Interpreting scripture among parents

% of parents 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 = 8,366. 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 32% 29% 3% 30% 7% 8,366
2007 34% 28% 3% 25% 9% 10,705

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Interpreting scripture among parents by religious group

% of parents 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 30% 35% 3% 25% 7% 1,761
Evangelical Protestant 53% 32% 4% 7% 4% 2,175
Historically Black Protestant 55% 25% 2% 11% 6% 487
Jewish 13% 29% 2% 52% 5% 184
Mainline Protestant 23% 38% 2% 29% 8% 1,218
Mormon 32% 55% 5% 5% 4% 242
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 12% 13% 1% 66% 8% 1,744

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DemographicInformation

Age distribution among parents by interpretation of scripture

% of parents who are ages…

Interpreting scripture 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 2,393. 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 16% 66% 15% 2% 2,393
Word of God; not everything taken literally 17% 69% 13% 1% 2,443
Word of God; other/don't know 14% 67% 17% 2% 205
Not the word of God 17% 70% 12% 1% 2,683
Other/don't know 17% 66% 14% 2% 526

Generational cohort among parents by interpretation of scripture

% of parents who are…

Interpreting scripture Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 2,393. 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 6% 22% 55% 16% 2% < 1% 2,393
Word of God; not everything taken literally 6% 24% 56% 14% 1% < 1% 2,443
Word of God; other/don't know 4% 19% 59% 17% 2% < 1% 205
Not the word of God 6% 24% 57% 13% 1% < 1% 2,683
Other/don't know 3% 26% 54% 15% 1% 1% 526

Gender composition among parents by interpretation of scripture

% of parents who are…

Interpreting scripture Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 2,424. 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% 2,424
Word of God; not everything taken literally 43% 57% 2,474
Word of God; other/don't know 46% 54% 211
Not the word of God 50% 50% 2,714
Other/don't know 47% 53% 543

Racial and ethnic composition among parents by interpretation of scripture

% of parents who identify as…

Interpreting scripture White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 2,410. 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% 19% 3% 27% 3% 2,410
Word of God; not everything taken literally 65% 11% 3% 17% 4% 2,451
Word of God; other/don't know 57% 14% 3% 22% 4% 205
Not the word of God 68% 7% 5% 16% 4% 2,686
Other/don't know 55% 12% 7% 20% 6% 526

Immigrant status among parents by interpretation of scripture

% of parents who are…

Interpreting scripture Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 2,385. 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% 7% 66% 2,385
Word of God; not everything taken literally 16% 9% 75% 2,451
Word of God; other/don't know 22% 6% 72% 206
Not the word of God 18% 9% 73% 2,691
Other/don't know 24% 6% 70% 528

Income distribution among parents by interpretation of scripture

% of parents 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 = 2,201. 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% 21% 23% 12% 2,201
Word of God; not everything taken literally 26% 19% 32% 24% 2,312
Word of God; other/don't know 30% 21% 32% 18% 182
Not the word of God 25% 15% 28% 31% 2,563
Other/don't know 31% 17% 28% 24% 465

Educational distribution among parents by interpretation of scripture

% of parents who have completed…

Interpreting scripture High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 2,413. 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% 31% 13% 6% 2,413
Word of God; not everything taken literally 31% 35% 21% 13% 2,467
Word of God; other/don't know 40% 37% 16% 8% 211
Not the word of God 28% 30% 23% 19% 2,707
Other/don't know 36% 33% 18% 13% 538

Marital status among parents by interpretation of scripture

% of parents who are…

Interpreting scripture Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 2,423. 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% 9% 13% 2% 13% 2,423
Word of God; not everything taken literally 70% 8% 11% 2% 10% 2,470
Word of God; other/don't know 74% 5% 11% 1% 10% 210
Not the word of God 67% 10% 11% 1% 11% 2,708
Other/don't know 62% 12% 12% 3% 11% 537

BeliefsandPractices

Belief in God among parents by interpretation of scripture

% of parents 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 = 2,424. 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 86% 12% 1% 1% < 1% < 1% 2,424
Word of God; not everything taken literally 78% 19% 2% < 1% < 1% < 1% 2,474
Word of God; other/don't know 90% 9% < 1% < 1% < 1% 1% 211
Not the word of God 31% 31% 12% < 1% 22% 4% 2,714
Other/don't know 59% 25% 6% 2% 3% 4% 543

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

% of parents who say religion is…

Interpreting scripture Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,424. 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 86% 12% 1% 1% 1% 2,424
Word of God; not everything taken literally 65% 28% 5% 1% < 1% 2,474
Word of God; other/don't know 83% 14% 2% 1% < 1% 211
Not the word of God 18% 34% 22% 25% 1% 2,714
Other/don't know 44% 37% 13% 6% 1% 543

Attendance at religious services among parents by interpretation of scripture

% of parents 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 = 2,424. 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% 29% 10% < 1% 2,424
Word of God; not everything taken literally 43% 41% 15% < 1% 2,474
Word of God; other/don't know 55% 29% 14% 2% 211
Not the word of God 10% 36% 53% < 1% 2,714
Other/don't know 24% 45% 31% 1% 543

Frequency of prayer among parents by interpretation of scripture

% of parents who pray…

Interpreting scripture At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,424. 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% 3% 4% < 1% 2,424
Word of God; not everything taken literally 66% 20% 6% 7% < 1% 2,474
Word of God; other/don't know 84% 9% 2% 3% 1% 211
Not the word of God 27% 17% 9% 48% < 1% 2,714
Other/don't know 51% 19% 7% 21% 2% 543

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

% of parents 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 = 2,424. 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% 16% 9% 28% < 1% 2,424
Word of God; not everything taken literally 27% 14% 11% 48% < 1% 2,474
Word of God; other/don't know 39% 14% 14% 32% 1% 211
Not the word of God 6% 5% 6% 83% < 1% 2,714
Other/don't know 18% 9% 9% 63% 2% 543

Frequency of meditation among parents by interpretation of scripture

% of parents 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 = 2,424. 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% 7% 3% 40% 2% 2,424
Word of God; not everything taken literally 35% 8% 4% 52% 1% 2,474
Word of God; other/don't know 49% 6% 6% 35% 5% 211
Not the word of God 31% 9% 5% 55% < 1% 2,714
Other/don't know 35% 8% 5% 50% 2% 543

Frequency of feeling spiritual peace and wellbeing among parents by interpretation of scripture

% of parents 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 = 2,424. 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 74% 12% 6% 7% 1% 2,424
Word of God; not everything taken literally 59% 19% 11% 10% 1% 2,474
Word of God; other/don't know 71% 11% 10% 5% 3% 211
Not the word of God 44% 18% 12% 25% 1% 2,714
Other/don't know 53% 16% 10% 18% 3% 543

Frequency of feeling wonder about the universe among parents by interpretation of scripture

% of parents 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 = 2,424. 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% 15% 12% 27% 1% 2,424
Word of God; not everything taken literally 39% 17% 16% 27% 1% 2,474
Word of God; other/don't know 39% 18% 11% 29% 4% 211
Not the word of God 45% 19% 14% 21% < 1% 2,714
Other/don't know 39% 18% 14% 27% 2% 543

Sources of guidance on right and wrong among parents by interpretation of scripture

% of parents 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 = 2,424. 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% 4% 29% 5% 2% 2,424
Word of God; not everything taken literally 40% 9% 44% 6% 2% 2,474
Word of God; other/don't know 48% 4% 33% 4% 12% 211
Not the word of God 6% 16% 59% 18% 1% 2,714
Other/don't know 17% 10% 59% 6% 7% 543

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

% of parents 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 = 2,424. 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% 53% 1% 1% 2,424
Word of God; not everything taken literally 39% 60% 1% < 1% 2,474
Word of God; other/don't know 47% 42% 7% 3% 211
Not the word of God 21% 77% 1% 1% 2,714
Other/don't know 25% 71% 2% 2% 543

Frequency of reading scripture among parents by interpretation of scripture

% of parents 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 = 2,424. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 62% 12% 6% 19% < 1% 2,424
Word of God; not everything taken literally 40% 14% 11% 34% < 1% 2,474
Word of God; other/don't know 64% 9% 8% 19% < 1% 211
Not the word of God 10% 7% 8% 75% < 1% 2,714
Other/don't know 24% 12% 11% 51% 2% 543

Belief in Heaven among parents by interpretation of scripture

% of parents who …in heaven

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,424. 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% 4% 5% 2,424
Word of God; not everything taken literally 91% 6% 4% 2,474
Word of God; other/don't know 83% 4% 14% 211
Not the word of God 45% 46% 8% 2,714
Other/don't know 67% 16% 18% 543

Belief in Hell among parents by interpretation of scripture

% of parents who …in hell

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,424. 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% 2,424
Word of God; not everything taken literally 74% 21% 6% 2,474
Word of God; other/don't know 77% 12% 11% 211
Not the word of God 30% 62% 7% 2,714
Other/don't know 51% 30% 19% 543

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among parents by interpretation of scripture

% of parents who identify as…

Interpreting scripture Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 2,424. 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% 22% 36% 2,424
Word of God; not everything taken literally 47% 16% 37% 2,474
Word of God; other/don't know 41% 31% 28% 211
Not the word of God 26% 21% 54% 2,714
Other/don't know 28% 30% 42% 543

Political ideology among parents by interpretation of scripture

% of parents who are…

Interpreting scripture Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,424. 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% 25% 16% 7% 2,424
Word of God; not everything taken literally 41% 38% 16% 5% 2,474
Word of God; other/don't know 50% 25% 10% 15% 211
Not the word of God 18% 38% 38% 6% 2,714
Other/don't know 29% 36% 23% 12% 543

Views about size of government among parents by interpretation of scripture

% of parents who would rather have…

Interpreting scripture Smaller government; fewer services Bigger government; more services Depends Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,424. 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% 50% 2% 3% 2,424
Word of God; not everything taken literally 56% 39% 2% 2% 2,474
Word of God; other/don't know 51% 33% 5% 11% 211
Not the word of God 49% 46% 3% 3% 2,714
Other/don't know 44% 40% 7% 9% 543

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

% of parents 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 = 2,424. 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% 45% 4% 2% 2,424
Word of God; not everything taken literally 52% 44% 3% 1% 2,474
Word of God; other/don't know 53% 34% 10% 3% 211
Not the word of God 38% 58% 3% 1% 2,714
Other/don't know 40% 45% 10% 4% 543

Views about abortion among parents by interpretation of scripture

% of parents who say abortion should be…

Interpreting scripture Legal in all/most cases Illegal in all/most cases Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,424. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 31% 66% 3% 2,424
Word of God; not everything taken literally 45% 53% 2% 2,474
Word of God; other/don't know 24% 64% 12% 211
Not the word of God 75% 23% 2% 2,714
Other/don't know 55% 35% 10% 543

Views about homosexuality among parents by interpretation of scripture

% of parents who say homosexuality…

Interpreting scripture Should be accepted Should be discouraged Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,424. 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 40% 52% 4% 4% 2,424
Word of God; not everything taken literally 62% 31% 4% 3% 2,474
Word of God; other/don't know 34% 44% 8% 14% 211
Not the word of God 87% 10% 2% 1% 2,714
Other/don't know 66% 19% 9% 5% 543

Views about same-sex marriage among parents by interpretation of scripture

% of parents who …same-sex marriage

Interpreting scripture Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,424. 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% 62% 9% 2,424
Word of God; not everything taken literally 51% 42% 7% 2,474
Word of God; other/don't know 27% 55% 19% 211
Not the word of God 82% 14% 4% 2,714
Other/don't know 60% 28% 13% 543

Views about environmental regulation among parents by interpretation of scripture

% of parents 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 = 2,424. 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% 48% 2% 3% 2,424
Word of God; not everything taken literally 40% 57% 2% 2% 2,474
Word of God; other/don't know 42% 41% 10% 8% 211
Not the word of God 26% 70% 2% 2% 2,714
Other/don't know 34% 54% 6% 6% 543

Views about human evolution among parents by interpretation of scripture

% of parents 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 = 2,424. 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% 24% 1% 58% 4% 2,424
Word of God; not everything taken literally 20% 38% 2% 37% 3% 2,474
Word of God; other/don't know 16% 17% 4% 47% 16% 211
Not the word of God 63% 19% 4% 12% 2% 2,714
Other/don't know 29% 23% 13% 24% 11% 543