Interpreting scripture among divorced or separated adults

% of divorced or separated adults 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 = 4,752. 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 36% 25% 3% 29% 8% 4,752
2007 36% 24% 4% 26% 10% 4,425

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Interpreting scripture among divorced or separated adults by religious group

% of divorced or separated adults 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 31% 31% 3% 27% 8% 898
Evangelical Protestant 53% 29% 4% 8% 7% 1,239
Historically Black Protestant 64% 22% 4% 7% 4% 398
Mainline Protestant 29% 29% 2% 30% 10% 764
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 13% 13% 1% 66% 7% 967

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DemographicInformation

Age distribution among divorced or separated adults by interpretation of scripture

% of divorced or separated adults who are ages…

Interpreting scripture 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 1,458. 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% 35% 43% 18% 1,458
Word of God; not everything taken literally 6% 39% 39% 17% 1,157
Word of God; other/don't know 5% 26% 45% 24% 134
Not the word of God 7% 37% 39% 17% 1,511
Other/don't know 6% 33% 39% 23% 398

Generational cohort among divorced or separated adults by interpretation of scripture

% of divorced or separated adults who are…

Interpreting scripture Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 1,458. 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% 6% 32% 50% 11% < 1% 1,458
Word of God; not everything taken literally 2% 8% 34% 45% 11% < 1% 1,157
Word of God; other/don't know < 1% 6% 24% 53% 15% < 1% 134
Not the word of God 2% 11% 32% 45% 10% < 1% 1,511
Other/don't know 2% 9% 27% 47% 14% 1% 398

Gender composition among divorced or separated adults by interpretation of scripture

% of divorced or separated adults who are…

Interpreting scripture Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 1,490. 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% 61% 1,490
Word of God; not everything taken literally 42% 58% 1,180
Word of God; other/don't know 40% 60% 139
Not the word of God 53% 47% 1,535
Other/don't know 43% 57% 408

Racial and ethnic composition among divorced or separated adults by interpretation of scripture

% of divorced or separated adults who identify as…

Interpreting scripture White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 1,477. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 50% 25% 1% 20% 4% 1,477
Word of God; not everything taken literally 68% 13% 1% 14% 4% 1,165
Word of God; other/don't know 57% 14% 1% 25% 3% 132
Not the word of God 76% 6% 2% 12% 4% 1,510
Other/don't know 61% 9% 1% 22% 7% 392

Immigrant status among divorced or separated adults by interpretation of scripture

% of divorced or separated adults who are…

Interpreting scripture Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 1,457. 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% 8% 75% 1,457
Word of God; not everything taken literally 12% 7% 81% 1,167
Word of God; other/don't know 17% 6% 77% 135
Not the word of God 12% 9% 79% 1,518
Other/don't know 15% 8% 77% 397

Income distribution among divorced or separated adults by interpretation of scripture

% of divorced or separated adults 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 = 1,304. 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 63% 21% 12% 3% 1,304
Word of God; not everything taken literally 47% 23% 20% 9% 1,084
Word of God; other/don't know 57% 16% 21% 7% 110
Not the word of God 41% 23% 24% 12% 1,429
Other/don't know 57% 21% 15% 7% 346

Educational distribution among divorced or separated adults by interpretation of scripture

% of divorced or separated adults who have completed…

Interpreting scripture High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 1,481. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 58% 30% 9% 3% 1,481
Word of God; not everything taken literally 42% 37% 13% 9% 1,176
Word of God; other/don't know 56% 31% 11% 3% 138
Not the word of God 33% 37% 17% 13% 1,526
Other/don't know 44% 38% 9% 8% 403

Parent of children under 18 among divorced or separated adults by interpretation of scripture

% of divorced or separated adults who are…

Interpreting scripture Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 1,487. 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 26% 74% 1,487
Word of God; not everything taken literally 29% 71% 1,179
Word of God; other/don't know 23% 77% 139
Not the word of God 25% 75% 1,534
Other/don't know 23% 77% 407

BeliefsandPractices

Belief in God among divorced or separated adults by interpretation of scripture

% of divorced or separated adults 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 = 1,490. 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 88% 10% 1% 1% < 1% < 1% 1,490
Word of God; not everything taken literally 77% 20% 2% < 1% 1% 1% 1,180
Word of God; other/don't know 83% 8% < 1% 4% 1% 3% 139
Not the word of God 37% 27% 10% 1% 20% 5% 1,535
Other/don't know 68% 22% 2% 3% 2% 4% 408

Importance of religion in one's life among divorced or separated adults by interpretation of scripture

% of divorced or separated adults who say religion is…

Interpreting scripture Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,490. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 84% 13% 1% 1% < 1% 1,490
Word of God; not everything taken literally 60% 31% 6% 3% < 1% 1,180
Word of God; other/don't know 75% 18% 2% 3% 2% 139
Not the word of God 21% 30% 20% 28% 1% 1,535
Other/don't know 50% 31% 10% 6% 3% 408

Attendance at religious services among divorced or separated adults by interpretation of scripture

% of divorced or separated adults 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 = 1,490. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 50% 32% 17% < 1% 1,490
Word of God; not everything taken literally 33% 43% 23% < 1% 1,180
Word of God; other/don't know 46% 31% 21% 1% 139
Not the word of God 10% 30% 60% < 1% 1,535
Other/don't know 23% 36% 40% 2% 408

Frequency of prayer among divorced or separated adults by interpretation of scripture

% of divorced or separated adults who pray…

Interpreting scripture At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,490. 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 80% 13% 2% 5% 1% 1,490
Word of God; not everything taken literally 66% 19% 6% 9% < 1% 1,180
Word of God; other/don't know 75% 11% 5% 6% 3% 139
Not the word of God 33% 15% 7% 44% 1% 1,535
Other/don't know 60% 18% 6% 13% 3% 408

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

% of divorced or separated adults 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 = 1,490. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 44% 13% 7% 35% 1% 1,490
Word of God; not everything taken literally 23% 11% 11% 55% < 1% 1,180
Word of God; other/don't know 35% 12% 7% 43% 2% 139
Not the word of God 6% 4% 4% 85% < 1% 1,535
Other/don't know 16% 7% 8% 66% 2% 408

Frequency of meditation among divorced or separated adults by interpretation of scripture

% of divorced or separated adults 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 = 1,490. 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% 6% 3% 34% 2% 1,490
Word of God; not everything taken literally 47% 7% 4% 41% 1% 1,180
Word of God; other/don't know 50% 7% 3% 35% 5% 139
Not the word of God 38% 12% 4% 45% 1% 1,535
Other/don't know 45% 11% 4% 37% 3% 408

Frequency of feeling spiritual peace and wellbeing among divorced or separated adults by interpretation of scripture

% of divorced or separated adults 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 = 1,490. 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 75% 12% 5% 8% < 1% 1,490
Word of God; not everything taken literally 62% 14% 9% 15% 1% 1,180
Word of God; other/don't know 71% 10% 5% 6% 8% 139
Not the word of God 43% 16% 11% 28% 2% 1,535
Other/don't know 60% 12% 9% 17% 2% 408

Frequency of feeling wonder about the universe among divorced or separated adults by interpretation of scripture

% of divorced or separated adults 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 = 1,490. 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% 8% 27% 2% 1,490
Word of God; not everything taken literally 43% 16% 14% 26% 1% 1,180
Word of God; other/don't know 48% 10% 10% 26% 7% 139
Not the word of God 48% 16% 12% 22% 1% 1,535
Other/don't know 52% 10% 12% 22% 4% 408

Sources of guidance on right and wrong among divorced or separated adults by interpretation of scripture

% of divorced or separated adults 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 = 1,490. 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% 5% 32% 5% 2% 1,490
Word of God; not everything taken literally 35% 9% 48% 6% 2% 1,180
Word of God; other/don't know 48% 2% 40% 3% 7% 139
Not the word of God 8% 19% 58% 13% 2% 1,535
Other/don't know 25% 8% 54% 8% 6% 408

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong among divorced or separated adults by interpretation of scripture

% of divorced or separated adults 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 = 1,490. 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% 60% 1% 1% 1,490
Word of God; not everything taken literally 33% 66% 1% < 1% 1,180
Word of God; other/don't know 38% 52% 8% 2% 139
Not the word of God 22% 76% 2% 1% 1,535
Other/don't know 24% 70% 3% 3% 408

Frequency of reading scripture among divorced or separated adults by interpretation of scripture

% of divorced or separated adults 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 = 1,490. 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 61% 12% 5% 20% 1% 1,490
Word of God; not everything taken literally 39% 13% 12% 36% < 1% 1,180
Word of God; other/don't know 66% 6% 4% 21% 3% 139
Not the word of God 12% 7% 8% 73% < 1% 1,535
Other/don't know 30% 14% 11% 42% 4% 408

Belief in Heaven among divorced or separated adults by interpretation of scripture

% of divorced or separated adults who …in heaven

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,490. 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 92% 4% 4% 1,490
Word of God; not everything taken literally 86% 8% 5% 1,180
Word of God; other/don't know 84% 6% 10% 139
Not the word of God 40% 51% 9% 1,535
Other/don't know 67% 12% 21% 408

Belief in Hell among divorced or separated adults by interpretation of scripture

% of divorced or separated adults who …in hell

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,490. 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% 13% 6% 1,490
Word of God; not everything taken literally 70% 23% 7% 1,180
Word of God; other/don't know 71% 11% 18% 139
Not the word of God 27% 65% 9% 1,535
Other/don't know 51% 30% 19% 408

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among divorced or separated adults by interpretation of scripture

% of divorced or separated adults who identify as…

Interpreting scripture Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 1,490. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 34% 20% 46% 1,490
Word of God; not everything taken literally 36% 19% 45% 1,180
Word of God; other/don't know 27% 31% 42% 139
Not the word of God 25% 21% 54% 1,535
Other/don't know 25% 30% 46% 408

Political ideology among divorced or separated adults by interpretation of scripture

% of divorced or separated adults who are…

Interpreting scripture Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,490. 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 47% 27% 19% 7% 1,490
Word of God; not everything taken literally 36% 35% 22% 7% 1,180
Word of God; other/don't know 33% 29% 19% 19% 139
Not the word of God 20% 35% 40% 4% 1,535
Other/don't know 28% 32% 23% 17% 408

Views about size of government among divorced or separated adults by interpretation of scripture

% of divorced or separated adults who would rather have…

Interpreting scripture Smaller government; fewer services Bigger government; more services Depends Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,490. 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% 56% 2% 3% 1,490
Word of God; not everything taken literally 53% 42% 2% 3% 1,180
Word of God; other/don't know 35% 48% 5% 13% 139
Not the word of God 50% 43% 4% 3% 1,535
Other/don't know 42% 40% 7% 11% 408

Views about government aid to the poor among divorced or separated adults by interpretation of scripture

% of divorced or separated adults 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 = 1,490. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 42% 51% 5% 2% 1,490
Word of God; not everything taken literally 42% 53% 3% 2% 1,180
Word of God; other/don't know 31% 51% 8% 10% 139
Not the word of God 32% 63% 4% 1% 1,535
Other/don't know 35% 50% 9% 6% 408

Views about abortion among divorced or separated adults by interpretation of scripture

% of divorced or separated adults who say abortion should be…

Interpreting scripture Legal in all/most cases Illegal in all/most cases Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,490. 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% 59% 4% 1,490
Word of God; not everything taken literally 55% 43% 2% 1,180
Word of God; other/don't know 35% 43% 22% 139
Not the word of God 79% 18% 4% 1,535
Other/don't know 57% 30% 13% 408

Views about homosexuality among divorced or separated adults by interpretation of scripture

% of divorced or separated adults who say homosexuality…

Interpreting scripture Should be accepted Should be discouraged Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,490. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 43% 50% 4% 3% 1,490
Word of God; not everything taken literally 64% 29% 4% 3% 1,180
Word of God; other/don't know 41% 33% 12% 15% 139
Not the word of God 81% 13% 4% 3% 1,535
Other/don't know 59% 24% 10% 7% 408

Views about same-sex marriage among divorced or separated adults by interpretation of scripture

% of divorced or separated adults who …same-sex marriage

Interpreting scripture Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,490. 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 29% 63% 7% 1,490
Word of God; not everything taken literally 50% 41% 9% 1,180
Word of God; other/don't know 32% 45% 24% 139
Not the word of God 75% 18% 7% 1,535
Other/don't know 51% 32% 16% 408

Views about environmental regulation among divorced or separated adults by interpretation of scripture

% of divorced or separated adults 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 = 1,490. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 43% 50% 2% 5% 1,490
Word of God; not everything taken literally 38% 58% 2% 1% 1,180
Word of God; other/don't know 28% 56% 3% 13% 139
Not the word of God 28% 67% 3% 2% 1,535
Other/don't know 37% 49% 6% 8% 408

Views about human evolution among divorced or separated adults by interpretation of scripture

% of divorced or separated adults 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 = 1,490. 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% 25% 2% 55% 5% 1,490
Word of God; not everything taken literally 19% 37% 3% 38% 4% 1,180
Word of God; other/don't know 12% 20% 3% 43% 23% 139
Not the word of God 58% 20% 4% 15% 2% 1,535
Other/don't know 24% 25% 8% 34% 10% 408