Interpreting scripture among democrats and Democratic leaners

% of democrats and Democratic leaners 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 = 15,682. 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 26% 23% 2% 43% 7% 15,682
2007 29% 25% 3% 34% 9% 16,420

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Interpreting scripture among democrats and Democratic leaners by religious group

% of democrats and Democratic leaners 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 = 184. 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 7% 8% 1% 72% 13% 184
Catholic 25% 32% 2% 33% 7% 3,118
Evangelical Protestant 47% 33% 3% 12% 5% 2,307
Hindu 10% 17% < 1% 64% 9% 113
Historically Black Protestant 60% 23% 3% 9% 6% 1,557
Jewish 6% 18% 1% 69% 6% 575
Mainline Protestant 21% 31% 1% 37% 10% 2,511
Mormon 35% 40% 3% 16% 6% 110
Muslim 38% 33% 12% 12% 5% 150
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 8% 8% < 1% 78% 5% 4,348

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DemographicInformation

Age distribution among democrats and Democratic leaners by interpretation of scripture

% of democrats and Democratic leaners who are ages…

Interpreting scripture 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 3,373. 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 14% 33% 31% 22% 3,373
Word of God; not everything taken literally 24% 33% 25% 17% 3,519
Word of God; other/don't know 14% 26% 30% 30% 269
Not the word of God 30% 34% 23% 13% 7,225
Other/don't know 16% 32% 29% 23% 1,072

Generational cohort among democrats and Democratic leaners by interpretation of scripture

% of democrats and Democratic leaners who are…

Interpreting scripture Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 3,373. 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% 11% 28% 36% 15% 2% 3,373
Word of God; not everything taken literally 17% 14% 27% 31% 11% 1% 3,519
Word of God; other/don't know 8% 8% 24% 36% 22% 3% 269
Not the word of God 19% 19% 26% 28% 8% 1% 7,225
Other/don't know 8% 14% 27% 34% 15% 3% 1,072

Gender composition among democrats and Democratic leaners by interpretation of scripture

% of democrats and Democratic leaners who are…

Interpreting scripture Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 3,427. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 39% 61% 3,427
Word of God; not everything taken literally 39% 61% 3,568
Word of God; other/don't know 46% 54% 275
Not the word of God 50% 50% 7,310
Other/don't know 43% 57% 1,102

Racial and ethnic composition among democrats and Democratic leaners by interpretation of scripture

% of democrats and Democratic leaners who identify as…

Interpreting scripture White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 3,395. 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% 40% 2% 21% 4% 3,395
Word of God; not everything taken literally 54% 20% 4% 17% 4% 3,535
Word of God; other/don't know 41% 25% 6% 22% 7% 270
Not the word of God 71% 8% 5% 12% 4% 7,241
Other/don't know 57% 18% 5% 15% 5% 1,082

Immigrant status among democrats and Democratic leaners by interpretation of scripture

% of democrats and Democratic leaners who are…

Interpreting scripture Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 3,372. 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% 9% 72% 3,372
Word of God; not everything taken literally 15% 12% 73% 3,528
Word of God; other/don't know 27% 9% 64% 271
Not the word of God 13% 14% 72% 7,248
Other/don't know 17% 10% 73% 1,081

Income distribution among democrats and Democratic leaners by interpretation of scripture

% of democrats and Democratic leaners 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 = 3,025. 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% 22% 15% 6% 3,025
Word of God; not everything taken literally 36% 21% 27% 16% 3,238
Word of God; other/don't know 46% 24% 20% 11% 219
Not the word of God 26% 19% 29% 26% 6,727
Other/don't know 40% 19% 25% 16% 913

Educational distribution among democrats and Democratic leaners by interpretation of scripture

% of democrats and Democratic leaners who have completed…

Interpreting scripture High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 3,409. 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% 27% 7% 4% 3,409
Word of God; not everything taken literally 38% 33% 16% 12% 3,561
Word of God; other/don't know 49% 32% 10% 9% 272
Not the word of God 24% 31% 25% 20% 7,290
Other/don't know 37% 33% 16% 14% 1,096

Marital status among democrats and Democratic leaners by interpretation of scripture

% of democrats and Democratic leaners who are…

Interpreting scripture Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 3,410. 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 40% 6% 18% 11% 24% 3,410
Word of God; not everything taken literally 42% 7% 14% 6% 30% 3,561
Word of God; other/don't know 40% 5% 19% 16% 20% 275
Not the word of God 43% 11% 11% 4% 32% 7,292
Other/don't know 42% 8% 15% 9% 26% 1,090

Parent of children under 18 among democrats and Democratic leaners by interpretation of scripture

% of democrats and Democratic leaners who are…

Interpreting scripture Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 3,419. 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% 71% 3,419
Word of God; not everything taken literally 30% 70% 3,561
Word of God; other/don't know 26% 74% 274
Not the word of God 24% 76% 7,290
Other/don't know 27% 73% 1,097

BeliefsandPractices

Belief in God among democrats and Democratic leaners by interpretation of scripture

% of democrats and Democratic leaners 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 = 3,427. 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% 11% 2% 1% < 1% < 1% 3,427
Word of God; not everything taken literally 75% 22% 2% < 1% 1% < 1% 3,568
Word of God; other/don't know 84% 13% < 1% 1% 1% < 1% 275
Not the word of God 24% 26% 13% < 1% 30% 5% 7,310
Other/don't know 58% 26% 6% 2% 4% 4% 1,102

Importance of religion in one's life among democrats and Democratic leaners by interpretation of scripture

% of democrats and Democratic leaners who say religion is…

Interpreting scripture Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,427. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 84% 13% 2% 1% < 1% 3,427
Word of God; not everything taken literally 61% 32% 6% 2% < 1% 3,568
Word of God; other/don't know 79% 18% 2% 1% 1% 275
Not the word of God 15% 29% 24% 32% 1% 7,310
Other/don't know 51% 30% 11% 7% 2% 1,102

Attendance at religious services among democrats and Democratic leaners by interpretation of scripture

% of democrats and Democratic leaners 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 = 3,427. 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% 30% 14% < 1% 3,427
Word of God; not everything taken literally 38% 43% 18% < 1% 3,568
Word of God; other/don't know 51% 33% 15% 1% 275
Not the word of God 8% 33% 58% < 1% 7,310
Other/don't know 27% 42% 29% 2% 1,102

Frequency of prayer among democrats and Democratic leaners by interpretation of scripture

% of democrats and Democratic leaners who pray…

Interpreting scripture At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,427. 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 78% 13% 3% 5% < 1% 3,427
Word of God; not everything taken literally 63% 21% 6% 9% < 1% 3,568
Word of God; other/don't know 80% 12% 2% 4% 3% 275
Not the word of God 23% 14% 8% 55% 1% 7,310
Other/don't know 54% 17% 7% 19% 3% 1,102

Frequency of participation in prayer, scripture study or religious education groups among democrats and Democratic leaners by interpretation of scripture

% of democrats and Democratic leaners 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 = 3,427. 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% 14% 9% 33% 1% 3,427
Word of God; not everything taken literally 22% 13% 11% 54% < 1% 3,568
Word of God; other/don't know 35% 12% 9% 42% 1% 275
Not the word of God 4% 4% 5% 87% < 1% 7,310
Other/don't know 17% 9% 7% 65% 2% 1,102

Frequency of meditation among democrats and Democratic leaners by interpretation of scripture

% of democrats and Democratic leaners 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 = 3,427. 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% 8% 4% 31% 2% 3,427
Word of God; not everything taken literally 40% 9% 5% 45% 1% 3,568
Word of God; other/don't know 54% 5% 4% 32% 5% 275
Not the word of God 30% 11% 6% 52% 1% 7,310
Other/don't know 38% 10% 4% 44% 3% 1,102

Frequency of feeling spiritual peace and wellbeing among democrats and Democratic leaners by interpretation of scripture

% of democrats and Democratic leaners 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 = 3,427. 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 73% 11% 7% 8% 1% 3,427
Word of God; not everything taken literally 59% 17% 11% 12% < 1% 3,568
Word of God; other/don't know 72% 10% 8% 6% 4% 275
Not the word of God 43% 18% 12% 26% 1% 7,310
Other/don't know 55% 16% 10% 16% 3% 1,102

Frequency of feeling wonder about the universe among democrats and Democratic leaners by interpretation of scripture

% of democrats and Democratic leaners 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 = 3,427. 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% 15% 12% 28% 2% 3,427
Word of God; not everything taken literally 41% 18% 13% 27% 1% 3,568
Word of God; other/don't know 48% 11% 12% 21% 8% 275
Not the word of God 50% 18% 14% 18% 1% 7,310
Other/don't know 48% 14% 12% 23% 4% 1,102

Sources of guidance on right and wrong among democrats and Democratic leaners by interpretation of scripture

% of democrats and Democratic leaners 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 = 3,427. 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% 5% 37% 6% 2% 3,427
Word of God; not everything taken literally 33% 10% 48% 7% 1% 3,568
Word of God; other/don't know 48% 2% 35% 5% 11% 275
Not the word of God 5% 21% 54% 19% 2% 7,310
Other/don't know 21% 12% 51% 8% 7% 1,102

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong among democrats and Democratic leaners by interpretation of scripture

% of democrats and Democratic leaners 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 = 3,427. 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% 67% 1% 2% 3,427
Word of God; not everything taken literally 25% 73% 1% 1% 3,568
Word of God; other/don't know 30% 63% 4% 3% 275
Not the word of God 16% 83% 1% 1% 7,310
Other/don't know 24% 71% 3% 2% 1,102

Frequency of reading scripture among democrats and Democratic leaners by interpretation of scripture

% of democrats and Democratic leaners 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 = 3,427. 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 59% 12% 7% 21% 1% 3,427
Word of God; not everything taken literally 33% 15% 12% 39% < 1% 3,568
Word of God; other/don't know 56% 13% 8% 19% 4% 275
Not the word of God 8% 6% 8% 77% < 1% 7,310
Other/don't know 28% 12% 10% 48% 3% 1,102

Belief in Heaven among democrats and Democratic leaners by interpretation of scripture

% of democrats and Democratic leaners who …in heaven

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,427. 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 94% 4% 3% 3,427
Word of God; not everything taken literally 89% 7% 4% 3,568
Word of God; other/don't know 88% 5% 7% 275
Not the word of God 36% 56% 8% 7,310
Other/don't know 66% 16% 19% 1,102

Belief in Hell among democrats and Democratic leaners by interpretation of scripture

% of democrats and Democratic leaners who …in hell

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,427. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 82% 12% 6% 3,427
Word of God; not everything taken literally 69% 25% 6% 3,568
Word of God; other/don't know 72% 11% 16% 275
Not the word of God 22% 71% 7% 7,310
Other/don't know 44% 35% 20% 1,102

SocialandPoliticalViews

Political ideology among democrats and Democratic leaners by interpretation of scripture

% of democrats and Democratic leaners who are…

Interpreting scripture Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,427. 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% 35% 23% 5% 3,427
Word of God; not everything taken literally 21% 46% 31% 3% 3,568
Word of God; other/don't know 31% 36% 24% 9% 275
Not the word of God 8% 33% 57% 2% 7,310
Other/don't know 18% 39% 35% 8% 1,102

Views about size of government among democrats and Democratic leaners by interpretation of scripture

% of democrats and Democratic leaners who would rather have…

Interpreting scripture Smaller government; fewer services Bigger government; more services Depends Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,427. 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% 67% 2% 3% 3,427
Word of God; not everything taken literally 35% 59% 2% 3% 3,568
Word of God; other/don't know 30% 50% 9% 11% 275
Not the word of God 33% 59% 4% 4% 7,310
Other/don't know 28% 50% 11% 10% 1,102

Views about government aid to the poor among democrats and Democratic leaners by interpretation of scripture

% of democrats and Democratic leaners 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 = 3,427. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 32% 63% 3% 2% 3,427
Word of God; not everything taken literally 28% 68% 3% 1% 3,568
Word of God; other/don't know 33% 52% 10% 5% 275
Not the word of God 19% 77% 3% 1% 7,310
Other/don't know 23% 64% 8% 4% 1,102

Views about abortion among democrats and Democratic leaners by interpretation of scripture

% of democrats and Democratic leaners who say abortion should be…

Interpreting scripture Legal in all/most cases Illegal in all/most cases Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,427. 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% 51% 5% 3,427
Word of God; not everything taken literally 64% 33% 3% 3,568
Word of God; other/don't know 43% 39% 18% 275
Not the word of God 86% 12% 2% 7,310
Other/don't know 65% 25% 10% 1,102

Views about homosexuality among democrats and Democratic leaners by interpretation of scripture

% of democrats and Democratic leaners who say homosexuality…

Interpreting scripture Should be accepted Should be discouraged Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,427. 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% 4% 3,427
Word of God; not everything taken literally 74% 21% 3% 2% 3,568
Word of God; other/don't know 45% 35% 9% 10% 275
Not the word of God 92% 6% 1% 1% 7,310
Other/don't know 72% 17% 5% 5% 1,102

Views about same-sex marriage among democrats and Democratic leaners by interpretation of scripture

% of democrats and Democratic leaners who …same-sex marriage

Interpreting scripture Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,427. 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 35% 56% 9% 3,427
Word of God; not everything taken literally 66% 29% 5% 3,568
Word of God; other/don't know 39% 44% 17% 275
Not the word of God 90% 8% 3% 7,310
Other/don't know 67% 24% 10% 1,102

Views about environmental regulation among democrats and Democratic leaners by interpretation of scripture

% of democrats and Democratic leaners 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 = 3,427. 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% 55% 2% 4% 3,427
Word of God; not everything taken literally 25% 72% 1% 1% 3,568
Word of God; other/don't know 23% 61% 5% 12% 275
Not the word of God 14% 84% 1% 1% 7,310
Other/don't know 20% 71% 4% 5% 1,102

Views about human evolution among democrats and Democratic leaners by interpretation of scripture

% of democrats and Democratic leaners 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 = 3,427. 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% 26% 3% 50% 5% 3,427
Word of God; not everything taken literally 25% 40% 3% 31% 2% 3,568
Word of God; other/don't know 14% 28% 6% 31% 21% 275
Not the word of God 71% 14% 4% 9% 1% 7,310
Other/don't know 33% 26% 12% 22% 8% 1,102