Interpreting scripture among adults who would rather have a bigger government with more services

% of adults who would rather have a bigger government with more services 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 = 13,339. 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 34% 23% 2% 35% 6% 13,339
2007 37% 26% 3% 26% 8% 14,306

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Interpreting scripture among adults who would rather have a bigger government with more services by religious group

% of adults who would rather have a bigger government with more services 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 = 134. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Buddhist 7% 8% < 1% 72% 13% 134
Catholic 34% 30% 2% 27% 7% 2,884
Evangelical Protestant 54% 30% 3% 8% 4% 2,210
Hindu 18% 20% 1% 51% 9% 103
Historically Black Protestant 63% 22% 2% 8% 5% 1,326
Jehovah's Witness 59% 31% 2% 2% 6% 109
Jewish 11% 22% < 1% 62% 5% 442
Mainline Protestant 28% 32% 2% 31% 8% 1,908
Mormon 43% 38% 2% 14% 3% 119
Muslim 45% 29% 8% 12% 6% 163
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 13% 10% 1% 70% 5% 3,419

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DemographicInformation

Age distribution among adults who would rather have a bigger government with more services by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who would rather have a bigger government with more services who are ages…

Interpreting scripture 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 3,743. 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% 36% 28% 16% 3,743
Word of God; not everything taken literally 32% 34% 21% 12% 2,994
Word of God; other/don't know 16% 31% 31% 22% 236
Not the word of God 32% 34% 21% 12% 5,321
Other/don't know 24% 34% 26% 17% 808

Generational cohort among adults who would rather have a bigger government with more services by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who would rather have a bigger government with more services who are…

Interpreting scripture Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 3,743. 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% 14% 30% 32% 11% 1% 3,743
Word of God; not everything taken literally 23% 17% 27% 25% 8% 1% 2,994
Word of God; other/don't know 9% 9% 29% 36% 15% 2% 236
Not the word of God 20% 20% 26% 26% 7% 1% 5,321
Other/don't know 12% 19% 26% 30% 11% 2% 808

Gender composition among adults who would rather have a bigger government with more services by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who would rather have a bigger government with more services who are…

Interpreting scripture Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 3,813. 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% 62% 3,813
Word of God; not everything taken literally 36% 64% 3,046
Word of God; other/don't know 37% 63% 243
Not the word of God 48% 52% 5,399
Other/don't know 40% 60% 838

Racial and ethnic composition among adults who would rather have a bigger government with more services by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who would rather have a bigger government with more services who identify as…

Interpreting scripture White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 3,780. 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% 31% 3% 30% 4% 3,780
Word of God; not everything taken literally 51% 19% 5% 22% 4% 3,025
Word of God; other/don't know 37% 21% 4% 34% 3% 239
Not the word of God 65% 8% 7% 16% 4% 5,344
Other/don't know 48% 17% 6% 23% 5% 822

Immigrant status among adults who would rather have a bigger government with more services by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who would rather have a bigger government with more services who are…

Interpreting scripture Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 3,716. 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% 8% 63% 3,716
Word of God; not everything taken literally 20% 12% 68% 2,997
Word of God; other/don't know 37% 7% 56% 238
Not the word of God 18% 14% 68% 5,342
Other/don't know 25% 9% 67% 808

Income distribution among adults who would rather have a bigger government with more services by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who would rather have a bigger government with more services who have a household income of…

Interpreting scripture Less than $30,000 $30,000-$49,999 $50,000-$99,999 $100,000 or more Sample Size
Sample size = 3,262. 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 64% 19% 12% 5% 3,262
Word of God; not everything taken literally 42% 21% 24% 14% 2,691
Word of God; other/don't know 59% 18% 16% 7% 193
Not the word of God 30% 18% 28% 24% 4,940
Other/don't know 48% 20% 19% 13% 679

Educational distribution among adults who would rather have a bigger government with more services by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who would rather have a bigger government with more services who have completed…

Interpreting scripture High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 3,780. 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 66% 24% 6% 3% 3,780
Word of God; not everything taken literally 45% 31% 14% 10% 3,034
Word of God; other/don't know 62% 24% 10% 4% 240
Not the word of God 29% 29% 23% 19% 5,380
Other/don't know 44% 31% 14% 11% 826

Marital status among adults who would rather have a bigger government with more services by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who would rather have a bigger government with more services who are…

Interpreting scripture Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 3,799. 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% 7% 18% 9% 27% 3,799
Word of God; not everything taken literally 39% 8% 14% 5% 34% 3,038
Word of God; other/don't know 41% 7% 20% 10% 22% 242
Not the word of God 41% 12% 11% 4% 33% 5,374
Other/don't know 36% 11% 16% 6% 31% 826

Parent of children under 18 among adults who would rather have a bigger government with more services by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who would rather have a bigger government with more services who are…

Interpreting scripture Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 3,800. 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% 3,800
Word of God; not everything taken literally 33% 67% 3,037
Word of God; other/don't know 30% 70% 242
Not the word of God 27% 73% 5,386
Other/don't know 32% 68% 830

BeliefsandPractices

Belief in God among adults who would rather have a bigger government with more services by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who would rather have a bigger government with more services who say they…

Interpreting scripture Believe in God; absolutely certain Believe in God; fairly certain Believe in God; not too/not at all certain Believe in God; don't know Do not believe in God Other/don't know if they believe in God Sample Size
Sample size = 3,813. 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% 3,813
Word of God; not everything taken literally 72% 23% 3% < 1% 1% < 1% 3,046
Word of God; other/don't know 80% 15% 1% 2% 1% 1% 243
Not the word of God 26% 27% 13% < 1% 30% 4% 5,399
Other/don't know 59% 26% 5% 2% 4% 4% 838

Importance of religion in one's life among adults who would rather have a bigger government with more services by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who would rather have a bigger government with more services who say religion is…

Interpreting scripture Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,813. 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% 14% 2% 1% < 1% 3,813
Word of God; not everything taken literally 60% 33% 6% 2% < 1% 3,046
Word of God; other/don't know 79% 18% 1% 1% 1% 243
Not the word of God 17% 29% 24% 30% 1% 5,399
Other/don't know 51% 30% 11% 6% 2% 838

Attendance at religious services among adults who would rather have a bigger government with more services by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who would rather have a bigger government with more services who attend religious services…

Interpreting scripture At least once a week Once or twice a month/a few times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,813. 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% 31% 14% 1% 3,813
Word of God; not everything taken literally 37% 43% 19% < 1% 3,046
Word of God; other/don't know 44% 35% 19% 2% 243
Not the word of God 10% 33% 57% < 1% 5,399
Other/don't know 27% 45% 26% 2% 838

Frequency of prayer among adults who would rather have a bigger government with more services by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who would rather have a bigger government with more services who pray…

Interpreting scripture At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,813. 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 76% 15% 3% 6% 1% 3,813
Word of God; not everything taken literally 63% 20% 7% 11% < 1% 3,046
Word of God; other/don't know 77% 11% 3% 8% 2% 243
Not the word of God 23% 15% 8% 53% < 1% 5,399
Other/don't know 53% 17% 7% 20% 4% 838

Frequency of participation in prayer, scripture study or religious education groups among adults who would rather have a bigger government with more services by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who would rather have a bigger government with more services who attend prayer group…

Interpreting scripture At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,813. 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% 14% 10% 33% 1% 3,813
Word of God; not everything taken literally 23% 13% 12% 53% < 1% 3,046
Word of God; other/don't know 38% 10% 12% 38% 2% 243
Not the word of God 5% 4% 5% 86% < 1% 5,399
Other/don't know 17% 9% 7% 65% 2% 838

Frequency of meditation among adults who would rather have a bigger government with more services by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who would rather have a bigger government with more services who meditate…

Interpreting scripture At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,813. 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 53% 8% 3% 33% 2% 3,813
Word of God; not everything taken literally 38% 9% 4% 48% 1% 3,046
Word of God; other/don't know 52% 5% 5% 33% 5% 243
Not the word of God 29% 11% 6% 53% 1% 5,399
Other/don't know 40% 11% 4% 42% 3% 838

Frequency of feeling spiritual peace and wellbeing among adults who would rather have a bigger government with more services by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who would rather have a bigger government with more services who feel a sense of spiritual peace and wellbeing…

Interpreting scripture At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,813. 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% 12% 7% 9% 1% 3,813
Word of God; not everything taken literally 58% 17% 11% 13% < 1% 3,046
Word of God; other/don't know 66% 10% 11% 7% 6% 243
Not the word of God 42% 18% 12% 27% 1% 5,399
Other/don't know 56% 14% 10% 16% 4% 838

Frequency of feeling wonder about the universe among adults who would rather have a bigger government with more services by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who would rather have a bigger government with more services who feel a sense of wonder about the universe…

Interpreting scripture At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,813. 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% 14% 11% 27% 2% 3,813
Word of God; not everything taken literally 40% 18% 14% 28% < 1% 3,046
Word of God; other/don't know 43% 12% 10% 26% 9% 243
Not the word of God 49% 17% 13% 20% 1% 5,399
Other/don't know 46% 13% 13% 25% 3% 838

Sources of guidance on right and wrong among adults who would rather have a bigger government with more services by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who would rather have a bigger government with more services who say they look to…most for guidance on right and wrong

Interpreting scripture Religion Philosophy/reason Common sense Science Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,813. 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% 6% 35% 7% 1% 3,813
Word of God; not everything taken literally 34% 10% 47% 8% 1% 3,046
Word of God; other/don't know 41% 2% 41% 5% 11% 243
Not the word of God 6% 21% 52% 19% 1% 5,399
Other/don't know 24% 10% 51% 10% 5% 838

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong among adults who would rather have a bigger government with more services by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who would rather have a bigger government with more services who say…

Interpreting scripture There are clear standards for what is right and wrong Right or wrong depends on the situation Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,813. 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% 68% 1% 2% 3,813
Word of God; not everything taken literally 26% 73% 1% < 1% 3,046
Word of God; other/don't know 28% 64% 3% 6% 243
Not the word of God 15% 84% 1% 1% 5,399
Other/don't know 22% 74% 3% 2% 838

Frequency of reading scripture among adults who would rather have a bigger government with more services by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who would rather have a bigger government with more services who read scripture…

Interpreting scripture At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,813. 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 56% 12% 7% 24% 1% 3,813
Word of God; not everything taken literally 35% 15% 12% 38% < 1% 3,046
Word of God; other/don't know 53% 10% 8% 27% 2% 243
Not the word of God 8% 7% 7% 78% < 1% 5,399
Other/don't know 29% 11% 10% 47% 3% 838

Belief in Heaven among adults who would rather have a bigger government with more services by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who would rather have a bigger government with more services who …in heaven

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,813. 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% 3% 3,813
Word of God; not everything taken literally 89% 8% 3% 3,046
Word of God; other/don't know 84% 7% 9% 243
Not the word of God 39% 53% 8% 5,399
Other/don't know 65% 16% 19% 838

Belief in Hell among adults who would rather have a bigger government with more services by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who would rather have a bigger government with more services who …in hell

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,813. 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 80% 14% 6% 3,813
Word of God; not everything taken literally 68% 26% 6% 3,046
Word of God; other/don't know 76% 13% 11% 243
Not the word of God 25% 68% 7% 5,399
Other/don't know 46% 36% 19% 838

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among adults who would rather have a bigger government with more services by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who would rather have a bigger government with more services who identify as…

Interpreting scripture Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 3,813. 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% 22% 56% 3,813
Word of God; not everything taken literally 21% 18% 61% 3,046
Word of God; other/don't know 16% 35% 48% 243
Not the word of God 10% 13% 77% 5,399
Other/don't know 13% 27% 60% 838

Political ideology among adults who would rather have a bigger government with more services by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who would rather have a bigger government with more services who are…

Interpreting scripture Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,813. 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% 30% 24% 9% 3,813
Word of God; not everything taken literally 23% 42% 30% 5% 3,046
Word of God; other/don't know 30% 28% 25% 18% 243
Not the word of God 10% 28% 58% 4% 5,399
Other/don't know 21% 32% 34% 14% 838

Views about government aid to the poor among adults who would rather have a bigger government with more services by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who would rather have a bigger government with more services who say government aid to the poor…

Interpreting scripture Does more harm than good Does more good than harm Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,813. 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% 64% 3% 2% 3,813
Word of God; not everything taken literally 27% 70% 2% 1% 3,046
Word of God; other/don't know 25% 59% 10% 7% 243
Not the word of God 18% 79% 2% 1% 5,399
Other/don't know 24% 67% 6% 3% 838

Views about abortion among adults who would rather have a bigger government with more services by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who would rather have a bigger government with more services who say abortion should be…

Interpreting scripture Legal in all/most cases Illegal in all/most cases Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,813. 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% 56% 5% 3,813
Word of God; not everything taken literally 57% 41% 2% 3,046
Word of God; other/don't know 40% 46% 15% 243
Not the word of God 82% 16% 2% 5,399
Other/don't know 58% 31% 11% 838

Views about homosexuality among adults who would rather have a bigger government with more services by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who would rather have a bigger government with more services who say homosexuality…

Interpreting scripture Should be accepted Should be discouraged Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,813. 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% 43% 3% 4% 3,813
Word of God; not everything taken literally 73% 22% 3% 2% 3,046
Word of God; other/don't know 54% 29% 7% 9% 243
Not the word of God 91% 7% 1% 1% 5,399
Other/don't know 70% 19% 7% 4% 838

Views about same-sex marriage among adults who would rather have a bigger government with more services by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who would rather have a bigger government with more services who …same-sex marriage

Interpreting scripture Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,813. 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% 55% 8% 3,813
Word of God; not everything taken literally 64% 30% 6% 3,046
Word of God; other/don't know 43% 37% 21% 243
Not the word of God 87% 9% 3% 5,399
Other/don't know 66% 25% 9% 838

Views about environmental regulation among adults who would rather have a bigger government with more services by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who would rather have a bigger government with more services who say…

Interpreting scripture Stricter environmental laws and regulations cost too many jobs and hurt the economy Stricter environmental laws and regulations are worth the cost Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,813. 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% 56% 1% 5% 3,813
Word of God; not everything taken literally 26% 71% 1% 1% 3,046
Word of God; other/don't know 31% 52% 2% 15% 243
Not the word of God 16% 82% 1% 1% 5,399
Other/don't know 25% 67% 3% 6% 838

Views about human evolution among adults who would rather have a bigger government with more services by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who would rather have a bigger government with more services who say humans…

Interpreting scripture Evolved; due to natural processes Evolved; due to God's design Evolved; don't know how Always existed in present form Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,813. 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 17% 26% 2% 50% 5% 3,813
Word of God; not everything taken literally 25% 37% 2% 33% 2% 3,046
Word of God; other/don't know 17% 23% 7% 32% 21% 243
Not the word of God 70% 14% 3% 11% 2% 5,399
Other/don't know 30% 26% 10% 26% 7% 838