Interpreting scripture among adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage

% of adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage 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 = 18,708. 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 15% 26% 1% 50% 7% 18,708

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Interpreting scripture among adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage by religious group

% of adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage 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 = 231. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Buddhist 3% 9% 1% 75% 11% 231
Catholic 19% 35% 2% 36% 7% 4,011
Evangelical Protestant 31% 43% 3% 16% 7% 2,227
Hindu 5% 20% < 1% 68% 7% 126
Historically Black Protestant 46% 31% 2% 15% 7% 740
Jewish 3% 20% 1% 69% 7% 689
Mainline Protestant 13% 37% 1% 39% 10% 3,464
Mormon 32% 44% 2% 18% 3% 155
Muslim 25% 39% 8% 19% 9% 105
Orthodox Christian 13% 34% 3% 37% 14% 105
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 5% 9% < 1% 80% 6% 5,996

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DemographicInformation

Age distribution among adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage who are ages…

Interpreting scripture 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 2,247. 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% 38% 26% 12% 2,247
Word of God; not everything taken literally 29% 34% 23% 14% 4,694
Word of God; other/don't know 19% 27% 36% 18% 236
Not the word of God 32% 36% 21% 11% 9,842
Other/don't know 23% 35% 25% 17% 1,400

Generational cohort among adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage who are…

Interpreting scripture Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 2,247. 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% 16% 30% 30% 7% 1% 2,247
Word of God; not everything taken literally 20% 15% 27% 28% 9% 1% 4,694
Word of God; other/don't know 11% 10% 25% 39% 15% < 1% 236
Not the word of God 20% 20% 27% 25% 6% 1% 9,842
Other/don't know 11% 19% 29% 29% 11% 1% 1,400

Gender composition among adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage who are…

Interpreting scripture Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 2,272. 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% 2,272
Word of God; not everything taken literally 40% 60% 4,755
Word of God; other/don't know 34% 66% 248
Not the word of God 52% 48% 9,970
Other/don't know 41% 59% 1,463

Racial and ethnic composition among adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage who identify as…

Interpreting scripture White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 2,256. 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% 23% 2% 27% 3% 2,256
Word of God; not everything taken literally 69% 10% 3% 14% 4% 4,719
Word of God; other/don't know 56% 11% 2% 25% 5% 243
Not the word of God 74% 5% 6% 12% 4% 9,843
Other/don't know 69% 8% 5% 13% 5% 1,430

Immigrant status among adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage who are…

Interpreting scripture Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 2,228. 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 23% 10% 67% 2,228
Word of God; not everything taken literally 11% 12% 77% 4,707
Word of God; other/don't know 27% 7% 66% 246
Not the word of God 13% 13% 74% 9,883
Other/don't know 13% 11% 77% 1,432

Income distribution among adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage 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 = 1,977. 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% 21% 17% 8% 1,977
Word of God; not everything taken literally 30% 21% 28% 20% 4,239
Word of God; other/don't know 41% 23% 23% 13% 200
Not the word of God 25% 19% 29% 27% 9,070
Other/don't know 36% 19% 26% 19% 1,195

Educational distribution among adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage who have completed…

Interpreting scripture High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 2,262. 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% 2,262
Word of God; not everything taken literally 36% 34% 18% 12% 4,744
Word of God; other/don't know 48% 32% 13% 7% 246
Not the word of God 26% 32% 24% 17% 9,934
Other/don't know 32% 36% 18% 14% 1,447

Marital status among adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage who are…

Interpreting scripture Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 2,266. 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% 10% 17% 6% 28% 2,266
Word of God; not everything taken literally 46% 7% 12% 5% 31% 4,741
Word of God; other/don't know 43% 9% 16% 9% 23% 246
Not the word of God 43% 11% 10% 3% 32% 9,937
Other/don't know 45% 10% 13% 6% 26% 1,445

Parent of children under 18 among adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage who are…

Interpreting scripture Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 2,264. 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 34% 66% 2,264
Word of God; not everything taken literally 30% 70% 4,742
Word of God; other/don't know 28% 72% 247
Not the word of God 26% 74% 9,945
Other/don't know 29% 71% 1,454

BeliefsandPractices

Belief in God among adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage 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 = 2,272. 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% 15% 2% 1% < 1% < 1% 2,272
Word of God; not everything taken literally 71% 25% 3% < 1% 1% < 1% 4,755
Word of God; other/don't know 82% 11% 1% 4% 2% 1% 248
Not the word of God 25% 28% 13% < 1% 29% 5% 9,970
Other/don't know 54% 27% 7% 1% 5% 6% 1,463

Importance of religion in one's life among adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage who say religion is…

Interpreting scripture Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,272. 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% 20% 3% 2% < 1% 2,272
Word of God; not everything taken literally 52% 39% 7% 2% < 1% 4,755
Word of God; other/don't know 77% 19% 2% 1% 1% 248
Not the word of God 14% 29% 25% 31% 1% 9,970
Other/don't know 40% 34% 15% 8% 2% 1,463

Attendance at religious services among adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage 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 = 2,272. 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% 38% 18% 1% 2,272
Word of God; not everything taken literally 32% 47% 21% < 1% 4,755
Word of God; other/don't know 42% 39% 18% 1% 248
Not the word of God 8% 32% 60% < 1% 9,970
Other/don't know 20% 41% 37% 2% 1,463

Frequency of prayer among adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage who pray…

Interpreting scripture At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,272. 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 71% 17% 5% 7% < 1% 2,272
Word of God; not everything taken literally 56% 24% 7% 12% < 1% 4,755
Word of God; other/don't know 76% 10% 4% 7% 3% 248
Not the word of God 22% 14% 8% 56% < 1% 9,970
Other/don't know 46% 19% 9% 23% 3% 1,463

Frequency of participation in prayer, scripture study or religious education groups among adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage 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 = 2,272. 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% 15% 10% 43% 1% 2,272
Word of God; not everything taken literally 15% 11% 12% 61% < 1% 4,755
Word of God; other/don't know 28% 9% 12% 48% 3% 248
Not the word of God 4% 4% 4% 88% < 1% 9,970
Other/don't know 11% 7% 8% 73% 2% 1,463

Frequency of meditation among adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage 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 = 2,272. 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% 8% 3% 42% 2% 2,272
Word of God; not everything taken literally 33% 9% 5% 53% < 1% 4,755
Word of God; other/don't know 50% 4% 2% 42% 2% 248
Not the word of God 29% 11% 6% 54% 1% 9,970
Other/don't know 37% 10% 5% 45% 2% 1,463

Frequency of feeling spiritual peace and wellbeing among adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage 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 = 2,272. 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 68% 14% 8% 10% 1% 2,272
Word of God; not everything taken literally 54% 20% 12% 13% < 1% 4,755
Word of God; other/don't know 65% 13% 10% 7% 5% 248
Not the word of God 42% 17% 12% 27% 1% 9,970
Other/don't know 53% 16% 11% 16% 4% 1,463

Frequency of feeling wonder about the universe among adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage 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 = 2,272. 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% 15% 12% 27% 1% 2,272
Word of God; not everything taken literally 40% 18% 15% 26% 1% 4,755
Word of God; other/don't know 41% 12% 14% 28% 5% 248
Not the word of God 49% 17% 14% 19% < 1% 9,970
Other/don't know 47% 16% 13% 22% 2% 1,463

Sources of guidance on right and wrong among adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage 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 = 2,272. 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% 7% 41% 8% 1% 2,272
Word of God; not everything taken literally 27% 12% 53% 7% 2% 4,755
Word of God; other/don't know 34% 6% 45% 5% 10% 248
Not the word of God 5% 20% 56% 17% 2% 9,970
Other/don't know 14% 14% 56% 9% 6% 1,463

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong among adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage 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 = 2,272. 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% 1% 2,272
Word of God; not everything taken literally 27% 72% 1% < 1% 4,755
Word of God; other/don't know 24% 71% 4% 2% 248
Not the word of God 18% 80% 1% 1% 9,970
Other/don't know 23% 72% 3% 2% 1,463

Frequency of reading scripture among adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage 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 = 2,272. 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% 8% 30% 1% 2,272
Word of God; not everything taken literally 27% 15% 12% 46% < 1% 4,755
Word of God; other/don't know 42% 15% 6% 34% 3% 248
Not the word of God 7% 6% 8% 79% < 1% 9,970
Other/don't know 19% 12% 11% 56% 2% 1,463

Belief in Heaven among adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage who …in heaven

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,272. 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% 2,272
Word of God; not everything taken literally 89% 7% 4% 4,755
Word of God; other/don't know 82% 10% 8% 248
Not the word of God 38% 54% 9% 9,970
Other/don't know 63% 18% 19% 1,463

Belief in Hell among adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage who …in hell

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,272. 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% 17% 6% 2,272
Word of God; not everything taken literally 66% 28% 6% 4,755
Word of God; other/don't know 68% 19% 13% 248
Not the word of God 23% 70% 7% 9,970
Other/don't know 42% 38% 20% 1,463

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage who identify as…

Interpreting scripture Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 2,272. 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% 20% 51% 2,272
Word of God; not everything taken literally 35% 16% 49% 4,755
Word of God; other/don't know 28% 29% 43% 248
Not the word of God 21% 16% 63% 9,970
Other/don't know 24% 26% 50% 1,463

Political ideology among adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage who are…

Interpreting scripture Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,272. 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% 34% 22% 7% 2,272
Word of God; not everything taken literally 26% 45% 25% 4% 4,755
Word of God; other/don't know 33% 33% 18% 16% 248
Not the word of God 13% 37% 45% 4% 9,970
Other/don't know 19% 40% 30% 11% 1,463

Views about size of government among adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage who would rather have…

Interpreting scripture Smaller government; fewer services Bigger government; more services Depends Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,272. 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% 64% 1% 2% 2,272
Word of God; not everything taken literally 50% 46% 2% 2% 4,755
Word of God; other/don't know 36% 49% 6% 10% 248
Not the word of God 46% 48% 3% 3% 9,970
Other/don't know 40% 41% 9% 9% 1,463

Views about government aid to the poor among adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage 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 = 2,272. 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% 57% 3% 2% 2,272
Word of God; not everything taken literally 42% 55% 3% 1% 4,755
Word of God; other/don't know 35% 51% 8% 5% 248
Not the word of God 31% 65% 3% 1% 9,970
Other/don't know 32% 54% 9% 5% 1,463

Views about abortion among adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage who say abortion should be…

Interpreting scripture Legal in all/most cases Illegal in all/most cases Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,272. 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% 46% 3% 2,272
Word of God; not everything taken literally 64% 34% 2% 4,755
Word of God; other/don't know 51% 41% 9% 248
Not the word of God 84% 14% 2% 9,970
Other/don't know 70% 21% 9% 1,463

Views about homosexuality among adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage who say homosexuality…

Interpreting scripture Should be accepted Should be discouraged Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,272. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 84% 11% 2% 2% 2,272
Word of God; not everything taken literally 92% 5% 2% 1% 4,755
Word of God; other/don't know 84% 4% 7% 6% 248
Not the word of God 96% 2% 1% 1% 9,970
Other/don't know 90% 4% 4% 2% 1,463

Views about environmental regulation among adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage 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 = 2,272. 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% 1% 3% 2,272
Word of God; not everything taken literally 32% 66% 2% 1% 4,755
Word of God; other/don't know 31% 56% 4% 9% 248
Not the word of God 21% 76% 2% 1% 9,970
Other/don't know 26% 64% 5% 5% 1,463

Views about human evolution among adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage 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 = 2,272. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 20% 32% 1% 45% 3% 2,272
Word of God; not everything taken literally 27% 42% 3% 26% 2% 4,755
Word of God; other/don't know 14% 34% 10% 28% 15% 248
Not the word of God 70% 16% 4% 9% 1% 9,970
Other/don't know 35% 27% 14% 16% 8% 1,463