Interpreting scripture among adults who say religion is not too important

% of adults who say religion is not too 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 = 3,790. 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 5% 13% < 1% 74% 8% 3,790
2007 6% 15% < 1% 69% 10% 3,114

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

% of adults who say religion is not too 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 5% 21% 1% 67% 6% 569
Evangelical Protestant 20% 33% < 1% 41% 6% 174
Jewish 6% 5% 1% 81% 7% 166
Mainline Protestant 4% 17% < 1% 69% 9% 596
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 4% 9% < 1% 79% 7% 1,924

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DemographicInformation

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

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

Interpreting scripture 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 138. 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% 32% 29% 11% 138
Word of God; not everything taken literally 29% 38% 20% 12% 441
Not the word of God 34% 34% 21% 11% 2,881
Other/don't know 30% 41% 16% 13% 270

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

% of adults who say religion is not too important who are…

Interpreting scripture Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 138. 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 21% 14% 25% 33% 5% 2% 138
Word of God; not everything taken literally 20% 16% 32% 25% 8% < 1% 441
Not the word of God 22% 19% 27% 25% 6% 1% 2,881
Other/don't know 16% 25% 29% 21% 7% 1% 270

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

% of adults who say religion is not too important who are…

Interpreting scripture Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 139. 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% 49% 139
Word of God; not everything taken literally 52% 48% 444
Not the word of God 57% 43% 2,918
Other/don't know 55% 45% 276

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

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

Interpreting scripture White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 139. 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 55% 15% 6% 19% 4% 139
Word of God; not everything taken literally 77% 6% 5% 9% 4% 439
Not the word of God 76% 4% 7% 9% 3% 2,886
Other/don't know 72% 6% 8% 10% 4% 272

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

% of adults who say religion is not too important who are…

Interpreting scripture Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 136. 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 17% 10% 72% 136
Word of God; not everything taken literally 10% 12% 78% 437
Not the word of God 12% 13% 75% 2,891
Other/don't know 16% 11% 73% 270

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

% of adults who say religion is not too 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 = 119. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 56% 19% 17% 8% 119
Word of God; not everything taken literally 36% 20% 28% 16% 395
Not the word of God 22% 20% 30% 28% 2,647
Other/don't know 43% 15% 27% 15% 223

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

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

Interpreting scripture High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 137. 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% 27% 6% 2% 137
Word of God; not everything taken literally 47% 31% 14% 9% 443
Not the word of God 27% 33% 24% 16% 2,907
Other/don't know 29% 44% 18% 10% 275

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

% of adults who say religion is not too important who are…

Interpreting scripture Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 139. 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% 9% 8% 5% 45% 139
Word of God; not everything taken literally 44% 7% 14% 3% 31% 443
Not the word of God 43% 10% 9% 3% 35% 2,906
Other/don't know 41% 10% 12% 5% 32% 271

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

% of adults who say religion is not too important who are…

Interpreting scripture Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 139. 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 25% 75% 139
Word of God; not everything taken literally 27% 73% 443
Not the word of God 24% 76% 2,909
Other/don't know 29% 71% 276

BeliefsandPractices

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

% of adults who say religion is not too 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 = 139. 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% 29% 6% 1% 2% < 1% 139
Word of God; not everything taken literally 36% 48% 9% 1% 5% 1% 444
Not the word of God 13% 33% 22% < 1% 25% 7% 2,918
Other/don't know 23% 35% 15% 2% 8% 16% 276

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

% of adults who say religion is not too 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 = 139. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 8% 34% 59% < 1% 139
Word of God; not everything taken literally 4% 40% 56% < 1% 444
Not the word of God 2% 33% 65% < 1% 2,918
Other/don't know 2% 35% 63% 1% 276

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

% of adults who say religion is not too important who pray…

Interpreting scripture At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 139. 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 36% 20% 7% 35% 1% 139
Word of God; not everything taken literally 21% 18% 17% 45% < 1% 444
Not the word of God 10% 11% 9% 69% < 1% 2,918
Other/don't know 18% 9% 10% 62% 1% 276

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

% of adults who say religion is not too 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 = 139. 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 10% 5% 5% 79% 1% 139
Word of God; not everything taken literally 2% 3% 7% 88% < 1% 444
Not the word of God 1% 1% 2% 96% < 1% 2,918
Other/don't know 1% 4% 4% 90% < 1% 276

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

% of adults who say religion is not too 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 = 139. 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 27% 6% 2% 64% 1% 139
Word of God; not everything taken literally 15% 9% 6% 70% < 1% 444
Not the word of God 21% 11% 6% 61% 1% 2,918
Other/don't know 25% 10% 2% 61% 1% 276

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

% of adults who say religion is not too 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 = 139. 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 38% 14% 17% 30% 2% 139
Word of God; not everything taken literally 31% 18% 15% 36% < 1% 444
Not the word of God 32% 17% 15% 34% 1% 2,918
Other/don't know 30% 17% 16% 32% 5% 276

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

% of adults who say religion is not too 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 = 139. 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 31% 14% 10% 45% 1% 139
Word of God; not everything taken literally 31% 14% 15% 40% 1% 444
Not the word of God 43% 19% 16% 21% 1% 2,918
Other/don't know 37% 15% 20% 27% 1% 276

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

% of adults who say religion is not too 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 = 139. 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 18% 10% 60% 11% 1% 139
Word of God; not everything taken literally 6% 13% 67% 13% 1% 444
Not the word of God 2% 20% 61% 16% 1% 2,918
Other/don't know 4% 15% 65% 12% 5% 276

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

% of adults who say religion is not too 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 = 139. 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% 58% 4% 1% 139
Word of God; not everything taken literally 28% 71% 1% < 1% 444
Not the word of God 18% 80% 1% < 1% 2,918
Other/don't know 18% 79% 2% 1% 276

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

% of adults who say religion is not too 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 = 139. 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 15% 13% 9% 63% < 1% 139
Word of God; not everything taken literally 9% 9% 6% 76% < 1% 444
Not the word of God 3% 3% 6% 89% < 1% 2,918
Other/don't know 4% 11% 6% 79% 1% 276

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

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

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 139. 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% 13% 5% 139
Word of God; not everything taken literally 80% 14% 6% 444
Not the word of God 32% 56% 12% 2,918
Other/don't know 45% 31% 24% 276

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

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

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 139. 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 67% 28% 5% 139
Word of God; not everything taken literally 61% 32% 7% 444
Not the word of God 21% 71% 8% 2,918
Other/don't know 33% 45% 22% 276

SocialandPoliticalViews

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

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

Interpreting scripture Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 139. 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% 23% 39% 139
Word of God; not everything taken literally 43% 17% 40% 444
Not the word of God 27% 16% 57% 2,918
Other/don't know 32% 31% 37% 276

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

% of adults who say religion is not too important who are…

Interpreting scripture Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 139. 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 30% 34% 25% 12% 139
Word of God; not everything taken literally 30% 42% 23% 5% 444
Not the word of God 17% 40% 39% 4% 2,918
Other/don't know 25% 37% 24% 14% 276

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

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

Interpreting scripture Smaller government; fewer services Bigger government; more services Depends Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 139. 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 39% 54% 5% 2% 139
Word of God; not everything taken literally 60% 38% 1% 1% 444
Not the word of God 51% 43% 3% 3% 2,918
Other/don't know 45% 33% 9% 13% 276

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

% of adults who say religion is not too 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 = 139. 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% 45% 1% 1% 139
Word of God; not everything taken literally 50% 48% 2% 1% 444
Not the word of God 36% 59% 3% 1% 2,918
Other/don't know 38% 46% 13% 4% 276

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

% of adults who say religion is not too 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 = 139. 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% 40% 6% 139
Word of God; not everything taken literally 68% 31% 1% 444
Not the word of God 83% 15% 2% 2,918
Other/don't know 70% 17% 13% 276

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

% of adults who say religion is not too important who say homosexuality…

Interpreting scripture Should be accepted Should be discouraged Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 139. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 56% 36% 2% 6% 139
Word of God; not everything taken literally 76% 20% 3% 1% 444
Not the word of God 89% 8% 2% 2% 2,918
Other/don't know 79% 12% 3% 6% 276

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

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

Interpreting scripture Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 139. 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% 45% 9% 139
Word of God; not everything taken literally 69% 25% 6% 444
Not the word of God 85% 12% 4% 2,918
Other/don't know 72% 16% 12% 276

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

% of adults who say religion is not too 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 = 139. 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% 44% < 1% 2% 139
Word of God; not everything taken literally 40% 58% 1% 1% 444
Not the word of God 25% 72% 2% 1% 2,918
Other/don't know 29% 58% 5% 8% 276

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

% of adults who say religion is not too 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
Sample size = 139. 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 25% 22% 1% 48% 4% 139
Word of God; not everything taken literally 45% 28% 3% 23% 1% 444
Not the word of God 76% 11% 5% 7% 2% 2,918
Other/don't know 50% 19% 15% 8% 8% 276