Interpreting scripture among adults in Generation X

% of adults in Generation X 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 = 7,303. 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 32% 27% 2% 33% 7% 7,303
2007 32% 27% 3% 29% 8% 8,092

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Interpreting scripture among adults in Generation X by religious group

% of adults in Generation X who say the holy scripture is…

Religious tradition Word of God; should be taken literally Word of God; not everything taken literally Word of God; other/don't know Not the word of God Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 0. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Catholic 29% 34% 2% 27% 7% 1,472
Evangelical Protestant 54% 30% 4% 7% 4% 1,751
Historically Black Protestant 59% 22% 3% 9% 7% 450
Jewish 11% 29% 1% 51% 7% 140
Mainline Protestant 22% 37% 2% 31% 8% 1,044
Mormon 34% 54% 1% 8% 3% 166
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 12% 11% 1% 69% 8% 1,764

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DemographicInformation

Age distribution among adults in Generation X by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in Generation X who are ages…

Interpreting scripture 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 1,998. 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% 100% < 1% < 1% 1,998
Word of God; not everything taken literally < 1% 100% < 1% < 1% 2,013
Word of God; other/don't know < 1% 100% < 1% < 1% 164
Not the word of God < 1% 100% < 1% < 1% 2,651
Other/don't know < 1% 100% < 1% < 1% 477

Gender composition among adults in Generation X by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in Generation X who are…

Interpreting scripture Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 1,998. 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% 1,998
Word of God; not everything taken literally 47% 53% 2,013
Word of God; other/don't know 46% 54% 164
Not the word of God 56% 44% 2,651
Other/don't know 53% 47% 477

Racial and ethnic composition among adults in Generation X by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in Generation X who identify as…

Interpreting scripture White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 1,981. 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% 20% 3% 24% 4% 1,981
Word of God; not everything taken literally 67% 11% 3% 16% 3% 1,992
Word of God; other/don't know 58% 12% 4% 21% 5% 160
Not the word of God 71% 6% 6% 14% 4% 2,615
Other/don't know 59% 14% 6% 16% 5% 467

Immigrant status among adults in Generation X by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in Generation X who are…

Interpreting scripture Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 1,965. 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 24% 6% 70% 1,965
Word of God; not everything taken literally 16% 8% 77% 1,998
Word of God; other/don't know 22% 6% 72% 163
Not the word of God 18% 10% 72% 2,621
Other/don't know 21% 7% 73% 471

Income distribution among adults in Generation X by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in Generation X who have a household income of…

Interpreting scripture Less than $30,000 $30,000-$49,999 $50,000-$99,999 $100,000 or more Sample Size
Sample size = 1,801. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 42% 22% 23% 13% 1,801
Word of God; not everything taken literally 24% 19% 32% 26% 1,883
Word of God; other/don't know 32% 18% 29% 20% 143
Not the word of God 20% 17% 30% 32% 2,491
Other/don't know 30% 18% 29% 23% 415

Educational distribution among adults in Generation X by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in Generation X who have completed…

Interpreting scripture High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 1,988. 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% 29% 12% 7% 1,988
Word of God; not everything taken literally 32% 33% 22% 14% 2,009
Word of God; other/don't know 37% 38% 15% 10% 163
Not the word of God 28% 28% 24% 21% 2,647
Other/don't know 37% 33% 17% 14% 476

Marital status among adults in Generation X by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in Generation X who are…

Interpreting scripture Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 1,997. 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% 6% 17% 2% 18% 1,997
Word of God; not everything taken literally 64% 7% 15% 1% 13% 2,009
Word of God; other/don't know 64% 7% 13% 1% 15% 162
Not the word of God 57% 11% 13% 1% 18% 2,649
Other/don't know 51% 10% 14% 2% 22% 472

Parent of children under 18 among adults in Generation X by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in Generation X who are…

Interpreting scripture Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 1,988. 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% 41% 1,988
Word of God; not everything taken literally 63% 37% 2,008
Word of God; other/don't know 64% 36% 162
Not the word of God 54% 46% 2,644
Other/don't know 56% 44% 474

BeliefsandPractices

Belief in God among adults in Generation X by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in Generation X who say they…

Interpreting scripture Believe in God; absolutely certain Believe in God; fairly certain Believe in God; not too/not at all certain Believe in God; don't know Do not believe in God Other/don't know if they believe in God Sample Size
Sample size = 1,998. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 87% 11% 1% 1% < 1% < 1% 1,998
Word of God; not everything taken literally 77% 20% 2% < 1% < 1% < 1% 2,013
Word of God; other/don't know 90% 8% < 1% 1% < 1% 1% 164
Not the word of God 29% 30% 11% < 1% 25% 4% 2,651
Other/don't know 60% 25% 6% 1% 2% 5% 477

Importance of religion in one's life among adults in Generation X by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in Generation X who say religion is…

Interpreting scripture Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,998. 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% 13% 1% 1% 1% 1,998
Word of God; not everything taken literally 61% 30% 6% 2% < 1% 2,013
Word of God; other/don't know 80% 17% 2% 1% < 1% 164
Not the word of God 15% 31% 24% 29% 1% 2,651
Other/don't know 44% 34% 13% 8% 1% 477

Attendance at religious services among adults in Generation X by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in Generation X who attend religious services…

Interpreting scripture At least once a week Once or twice a month/a few times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,998. 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% 29% 13% < 1% 1,998
Word of God; not everything taken literally 39% 42% 19% < 1% 2,013
Word of God; other/don't know 51% 33% 15% 2% 164
Not the word of God 8% 33% 59% < 1% 2,651
Other/don't know 21% 46% 32% 1% 477

Frequency of prayer among adults in Generation X by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in Generation X who pray…

Interpreting scripture At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,998. 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 79% 12% 2% 6% 1% 1,998
Word of God; not everything taken literally 65% 20% 7% 9% < 1% 2,013
Word of God; other/don't know 85% 11% 2% 2% < 1% 164
Not the word of God 25% 16% 9% 50% < 1% 2,651
Other/don't know 53% 17% 6% 20% 4% 477

Frequency of participation in prayer, scripture study or religious education groups among adults in Generation X by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in Generation X who attend prayer group…

Interpreting scripture At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,998. 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% 15% 9% 31% < 1% 1,998
Word of God; not everything taken literally 25% 13% 10% 52% < 1% 2,013
Word of God; other/don't know 41% 13% 13% 33% 1% 164
Not the word of God 6% 4% 5% 85% < 1% 2,651
Other/don't know 14% 9% 7% 67% 2% 477

Frequency of meditation among adults in Generation X by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in Generation X who meditate…

Interpreting scripture At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,998. 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% 7% 3% 39% 2% 1,998
Word of God; not everything taken literally 36% 8% 5% 50% 1% 2,013
Word of God; other/don't know 46% 3% 5% 41% 5% 164
Not the word of God 32% 10% 6% 52% 1% 2,651
Other/don't know 35% 9% 5% 49% 2% 477

Frequency of feeling spiritual peace and wellbeing among adults in Generation X by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in Generation X who feel a sense of spiritual peace and wellbeing…

Interpreting scripture At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,998. 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 73% 12% 7% 7% 1% 1,998
Word of God; not everything taken literally 59% 18% 12% 10% 1% 2,013
Word of God; other/don't know 72% 14% 7% 2% 4% 164
Not the word of God 43% 16% 13% 27% 1% 2,651
Other/don't know 50% 15% 12% 20% 4% 477

Frequency of feeling wonder about the universe among adults in Generation X by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in Generation X who feel a sense of wonder about the universe…

Interpreting scripture At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,998. 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% 15% 11% 28% 2% 1,998
Word of God; not everything taken literally 38% 17% 15% 29% 1% 2,013
Word of God; other/don't know 40% 14% 10% 32% 4% 164
Not the word of God 44% 17% 15% 23% 1% 2,651
Other/don't know 43% 18% 13% 25% 1% 477

Sources of guidance on right and wrong among adults in Generation X by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in Generation X who say they look to…most for guidance on right and wrong

Interpreting scripture Religion Philosophy/reason Common sense Science Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,998. 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% 4% 30% 5% 2% 1,998
Word of God; not everything taken literally 36% 8% 47% 6% 2% 2,013
Word of God; other/don't know 52% 3% 33% 3% 9% 164
Not the word of God 6% 17% 57% 18% 2% 2,651
Other/don't know 19% 13% 53% 8% 6% 477

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong among adults in Generation X by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in Generation X who say…

Interpreting scripture There are clear standards for what is right and wrong Right or wrong depends on the situation Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,998. 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% 54% 1% 1% 1,998
Word of God; not everything taken literally 39% 60% 1% < 1% 2,013
Word of God; other/don't know 53% 36% 7% 4% 164
Not the word of God 21% 77% 1% 1% 2,651
Other/don't know 29% 65% 3% 2% 477

Frequency of reading scripture among adults in Generation X by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in Generation X 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 = 1,998. 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% 12% 7% 19% 1% 1,998
Word of God; not everything taken literally 37% 14% 12% 36% < 1% 2,013
Word of God; other/don't know 65% 12% 6% 16% < 1% 164
Not the word of God 9% 6% 8% 76% < 1% 2,651
Other/don't know 23% 15% 11% 49% 2% 477

Belief in Heaven among adults in Generation X by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in Generation X who …in heaven

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,998. 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% 5% 1,998
Word of God; not everything taken literally 90% 6% 4% 2,013
Word of God; other/don't know 81% 5% 14% 164
Not the word of God 41% 50% 8% 2,651
Other/don't know 66% 13% 20% 477

Belief in Hell among adults in Generation X by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in Generation X who …in hell

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,998. 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% 1,998
Word of God; not everything taken literally 73% 21% 6% 2,013
Word of God; other/don't know 78% 9% 13% 164
Not the word of God 27% 66% 7% 2,651
Other/don't know 49% 30% 21% 477

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among adults in Generation X by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in Generation X who identify as…

Interpreting scripture Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 1,998. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 42% 21% 36% 1,998
Word of God; not everything taken literally 46% 17% 37% 2,013
Word of God; other/don't know 42% 30% 28% 164
Not the word of God 26% 19% 55% 2,651
Other/don't know 27% 31% 42% 477

Political ideology among adults in Generation X by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in Generation X who are…

Interpreting scripture Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,998. 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% 25% 16% 7% 1,998
Word of God; not everything taken literally 40% 39% 17% 4% 2,013
Word of God; other/don't know 53% 22% 13% 13% 164
Not the word of God 17% 37% 40% 5% 2,651
Other/don't know 29% 39% 22% 11% 477

Views about size of government among adults in Generation X by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in Generation X who would rather have…

Interpreting scripture Smaller government; fewer services Bigger government; more services Depends Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,998. 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% 48% 2% 2% 1,998
Word of God; not everything taken literally 59% 36% 2% 2% 2,013
Word of God; other/don't know 50% 35% 4% 10% 164
Not the word of God 51% 43% 3% 3% 2,651
Other/don't know 48% 35% 10% 8% 477

Views about government aid to the poor among adults in Generation X by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in Generation X who say government aid to the poor…

Interpreting scripture Does more harm than good Does more good than harm Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,998. 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% 44% 4% 2% 1,998
Word of God; not everything taken literally 51% 45% 3% 1% 2,013
Word of God; other/don't know 58% 30% 10% 2% 164
Not the word of God 37% 58% 4% 1% 2,651
Other/don't know 40% 45% 10% 5% 477

Views about abortion among adults in Generation X by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in Generation X who say abortion should be…

Interpreting scripture Legal in all/most cases Illegal in all/most cases Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,998. 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% 5% 1,998
Word of God; not everything taken literally 49% 49% 2% 2,013
Word of God; other/don't know 28% 58% 14% 164
Not the word of God 79% 17% 3% 2,651
Other/don't know 58% 31% 11% 477

Views about homosexuality among adults in Generation X by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in Generation X who say homosexuality…

Interpreting scripture Should be accepted Should be discouraged Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,998. 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% 51% 5% 4% 1,998
Word of God; not everything taken literally 62% 30% 5% 3% 2,013
Word of God; other/don't know 31% 46% 10% 13% 164
Not the word of God 86% 10% 3% 2% 2,651
Other/don't know 64% 21% 9% 6% 477

Views about same-sex marriage among adults in Generation X by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in Generation X who …same-sex marriage

Interpreting scripture Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,998. 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 28% 62% 10% 1,998
Word of God; not everything taken literally 51% 41% 8% 2,013
Word of God; other/don't know 26% 57% 17% 164
Not the word of God 81% 13% 6% 2,651
Other/don't know 59% 27% 14% 477

Views about environmental regulation among adults in Generation X by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in Generation X who say…

Interpreting scripture Stricter environmental laws and regulations cost too many jobs and hurt the economy Stricter environmental laws and regulations are worth the cost Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,998. 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% 48% 3% 3% 1,998
Word of God; not everything taken literally 39% 58% 2% 1% 2,013
Word of God; other/don't know 41% 43% 7% 9% 164
Not the word of God 26% 71% 2% 2% 2,651
Other/don't know 30% 60% 6% 5% 477

Views about human evolution among adults in Generation X by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in Generation X who say humans…

Interpreting scripture Evolved; due to natural processes Evolved; due to God's design Evolved; don't know how Always existed in present form Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,998. 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% 24% 2% 58% 3% 1,998
Word of God; not everything taken literally 20% 38% 3% 37% 3% 2,013
Word of God; other/don't know 13% 19% 2% 49% 18% 164
Not the word of God 66% 16% 4% 13% 2% 2,651
Other/don't know 28% 24% 15% 25% 8% 477