% 2% 383
Not the word of God 12% 34% 55% < 1% 4,246
Other/don't know 26% 39% 33% 2% 979

Frequency of prayer among baby Boomers by interpretation of scripture

% of baby Boomers who pray…

Interpreting scripture At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,879. 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% 11% 2% 4% < 1% 3,879
Word of God; not everything taken literally 65% 21% 5% 8% < 1% 3,562
Word of God; other/don't know 77% 10% 3% 7% 2% 383
Not the word of God 31% 17% 8% 44% 1% 4,246
Other/don't know 56% 17% 8% 14% 5% 979

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

% of baby Boomers 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 = 3,879. 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% 12% 8% 31% < 1% 3,879
Word of God; not everything taken literally 23% 9% 11% 57% < 1% 3,562
Word of God; other/don't know 40% 10% 6% 42% 2% 383
Not the word of God 6% 4% 5% 85% < 1% 4,246
Other/don't know 17% 6% 8% 66% 2% 979

Frequency of meditation among baby Boomers by interpretation of scripture

% of baby Boomers 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 = 3,879. 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% 6% 3% 35% 2% 3,879
Word of God; not everything taken literally 43% 7% 4% 44% 1% 3,562
Word of God; other/don't know 54% 4% 3% 35% 3% 383
Not the word of God 34% 9% 5% 51% 1% 4,246
Other/don't know 43% 9% 4% 40% 4% 979

Frequency of feeling spiritual peace and wellbeing among baby Boomers by interpretation of scripture

% of baby Boomers 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 = 3,879. 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% 9% 5% 7% 1% 3,879
Word of God; not everything taken literally 62% 16% 10% 11% 1% 3,562
Word of God; other/don't know 71% 8% 9% 8% 4% 383
Not the word of God 45% 15% 13% 26% 1% 4,246
Other/don't know 58% 14% 9% 16% 4% 979

Frequency of feeling wonder about the universe among baby Boomers by interpretation of scripture

% of baby Boomers 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 = 3,879. 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% 14% 9% 26% 2% 3,879
Word of God; not everything taken literally 45% 17% 13% 24% < 1% 3,562
Word of God; other/don't know 49% 9% 12% 22% 9% 383
Not the word of God 48% 15% 15% 22% 1% 4,246
Other/don't know 49% 14% 11% 22% 5% 979

Sources of guidance on right and wrong among baby Boomers by interpretation of scripture

% of baby Boomers 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 = 3,879. 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% 3% 2% 3,879
Word of God; not everything taken literally 41% 7% 46% 5% 2% 3,562
Word of God; other/don't know 51% 3% 33% 4% 9% 383
Not the word of God 8% 17% 59% 13% 2% 4,246
Other/don't know 23% 8% 53% 8% 8% 979

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

% of baby Boomers 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 = 3,879. 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% 1% 3,879
Word of God; not everything taken literally 41% 58% 1% 1% 3,562
Word of God; other/don't know 43% 49% 4% 4% 383
Not the word of God 25% 73% 2% 1% 4,246
Other/don't know 28% 65% 5% 2% 979

Frequency of reading scripture among baby Boomers by interpretation of scripture

% of baby Boomers 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 = 3,879. 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 65% 10% 6% 19% 1% 3,879
Word of God; not everything taken literally 37% 12% 11% 40% < 1% 3,562
Word of God; other/don't know 56% 8% 8% 27% 2% 383
Not the word of God 9% 7% 8% 76% < 1% 4,246
Other/don't know 28% 10% 10% 50% 3% 979

Belief in Heaven among baby Boomers by interpretation of scripture

% of baby Boomers who …in heaven

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,879. 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% 5% 5% 3,879
Word of God; not everything taken literally 88% 7% 5% 3,562
Word of God; other/don't know 81% 6% 13% 383
Not the word of God 44% 46% 10% 4,246
Other/don't know 66% 13% 20% 979

Belief in Hell among baby Boomers by interpretation of scripture

% of baby Boomers who …in hell

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,879. 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% 12% 6% 3,879
Word of God; not everything taken literally 67% 25% 8% 3,562
Word of God; other/don't know 65% 16% 18% 383
Not the word of God 27% 65% 9% 4,246
Other/don't know 46% 31% 22% 979

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among baby Boomers by interpretation of scripture

% of baby Boomers who identify as…

Interpreting scripture Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 3,879. 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% 39% 3,879
Word of God; not everything taken literally 47% 14% 39% 3,562
Word of God; other/don't know 43% 27% 29% 383
Not the word of God 28% 15% 58% 4,246
Other/don't know 33% 23% 44% 979

Political ideology among baby Boomers by interpretation of scripture

% of baby Boomers who are…

Interpreting scripture Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,879. 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% 24% 14% 6% 3,879
Word of God; not everything taken literally 45% 36% 16% 4% 3,562
Word of God; other/don't know 48% 24% 14% 14% 383
Not the word of God 22% 37% 38% 4% 4,246
Other/don't know 31% 35% 23% 11% 979

Views about size of government among baby Boomers by interpretation of scripture

% of baby Boomers who would rather have…

Interpreting scripture Smaller government; fewer services Bigger government; more services Depends Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,879. 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% 42% 2% 3% 3,879
Word of God; not everything taken literally 64% 31% 2% 3% 3,562
Word of God; other/don't know 50% 31% 9% 10% 383
Not the word of God 50% 42% 4% 4% 4,246
Other/don't know 50% 32% 8% 10% 979

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

% of baby Boomers 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 = 3,879. 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% 43% 4% 2% 3,879
Word of God; not everything taken literally 52% 43% 3% 2% 3,562
Word of God; other/don't know 46% 38% 9% 8% 383
Not the word of God 34% 61% 3% 2% 4,246
Other/don't know 37% 49% 10% 5% 979

Views about abortion among baby Boomers by interpretation of scripture

% of baby Boomers who say abortion should be…

Interpreting scripture Legal in all/most cases Illegal in all/most cases Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,879. 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% 62% 4% 3,879
Word of God; not everything taken literally 51% 46% 3% 3,562
Word of God; other/don't know 33% 53% 14% 383
Not the word of God 81% 16% 3% 4,246
Other/don't know 57% 30% 12% 979

Views about homosexuality among baby Boomers by interpretation of scripture

% of baby Boomers who say homosexuality…

Interpreting scripture Should be accepted Should be discouraged Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,879. 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% 59% 4% 4% 3,879
Word of God; not everything taken literally 61% 31% 5% 3% 3,562
Word of God; other/don't know 39% 45% 9% 7% 383
Not the word of God 83% 12% 3% 2% 4,246
Other/don't know 59% 25% 7% 9% 979

Views about same-sex marriage among baby Boomers by interpretation of scripture

% of baby Boomers who …same-sex marriage

Interpreting scripture Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,879. 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% 3,879
Word of God; not everything taken literally 48% 44% 8% 3,562
Word of God; other/don't know 28% 55% 17% 383
Not the word of God 76% 18% 6% 4,246
Other/don't know 50% 33% 16% 979

Views about environmental regulation among baby Boomers by interpretation of scripture

% of baby Boomers 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 = 3,879. 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% 43% 2% 3% 3,879
Word of God; not everything taken literally 44% 52% 2% 1% 3,562
Word of God; other/don't know 41% 42% 6% 11% 383
Not the word of God 28% 68% 2% 2% 4,246
Other/don't know 36% 53% 6% 6% 979

Views about human evolution among baby Boomers by interpretation of scripture

% of baby Boomers 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 = 3,879. 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 9% 22% 2% 62% 5% 3,879
Word of God; not everything taken literally 17% 41% 3% 35% 3% 3,562
Word of God; other/don't know 10% 20% 7% 46% 17% 383
Not the word of God 60% 20% 5% 13% 2% 4,246
Other/don't know 25% 27% 12% 26% 10% 979