Interpreting scripture among adults who say religion is not at all important

% of adults who say religion is not at all important 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 = 3,966. 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.
2014 3% 4% < 1% 88% 5% 3,966
2007 4% 5% 1% 82% 8% 2,468

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Interpreting scripture among adults who say religion is not at all important by religious group

% of adults who say religion is not at all important 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 10% 9% < 1% 76% 5% 160
Mainline Protestant 7% 10% 2% 74% 8% 136
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 2% 3% < 1% 91% 4% 3,232

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DemographicInformation

Age distribution among adults who say religion is not at all important by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who say religion is not at all important who are ages…

Interpreting scripture 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ 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.
Word of God; not everything taken literally 33% 32% 24% 12% 134
Not the word of God 33% 37% 18% 12% 3,488
Other/don't know 20% 36% 26% 18% 177

Generational cohort among adults who say religion is not at all important by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who say religion is not at all important who are…

Interpreting scripture Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest 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.
Word of God; not everything taken literally 18% 17% 30% 29% 6% < 1% 134
Not the word of God 21% 20% 28% 23% 7% 1% 3,488
Other/don't know 13% 14% 29% 30% 12% 3% 177

Gender composition among adults who say religion is not at all important by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who say religion is not at all important who are…

Interpreting scripture Men Women 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.
Word of God; not everything taken literally 68% 32% 137
Not the word of God 62% 38% 3,532
Other/don't know 66% 34% 188

Racial and ethnic composition among adults who say religion is not at all important by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who say religion is not at all important who identify as…

Interpreting scripture White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed 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.
Word of God; not everything taken literally 63% 15% < 1% 18% 3% 135
Not the word of God 79% 3% 5% 9% 3% 3,479
Other/don't know 69% 5% 4% 12% 9% 183

Immigrant status among adults who say religion is not at all important by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who say religion is not at all important who are…

Interpreting scripture Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher 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.
Word of God; not everything taken literally 11% 13% 76% 135
Not the word of God 12% 14% 75% 3,496
Other/don't know 13% 7% 80% 182

Income distribution among adults who say religion is not at all important by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who say religion is not at all important 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 = 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.
Word of God; not everything taken literally 48% 17% 21% 14% 120
Not the word of God 24% 18% 30% 28% 3,221
Other/don't know 30% 24% 25% 20% 157

Educational distribution among adults who say religion is not at all important by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who say religion is not at all important who have completed…

Interpreting scripture High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree 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.
Word of God; not everything taken literally 52% 34% 11% 2% 135
Not the word of God 29% 32% 23% 16% 3,521
Other/don't know 45% 30% 13% 12% 186

Marital status among adults who say religion is not at all important by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who say religion is not at all important who are…

Interpreting scripture Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married 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.
Word of God; not everything taken literally 29% 8% 19% 7% 37% 136
Not the word of God 39% 12% 11% 3% 35% 3,520
Other/don't know 44% 9% 11% 5% 30% 187

Parent of children under 18 among adults who say religion is not at all important by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who say religion is not at all important who are…

Interpreting scripture Parents Non-parents 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.
Word of God; not everything taken literally 25% 75% 136
Not the word of God 23% 77% 3,520
Other/don't know 23% 77% 188

BeliefsandPractices

Belief in God among adults who say religion is not at all important by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who say religion is not at all important 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 = 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.
Word of God; not everything taken literally 54% 18% 17% < 1% 7% 4% 137
Not the word of God 9% 12% 10% < 1% 61% 7% 3,532
Other/don't know 27% 13% 9% 2% 32% 17% 188

Attendance at religious services among adults who say religion is not at all important by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who say religion is not at all important 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 = 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.
Word of God; not everything taken literally 11% 20% 69% < 1% 137
Not the word of God 1% 9% 90% < 1% 3,532
Other/don't know 3% 11% 84% 2% 188

Frequency of prayer among adults who say religion is not at all important by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who say religion is not at all important who pray…

Interpreting scripture At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never 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.
Word of God; not everything taken literally 36% 13% 10% 41% 1% 137
Not the word of God 6% 3% 3% 88% < 1% 3,532
Other/don't know 21% 8% 1% 68% 2% 188

Frequency of participation in prayer, scripture study or religious education groups among adults who say religion is not at all important by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who say religion is not at all important 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 = 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.
Word of God; not everything taken literally 13% 3% 3% 81% < 1% 137
Not the word of God 1% < 1% 1% 98% < 1% 3,532
Other/don't know 3% 3% 3% 91% 1% 188

Frequency of meditation among adults who say religion is not at all important by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who say religion is not at all important 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 = 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.
Word of God; not everything taken literally 32% 3% 4% 57% 4% 137
Not the word of God 23% 8% 5% 64% 1% 3,532
Other/don't know 26% 6% 2% 65% 1% 188

Frequency of feeling spiritual peace and wellbeing among adults who say religion is not at all important by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who say religion is not at all important 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 = 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.
Word of God; not everything taken literally 43% 12% 8% 37% 1% 137
Not the word of God 35% 14% 9% 39% 2% 3,532
Other/don't know 36% 4% 8% 48% 3% 188

Frequency of feeling wonder about the universe among adults who say religion is not at all important by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who say religion is not at all important 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 = 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.
Word of God; not everything taken literally 42% 5% 11% 41% 1% 137
Not the word of God 48% 16% 13% 23% < 1% 3,532
Other/don't know 42% 6% 14% 34% 3% 188

Sources of guidance on right and wrong among adults who say religion is not at all important by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who say religion is not at all important 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 = 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.
Word of God; not everything taken literally 11% 22% 52% 12% 4% 137
Not the word of God 1% 19% 54% 24% 1% 3,532
Other/don't know 6% 9% 59% 16% 10% 188

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong among adults who say religion is not at all important by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who say religion is not at all important 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 = 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.
Word of God; not everything taken literally 20% 80% < 1% 1% 137
Not the word of God 17% 82% 1% 1% 3,532
Other/don't know 25% 68% 5% 2% 188

Frequency of reading scripture among adults who say religion is not at all important by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who say religion is not at all important 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 = 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.
Word of God; not everything taken literally 22% 8% 4% 65% 1% 137
Not the word of God 2% 2% 3% 92% < 1% 3,532
Other/don't know 10% 3% 3% 84% 1% 188

Belief in Heaven among adults who say religion is not at all important by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who say religion is not at all important who …in heaven

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe 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.
Word of God; not everything taken literally 61% 30% 9% 137
Not the word of God 12% 82% 6% 3,532
Other/don't know 31% 45% 24% 188

Belief in Hell among adults who say religion is not at all important by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who say religion is not at all important who …in hell

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe 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.
Word of God; not everything taken literally 52% 42% 6% 137
Not the word of God 7% 87% 5% 3,532
Other/don't know 21% 57% 23% 188

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among adults who say religion is not at all important by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who say religion is not at all important who identify as…

Interpreting scripture Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. 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.
Word of God; not everything taken literally 35% 25% 40% 137
Not the word of God 19% 18% 62% 3,532
Other/don't know 24% 37% 40% 188

Political ideology among adults who say religion is not at all important by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who say religion is not at all important who are…

Interpreting scripture Conservative Moderate Liberal 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.
Word of God; not everything taken literally 25% 31% 33% 11% 137
Not the word of God 13% 32% 49% 6% 3,532
Other/don't know 17% 35% 27% 20% 188

Views about size of government among adults who say religion is not at all important by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who say religion is not at all important who would rather have…

Interpreting scripture Smaller government; fewer services Bigger government; more services Depends 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.
Word of God; not everything taken literally 53% 41% 2% 5% 137
Not the word of God 46% 47% 4% 4% 3,532
Other/don't know 54% 30% 7% 9% 188

Views about government aid to the poor among adults who say religion is not at all important by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who say religion is not at all important 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 = 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.
Word of God; not everything taken literally 49% 45% 4% 2% 137
Not the word of God 32% 64% 3% 1% 3,532
Other/don't know 43% 40% 10% 8% 188

Views about abortion among adults who say religion is not at all important by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who say religion is not at all important who say abortion should be…

Interpreting scripture Legal in all/most cases Illegal in all/most cases 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.
Word of God; not everything taken literally 56% 40% 3% 137
Not the word of God 85% 12% 3% 3,532
Other/don't know 68% 18% 13% 188

Views about homosexuality among adults who say religion is not at all important by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who say religion is not at all important who say homosexuality…

Interpreting scripture Should be accepted Should be discouraged Neither/both equally 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.
Word of God; not everything taken literally 69% 23% 7% 1% 137
Not the word of God 91% 6% 2% 1% 3,532
Other/don't know 65% 16% 9% 10% 188

Views about same-sex marriage among adults who say religion is not at all important by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who say religion is not at all important who …same-sex marriage

Interpreting scripture Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose 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.
Word of God; not everything taken literally 63% 25% 12% 137
Not the word of God 88% 8% 4% 3,532
Other/don't know 64% 21% 15% 188

Views about environmental regulation among adults who say religion is not at all important by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who say religion is not at all important 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 = 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.
Word of God; not everything taken literally 33% 65% 1% 1% 137
Not the word of God 22% 75% 2% 2% 3,532
Other/don't know 30% 56% 5% 10% 188

Views about human evolution among adults who say religion is not at all important by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who say religion is not at all important 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
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Word of God; not everything taken literally 28% 32% 5% 32% 3% 137
Not the word of God 83% 6% 2% 7% 1% 3,532
Other/don't know 44% 15% 12% 15% 14% 188