Interpreting scripture among married adults

% of married 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 = 17,827. 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 33% 28% 3% 30% 7% 17,827
2007 33% 29% 3% 26% 9% 20,430

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Interpreting scripture among married adults by religious group

% of married 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 = 103. 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.
Buddhist 6% 6% 2% 78% 8% 103
Catholic 25% 39% 3% 26% 7% 3,810
Evangelical Protestant 59% 27% 4% 6% 3% 4,853
Hindu 12% 15% 1% 57% 16% 131
Historically Black Protestant 61% 21% 2% 10% 5% 626
Jehovah's Witness 41% 41% 12% 2% 5% 124
Jewish 11% 27% 2% 54% 7% 498
Mainline Protestant 23% 36% 3% 29% 10% 3,444
Mormon 32% 55% 6% 4% 3% 454
Muslim 38% 33% 12% 11% 5% 110
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 8% 11% 1% 73% 7% 3,150

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DemographicInformation

Age distribution among married adults by interpretation of scripture

% of married adults who are ages…

Interpreting scripture 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 4,976. 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 7% 37% 35% 21% 4,976
Word of God; not everything taken literally 8% 41% 32% 20% 5,101
Word of God; other/don't know 6% 34% 34% 26% 516
Not the word of God 7% 44% 31% 18% 5,704
Other/don't know 7% 37% 32% 24% 1,153

Generational cohort among married adults by interpretation of scripture

% of married adults who are…

Interpreting scripture Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 4,976. 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 2% 9% 32% 41% 14% 1% 4,976
Word of God; not everything taken literally 2% 12% 35% 38% 13% 1% 5,101
Word of God; other/don't know 1% 8% 30% 41% 18% 1% 516
Not the word of God 2% 13% 36% 38% 10% 1% 5,704
Other/don't know 1% 12% 31% 40% 14% 1% 1,153

Gender composition among married adults by interpretation of scripture

% of married adults who are…

Interpreting scripture Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 5,092. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 45% 55% 5,092
Word of God; not everything taken literally 47% 53% 5,184
Word of God; other/don't know 47% 53% 543
Not the word of God 55% 45% 5,799
Other/don't know 50% 50% 1,209

Racial and ethnic composition among married adults by interpretation of scripture

% of married adults who identify as…

Interpreting scripture White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 5,029. 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 66% 12% 3% 17% 3% 5,029
Word of God; not everything taken literally 79% 6% 3% 10% 3% 5,130
Word of God; other/don't know 71% 8% 2% 13% 6% 525
Not the word of God 78% 4% 6% 10% 3% 5,714
Other/don't know 70% 7% 7% 11% 4% 1,174

Immigrant status among married adults by interpretation of scripture

% of married adults who are…

Interpreting scripture Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 5,033. 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% 6% 76% 5,033
Word of God; not everything taken literally 12% 8% 80% 5,148
Word of God; other/don't know 17% 6% 77% 533
Not the word of God 15% 9% 76% 5,748
Other/don't know 19% 6% 75% 1,189

Income distribution among married adults by interpretation of scripture

% of married 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 = 4,332. 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% 24% 31% 16% 4,332
Word of God; not everything taken literally 16% 18% 38% 28% 4,577
Word of God; other/don't know 21% 24% 35% 20% 424
Not the word of God 13% 14% 34% 39% 5,210
Other/don't know 19% 19% 32% 29% 941

Educational distribution among married adults by interpretation of scripture

% of married adults who have completed…

Interpreting scripture High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 5,062. 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% 30% 13% 7% 5,062
Word of God; not everything taken literally 31% 30% 23% 15% 5,162
Word of God; other/don't know 37% 35% 16% 12% 537
Not the word of God 24% 27% 26% 22% 5,774
Other/don't know 32% 30% 21% 17% 1,196

Parent of children under 18 among married adults by interpretation of scripture

% of married adults who are…

Interpreting scripture Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 5,069. 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% 62% 5,069
Word of God; not everything taken literally 43% 57% 5,158
Word of God; other/don't know 37% 63% 539
Not the word of God 40% 60% 5,776
Other/don't know 38% 62% 1,195

BeliefsandPractices

Belief in God among married adults by interpretation of scripture

% of married 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 = 5,092. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 91% 8% 1% < 1% < 1% < 1% 5,092
Word of God; not everything taken literally 80% 18% 1% < 1% < 1% < 1% 5,184
Word of God; other/don't know 87% 9% 1% 2% 1% 1% 543
Not the word of God 28% 32% 12% 1% 23% 5% 5,799
Other/don't know 60% 24% 5% 2% 5% 5% 1,209

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

% of married 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 = 5,092. 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 89% 10% 1% < 1% < 1% 5,092
Word of God; not everything taken literally 66% 28% 5% 1% 1% 5,184
Word of God; other/don't know 85% 11% 1% 1% 2% 543
Not the word of God 18% 32% 24% 26% 1% 5,799
Other/don't know 49% 32% 11% 7% 1% 1,209

Attendance at religious services among married adults by interpretation of scripture

% of married 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 = 5,092. 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 68% 24% 8% < 1% 5,092
Word of God; not everything taken literally 48% 37% 15% < 1% 5,184
Word of God; other/don't know 62% 23% 13% 2% 543
Not the word of God 11% 35% 54% < 1% 5,799
Other/don't know 30% 39% 29% 1% 1,209

Frequency of prayer among married adults by interpretation of scripture

% of married adults who pray…

Interpreting scripture At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 5,092. 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% 10% 2% 3% 1% 5,092
Word of God; not everything taken literally 66% 20% 6% 7% < 1% 5,184
Word of God; other/don't know 81% 10% 3% 2% 3% 543
Not the word of God 26% 16% 8% 49% 1% 5,799
Other/don't know 52% 17% 8% 20% 3% 1,209

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

% of married 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 = 5,092. 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% 13% 9% 26% < 1% 5,092
Word of God; not everything taken literally 27% 11% 11% 51% < 1% 5,184
Word of God; other/don't know 46% 8% 10% 34% 2% 543
Not the word of God 5% 4% 5% 86% < 1% 5,799
Other/don't know 18% 7% 9% 65% 2% 1,209

Frequency of meditation among married adults by interpretation of scripture

% of married 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 = 5,092. 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% 6% 3% 35% 2% 5,092
Word of God; not everything taken literally 39% 8% 4% 47% 1% 5,184
Word of God; other/don't know 51% 5% 4% 34% 5% 543
Not the word of God 30% 10% 5% 54% 1% 5,799
Other/don't know 37% 8% 4% 47% 3% 1,209

Frequency of feeling spiritual peace and wellbeing among married adults by interpretation of scripture

% of married 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 = 5,092. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 79% 10% 5% 5% 1% 5,092
Word of God; not everything taken literally 62% 18% 11% 9% 1% 5,184
Word of God; other/don't know 75% 8% 8% 6% 4% 543
Not the word of God 44% 16% 13% 26% 1% 5,799
Other/don't know 55% 15% 10% 16% 4% 1,209

Frequency of feeling wonder about the universe among married adults by interpretation of scripture

% of married 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 = 5,092. 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% 14% 11% 27% 2% 5,092
Word of God; not everything taken literally 41% 18% 15% 25% 1% 5,184
Word of God; other/don't know 46% 11% 11% 26% 6% 543
Not the word of God 44% 17% 16% 22% 1% 5,799
Other/don't know 42% 18% 12% 24% 4% 1,209

Sources of guidance on right and wrong among married adults by interpretation of scripture

% of married 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 = 5,092. 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 66% 3% 26% 3% 1% 5,092
Word of God; not everything taken literally 42% 7% 43% 5% 2% 5,184
Word of God; other/don't know 54% 4% 29% 2% 11% 543
Not the word of God 6% 17% 58% 17% 2% 5,799
Other/don't know 21% 10% 55% 7% 7% 1,209

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

% of married 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 = 5,092. 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% 43% 1% 1% 5,092
Word of God; not everything taken literally 42% 57% 1% < 1% 5,184
Word of God; other/don't know 49% 43% 5% 3% 543
Not the word of God 23% 75% 1% 1% 5,799
Other/don't know 31% 64% 3% 1% 1,209

Frequency of reading scripture among married adults by interpretation of scripture

% of married 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 = 5,092. 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% 10% 6% 16% 1% 5,092
Word of God; not everything taken literally 39% 13% 11% 37% < 1% 5,184
Word of God; other/don't know 61% 9% 7% 21% 2% 543
Not the word of God 8% 6% 8% 78% < 1% 5,799
Other/don't know 25% 11% 11% 51% 3% 1,209

Belief in Heaven among married adults by interpretation of scripture

% of married adults who …in heaven

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 5,092. 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 90% 5% 5% 5,092
Word of God; not everything taken literally 89% 6% 5% 5,184
Word of God; other/don't know 79% 6% 14% 543
Not the word of God 41% 50% 9% 5,799
Other/don't know 64% 17% 19% 1,209

Belief in Hell among married adults by interpretation of scripture

% of married adults who …in hell

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 5,092. 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 83% 11% 6% 5,092
Word of God; not everything taken literally 70% 23% 7% 5,184
Word of God; other/don't know 70% 15% 15% 543
Not the word of God 25% 67% 7% 5,799
Other/don't know 45% 34% 22% 1,209

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among married adults by interpretation of scripture

% of married adults who identify as…

Interpreting scripture Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 5,092. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 53% 18% 29% 5,092
Word of God; not everything taken literally 54% 15% 32% 5,184
Word of God; other/don't know 52% 26% 22% 543
Not the word of God 29% 15% 56% 5,799
Other/don't know 35% 26% 40% 1,209

Political ideology among married adults by interpretation of scripture

% of married adults who are…

Interpreting scripture Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 5,092. 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 60% 22% 11% 6% 5,092
Word of God; not everything taken literally 47% 36% 13% 3% 5,184
Word of God; other/don't know 54% 23% 8% 15% 543
Not the word of God 20% 38% 38% 4% 5,799
Other/don't know 32% 38% 20% 9% 1,209

Views about size of government among married adults by interpretation of scripture

% of married adults who would rather have…

Interpreting scripture Smaller government; fewer services Bigger government; more services Depends Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 5,092. 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 60% 34% 2% 3% 5,092
Word of God; not everything taken literally 67% 28% 2% 3% 5,184
Word of God; other/don't know 60% 22% 5% 12% 543
Not the word of God 52% 42% 3% 3% 5,799
Other/don't know 55% 28% 8% 9% 1,209

Views about government aid to the poor among married adults by interpretation of scripture

% of married 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 = 5,092. 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% 37% 3% 2% 5,092
Word of God; not everything taken literally 57% 39% 3% 1% 5,184
Word of God; other/don't know 56% 27% 10% 7% 543
Not the word of God 38% 58% 3% 1% 5,799
Other/don't know 43% 43% 9% 4% 1,209

Views about abortion among married adults by interpretation of scripture

% of married 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 = 5,092. 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% 69% 4% 5,092
Word of God; not everything taken literally 45% 52% 3% 5,184
Word of God; other/don't know 25% 62% 14% 543
Not the word of God 80% 18% 3% 5,799
Other/don't know 56% 34% 10% 1,209

Views about homosexuality among married adults by interpretation of scripture

% of married adults who say homosexuality…

Interpreting scripture Should be accepted Should be discouraged Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 5,092. 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% 62% 4% 4% 5,092
Word of God; not everything taken literally 59% 34% 5% 3% 5,184
Word of God; other/don't know 28% 52% 9% 10% 543
Not the word of God 85% 11% 2% 2% 5,799
Other/don't know 63% 22% 8% 6% 1,209

Views about same-sex marriage among married adults by interpretation of scripture

% of married adults who …same-sex marriage

Interpreting scripture Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 5,092. 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 20% 73% 8% 5,092
Word of God; not everything taken literally 47% 46% 7% 5,184
Word of God; other/don't know 21% 64% 15% 543
Not the word of God 80% 15% 5% 5,799
Other/don't know 57% 30% 13% 1,209

Views about environmental regulation among married adults by interpretation of scripture

% of married 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 = 5,092. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 53% 42% 2% 3% 5,092
Word of God; not everything taken literally 44% 52% 2% 2% 5,184
Word of God; other/don't know 48% 36% 7% 9% 543
Not the word of God 27% 70% 2% 1% 5,799
Other/don't know 33% 56% 6% 6% 1,209

Views about human evolution among married adults by interpretation of scripture

% of married 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 = 5,092. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 9% 21% 2% 63% 5% 5,092
Word of God; not everything taken literally 18% 39% 3% 37% 4% 5,184
Word of God; other/don't know 11% 18% 5% 51% 15% 543
Not the word of God 65% 18% 5% 11% 2% 5,799
Other/don't know 28% 27% 15% 21% 10% 1,209