Interpreting scripture among adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer services

% of adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer 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 = 19,186. 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 29% 30% 3% 31% 6% 19,186
2007 30% 29% 3% 30% 8% 16,980

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Interpreting scripture among adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer services by religious group

% of adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer 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 = 102. 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% 13% 2% 75% 8% 102
Catholic 19% 43% 2% 29% 7% 3,868
Evangelical Protestant 56% 29% 4% 7% 4% 5,851
Historically Black Protestant 54% 29% 2% 11% 5% 454
Jewish 12% 30% 3% 45% 9% 336
Mainline Protestant 23% 39% 3% 27% 9% 3,687
Mormon 30% 59% 5% 3% 3% 524
Orthodox Christian 15% 44% 3% 27% 11% 120
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 6% 12% 1% 74% 7% 3,541

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DemographicInformation

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

% of adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer services who are ages…

Interpreting scripture 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 5,335. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 10% 32% 32% 25% 5,335
Word of God; not everything taken literally 19% 34% 27% 20% 5,941
Word of God; other/don't know 12% 30% 29% 29% 527
Not the word of God 27% 36% 24% 13% 5,758
Other/don't know 15% 33% 29% 23% 1,231

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

% of adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer services who are…

Interpreting scripture Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 5,335. 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 6% 8% 28% 39% 17% 2% 5,335
Word of God; not everything taken literally 12% 12% 28% 33% 13% 1% 5,941
Word of God; other/don't know 8% 9% 25% 36% 20% 2% 527
Not the word of God 17% 17% 28% 28% 8% 1% 5,758
Other/don't know 7% 13% 28% 36% 14% 2% 1,231

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

% of adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer services who are…

Interpreting scripture Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 5,455. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 49% 51% 5,455
Word of God; not everything taken literally 52% 48% 6,038
Word of God; other/don't know 50% 50% 558
Not the word of God 64% 36% 5,844
Other/don't know 56% 44% 1,291

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

% of adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer services who identify as…

Interpreting scripture White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 5,382. 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% 8% 1% 8% 3% 5,382
Word of God; not everything taken literally 83% 4% 2% 7% 4% 5,966
Word of God; other/don't know 83% 4% 2% 6% 5% 539
Not the word of God 78% 4% 5% 10% 4% 5,740
Other/don't know 77% 6% 4% 8% 5% 1,248

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

% of adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer services who are…

Interpreting scripture Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 5,403. 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 7% 7% 86% 5,403
Word of God; not everything taken literally 7% 9% 84% 5,997
Word of God; other/don't know 7% 8% 85% 547
Not the word of God 11% 12% 77% 5,787
Other/don't know 10% 10% 80% 1,269

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

% of adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer 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 = 4,675. 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% 24% 31% 15% 4,675
Word of God; not everything taken literally 22% 21% 33% 24% 5,356
Word of God; other/don't know 25% 21% 33% 21% 428
Not the word of God 23% 20% 30% 27% 5,263
Other/don't know 28% 20% 28% 24% 1,035

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

% of adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer services who have completed…

Interpreting scripture High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 5,425. 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% 34% 15% 6% 5,425
Word of God; not everything taken literally 32% 35% 21% 12% 6,019
Word of God; other/don't know 33% 37% 17% 12% 552
Not the word of God 33% 34% 21% 13% 5,820
Other/don't know 32% 39% 18% 12% 1,274

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

% of adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer services who are…

Interpreting scripture Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 5,436. 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% 3% 12% 9% 13% 5,436
Word of God; not everything taken literally 58% 5% 11% 6% 21% 6,019
Word of God; other/don't know 64% 2% 9% 11% 15% 550
Not the word of God 46% 10% 12% 4% 29% 5,827
Other/don't know 54% 7% 13% 8% 18% 1,268

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

% of adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer services who are…

Interpreting scripture Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 5,437. 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% 72% 5,437
Word of God; not everything taken literally 30% 70% 6,015
Word of God; other/don't know 27% 73% 551
Not the word of God 26% 74% 5,827
Other/don't know 26% 74% 1,282

BeliefsandPractices

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

% of adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer 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 = 5,455. 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 94% 5% 1% < 1% < 1% < 1% 5,455
Word of God; not everything taken literally 79% 19% 1% < 1% < 1% < 1% 6,038
Word of God; other/don't know 91% 7% < 1% 1% < 1% 1% 558
Not the word of God 29% 30% 12% 1% 23% 5% 5,844
Other/don't know 61% 23% 5% 2% 4% 6% 1,291

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

% of adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer 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 = 5,455. 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 87% 11% 1% 1% < 1% 5,455
Word of God; not everything taken literally 62% 30% 6% 2% < 1% 6,038
Word of God; other/don't know 83% 13% 2% 1% 2% 558
Not the word of God 15% 31% 25% 27% 1% 5,844
Other/don't know 44% 35% 11% 8% 2% 1,291

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

% of adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer 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 = 5,455. 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% 23% 10% < 1% 5,455
Word of God; not everything taken literally 44% 39% 17% < 1% 6,038
Word of God; other/don't know 61% 25% 13% 1% 558
Not the word of God 8% 33% 58% < 1% 5,844
Other/don't know 25% 39% 35% 2% 1,291

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

% of adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer services who pray…

Interpreting scripture At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 5,455. 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% 10% 2% 3% 1% 5,455
Word of God; not everything taken literally 63% 22% 6% 8% < 1% 6,038
Word of God; other/don't know 82% 11% 3% 2% 2% 558
Not the word of God 24% 15% 8% 52% 1% 5,844
Other/don't know 51% 18% 7% 21% 4% 1,291

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

% of adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer 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 = 5,455. 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% 13% 9% 27% < 1% 5,455
Word of God; not everything taken literally 25% 11% 11% 52% < 1% 6,038
Word of God; other/don't know 41% 11% 9% 38% 1% 558
Not the word of God 5% 3% 5% 87% < 1% 5,844
Other/don't know 14% 7% 8% 68% 2% 1,291

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

% of adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer 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 = 5,455. 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% 6% 3% 36% 2% 5,455
Word of God; not everything taken literally 38% 8% 4% 48% 1% 6,038
Word of God; other/don't know 50% 5% 2% 39% 5% 558
Not the word of God 28% 10% 5% 56% 1% 5,844
Other/don't know 38% 8% 4% 47% 3% 1,291

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

% of adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer 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 = 5,455. 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% 9% 5% 5% 1% 5,455
Word of God; not everything taken literally 60% 19% 10% 10% 1% 6,038
Word of God; other/don't know 76% 11% 5% 5% 3% 558
Not the word of God 41% 17% 12% 30% 1% 5,844
Other/don't know 53% 15% 10% 19% 4% 1,291

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

% of adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer 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 = 5,455. 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% 15% 10% 26% 2% 5,455
Word of God; not everything taken literally 43% 18% 14% 24% 1% 6,038
Word of God; other/don't know 44% 15% 11% 24% 5% 558
Not the word of God 46% 17% 15% 22% < 1% 5,844
Other/don't know 44% 15% 13% 25% 3% 1,291

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

% of adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer 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 = 5,455. 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% 3% 25% 2% 2% 5,455
Word of God; not everything taken literally 41% 8% 45% 4% 2% 6,038
Word of God; other/don't know 56% 4% 29% 3% 8% 558
Not the word of God 6% 16% 63% 14% 1% 5,844
Other/don't know 21% 12% 55% 7% 5% 1,291

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

% of adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer 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 = 5,455. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 60% 38% 1% 1% 5,455
Word of God; not everything taken literally 43% 55% 1% < 1% 6,038
Word of God; other/don't know 54% 38% 6% 2% 558
Not the word of God 25% 73% 1% 1% 5,844
Other/don't know 33% 62% 3% 2% 1,291

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

% of adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer 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 = 5,455. 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% 10% 6% 15% 1% 5,455
Word of God; not everything taken literally 38% 13% 11% 37% < 1% 6,038
Word of God; other/don't know 62% 12% 6% 18% 2% 558
Not the word of God 8% 6% 9% 77% < 1% 5,844
Other/don't know 24% 12% 10% 52% 2% 1,291

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

% of adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer services who …in heaven

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 5,455. 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 90% 5% 6% 5,455
Word of God; not everything taken literally 90% 6% 5% 6,038
Word of God; other/don't know 80% 6% 14% 558
Not the word of God 44% 48% 9% 5,844
Other/don't know 66% 14% 19% 1,291

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

% of adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer services who …in hell

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 5,455. 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% 10% 6% 5,455
Word of God; not everything taken literally 72% 21% 7% 6,038
Word of God; other/don't know 71% 13% 16% 558
Not the word of God 28% 64% 8% 5,844
Other/don't know 50% 29% 20% 1,291

SocialandPoliticalViews

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

% of adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer services who identify as…

Interpreting scripture Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 5,455. 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% 14% 21% 5,455
Word of God; not everything taken literally 64% 13% 23% 6,038
Word of God; other/don't know 62% 21% 17% 558
Not the word of God 41% 20% 38% 5,844
Other/don't know 48% 26% 26% 1,291

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

% of adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer services who are…

Interpreting scripture Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 5,455. 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 69% 20% 7% 4% 5,455
Word of God; not everything taken literally 52% 35% 9% 3% 6,038
Word of God; other/don't know 63% 21% 5% 10% 558
Not the word of God 27% 45% 23% 5% 5,844
Other/don't know 38% 39% 14% 9% 1,291

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

% of adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer 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 = 5,455. 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 69% 26% 3% 2% 5,455
Word of God; not everything taken literally 67% 30% 3% 1% 6,038
Word of God; other/don't know 68% 21% 7% 4% 558
Not the word of God 54% 41% 3% 1% 5,844
Other/don't know 56% 32% 8% 4% 1,291

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

% of adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer 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 = 5,455. 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 25% 72% 3% 5,455
Word of God; not everything taken literally 42% 55% 3% 6,038
Word of God; other/don't know 23% 67% 10% 558
Not the word of God 75% 22% 3% 5,844
Other/don't know 54% 35% 11% 1,291

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

% of adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer services who say homosexuality…

Interpreting scripture Should be accepted Should be discouraged Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 5,455. 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 25% 67% 4% 3% 5,455
Word of God; not everything taken literally 57% 36% 4% 3% 6,038
Word of God; other/don't know 27% 54% 10% 9% 558
Not the word of God 82% 13% 3% 2% 5,844
Other/don't know 59% 25% 9% 8% 1,291

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

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

Interpreting scripture Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 5,455. 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% 77% 6% 5,455
Word of God; not everything taken literally 44% 48% 7% 6,038
Word of God; other/don't know 18% 66% 15% 558
Not the word of God 76% 19% 6% 5,844
Other/don't know 49% 34% 17% 1,291

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

% of adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer 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 = 5,455. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 60% 34% 3% 3% 5,455
Word of God; not everything taken literally 50% 47% 2% 1% 6,038
Word of God; other/don't know 55% 31% 8% 5% 558
Not the word of God 37% 59% 2% 2% 5,844
Other/don't know 45% 45% 6% 5% 1,291

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

% of adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer 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 = 5,455. 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 7% 19% 2% 67% 5% 5,455
Word of God; not everything taken literally 17% 39% 3% 37% 3% 6,038
Word of God; other/don't know 6% 19% 3% 57% 14% 558
Not the word of God 61% 20% 5% 13% 2% 5,844
Other/don't know 27% 28% 12% 23% 10% 1,291