Interpreting scripture among blacks

% of blacks 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 = 3,394. 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 51% 23% 2% 17% 7% 3,394
2007 55% 20% 3% 13% 9% 3,101

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Interpreting scripture among blacks by religious group

% of blacks 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 44% 33% 1% 16% 5% 192
Evangelical Protestant 57% 29% 3% 7% 5% 495
Historically Black Protestant 59% 23% 3% 9% 6% 1,798
Mainline Protestant 39% 31% 2% 18% 10% 159
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 30% 15% 1% 48% 6% 534

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DemographicInformation

Age distribution among blacks by interpretation of scripture

% of blacks who are ages…

Interpreting scripture 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 1,629. 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% 35% 31% 15% 1,629
Word of God; not everything taken literally 35% 37% 19% 9% 807
Not the word of God 38% 35% 20% 6% 569
Other/don't know 26% 42% 20% 12% 212

Generational cohort among blacks by interpretation of scripture

% of blacks who are…

Interpreting scripture Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 1,629. 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% 13% 29% 35% 10% 1% 1,629
Word of God; not everything taken literally 22% 20% 29% 23% 5% 1% 807
Not the word of God 22% 24% 26% 23% 3% < 1% 569
Other/don't know 13% 20% 34% 23% 8% 2% 212

Gender composition among blacks by interpretation of scripture

% of blacks who are…

Interpreting scripture Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 1,668. 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% 58% 1,668
Word of God; not everything taken literally 42% 58% 828
Not the word of God 56% 44% 578
Other/don't know 41% 59% 221

Immigrant status among blacks by interpretation of scripture

% of blacks who are…

Interpreting scripture Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 1,629. 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 10% 3% 87% 1,629
Word of God; not everything taken literally 12% 8% 81% 809
Not the word of God 9% 8% 83% 566
Other/don't know 12% 5% 83% 213

Income distribution among blacks by interpretation of scripture

% of blacks who have a household income of…

Interpreting scripture Less than $30,000 $30,000-$49,999 $50,000-$99,999 $100,000 or more Sample Size
Sample size = 1,463. 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% 14% 6% 1,463
Word of God; not everything taken literally 42% 20% 25% 14% 756
Not the word of God 42% 21% 24% 13% 535
Other/don't know 44% 23% 23% 10% 183

Educational distribution among blacks by interpretation of scripture

% of blacks who have completed…

Interpreting scripture High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 1,655. 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% 29% 9% 4% 1,655
Word of God; not everything taken literally 36% 40% 13% 11% 826
Not the word of God 40% 36% 15% 9% 577
Other/don't know 39% 40% 14% 7% 219

Marital status among blacks by interpretation of scripture

% of blacks who are…

Interpreting scripture Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 1,662. 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% 6% 19% 10% 35% 1,662
Word of God; not everything taken literally 29% 7% 16% 4% 45% 826
Not the word of God 27% 11% 11% 5% 46% 576
Other/don't know 31% 7% 12% 6% 43% 218

Parent of children under 18 among blacks by interpretation of scripture

% of blacks who are…

Interpreting scripture Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 1,662. 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% 70% 1,662
Word of God; not everything taken literally 35% 65% 826
Not the word of God 32% 68% 576
Other/don't know 31% 69% 220

BeliefsandPractices

Belief in God among blacks by interpretation of scripture

% of blacks who say they…

Interpreting scripture Believe in God; absolutely certain Believe in God; fairly certain Believe in God; not too/not at all certain Believe in God; don't know Do not believe in God Other/don't know if they believe in God Sample Size
Sample size = 1,668. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 91% 6% 1% 1% < 1% < 1% 1,668
Word of God; not everything taken literally 86% 12% 2% < 1% < 1% < 1% 828
Not the word of God 52% 26% 7% 1% 11% 4% 578
Other/don't know 80% 14% 2% 2% 1% 1% 221

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

% of blacks who say religion is…

Interpreting scripture Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,668. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 89% 8% 1% 1% 1% 1,668
Word of God; not everything taken literally 75% 19% 3% 3% < 1% 828
Not the word of God 31% 35% 17% 17% < 1% 578
Other/don't know 67% 20% 7% 3% 3% 221

Attendance at religious services among blacks by interpretation of scripture

% of blacks who attend religious services…

Interpreting scripture At least once a week Once or twice a month/a few times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,668. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 60% 29% 10% < 1% 1,668
Word of God; not everything taken literally 43% 44% 13% < 1% 828
Not the word of God 12% 40% 48% < 1% 578
Other/don't know 35% 45% 17% 3% 221

Frequency of prayer among blacks by interpretation of scripture

% of blacks who pray…

Interpreting scripture At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,668. 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% 3% 3% < 1% 1,668
Word of God; not everything taken literally 74% 17% 5% 4% < 1% 828
Not the word of God 41% 14% 10% 34% 1% 578
Other/don't know 74% 9% 6% 6% 4% 221

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

% of blacks who attend prayer group…

Interpreting scripture At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,668. 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% 15% 9% 23% 1% 1,668
Word of God; not everything taken literally 33% 16% 10% 41% 1% 828
Not the word of God 10% 7% 7% 76% < 1% 578
Other/don't know 28% 12% 10% 48% 2% 221

Frequency of meditation among blacks by interpretation of scripture

% of blacks who meditate…

Interpreting scripture At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,668. 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% 7% 3% 28% 2% 1,668
Word of God; not everything taken literally 47% 12% 4% 36% < 1% 828
Not the word of God 39% 7% 5% 48% 1% 578
Other/don't know 40% 10% 2% 44% 5% 221

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

% of blacks who feel a sense of spiritual peace and wellbeing…

Interpreting scripture At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,668. 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 75% 11% 5% 8% 1% 1,668
Word of God; not everything taken literally 66% 16% 8% 9% < 1% 828
Not the word of God 49% 18% 11% 20% 2% 578
Other/don't know 73% 12% 4% 9% 2% 221

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

% of blacks who feel a sense of wonder about the universe…

Interpreting scripture At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,668. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 46% 14% 9% 29% 2% 1,668
Word of God; not everything taken literally 37% 18% 12% 31% 1% 828
Not the word of God 49% 13% 12% 26% 1% 578
Other/don't know 49% 10% 10% 28% 3% 221

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

% of blacks who say they look to…most for guidance on right and wrong

Interpreting scripture Religion Philosophy/reason Common sense Science Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,668. 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% 5% 36% 4% 1% 1,668
Word of God; not everything taken literally 41% 9% 44% 5% 1% 828
Not the word of God 11% 13% 63% 12% 2% 578
Other/don't know 37% 11% 42% 3% 6% 221

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

% of blacks who say…

Interpreting scripture There are clear standards for what is right and wrong Right or wrong depends on the situation Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,668. 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% 1% 1,668
Word of God; not everything taken literally 27% 72% < 1% < 1% 828
Not the word of God 21% 77% 1% < 1% 578
Other/don't know 31% 64% 3% 3% 221

Frequency of reading scripture among blacks by interpretation of scripture

% of blacks who read scripture…

Interpreting scripture At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,668. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 67% 12% 6% 15% 1% 1,668
Word of God; not everything taken literally 49% 20% 9% 23% < 1% 828
Not the word of God 23% 10% 10% 57% < 1% 578
Other/don't know 49% 16% 6% 25% 4% 221

Belief in Heaven among blacks by interpretation of scripture

% of blacks who …in heaven

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,668. 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% 4% 3% 1,668
Word of God; not everything taken literally 92% 6% 3% 828
Not the word of God 57% 35% 8% 578
Other/don't know 79% 7% 14% 221

Belief in Hell among blacks by interpretation of scripture

% of blacks who …in hell

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,668. 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% 1,668
Word of God; not everything taken literally 74% 21% 5% 828
Not the word of God 43% 48% 8% 578
Other/don't know 64% 24% 12% 221

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among blacks by interpretation of scripture

% of blacks who identify as…

Interpreting scripture Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 1,668. 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 11% 11% 79% 1,668
Word of God; not everything taken literally 10% 12% 77% 828
Not the word of God 9% 15% 76% 578
Other/don't know 6% 24% 70% 221

Political ideology among blacks by interpretation of scripture

% of blacks who are…

Interpreting scripture Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,668. 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% 31% 23% 8% 1,668
Word of God; not everything taken literally 26% 40% 27% 7% 828
Not the word of God 18% 36% 39% 7% 578
Other/don't know 27% 32% 25% 16% 221

Views about size of government among blacks by interpretation of scripture

% of blacks who would rather have…

Interpreting scripture Smaller government; fewer services Bigger government; more services Depends Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,668. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 21% 74% 2% 3% 1,668
Word of God; not everything taken literally 26% 69% 3% 2% 828
Not the word of God 32% 62% 3% 4% 578
Other/don't know 24% 56% 9% 11% 221

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

% of blacks who say government aid to the poor…

Interpreting scripture Does more harm than good Does more good than harm Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,668. 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 28% 67% 3% 2% 1,668
Word of God; not everything taken literally 29% 67% 4% 1% 828
Not the word of God 27% 67% 4% 2% 578
Other/don't know 28% 55% 13% 4% 221

Views about abortion among blacks by interpretation of scripture

% of blacks who say abortion should be…

Interpreting scripture Legal in all/most cases Illegal in all/most cases Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,668. 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% 50% 6% 1,668
Word of God; not everything taken literally 62% 36% 3% 828
Not the word of God 68% 29% 3% 578
Other/don't know 57% 30% 13% 221

Views about homosexuality among blacks by interpretation of scripture

% of blacks who say homosexuality…

Interpreting scripture Should be accepted Should be discouraged Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,668. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 45% 48% 4% 4% 1,668
Word of God; not everything taken literally 61% 32% 5% 2% 828
Not the word of God 74% 20% 4% 2% 578
Other/don't know 46% 35% 13% 6% 221

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

% of blacks who …same-sex marriage

Interpreting scripture Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,668. 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% 60% 8% 1,668
Word of God; not everything taken literally 51% 43% 6% 828
Not the word of God 70% 24% 6% 578
Other/don't know 43% 39% 18% 221

Views about environmental regulation among blacks by interpretation of scripture

% of blacks who say…

Interpreting scripture Stricter environmental laws and regulations cost too many jobs and hurt the economy Stricter environmental laws and regulations are worth the cost Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,668. 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% 2% 4% 1,668
Word of God; not everything taken literally 29% 69% 1% 1% 828
Not the word of God 29% 68% 2% 1% 578
Other/don't know 27% 60% 6% 8% 221

Views about human evolution among blacks by interpretation of scripture

% of blacks who say humans…

Interpreting scripture Evolved; due to natural processes Evolved; due to God's design Evolved; don't know how Always existed in present form Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,668. 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 15% 25% 2% 52% 5% 1,668
Word of God; not everything taken literally 18% 38% 2% 39% 2% 828
Not the word of God 42% 28% 4% 23% 3% 578
Other/don't know 15% 34% 8% 34% 9% 221