Interpreting scripture among adults in the New York City metro area

% of adults in the New York City metro area 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 = 1,786. 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 26% 23% 3% 41% 7% 1,786

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Interpreting scripture among adults in the New York City metro area by religious group

% of adults in the New York City metro area who say the holy scripture is…

Religious tradition Word of God; should be taken literally Word of God; not everything taken literally Word of God; other/don't know Not the word of God Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 0. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Catholic 26% 29% 3% 33% 8% 602
Evangelical Protestant 49% 25% 10% 13% 3% 139
Historically Black Protestant 58% 27% < 1% 7% 8% 116
Jewish 21% 25% 2% 43% 8% 218
Mainline Protestant 22% 34% 2% 36% 6% 162
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 11% 9% 1% 74% 6% 388

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DemographicInformation

Age distribution among adults in the New York City metro area by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the New York City metro area who are ages…

Interpreting scripture 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 344. 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 18% 32% 30% 20% 344
Word of God; not everything taken literally 23% 33% 25% 19% 438
Not the word of God 25% 39% 23% 13% 752
Other/don't know 14% 45% 28% 14% 144

Generational cohort among adults in the New York City metro area by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the New York City metro area who are…

Interpreting scripture Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 344. 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 9% 12% 28% 34% 12% 4% 344
Word of God; not everything taken literally 13% 17% 26% 30% 11% 3% 438
Not the word of God 16% 20% 29% 26% 8% 1% 752
Other/don't know 8% 15% 36% 31% 10% 1% 144

Gender composition among adults in the New York City metro area by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the New York City metro area who are…

Interpreting scripture Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 355. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 42% 58% 355
Word of God; not everything taken literally 45% 55% 453
Not the word of God 53% 47% 771
Other/don't know 44% 56% 153

Racial and ethnic composition among adults in the New York City metro area by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the New York City metro area who identify as…

Interpreting scripture White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 349. 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% 31% 8% 32% 1% 349
Word of God; not everything taken literally 59% 15% 9% 15% 2% 445
Not the word of God 62% 9% 10% 18% 2% 757
Other/don't know 45% 15% 13% 25% 1% 146

Immigrant status among adults in the New York City metro area by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the New York City metro area who are…

Interpreting scripture Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 349. 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% 14% 35% 349
Word of God; not everything taken literally 23% 24% 53% 444
Not the word of God 25% 18% 56% 759
Other/don't know 36% 13% 51% 148

Income distribution among adults in the New York City metro area by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the New York City metro area 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 = 286. 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 55% 14% 21% 9% 286
Word of God; not everything taken literally 27% 18% 28% 27% 377
Not the word of God 22% 17% 28% 34% 676
Other/don't know 35% 15% 30% 19% 115

Educational distribution among adults in the New York City metro area by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the New York City metro area who have completed…

Interpreting scripture High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 353. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 62% 22% 10% 6% 353
Word of God; not everything taken literally 36% 30% 17% 17% 451
Not the word of God 29% 25% 25% 21% 769
Other/don't know 36% 26% 21% 18% 151

Marital status among adults in the New York City metro area by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the New York City metro area who are…

Interpreting scripture Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 353. 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 40% 6% 19% 8% 27% 353
Word of God; not everything taken literally 50% 5% 9% 6% 29% 453
Not the word of God 41% 9% 9% 4% 37% 769
Other/don't know 43% 13% 5% 7% 31% 147

Parent of children under 18 among adults in the New York City metro area by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the New York City metro area who are…

Interpreting scripture Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 352. 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% 69% 352
Word of God; not everything taken literally 30% 70% 450
Not the word of God 23% 77% 769
Other/don't know 27% 73% 152

BeliefsandPractices

Belief in God among adults in the New York City metro area by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the New York City metro area 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 = 355. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 80% 16% 1% 2% < 1% < 1% 355
Word of God; not everything taken literally 77% 20% 2% < 1% 1% < 1% 453
Not the word of God 31% 27% 13% < 1% 24% 5% 771
Other/don't know 56% 25% 6% 2% 5% 6% 153

Importance of religion in one's life among adults in the New York City metro area by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the New York City metro area who say religion is…

Interpreting scripture Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 355. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 83% 13% 2% 3% < 1% 355
Word of God; not everything taken literally 63% 28% 5% 3% 1% 453
Not the word of God 16% 36% 20% 27% 2% 771
Other/don't know 41% 35% 15% 8% 1% 153

Attendance at religious services among adults in the New York City metro area by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the New York City metro area 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 = 355. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 57% 28% 14% < 1% 355
Word of God; not everything taken literally 43% 40% 17% < 1% 453
Not the word of God 10% 36% 53% < 1% 771
Other/don't know 25% 41% 29% 5% 153

Frequency of prayer among adults in the New York City metro area by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the New York City metro area who pray…

Interpreting scripture At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 355. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 82% 10% 2% 6% < 1% 355
Word of God; not everything taken literally 66% 17% 6% 11% < 1% 453
Not the word of God 26% 13% 9% 51% 1% 771
Other/don't know 48% 16% 7% 26% 2% 153

Frequency of participation in prayer, scripture study or religious education groups among adults in the New York City metro area by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the New York City metro area 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 = 355. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 43% 11% 9% 36% 2% 355
Word of God; not everything taken literally 23% 10% 11% 56% < 1% 453
Not the word of God 4% 5% 7% 84% < 1% 771
Other/don't know 14% 8% 3% 72% 3% 153

Frequency of meditation among adults in the New York City metro area by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the New York City metro area 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 = 355. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 57% 5% 3% 32% 3% 355
Word of God; not everything taken literally 39% 12% 5% 44% < 1% 453
Not the word of God 33% 9% 6% 51% 1% 771
Other/don't know 32% 10% 9% 45% 4% 153

Frequency of feeling spiritual peace and wellbeing among adults in the New York City metro area by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the New York City metro area 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 = 355. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 72% 14% 5% 8% 1% 355
Word of God; not everything taken literally 61% 17% 12% 11% < 1% 453
Not the word of God 40% 17% 14% 28% 2% 771
Other/don't know 53% 13% 10% 19% 5% 153

Frequency of feeling wonder about the universe among adults in the New York City metro area by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the New York City metro area 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 = 355. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 48% 12% 13% 25% 2% 355
Word of God; not everything taken literally 46% 16% 12% 26% 1% 453
Not the word of God 47% 18% 13% 21% 1% 771
Other/don't know 44% 17% 19% 16% 4% 153

Sources of guidance on right and wrong among adults in the New York City metro area by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the New York City metro area 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 = 355. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 48% 9% 31% 9% 2% 355
Word of God; not everything taken literally 35% 13% 45% 6% 2% 453
Not the word of God 7% 21% 56% 13% 3% 771
Other/don't know 15% 9% 61% 6% 9% 153

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong among adults in the New York City metro area by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the New York City metro area 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 = 355. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 28% 68% 2% 3% 355
Word of God; not everything taken literally 30% 69% 1% < 1% 453
Not the word of God 16% 82% 1% 1% 771
Other/don't know 23% 71% 2% 4% 153

Frequency of reading scripture among adults in the New York City metro area by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the New York City metro area 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 = 355. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 59% 10% 7% 23% 2% 355
Word of God; not everything taken literally 32% 12% 12% 43% 1% 453
Not the word of God 9% 6% 8% 77% < 1% 771
Other/don't know 22% 14% 11% 51% 2% 153

Belief in Heaven among adults in the New York City metro area by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the New York City metro area who …in heaven

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 355. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 89% 6% 4% 355
Word of God; not everything taken literally 86% 7% 7% 453
Not the word of God 42% 51% 7% 771
Other/don't know 60% 24% 16% 153

Belief in Hell among adults in the New York City metro area by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the New York City metro area who …in hell

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 355. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 73% 17% 10% 355
Word of God; not everything taken literally 60% 31% 9% 453
Not the word of God 28% 65% 7% 771
Other/don't know 49% 40% 11% 153

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among adults in the New York City metro area by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the New York City metro area who identify as…

Interpreting scripture Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 355. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 23% 17% 60% 355
Word of God; not everything taken literally 38% 21% 41% 453
Not the word of God 21% 13% 66% 771
Other/don't know 23% 34% 43% 153

Political ideology among adults in the New York City metro area by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the New York City metro area who are…

Interpreting scripture Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 355. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 41% 31% 20% 8% 355
Word of God; not everything taken literally 34% 40% 21% 4% 453
Not the word of God 14% 34% 47% 4% 771
Other/don't know 26% 37% 27% 10% 153

Views about size of government among adults in the New York City metro area by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the New York City metro area who would rather have…

Interpreting scripture Smaller government; fewer services Bigger government; more services Depends Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 355. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 26% 68% 2% 4% 355
Word of God; not everything taken literally 46% 53% < 1% 1% 453
Not the word of God 39% 54% 3% 4% 771
Other/don't know 31% 45% 14% 10% 153

Views about government aid to the poor among adults in the New York City metro area by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the New York City metro area 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 = 355. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 35% 58% 3% 4% 355
Word of God; not everything taken literally 48% 47% 4% 1% 453
Not the word of God 30% 64% 4% 1% 771
Other/don't know 38% 49% 11% 3% 153

Views about abortion among adults in the New York City metro area by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the New York City metro area who say abortion should be…

Interpreting scripture Legal in all/most cases Illegal in all/most cases Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 355. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 44% 52% 5% 355
Word of God; not everything taken literally 57% 40% 3% 453
Not the word of God 79% 19% 2% 771
Other/don't know 67% 20% 13% 153

Views about homosexuality among adults in the New York City metro area by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the New York City metro area who say homosexuality…

Interpreting scripture Should be accepted Should be discouraged Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 355. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 52% 42% 3% 3% 355
Word of God; not everything taken literally 68% 23% 5% 5% 453
Not the word of God 86% 10% 2% 2% 771
Other/don't know 72% 16% 6% 6% 153

Views about same-sex marriage among adults in the New York City metro area by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the New York City metro area who …same-sex marriage

Interpreting scripture Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 355. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 35% 55% 11% 355
Word of God; not everything taken literally 56% 36% 8% 453
Not the word of God 81% 14% 5% 771
Other/don't know 64% 24% 12% 153

Views about environmental regulation among adults in the New York City metro area by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the New York City metro area 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 = 355. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 38% 53% 2% 7% 355
Word of God; not everything taken literally 31% 65% 1% 3% 453
Not the word of God 21% 76% 2% 1% 771
Other/don't know 32% 51% 8% 10% 153

Views about human evolution among adults in the New York City metro area by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the New York City metro area 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 = 355. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 15% 23% 4% 50% 9% 355
Word of God; not everything taken literally 24% 38% 3% 31% 5% 453
Not the word of God 65% 17% 5% 10% 3% 771
Other/don't know 32% 24% 18% 20% 6% 153