Interpreting scripture among adults who say science is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong

% of adults who say science is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong 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 = 3,212. 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 16% 17% 1% 61% 6% 3,212
2007 20% 21% 2% 46% 11% 1,845

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Interpreting scripture among adults who say science is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by religious group

% of adults who say science is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong 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 27% 27% 1% 40% 5% 626
Evangelical Protestant 38% 31% 4% 23% 4% 255
Jewish 5% 10% 1% 81% 3% 124
Mainline Protestant 14% 28% 1% 44% 13% 424
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 5% 6% < 1% 84% 5% 1,392

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DemographicInformation

Age distribution among adults who say science is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who say science is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who are ages…

Interpreting scripture 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 354. 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 22% 41% 23% 14% 354
Word of God; not everything taken literally 29% 36% 22% 13% 509
Not the word of God 32% 38% 19% 12% 2,079
Other/don't know 25% 32% 29% 14% 190

Generational cohort among adults who say science is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who say science is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who are…

Interpreting scripture Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 354. 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% 17% 32% 26% 9% 2% 354
Word of God; not everything taken literally 22% 13% 30% 26% 8% 1% 509
Not the word of God 20% 19% 30% 22% 8% 1% 2,079
Other/don't know 15% 14% 28% 33% 9% 1% 190

Gender composition among adults who say science is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who say science is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who are…

Interpreting scripture Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 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 51% 49% 361
Word of God; not everything taken literally 48% 52% 517
Not the word of God 60% 40% 2,108
Other/don't know 60% 40% 199

Racial and ethnic composition among adults who say science is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who say science is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who identify as…

Interpreting scripture White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 358. 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% 4% 46% 3% 358
Word of God; not everything taken literally 58% 8% 6% 23% 5% 508
Not the word of God 70% 4% 8% 15% 3% 2,081
Other/don't know 62% 5% 9% 16% 8% 196

Immigrant status among adults who say science is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who say science is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who are…

Interpreting scripture Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 351. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 47% 11% 43% 351
Word of God; not everything taken literally 23% 13% 64% 508
Not the word of God 21% 14% 65% 2,085
Other/don't know 24% 13% 63% 193

Income distribution among adults who say science is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who say science is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong 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 = 313. 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% 21% 12% 6% 313
Word of God; not everything taken literally 31% 23% 26% 20% 453
Not the word of God 25% 17% 29% 30% 1,919
Other/don't know 36% 15% 23% 26% 156

Educational distribution among adults who say science is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who say science is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who have completed…

Interpreting scripture High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 355. 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% 21% 6% 6% 355
Word of God; not everything taken literally 40% 25% 19% 15% 514
Not the word of God 25% 26% 27% 22% 2,096
Other/don't know 32% 30% 21% 17% 197

Marital status among adults who say science is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who say science is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who are…

Interpreting scripture Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 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 37% 9% 15% 6% 33% 361
Word of God; not everything taken literally 44% 8% 12% 4% 32% 514
Not the word of God 45% 10% 9% 3% 32% 2,094
Other/don't know 44% 6% 14% 2% 34% 193

Parent of children under 18 among adults who say science is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who say science is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who are…

Interpreting scripture Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 360. 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% 68% 360
Word of God; not everything taken literally 33% 67% 516
Not the word of God 28% 72% 2,102
Other/don't know 23% 77% 194

BeliefsandPractices

Belief in God among adults who say science is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who say science is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong 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 = 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 67% 26% 4% 2% 1% < 1% 361
Word of God; not everything taken literally 55% 36% 5% < 1% 3% < 1% 517
Not the word of God 16% 23% 12% < 1% 43% 5% 2,108
Other/don't know 41% 27% 10% < 1% 14% 8% 199

Importance of religion in one's life among adults who say science is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who say science is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who say religion is…

Interpreting scripture Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 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 70% 23% 4% 2% < 1% 361
Word of God; not everything taken literally 42% 43% 12% 3% < 1% 517
Not the word of God 10% 23% 23% 43% < 1% 2,108
Other/don't know 24% 38% 19% 15% 4% 199

Attendance at religious services among adults who say science is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who say science is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong 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 = 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 38% 39% 21% 1% 361
Word of God; not everything taken literally 25% 48% 26% 1% 517
Not the word of God 7% 29% 64% < 1% 2,108
Other/don't know 15% 43% 40% 3% 199

Frequency of prayer among adults who say science is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who say science is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who pray…

Interpreting scripture At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 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 63% 20% 6% 12% < 1% 361
Word of God; not everything taken literally 44% 27% 8% 20% < 1% 517
Not the word of God 15% 11% 7% 66% < 1% 2,108
Other/don't know 31% 19% 6% 38% 6% 199

Frequency of participation in prayer, scripture study or religious education groups among adults who say science is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who say science is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong 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 = 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 32% 17% 11% 40% < 1% 361
Word of God; not everything taken literally 13% 12% 10% 64% < 1% 517
Not the word of God 3% 3% 5% 89% < 1% 2,108
Other/don't know 7% 3% 11% 75% 4% 199

Frequency of meditation among adults who say science is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who say science is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong 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 = 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 50% 10% 3% 34% 2% 361
Word of God; not everything taken literally 29% 13% 4% 54% < 1% 517
Not the word of God 24% 10% 6% 58% 2% 2,108
Other/don't know 33% 4% 3% 56% 4% 199

Frequency of feeling spiritual peace and wellbeing among adults who say science is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who say science is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong 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 = 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 61% 13% 11% 14% 1% 361
Word of God; not everything taken literally 46% 18% 18% 18% 1% 517
Not the word of God 38% 17% 12% 32% 2% 2,108
Other/don't know 39% 15% 13% 28% 6% 199

Frequency of feeling wonder about the universe among adults who say science is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who say science is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong 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 = 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 44% 10% 18% 27% < 1% 361
Word of God; not everything taken literally 38% 17% 16% 29% < 1% 517
Not the word of God 51% 18% 13% 18% 1% 2,108
Other/don't know 41% 14% 16% 26% 3% 199

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong among adults who say science is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who say science is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong 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 = 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 30% 67% 1% 2% 361
Word of God; not everything taken literally 26% 74% < 1% 1% 517
Not the word of God 17% 81% 1% 1% 2,108
Other/don't know 20% 75% 2% 4% 199

Frequency of reading scripture among adults who say science is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who say science is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong 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 = 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 39% 14% 11% 35% 1% 361
Word of God; not everything taken literally 20% 15% 13% 52% < 1% 517
Not the word of God 4% 5% 7% 83% 1% 2,108
Other/don't know 14% 7% 10% 67% 3% 199

Belief in Heaven among adults who say science is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who say science is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who …in heaven

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 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 89% 7% 4% 361
Word of God; not everything taken literally 85% 12% 3% 517
Not the word of God 28% 65% 7% 2,108
Other/don't know 51% 27% 23% 199

Belief in Hell among adults who say science is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who say science is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who …in hell

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 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 77% 18% 5% 361
Word of God; not everything taken literally 67% 28% 5% 517
Not the word of God 18% 77% 5% 2,108
Other/don't know 34% 43% 23% 199

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among adults who say science is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who say science is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who identify as…

Interpreting scripture Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 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 29% 19% 53% 361
Word of God; not everything taken literally 33% 18% 50% 517
Not the word of God 19% 16% 65% 2,108
Other/don't know 24% 30% 45% 199

Political ideology among adults who say science is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who say science is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who are…

Interpreting scripture Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 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 42% 25% 27% 5% 361
Word of God; not everything taken literally 28% 45% 24% 3% 517
Not the word of God 14% 34% 48% 4% 2,108
Other/don't know 20% 32% 31% 17% 199

Views about size of government among adults who say science is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who say science is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who would rather have…

Interpreting scripture Smaller government; fewer services Bigger government; more services Depends Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 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 24% 74% < 1% 2% 361
Word of God; not everything taken literally 43% 53% 1% 2% 517
Not the word of God 42% 52% 3% 3% 2,108
Other/don't know 41% 45% 7% 7% 199

Views about government aid to the poor among adults who say science is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who say science is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong 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 = 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 43% 52% 2% 3% 361
Word of God; not everything taken literally 43% 54% 2% 1% 517
Not the word of God 29% 67% 3% 1% 2,108
Other/don't know 32% 56% 7% 5% 199

Views about abortion among adults who say science is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who say science is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who say abortion should be…

Interpreting scripture Legal in all/most cases Illegal in all/most cases Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 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 46% 49% 5% 361
Word of God; not everything taken literally 59% 38% 3% 517
Not the word of God 81% 16% 2% 2,108
Other/don't know 67% 24% 8% 199

Views about homosexuality among adults who say science is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who say science is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who say homosexuality…

Interpreting scripture Should be accepted Should be discouraged Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 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 58% 35% 4% 2% 361
Word of God; not everything taken literally 73% 21% 1% 4% 517
Not the word of God 89% 8% 1% 1% 2,108
Other/don't know 81% 9% 5% 5% 199

Views about same-sex marriage among adults who say science is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who say science is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who …same-sex marriage

Interpreting scripture Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 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 46% 47% 7% 361
Word of God; not everything taken literally 66% 29% 6% 517
Not the word of God 86% 11% 3% 2,108
Other/don't know 67% 15% 18% 199

Views about environmental regulation among adults who say science is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who say science is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong 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 = 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 44% 51% 1% 3% 361
Word of God; not everything taken literally 33% 63% 2% 2% 517
Not the word of God 20% 78% 1% 1% 2,108
Other/don't know 26% 64% 3% 7% 199

Views about human evolution among adults who say science is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who say science is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong 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 = 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 28% 22% 2% 45% 3% 361
Word of God; not everything taken literally 41% 32% 3% 23% 2% 517
Not the word of God 79% 10% 3% 7% 1% 2,108
Other/don't know 50% 15% 12% 15% 8% 199