Interpreting scripture among moderates

% of moderates 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 = 11,653. 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 23% 30% 2% 37% 8% 11,653
2007 25% 31% 3% 31% 10% 12,825

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Interpreting scripture among moderates by religious group

% of moderates 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 19% 39% 2% 32% 8% 2,619
Evangelical Protestant 42% 37% 4% 11% 5% 2,236
Historically Black Protestant 53% 29% 2% 10% 6% 672
Jewish 9% 26% 1% 55% 9% 262
Mainline Protestant 20% 39% 2% 29% 10% 2,290
Mormon 33% 51% 5% 5% 6% 172
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 7% 13% < 1% 72% 7% 2,681

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DemographicInformation

Age distribution among moderates by interpretation of scripture

% of moderates who are ages…

Interpreting scripture 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 2,338. 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 19% 33% 29% 19% 2,338
Word of God; not everything taken literally 26% 34% 24% 16% 3,545
Word of God; other/don't know 17% 29% 29% 26% 251
Not the word of God 29% 36% 23% 12% 4,402
Other/don't know 18% 36% 27% 18% 906

Generational cohort among moderates by interpretation of scripture

% of moderates who are…

Interpreting scripture Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 2,338. 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 12% 12% 29% 34% 12% 2% 2,338
Word of God; not everything taken literally 18% 14% 28% 28% 10% 1% 3,545
Word of God; other/don't know 10% 13% 22% 34% 17% 3% 251
Not the word of God 18% 19% 28% 27% 8% 1% 4,402
Other/don't know 9% 16% 29% 33% 12% 2% 906

Gender composition among moderates by interpretation of scripture

% of moderates who are…

Interpreting scripture Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 2,367. 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% 63% 2,367
Word of God; not everything taken literally 44% 56% 3,604
Word of God; other/don't know 40% 60% 261
Not the word of God 60% 40% 4,464
Other/don't know 50% 50% 957

Racial and ethnic composition among moderates by interpretation of scripture

% of moderates who identify as…

Interpreting scripture White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 2,345. 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% 24% 3% 19% 3% 2,345
Word of God; not everything taken literally 69% 11% 3% 13% 4% 3,575
Word of God; other/don't know 61% 12% 4% 18% 5% 254
Not the word of God 72% 6% 6% 13% 4% 4,403
Other/don't know 69% 10% 4% 12% 5% 932

Immigrant status among moderates by interpretation of scripture

% of moderates who are…

Interpreting scripture Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 2,332. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 16% 9% 75% 2,332
Word of God; not everything taken literally 12% 11% 77% 3,574
Word of God; other/don't know 19% 6% 75% 258
Not the word of God 14% 12% 74% 4,426
Other/don't know 13% 9% 79% 943

Income distribution among moderates by interpretation of scripture

% of moderates 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 = 2,084. 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% 23% 19% 9% 2,084
Word of God; not everything taken literally 30% 22% 29% 19% 3,211
Word of God; other/don't know 37% 22% 28% 14% 208
Not the word of God 24% 19% 30% 27% 4,028
Other/don't know 34% 20% 28% 19% 768

Educational distribution among moderates by interpretation of scripture

% of moderates who have completed…

Interpreting scripture High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 2,359. 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% 32% 9% 5% 2,359
Word of God; not everything taken literally 37% 31% 19% 13% 3,596
Word of God; other/don't know 36% 36% 17% 11% 260
Not the word of God 29% 33% 23% 15% 4,453
Other/don't know 30% 40% 18% 13% 948

Marital status among moderates by interpretation of scripture

% of moderates who are…

Interpreting scripture Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 2,359. 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% 6% 16% 11% 21% 2,359
Word of God; not everything taken literally 48% 6% 11% 6% 28% 3,594
Word of God; other/don't know 51% 2% 15% 12% 20% 259
Not the word of God 45% 9% 11% 4% 31% 4,453
Other/don't know 48% 10% 13% 9% 21% 947

Parent of children under 18 among moderates by interpretation of scripture

% of moderates who are…

Interpreting scripture Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 2,361. 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% 69% 2,361
Word of God; not everything taken literally 31% 69% 3,592
Word of God; other/don't know 28% 72% 259
Not the word of God 27% 73% 4,447
Other/don't know 28% 72% 948

BeliefsandPractices

Belief in God among moderates by interpretation of scripture

% of moderates 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 = 2,367. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 88% 10% 1% 1% < 1% < 1% 2,367
Word of God; not everything taken literally 74% 23% 2% < 1% < 1% < 1% 3,604
Word of God; other/don't know 91% 7% < 1% 1% < 1% 2% 261
Not the word of God 27% 32% 14% < 1% 22% 5% 4,464
Other/don't know 59% 27% 5% 1% 4% 4% 957

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

% of moderates who say religion is…

Interpreting scripture Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,367. 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% 15% 2% 1% < 1% 2,367
Word of God; not everything taken literally 57% 35% 6% 1% < 1% 3,604
Word of God; other/don't know 82% 14% 2% 1% 1% 261
Not the word of God 16% 33% 26% 25% 1% 4,464
Other/don't know 45% 33% 12% 7% 2% 957

Attendance at religious services among moderates by interpretation of scripture

% of moderates 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 = 2,367. 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% 32% 13% < 1% 2,367
Word of God; not everything taken literally 39% 42% 19% < 1% 3,604
Word of God; other/don't know 50% 29% 19% 1% 261
Not the word of God 9% 37% 53% < 1% 4,464
Other/don't know 24% 45% 30% 1% 957

Frequency of prayer among moderates by interpretation of scripture

% of moderates who pray…

Interpreting scripture At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,367. 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 77% 14% 3% 5% < 1% 2,367
Word of God; not everything taken literally 59% 23% 7% 10% < 1% 3,604
Word of God; other/don't know 82% 12% 3% 1% 3% 261
Not the word of God 24% 15% 9% 52% 1% 4,464
Other/don't know 50% 20% 8% 19% 3% 957

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

% of moderates 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 = 2,367. 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% 14% 10% 35% < 1% 2,367
Word of God; not everything taken literally 21% 12% 12% 55% < 1% 3,604
Word of God; other/don't know 40% 7% 13% 39% 1% 261
Not the word of God 4% 3% 5% 87% < 1% 4,464
Other/don't know 14% 9% 8% 68% 1% 957

Frequency of meditation among moderates by interpretation of scripture

% of moderates 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 = 2,367. 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% 8% 3% 37% 2% 2,367
Word of God; not everything taken literally 37% 9% 5% 49% 1% 3,604
Word of God; other/don't know 53% 8% 3% 33% 4% 261
Not the word of God 28% 10% 6% 55% 1% 4,464
Other/don't know 40% 9% 5% 45% 1% 957

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

% of moderates 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 = 2,367. 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% 12% 6% 8% 1% 2,367
Word of God; not everything taken literally 57% 19% 12% 12% < 1% 3,604
Word of God; other/don't know 70% 14% 5% 8% 2% 261
Not the word of God 42% 17% 14% 27% 1% 4,464
Other/don't know 54% 15% 12% 17% 2% 957

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

% of moderates 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 = 2,367. 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% 16% 13% 29% 2% 2,367
Word of God; not everything taken literally 41% 19% 15% 24% < 1% 3,604
Word of God; other/don't know 45% 12% 12% 26% 4% 261
Not the word of God 45% 17% 16% 21% 1% 4,464
Other/don't know 49% 15% 13% 21% 2% 957

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

% of moderates 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 = 2,367. 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% 5% 37% 5% 2% 2,367
Word of God; not everything taken literally 33% 10% 49% 7% 2% 3,604
Word of God; other/don't know 50% 6% 33% 3% 9% 261
Not the word of God 5% 18% 60% 15% 2% 4,464
Other/don't know 17% 12% 58% 7% 6% 957

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

% of moderates 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 = 2,367. 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% 63% 1% 1% 2,367
Word of God; not everything taken literally 30% 69% 1% < 1% 3,604
Word of God; other/don't know 33% 62% 3% 1% 261
Not the word of God 20% 78% 1% < 1% 4,464
Other/don't know 24% 71% 3% 2% 957

Frequency of reading scripture among moderates by interpretation of scripture

% of moderates 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 = 2,367. 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 57% 12% 7% 22% 1% 2,367
Word of God; not everything taken literally 32% 15% 12% 41% < 1% 3,604
Word of God; other/don't know 61% 8% 8% 21% 3% 261
Not the word of God 8% 7% 8% 77% < 1% 4,464
Other/don't know 23% 13% 9% 53% 2% 957

Belief in Heaven among moderates by interpretation of scripture

% of moderates who …in heaven

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,367. 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 93% 5% 2% 2,367
Word of God; not everything taken literally 90% 5% 4% 3,604
Word of God; other/don't know 83% 8% 9% 261
Not the word of God 44% 46% 10% 4,464
Other/don't know 66% 15% 19% 957

Belief in Hell among moderates by interpretation of scripture

% of moderates who …in hell

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,367. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 81% 13% 6% 2,367
Word of God; not everything taken literally 69% 24% 7% 3,604
Word of God; other/don't know 76% 10% 14% 261
Not the word of God 28% 63% 8% 4,464
Other/don't know 47% 31% 22% 957

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among moderates by interpretation of scripture

% of moderates who identify as…

Interpreting scripture Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 2,367. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 30% 17% 53% 2,367
Word of God; not everything taken literally 38% 16% 46% 3,604
Word of God; other/don't know 31% 28% 42% 261
Not the word of God 29% 19% 51% 4,464
Other/don't know 28% 27% 46% 957

Views about size of government among moderates by interpretation of scripture

% of moderates who would rather have…

Interpreting scripture Smaller government; fewer services Bigger government; more services Depends Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,367. 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% 55% 3% 3% 2,367
Word of God; not everything taken literally 54% 41% 2% 3% 3,604
Word of God; other/don't know 44% 34% 11% 11% 261
Not the word of God 59% 33% 4% 4% 4,464
Other/don't know 50% 31% 10% 9% 957

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

% of moderates 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 = 2,367. 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% 54% 3% 2% 2,367
Word of God; not everything taken literally 42% 53% 3% 1% 3,604
Word of God; other/don't know 37% 46% 13% 4% 261
Not the word of God 40% 55% 4% 1% 4,464
Other/don't know 34% 51% 11% 4% 957

Views about abortion among moderates by interpretation of scripture

% of moderates who say abortion should be…

Interpreting scripture Legal in all/most cases Illegal in all/most cases Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,367. 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 41% 55% 4% 2,367
Word of God; not everything taken literally 57% 41% 2% 3,604
Word of God; other/don't know 34% 54% 12% 261
Not the word of God 79% 18% 3% 4,464
Other/don't know 64% 27% 9% 957

Views about homosexuality among moderates by interpretation of scripture

% of moderates who say homosexuality…

Interpreting scripture Should be accepted Should be discouraged Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,367. 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% 2,367
Word of God; not everything taken literally 73% 21% 4% 3% 3,604
Word of God; other/don't know 44% 36% 12% 7% 261
Not the word of God 88% 8% 2% 1% 4,464
Other/don't know 70% 16% 7% 7% 957

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

% of moderates who …same-sex marriage

Interpreting scripture Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,367. 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% 56% 8% 2,367
Word of God; not everything taken literally 62% 31% 7% 3,604
Word of God; other/don't know 36% 45% 20% 261
Not the word of God 82% 13% 5% 4,464
Other/don't know 64% 24% 13% 957

Views about environmental regulation among moderates by interpretation of scripture

% of moderates 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 = 2,367. 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 41% 54% 2% 3% 2,367
Word of God; not everything taken literally 32% 65% 2% 2% 3,604
Word of God; other/don't know 31% 53% 6% 10% 261
Not the word of God 26% 69% 3% 2% 4,464
Other/don't know 29% 60% 6% 5% 957

Views about human evolution among moderates by interpretation of scripture

% of moderates 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 = 2,367. 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% 26% 3% 54% 4% 2,367
Word of God; not everything taken literally 22% 41% 3% 31% 2% 3,604
Word of God; other/don't know 14% 25% 7% 42% 12% 261
Not the word of God 65% 19% 4% 11% 1% 4,464
Other/don't know 31% 31% 12% 16% 9% 957