Interpreting scripture among adults in the Midwest

% of adults in the Midwest 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 = 7,491. 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% 7% 7,491
2007 31% 30% 3% 27% 9% 9,078

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Interpreting scripture among adults in the Midwest by religious group

% of adults in the Midwest 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 22% 43% 2% 25% 7% 1,634
Evangelical Protestant 52% 32% 4% 8% 4% 1,937
Historically Black Protestant 57% 24% 4% 10% 4% 335
Mainline Protestant 24% 38% 3% 25% 9% 1,637
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 9% 13% 1% 69% 8% 1,455

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DemographicInformation

Age distribution among adults in the Midwest by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the Midwest who are ages…

Interpreting scripture 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 2,038. 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 13% 33% 31% 22% 2,038
Word of God; not everything taken literally 22% 34% 27% 17% 2,287
Word of God; other/don't know 12% 25% 34% 29% 209
Not the word of God 30% 35% 22% 12% 2,292
Other/don't know 19% 28% 29% 24% 531

Generational cohort among adults in the Midwest by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the Midwest who are…

Interpreting scripture Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 2,038. 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% 11% 27% 37% 15% 2% 2,038
Word of God; not everything taken literally 14% 13% 28% 33% 11% 1% 2,287
Word of God; other/don't know 9% 5% 22% 40% 19% 4% 209
Not the word of God 19% 19% 27% 26% 8% 1% 2,292
Other/don't know 11% 14% 22% 36% 14% 3% 531

Gender composition among adults in the Midwest by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the Midwest who are…

Interpreting scripture Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 2,080. 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% 56% 2,080
Word of God; not everything taken literally 45% 55% 2,323
Word of God; other/don't know 40% 60% 215
Not the word of God 57% 43% 2,319
Other/don't know 50% 50% 554

Racial and ethnic composition among adults in the Midwest by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the Midwest who identify as…

Interpreting scripture White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 2,051. 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% 16% 1% 8% 3% 2,051
Word of God; not everything taken literally 84% 7% 1% 5% 3% 2,297
Word of God; other/don't know 82% 13% 1% 3% 1% 210
Not the word of God 82% 5% 3% 6% 3% 2,290
Other/don't know 81% 8% 2% 4% 6% 536

Immigrant status among adults in the Midwest by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the Midwest who are…

Interpreting scripture Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 2,059. 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 8% 6% 86% 2,059
Word of God; not everything taken literally 6% 7% 87% 2,306
Word of God; other/don't know 9% 3% 88% 213
Not the word of God 8% 9% 83% 2,297
Other/don't know 5% 6% 89% 543

Income distribution among adults in the Midwest by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the Midwest who have a household income of…

Interpreting scripture Less than $30,000 $30,000-$49,999 $50,000-$99,999 $100,000 or more Sample Size
Sample size = 1,795. 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% 24% 25% 9% 1,795
Word of God; not everything taken literally 31% 21% 32% 16% 2,046
Word of God; other/don't know 36% 18% 30% 16% 173
Not the word of God 29% 20% 28% 22% 2,127
Other/don't know 42% 17% 28% 14% 439

Educational distribution among adults in the Midwest by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the Midwest who have completed…

Interpreting scripture High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 2,066. 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% 30% 11% 4% 2,066
Word of God; not everything taken literally 38% 34% 17% 10% 2,317
Word of God; other/don't know 45% 32% 14% 9% 215
Not the word of God 31% 34% 21% 14% 2,314
Other/don't know 34% 38% 18% 9% 546

Marital status among adults in the Midwest by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the Midwest who are…

Interpreting scripture Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 2,071. 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% 4% 13% 10% 21% 2,071
Word of God; not everything taken literally 53% 5% 12% 6% 24% 2,319
Word of God; other/don't know 56% 2% 12% 16% 15% 214
Not the word of God 44% 11% 10% 4% 31% 2,308
Other/don't know 45% 7% 15% 9% 24% 545

Parent of children under 18 among adults in the Midwest by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the Midwest who are…

Interpreting scripture Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 2,074. 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% 71% 2,074
Word of God; not everything taken literally 32% 68% 2,313
Word of God; other/don't know 29% 71% 214
Not the word of God 28% 72% 2,316
Other/don't know 25% 75% 552

BeliefsandPractices

Belief in God among adults in the Midwest by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the Midwest who say they…

Interpreting scripture Believe in God; absolutely certain Believe in God; fairly certain Believe in God; not too/not at all certain Believe in God; don't know Do not believe in God Other/don't know if they believe in God Sample Size
Sample size = 2,080. 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% 9% 1% 1% < 1% < 1% 2,080
Word of God; not everything taken literally 75% 22% 2% < 1% < 1% 1% 2,323
Word of God; other/don't know 88% 10% < 1% 1% < 1% < 1% 215
Not the word of God 27% 30% 12% 1% 26% 5% 2,319
Other/don't know 58% 25% 4% 2% 4% 7% 554

Importance of religion in one's life among adults in the Midwest by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the Midwest who say religion is…

Interpreting scripture Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,080. 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 81% 16% 2% 1% < 1% 2,080
Word of God; not everything taken literally 59% 34% 5% 1% < 1% 2,323
Word of God; other/don't know 79% 18% 1% 1% 1% 215
Not the word of God 16% 29% 25% 29% 1% 2,319
Other/don't know 44% 31% 16% 6% 3% 554

Attendance at religious services among adults in the Midwest by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the Midwest who attend religious services…

Interpreting scripture At least once a week Once or twice a month/a few times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,080. 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% 26% 15% < 1% 2,080
Word of God; not everything taken literally 39% 42% 19% < 1% 2,323
Word of God; other/don't know 51% 28% 20% 1% 215
Not the word of God 9% 34% 56% < 1% 2,319
Other/don't know 25% 39% 34% 2% 554

Frequency of prayer among adults in the Midwest by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the Midwest who pray…

Interpreting scripture At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,080. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 75% 15% 3% 6% 1% 2,080
Word of God; not everything taken literally 59% 25% 7% 9% < 1% 2,323
Word of God; other/don't know 81% 12% 3% 1% 3% 215
Not the word of God 24% 15% 9% 53% 1% 2,319
Other/don't know 49% 19% 7% 21% 4% 554

Frequency of participation in prayer, scripture study or religious education groups among adults in the Midwest by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the Midwest who attend prayer group…

Interpreting scripture At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,080. 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% 13% 9% 36% 1% 2,080
Word of God; not everything taken literally 21% 11% 12% 56% < 1% 2,323
Word of God; other/don't know 34% 9% 7% 48% 2% 215
Not the word of God 5% 3% 4% 88% < 1% 2,319
Other/don't know 12% 9% 8% 67% 3% 554

Frequency of meditation among adults in the Midwest by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the Midwest who meditate…

Interpreting scripture At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,080. 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% 7% 3% 40% 2% 2,080
Word of God; not everything taken literally 33% 8% 5% 53% 1% 2,323
Word of God; other/don't know 46% 5% 5% 41% 4% 215
Not the word of God 28% 9% 5% 58% 1% 2,319
Other/don't know 41% 7% 4% 44% 3% 554

Frequency of feeling spiritual peace and wellbeing among adults in the Midwest by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the Midwest who feel a sense of spiritual peace and wellbeing…

Interpreting scripture At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,080. 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% 11% 7% 9% 1% 2,080
Word of God; not everything taken literally 57% 19% 11% 12% 1% 2,323
Word of God; other/don't know 68% 11% 10% 7% 4% 215
Not the word of God 41% 18% 11% 29% 1% 2,319
Other/don't know 54% 14% 9% 18% 4% 554

Frequency of feeling wonder about the universe among adults in the Midwest by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the Midwest who feel a sense of wonder about the universe…

Interpreting scripture At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,080. 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% 16% 11% 29% 2% 2,080
Word of God; not everything taken literally 39% 19% 15% 26% 1% 2,323
Word of God; other/don't know 41% 14% 11% 28% 5% 215
Not the word of God 45% 18% 13% 23% 1% 2,319
Other/don't know 45% 13% 14% 24% 3% 554

Sources of guidance on right and wrong among adults in the Midwest by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the Midwest who say they look to…most for guidance on right and wrong

Interpreting scripture Religion Philosophy/reason Common sense Science Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,080. 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% 4% 31% 4% 2% 2,080
Word of God; not everything taken literally 35% 8% 49% 6% 2% 2,323
Word of God; other/don't know 49% 8% 32% 3% 8% 215
Not the word of God 6% 19% 58% 15% 2% 2,319
Other/don't know 19% 11% 57% 6% 8% 554

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong among adults in the Midwest by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the Midwest who say…

Interpreting scripture There are clear standards for what is right and wrong Right or wrong depends on the situation Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,080. 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% 52% 1% 1% 2,080
Word of God; not everything taken literally 34% 65% 1% < 1% 2,323
Word of God; other/don't know 45% 49% 4% 2% 215
Not the word of God 21% 78% 1% 1% 2,319
Other/don't know 25% 69% 4% 1% 554

Frequency of reading scripture among adults in the Midwest by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the Midwest who read scripture…

Interpreting scripture At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,080. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 58% 11% 7% 24% 1% 2,080
Word of God; not everything taken literally 32% 13% 12% 42% < 1% 2,323
Word of God; other/don't know 56% 9% 10% 23% 2% 215
Not the word of God 8% 6% 7% 78% < 1% 2,319
Other/don't know 21% 13% 13% 50% 3% 554

Belief in Heaven among adults in the Midwest by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the Midwest who …in heaven

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,080. 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% 4% 6% 2,080
Word of God; not everything taken literally 90% 6% 5% 2,323
Word of God; other/don't know 79% 8% 13% 215
Not the word of God 46% 46% 8% 2,319
Other/don't know 69% 13% 18% 554

Belief in Hell among adults in the Midwest by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the Midwest who …in hell

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,080. 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% 10% 7% 2,080
Word of God; not everything taken literally 73% 21% 6% 2,323
Word of God; other/don't know 71% 15% 15% 215
Not the word of God 28% 63% 8% 2,319
Other/don't know 47% 33% 21% 554

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among adults in the Midwest by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the Midwest who identify as…

Interpreting scripture Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 2,080. 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% 17% 35% 2,080
Word of God; not everything taken literally 47% 16% 37% 2,323
Word of God; other/don't know 47% 28% 25% 215
Not the word of God 24% 18% 57% 2,319
Other/don't know 31% 28% 41% 554

Political ideology among adults in the Midwest by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the Midwest who are…

Interpreting scripture Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,080. 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% 24% 13% 7% 2,080
Word of God; not everything taken literally 40% 36% 18% 5% 2,323
Word of God; other/don't know 48% 23% 12% 17% 215
Not the word of God 20% 37% 37% 6% 2,319
Other/don't know 27% 35% 25% 13% 554

Views about size of government among adults in the Midwest by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the Midwest who would rather have…

Interpreting scripture Smaller government; fewer services Bigger government; more services Depends Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,080. 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% 37% 2% 3% 2,080
Word of God; not everything taken literally 62% 32% 3% 3% 2,323
Word of God; other/don't know 59% 24% 5% 12% 215
Not the word of God 52% 41% 3% 3% 2,319
Other/don't know 53% 28% 7% 12% 554

Views about government aid to the poor among adults in the Midwest by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the Midwest who say government aid to the poor…

Interpreting scripture Does more harm than good Does more good than harm Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,080. 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% 42% 3% 2% 2,080
Word of God; not everything taken literally 51% 44% 4% 1% 2,323
Word of God; other/don't know 55% 30% 10% 6% 215
Not the word of God 36% 59% 3% 2% 2,319
Other/don't know 42% 48% 7% 3% 554

Views about abortion among adults in the Midwest by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the Midwest who say abortion should be…

Interpreting scripture Legal in all/most cases Illegal in all/most cases Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,080. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 30% 67% 3% 2,080
Word of God; not everything taken literally 45% 52% 3% 2,323
Word of God; other/don't know 26% 64% 9% 215
Not the word of God 77% 20% 3% 2,319
Other/don't know 55% 32% 13% 554

Views about homosexuality among adults in the Midwest by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the Midwest who say homosexuality…

Interpreting scripture Should be accepted Should be discouraged Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,080. 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% 58% 5% 3% 2,080
Word of God; not everything taken literally 63% 30% 4% 3% 2,323
Word of God; other/don't know 33% 49% 8% 10% 215
Not the word of God 85% 11% 2% 2% 2,319
Other/don't know 65% 21% 6% 7% 554

Views about same-sex marriage among adults in the Midwest by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the Midwest who …same-sex marriage

Interpreting scripture Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,080. 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% 67% 6% 2,080
Word of God; not everything taken literally 52% 41% 7% 2,323
Word of God; other/don't know 22% 61% 17% 215
Not the word of God 80% 15% 6% 2,319
Other/don't know 60% 24% 16% 554

Views about environmental regulation among adults in the Midwest by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the Midwest who say…

Interpreting scripture Stricter environmental laws and regulations cost too many jobs and hurt the economy Stricter environmental laws and regulations are worth the cost Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,080. 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% 2% 4% 2,080
Word of God; not everything taken literally 40% 56% 3% 1% 2,323
Word of God; other/don't know 46% 39% 5% 11% 215
Not the word of God 28% 68% 2% 2% 2,319
Other/don't know 33% 52% 7% 8% 554

Views about human evolution among adults in the Midwest by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the Midwest who say humans…

Interpreting scripture Evolved; due to natural processes Evolved; due to God's design Evolved; don't know how Always existed in present form Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,080. 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 11% 21% 2% 60% 6% 2,080
Word of God; not everything taken literally 21% 38% 3% 36% 3% 2,323
Word of God; other/don't know 6% 20% 8% 48% 18% 215
Not the word of God 64% 19% 4% 11% 2% 2,319
Other/don't know 31% 27% 14% 18% 10% 554