Interpreting scripture among never married adults

% of never 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 = 6,966. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
2014 24% 27% 2% 41% 7% 6,966
2007 28% 27% 2% 34% 8% 4,995

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Interpreting scripture among never married adults by religious group

% of never 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 = 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 22% 37% 2% 33% 6% 1,292
Evangelical Protestant 42% 40% 3% 11% 4% 1,214
Historically Black Protestant 53% 29% 2% 8% 7% 600
Jewish 9% 21% 2% 61% 7% 138
Mainline Protestant 22% 42% 2% 28% 6% 788
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 10% 11% 1% 72% 7% 2,289

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DemographicInformation

Age distribution among never married adults by interpretation of scripture

% of never married adults who are ages…

Interpreting scripture 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 1,545. 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% 35% 15% 4% 1,545
Word of God; not everything taken literally 68% 20% 9% 3% 1,825
Word of God; other/don't know 51% 27% 17% 5% 133
Not the word of God 67% 24% 8% 2% 2,925
Other/don't know 50% 33% 14% 2% 458

Generational cohort among never married adults by interpretation of scripture

% of never married adults who are…

Interpreting scripture Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 1,545. 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% 21% 26% 17% 2% < 1% 1,545
Word of God; not everything taken literally 53% 21% 14% 10% 1% < 1% 1,825
Word of God; other/don't know 40% 15% 23% 17% 5% < 1% 133
Not the word of God 49% 26% 16% 8% 1% < 1% 2,925
Other/don't know 33% 26% 25% 15% 1% < 1% 458

Gender composition among never married adults by interpretation of scripture

% of never married adults who are…

Interpreting scripture Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 1,564. 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% 50% 1,564
Word of God; not everything taken literally 50% 50% 1,850
Word of God; other/don't know 47% 53% 134
Not the word of God 62% 38% 2,946
Other/don't know 59% 41% 472

Racial and ethnic composition among never married adults by interpretation of scripture

% of never married adults who identify as…

Interpreting scripture White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 1,544. 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% 35% 3% 20% 5% 1,544
Word of God; not everything taken literally 54% 18% 5% 18% 5% 1,837
Word of God; other/don't know 47% 17% 7% 24% 5% 132
Not the word of God 61% 9% 8% 17% 5% 2,913
Other/don't know 51% 21% 6% 15% 7% 455

Immigrant status among never married adults by interpretation of scripture

% of never married adults who are…

Interpreting scripture Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 1,525. 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% 73% 1,525
Word of God; not everything taken literally 13% 16% 71% 1,822
Word of God; other/don't know 24% 12% 64% 132
Not the word of God 14% 19% 67% 2,910
Other/don't know 13% 11% 76% 454

Income distribution among never married adults by interpretation of scripture

% of never 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 = 1,325. 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% 19% 15% 6% 1,325
Word of God; not everything taken literally 41% 22% 24% 13% 1,617
Word of God; other/don't know 51% 20% 18% 12% 105
Not the word of God 37% 22% 25% 16% 2,677
Other/don't know 54% 19% 18% 9% 376

Educational distribution among never married adults by interpretation of scripture

% of never married adults who have completed…

Interpreting scripture High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 1,552. 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% 29% 8% 3% 1,552
Word of God; not everything taken literally 43% 37% 13% 6% 1,848
Word of God; other/don't know 44% 35% 15% 6% 131
Not the word of God 37% 37% 18% 8% 2,943
Other/don't know 40% 41% 14% 6% 469

Parent of children under 18 among never married adults by interpretation of scripture

% of never married adults who are…

Interpreting scripture Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 1,563. 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% 79% 1,563
Word of God; not everything taken literally 12% 88% 1,847
Word of God; other/don't know 16% 84% 133
Not the word of God 9% 91% 2,945
Other/don't know 13% 87% 471

BeliefsandPractices

Belief in God among never married adults by interpretation of scripture

% of never 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 = 1,564. 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 85% 11% 3% 1% < 1% < 1% 1,564
Word of God; not everything taken literally 71% 24% 3% < 1% 1% < 1% 1,850
Word of God; other/don't know 89% 9% < 1% 1% < 1% < 1% 134
Not the word of God 23% 23% 14% < 1% 34% 5% 2,946
Other/don't know 52% 25% 8% 1% 6% 8% 472

Importance of religion in one's life among never married adults by interpretation of scripture

% of never 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 = 1,564. 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 76% 17% 4% 3% < 1% 1,564
Word of God; not everything taken literally 56% 35% 7% 2% < 1% 1,850
Word of God; other/don't know 81% 17% 1% < 1% 1% 134
Not the word of God 12% 27% 28% 33% < 1% 2,946
Other/don't know 39% 31% 17% 9% 4% 472

Attendance at religious services among never married adults by interpretation of scripture

% of never 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 = 1,564. 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% 31% 16% < 1% 1,564
Word of God; not everything taken literally 37% 44% 18% < 1% 1,850
Word of God; other/don't know 44% 41% 16% < 1% 134
Not the word of God 7% 32% 61% < 1% 2,946
Other/don't know 17% 45% 34% 4% 472

Frequency of prayer among never married adults by interpretation of scripture

% of never married adults who pray…

Interpreting scripture At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,564. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 69% 18% 4% 8% < 1% 1,564
Word of God; not everything taken literally 57% 24% 6% 13% < 1% 1,850
Word of God; other/don't know 78% 12% 2% 6% 2% 134
Not the word of God 17% 13% 9% 61% < 1% 2,946
Other/don't know 42% 13% 8% 32% 6% 472

Frequency of participation in prayer, scripture study or religious education groups among never married adults by interpretation of scripture

% of never 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 = 1,564. 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% 11% 36% < 1% 1,564
Word of God; not everything taken literally 23% 14% 12% 51% 1% 1,850
Word of God; other/don't know 36% 15% 7% 40% 2% 134
Not the word of God 4% 4% 5% 88% < 1% 2,946
Other/don't know 12% 11% 7% 66% 3% 472

Frequency of meditation among never married adults by interpretation of scripture

% of never 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 = 1,564. 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% 9% 4% 42% 2% 1,564
Word of God; not everything taken literally 32% 9% 4% 54% 1% 1,850
Word of God; other/don't know 50% 4% 2% 40% 3% 134
Not the word of God 25% 11% 6% 58% 1% 2,946
Other/don't know 34% 11% 5% 47% 4% 472

Frequency of feeling spiritual peace and wellbeing among never married adults by interpretation of scripture

% of never 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 = 1,564. 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% 13% 9% 10% 1% 1,564
Word of God; not everything taken literally 54% 21% 11% 13% 1% 1,850
Word of God; other/don't know 61% 19% 10% 3% 6% 134
Not the word of God 38% 19% 11% 31% 1% 2,946
Other/don't know 51% 14% 10% 20% 5% 472

Frequency of feeling wonder about the universe among never married adults by interpretation of scripture

% of never 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 = 1,564. 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% 16% 12% 27% 2% 1,564
Word of God; not everything taken literally 43% 21% 12% 23% 1% 1,850
Word of God; other/don't know 37% 19% 12% 22% 9% 134
Not the word of God 51% 17% 12% 18% 1% 2,946
Other/don't know 53% 9% 11% 25% 2% 472

Sources of guidance on right and wrong among never married adults by interpretation of scripture

% of never 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 = 1,564. 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% 6% 34% 8% 2% 1,564
Word of God; not everything taken literally 34% 12% 45% 7% 2% 1,850
Word of God; other/don't know 43% 3% 35% 6% 13% 134
Not the word of God 5% 20% 56% 17% 2% 2,946
Other/don't know 20% 17% 43% 11% 8% 472

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong among never married adults by interpretation of scripture

% of never 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 = 1,564. 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% 63% 2% 2% 1,564
Word of God; not everything taken literally 29% 69% 1% < 1% 1,850
Word of God; other/don't know 34% 53% 5% 7% 134
Not the word of God 16% 83% 1% 1% 2,946
Other/don't know 21% 72% 4% 2% 472

Frequency of reading scripture among never married adults by interpretation of scripture

% of never 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 = 1,564. 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% 13% 8% 25% 1% 1,564
Word of God; not everything taken literally 35% 17% 11% 36% < 1% 1,850
Word of God; other/don't know 57% 15% 7% 19% 2% 134
Not the word of God 7% 6% 7% 79% < 1% 2,946
Other/don't know 24% 11% 7% 55% 3% 472

Belief in Heaven among never married adults by interpretation of scripture

% of never married adults who …in heaven

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,564. 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% 5% 3% 1,564
Word of God; not everything taken literally 90% 7% 3% 1,850
Word of God; other/don't know 82% 4% 14% 134
Not the word of God 40% 52% 9% 2,946
Other/don't know 62% 15% 23% 472

Belief in Hell among never married adults by interpretation of scripture

% of never married adults who …in hell

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,564. 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% 13% 5% 1,564
Word of God; not everything taken literally 75% 21% 4% 1,850
Word of God; other/don't know 71% 12% 18% 134
Not the word of God 28% 65% 8% 2,946
Other/don't know 48% 29% 24% 472

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among never married adults by interpretation of scripture

% of never married adults who identify as…

Interpreting scripture Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 1,564. 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% 17% 47% 1,564
Word of God; not everything taken literally 38% 16% 46% 1,850
Word of God; other/don't know 29% 36% 35% 134
Not the word of God 21% 19% 60% 2,946
Other/don't know 20% 33% 47% 472

Political ideology among never married adults by interpretation of scripture

% of never married adults who are…

Interpreting scripture Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,564. 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% 27% 20% 9% 1,564
Word of God; not everything taken literally 30% 42% 22% 6% 1,850
Word of God; other/don't know 39% 30% 16% 16% 134
Not the word of God 14% 37% 42% 7% 2,946
Other/don't know 23% 33% 25% 19% 472

Views about size of government among never married adults by interpretation of scripture

% of never married adults who would rather have…

Interpreting scripture Smaller government; fewer services Bigger government; more services Depends Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,564. 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 33% 63% 2% 2% 1,564
Word of God; not everything taken literally 48% 49% 1% 2% 1,850
Word of God; other/don't know 45% 41% 8% 6% 134
Not the word of God 46% 48% 3% 3% 2,946
Other/don't know 35% 47% 6% 11% 472

Views about government aid to the poor among never married adults by interpretation of scripture

% of never 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 = 1,564. 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% 53% 3% 2% 1,564
Word of God; not everything taken literally 43% 53% 3% 1% 1,850
Word of God; other/don't know 42% 39% 11% 7% 134
Not the word of God 34% 61% 3% 2% 2,946
Other/don't know 33% 51% 9% 6% 472

Views about abortion among never married adults by interpretation of scripture

% of never 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 = 1,564. 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% 59% 5% 1,564
Word of God; not everything taken literally 50% 48% 2% 1,850
Word of God; other/don't know 30% 61% 9% 134
Not the word of God 78% 20% 3% 2,946
Other/don't know 55% 30% 15% 472

Views about homosexuality among never married adults by interpretation of scripture

% of never married adults who say homosexuality…

Interpreting scripture Should be accepted Should be discouraged Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,564. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 48% 44% 4% 5% 1,564
Word of God; not everything taken literally 69% 25% 4% 2% 1,850
Word of God; other/don't know 49% 32% 8% 11% 134
Not the word of God 89% 8% 2% 1% 2,946
Other/don't know 68% 18% 7% 7% 472

Views about same-sex marriage among never married adults by interpretation of scripture

% of never married adults who …same-sex marriage

Interpreting scripture Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,564. 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% 54% 8% 1,564
Word of God; not everything taken literally 63% 32% 5% 1,850
Word of God; other/don't know 36% 40% 24% 134
Not the word of God 86% 10% 4% 2,946
Other/don't know 62% 23% 15% 472

Views about environmental regulation among never married adults by interpretation of scripture

% of never 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 = 1,564. 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% 48% 2% 4% 1,564
Word of God; not everything taken literally 33% 64% 1% 1% 1,850
Word of God; other/don't know 33% 44% 8% 15% 134
Not the word of God 24% 72% 2% 2% 2,946
Other/don't know 31% 56% 5% 8% 472

Views about human evolution among never married adults by interpretation of scripture

% of never 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 = 1,564. 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% 25% 2% 52% 4% 1,564
Word of God; not everything taken literally 26% 37% 2% 33% 2% 1,850
Word of God; other/don't know 6% 25% 9% 43% 17% 134
Not the word of God 69% 15% 4% 11% 1% 2,946
Other/don't know 32% 24% 14% 19% 11% 472