Interpreting scripture among adults in the Silent generation

% of adults in the Silent generation 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 = 5,989. 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 39% 26% 4% 23% 8% 5,989
2007 37% 26% 5% 22% 11% 7,853

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Interpreting scripture among adults in the Silent generation by religious group

% of adults in the Silent generation 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 27% 38% 6% 20% 9% 1,361
Evangelical Protestant 64% 21% 5% 6% 4% 1,611
Historically Black Protestant 72% 14% 4% 4% 6% 249
Jewish 9% 20% < 1% 58% 13% 195
Mainline Protestant 27% 34% 4% 23% 11% 1,478
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 10% 8% 1% 73% 8% 731

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DemographicInformation

Age distribution among adults in the Silent generation by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the Silent generation who are ages…

Interpreting scripture 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 1,993. 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% < 1% 100% 1,993
Word of God; not everything taken literally < 1% < 1% < 1% 100% 1,628
Word of God; other/don't know < 1% < 1% < 1% 100% 239
Not the word of God < 1% < 1% < 1% 100% 1,608
Other/don't know < 1% < 1% < 1% 100% 521

Gender composition among adults in the Silent generation by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the Silent generation who are…

Interpreting scripture Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 1,993. 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 37% 63% 1,993
Word of God; not everything taken literally 41% 59% 1,628
Word of God; other/don't know 32% 68% 239
Not the word of God 55% 45% 1,608
Other/don't know 39% 61% 521

Racial and ethnic composition among adults in the Silent generation by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the Silent generation who identify as…

Interpreting scripture White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 1,970. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 74% 14% 1% 8% 2% 1,970
Word of God; not everything taken literally 88% 5% 1% 4% 2% 1,615
Word of God; other/don't know 79% 7% 2% 7% 5% 231
Not the word of God 88% 2% 1% 6% 2% 1,592
Other/don't know 81% 6% 1% 9% 3% 515

Immigrant status among adults in the Silent generation by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the Silent generation who are…

Interpreting scripture Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 1,966. 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% 8% 83% 1,966
Word of God; not everything taken literally 7% 11% 82% 1,617
Word of God; other/don't know 13% 10% 78% 233
Not the word of God 10% 15% 75% 1,596
Other/don't know 9% 13% 78% 515

Income distribution among adults in the Silent generation by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the Silent generation 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 = 1,592. 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% 24% 16% 7% 1,592
Word of God; not everything taken literally 38% 26% 24% 11% 1,333
Word of God; other/don't know 51% 21% 21% 7% 169
Not the word of God 31% 21% 29% 19% 1,357
Other/don't know 43% 25% 22% 10% 389

Educational distribution among adults in the Silent generation by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the Silent generation who have completed…

Interpreting scripture High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 1,985. 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% 23% 7% 4% 1,985
Word of God; not everything taken literally 48% 27% 14% 11% 1,625
Word of God; other/don't know 53% 27% 11% 8% 234
Not the word of God 35% 24% 20% 21% 1,606
Other/don't know 45% 26% 16% 13% 520

Marital status among adults in the Silent generation by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the Silent generation who are…

Interpreting scripture Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 1,982. 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% 2% 11% 34% 3% 1,982
Word of God; not everything taken literally 57% 2% 11% 27% 3% 1,625
Word of God; other/don't know 51% 1% 11% 34% 4% 239
Not the word of God 57% 3% 15% 22% 3% 1,604
Other/don't know 49% 2% 15% 31% 3% 518

Parent of children under 18 among adults in the Silent generation by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the Silent generation who are…

Interpreting scripture Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 1,991. 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 4% 96% 1,991
Word of God; not everything taken literally 2% 98% 1,626
Word of God; other/don't know 2% 98% 238
Not the word of God 2% 98% 1,605
Other/don't know 2% 98% 521

BeliefsandPractices

Belief in God among adults in the Silent generation by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the Silent generation 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 = 1,993. 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% 6% 1% 1% < 1% < 1% 1,993
Word of God; not everything taken literally 80% 17% 2% 1% < 1% < 1% 1,628
Word of God; other/don't know 78% 16% 1% 3% < 1% 1% 239
Not the word of God 29% 30% 11% 2% 23% 6% 1,608
Other/don't know 61% 20% 5% 5% 6% 3% 521

Importance of religion in one's life among adults in the Silent generation by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the Silent generation who say religion is…

Interpreting scripture Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,993. 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% 1,993
Word of God; not everything taken literally 71% 24% 4% 1% 1% 1,628
Word of God; other/don't know 83% 13% 1% 1% 2% 239
Not the word of God 24% 28% 20% 27% 2% 1,608
Other/don't know 58% 27% 7% 6% 2% 521

Attendance at religious services among adults in the Silent generation by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the Silent generation 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 = 1,993. 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 69% 18% 11% 1% 1,993
Word of God; not everything taken literally 56% 27% 16% 1% 1,628
Word of God; other/don't know 60% 21% 18% 2% 239
Not the word of God 17% 26% 56% 1% 1,608
Other/don't know 41% 29% 28% 2% 521

Frequency of prayer among adults in the Silent generation by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the Silent generation who pray…

Interpreting scripture At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,993. 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% 8% 2% 3% 1% 1,993
Word of God; not everything taken literally 70% 18% 5% 7% 1% 1,628
Word of God; other/don't know 81% 10% 2% 2% 5% 239
Not the word of God 30% 13% 5% 50% 2% 1,608
Other/don't know 58% 17% 4% 16% 4% 521

Frequency of participation in prayer, scripture study or religious education groups among adults in the Silent generation by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the Silent generation 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 = 1,993. 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% 10% 8% 28% 2% 1,993
Word of God; not everything taken literally 27% 7% 12% 53% 1% 1,628
Word of God; other/don't know 32% 6% 10% 49% 2% 239
Not the word of God 6% 3% 5% 85% < 1% 1,608
Other/don't know 19% 8% 8% 63% 2% 521

Frequency of meditation among adults in the Silent generation by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the Silent generation 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 = 1,993. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 71% 6% 3% 17% 3% 1,993
Word of God; not everything taken literally 53% 9% 5% 30% 3% 1,628
Word of God; other/don't know 56% 7% 2% 27% 8% 239
Not the word of God 34% 9% 5% 50% 1% 1,608
Other/don't know 51% 7% 3% 35% 5% 521

Frequency of feeling spiritual peace and wellbeing among adults in the Silent generation by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the Silent generation 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 = 1,993. 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 81% 8% 3% 6% 2% 1,993
Word of God; not everything taken literally 66% 13% 8% 12% 1% 1,628
Word of God; other/don't know 80% 4% 6% 5% 5% 239
Not the word of God 41% 13% 10% 33% 3% 1,608
Other/don't know 60% 9% 7% 17% 7% 521

Frequency of feeling wonder about the universe among adults in the Silent generation by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the Silent generation 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 = 1,993. 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% 10% 10% 27% 4% 1,993
Word of God; not everything taken literally 44% 13% 14% 27% 2% 1,628
Word of God; other/don't know 46% 7% 12% 26% 10% 239
Not the word of God 42% 15% 13% 29% 1% 1,608
Other/don't know 47% 10% 10% 27% 6% 521

Sources of guidance on right and wrong among adults in the Silent generation by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the Silent generation 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 = 1,993. 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% 3% 29% 3% 3% 1,993
Word of God; not everything taken literally 41% 7% 45% 4% 3% 1,628
Word of God; other/don't know 50% 4% 30% 1% 15% 239
Not the word of God 9% 16% 57% 16% 3% 1,608
Other/don't know 26% 5% 56% 5% 8% 521

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong among adults in the Silent generation by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the Silent generation 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 = 1,993. 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% 49% 2% 3% 1,993
Word of God; not everything taken literally 38% 59% 1% 1% 1,628
Word of God; other/don't know 39% 52% 5% 4% 239
Not the word of God 21% 76% 1% 1% 1,608
Other/don't know 28% 66% 3% 3% 521

Frequency of reading scripture among adults in the Silent generation by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the Silent generation 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 = 1,993. 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 69% 9% 5% 15% 2% 1,993
Word of God; not everything taken literally 39% 11% 9% 40% 1% 1,628
Word of God; other/don't know 54% 10% 9% 22% 6% 239
Not the word of God 10% 5% 9% 75% < 1% 1,608
Other/don't know 35% 7% 8% 46% 4% 521

Belief in Heaven among adults in the Silent generation by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the Silent generation who …in heaven

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,993. 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 93% 3% 4% 1,993
Word of God; not everything taken literally 87% 6% 7% 1,628
Word of God; other/don't know 84% 7% 9% 239
Not the word of God 37% 51% 12% 1,608
Other/don't know 59% 18% 23% 521

Belief in Hell among adults in the Silent generation by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the Silent generation who …in hell

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,993. 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% 10% 8% 1,993
Word of God; not everything taken literally 59% 29% 12% 1,628
Word of God; other/don't know 68% 16% 15% 239
Not the word of God 19% 73% 8% 1,608
Other/don't know 36% 40% 24% 521

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among adults in the Silent generation by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the Silent generation who identify as…

Interpreting scripture Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 1,993. 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% 13% 38% 1,993
Word of God; not everything taken literally 51% 11% 38% 1,628
Word of God; other/don't know 43% 23% 34% 239
Not the word of God 31% 10% 59% 1,608
Other/don't know 33% 19% 48% 521

Political ideology among adults in the Silent generation by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the Silent generation who are…

Interpreting scripture Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,993. 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% 22% 13% 7% 1,993
Word of God; not everything taken literally 48% 35% 13% 4% 1,628
Word of God; other/don't know 47% 23% 10% 20% 239
Not the word of God 27% 35% 34% 3% 1,608
Other/don't know 36% 32% 22% 10% 521

Views about size of government among adults in the Silent generation by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the Silent generation who would rather have…

Interpreting scripture Smaller government; fewer services Bigger government; more services Depends Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,993. 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% 34% 2% 5% 1,993
Word of God; not everything taken literally 69% 25% 2% 4% 1,628
Word of God; other/don't know 54% 25% 8% 14% 239
Not the word of God 51% 39% 6% 5% 1,608
Other/don't know 51% 29% 9% 11% 521

Views about government aid to the poor among adults in the Silent generation by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the Silent generation 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 = 1,993. 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% 40% 3% 4% 1,993
Word of God; not everything taken literally 53% 41% 3% 3% 1,628
Word of God; other/don't know 45% 34% 9% 11% 239
Not the word of God 39% 56% 3% 2% 1,608
Other/don't know 38% 49% 6% 7% 521

Views about abortion among adults in the Silent generation by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the Silent generation who say abortion should be…

Interpreting scripture Legal in all/most cases Illegal in all/most cases Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,993. 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% 66% 6% 1,993
Word of God; not everything taken literally 48% 48% 5% 1,628
Word of God; other/don't know 31% 52% 18% 239
Not the word of God 75% 19% 5% 1,608
Other/don't know 57% 30% 13% 521

Views about homosexuality among adults in the Silent generation by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the Silent generation who say homosexuality…

Interpreting scripture Should be accepted Should be discouraged Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,993. 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% 68% 4% 5% 1,993
Word of God; not everything taken literally 54% 38% 4% 4% 1,628
Word of God; other/don't know 27% 53% 7% 14% 239
Not the word of God 76% 17% 4% 3% 1,608
Other/don't know 59% 23% 9% 9% 521

Views about same-sex marriage among adults in the Silent generation by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the Silent generation who …same-sex marriage

Interpreting scripture Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,993. 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% 79% 8% 1,993
Word of God; not everything taken literally 39% 51% 10% 1,628
Word of God; other/don't know 21% 58% 21% 239
Not the word of God 66% 25% 9% 1,608
Other/don't know 48% 34% 18% 521

Views about environmental regulation among adults in the Silent generation by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the Silent generation 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 = 1,993. 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% 38% 4% 9% 1,993
Word of God; not everything taken literally 46% 48% 2% 3% 1,628
Word of God; other/don't know 41% 34% 7% 19% 239
Not the word of God 33% 61% 3% 3% 1,608
Other/don't know 32% 51% 6% 11% 521

Views about human evolution among adults in the Silent generation by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the Silent generation 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 = 1,993. 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% 16% 3% 61% 11% 1,993
Word of God; not everything taken literally 16% 34% 4% 39% 7% 1,628
Word of God; other/don't know 3% 20% 3% 46% 27% 239
Not the word of God 58% 16% 6% 15% 5% 1,608
Other/don't know 24% 31% 11% 21% 13% 521