Interpreting scripture among adults in the Northeast

% of adults in the Northeast 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 = 6,516. 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 23% 25% 2% 42% 7% 6,516
2007 24% 28% 3% 36% 9% 6,556

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Interpreting scripture among adults in the Northeast by religious group

% of adults in the Northeast 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 21% 35% 3% 33% 8% 2,023
Evangelical Protestant 51% 30% 4% 11% 4% 759
Historically Black Protestant 55% 28% < 1% 10% 7% 247
Jewish 15% 26% 3% 49% 8% 350
Mainline Protestant 23% 32% 2% 35% 8% 1,131
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 7% 9% < 1% 77% 7% 1,499

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DemographicInformation

Age distribution among adults in the Northeast by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the Northeast who are ages…

Interpreting scripture 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 1,249. 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 14% 33% 31% 22% 1,249
Word of God; not everything taken literally 21% 29% 29% 20% 1,689
Word of God; other/don't know 7% 31% 27% 34% 147
Not the word of God 27% 35% 23% 14% 2,779
Other/don't know 14% 35% 29% 22% 496

Generational cohort among adults in the Northeast by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the Northeast who are…

Interpreting scripture Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 1,249. 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% 9% 29% 36% 14% 3% 1,249
Word of God; not everything taken literally 13% 12% 24% 35% 13% 2% 1,689
Word of God; other/don't know 5% 6% 27% 31% 27% 3% 147
Not the word of God 18% 17% 28% 28% 8% 1% 2,779
Other/don't know 9% 11% 30% 36% 14% 2% 496

Gender composition among adults in the Northeast by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the Northeast who are…

Interpreting scripture Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 1,280. 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% 57% 1,280
Word of God; not everything taken literally 45% 55% 1,732
Word of God; other/don't know 33% 67% 151
Not the word of God 53% 47% 2,827
Other/don't know 44% 56% 526

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

% of adults in the Northeast who identify as…

Interpreting scripture White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 1,261. 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% 20% 3% 19% 3% 1,261
Word of God; not everything taken literally 75% 10% 3% 9% 3% 1,711
Word of God; other/don't know 63% 5% 6% 19% 8% 144
Not the word of God 77% 5% 5% 9% 4% 2,785
Other/don't know 70% 9% 5% 11% 4% 505

Immigrant status among adults in the Northeast by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the Northeast who are…

Interpreting scripture Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 1,251. 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% 12% 60% 1,251
Word of God; not everything taken literally 12% 15% 72% 1,704
Word of God; other/don't know 24% 20% 56% 147
Not the word of God 14% 15% 71% 2,796
Other/don't know 18% 11% 71% 508

Income distribution among adults in the Northeast by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the Northeast 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 = 1,047. 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% 21% 20% 9% 1,047
Word of God; not everything taken literally 28% 20% 29% 23% 1,470
Word of God; other/don't know 39% 18% 21% 22% 109
Not the word of God 23% 17% 30% 30% 2,499
Other/don't know 38% 18% 22% 22% 388

Educational distribution among adults in the Northeast by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the Northeast who have completed…

Interpreting scripture High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 1,272. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 61% 24% 9% 6% 1,272
Word of God; not everything taken literally 39% 30% 18% 13% 1,723
Word of God; other/don't know 54% 17% 18% 10% 150
Not the word of God 30% 28% 23% 19% 2,813
Other/don't know 37% 30% 19% 15% 517

Marital status among adults in the Northeast by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the Northeast who are…

Interpreting scripture Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 1,275. 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% 6% 16% 10% 23% 1,275
Word of God; not everything taken literally 51% 6% 10% 7% 26% 1,722
Word of God; other/don't know 55% 5% 16% 12% 13% 150
Not the word of God 44% 10% 10% 4% 32% 2,817
Other/don't know 48% 8% 11% 8% 24% 508

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

% of adults in the Northeast who are…

Interpreting scripture Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 1,273. 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% 1,273
Word of God; not everything taken literally 26% 74% 1,722
Word of God; other/don't know 30% 70% 151
Not the word of God 25% 75% 2,821
Other/don't know 26% 74% 523

BeliefsandPractices

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

% of adults in the Northeast 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 = 1,280. 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 85% 12% 1% 1% 1% < 1% 1,280
Word of God; not everything taken literally 73% 22% 3% < 1% 1% < 1% 1,732
Word of God; other/don't know 87% 9% < 1% 3% 1% 1% 151
Not the word of God 25% 29% 12% 1% 26% 6% 2,827
Other/don't know 55% 24% 8% 4% 5% 4% 526

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

% of adults in the Northeast who say religion is…

Interpreting scripture Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,280. 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% 14% 2% 3% 1% 1,280
Word of God; not everything taken literally 59% 32% 6% 2% < 1% 1,732
Word of God; other/don't know 79% 16% 2% < 1% 2% 151
Not the word of God 15% 31% 24% 29% 1% 2,827
Other/don't know 42% 35% 12% 9% 2% 526

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

% of adults in the Northeast 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 = 1,280. 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% 30% 14% < 1% 1,280
Word of God; not everything taken literally 41% 40% 19% < 1% 1,732
Word of God; other/don't know 59% 22% 17% 2% 151
Not the word of God 9% 33% 58% < 1% 2,827
Other/don't know 23% 40% 33% 4% 526

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

% of adults in the Northeast who pray…

Interpreting scripture At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,280. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 77% 13% 4% 5% 1% 1,280
Word of God; not everything taken literally 60% 20% 7% 12% < 1% 1,732
Word of God; other/don't know 77% 9% 5% 5% 5% 151
Not the word of God 23% 14% 9% 54% 1% 2,827
Other/don't know 47% 18% 7% 25% 4% 526

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

% of adults in the Northeast 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 = 1,280. 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% 12% 9% 38% 1% 1,280
Word of God; not everything taken literally 20% 9% 11% 60% 1% 1,732
Word of God; other/don't know 36% 7% 8% 48% 2% 151
Not the word of God 4% 4% 4% 87% < 1% 2,827
Other/don't know 13% 7% 6% 72% 3% 526

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

% of adults in the Northeast 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 = 1,280. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 53% 8% 3% 33% 3% 1,280
Word of God; not everything taken literally 36% 9% 4% 50% 1% 1,732
Word of God; other/don't know 46% 5% 5% 37% 7% 151
Not the word of God 29% 10% 6% 54% 1% 2,827
Other/don't know 35% 8% 6% 48% 4% 526

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

% of adults in the Northeast 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 = 1,280. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 71% 13% 7% 9% 1% 1,280
Word of God; not everything taken literally 55% 18% 12% 14% 1% 1,732
Word of God; other/don't know 74% 10% 2% 9% 4% 151
Not the word of God 40% 17% 12% 30% 2% 2,827
Other/don't know 47% 14% 11% 21% 6% 526

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

% of adults in the Northeast 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 = 1,280. 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% 13% 12% 26% 2% 1,280
Word of God; not everything taken literally 40% 19% 13% 27% 1% 1,732
Word of God; other/don't know 46% 9% 10% 26% 9% 151
Not the word of God 47% 17% 14% 22% 1% 2,827
Other/don't know 43% 15% 14% 25% 3% 526

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

% of adults in the Northeast 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 = 1,280. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 51% 6% 35% 6% 2% 1,280
Word of God; not everything taken literally 35% 10% 48% 6% 2% 1,732
Word of God; other/don't know 42% 5% 40% 3% 10% 151
Not the word of God 6% 17% 59% 17% 2% 2,827
Other/don't know 15% 9% 56% 11% 9% 526

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

% of adults in the Northeast 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 = 1,280. 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% 57% 1% 2% 1,280
Word of God; not everything taken literally 35% 64% 1% < 1% 1,732
Word of God; other/don't know 33% 57% 7% 3% 151
Not the word of God 19% 79% 1% 1% 2,827
Other/don't know 28% 66% 3% 3% 526

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

% of adults in the Northeast 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 = 1,280. 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% 10% 8% 24% 1% 1,280
Word of God; not everything taken literally 29% 12% 12% 46% 1% 1,732
Word of God; other/don't know 47% 13% 8% 28% 4% 151
Not the word of God 7% 5% 7% 81% < 1% 2,827
Other/don't know 23% 10% 7% 57% 3% 526

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

% of adults in the Northeast who …in heaven

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,280. 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 91% 5% 4% 1,280
Word of God; not everything taken literally 88% 7% 5% 1,732
Word of God; other/don't know 85% 4% 12% 151
Not the word of God 41% 51% 9% 2,827
Other/don't know 60% 19% 21% 526

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

% of adults in the Northeast who …in hell

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,280. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 77% 15% 8% 1,280
Word of God; not everything taken literally 63% 29% 8% 1,732
Word of God; other/don't know 66% 17% 16% 151
Not the word of God 26% 67% 8% 2,827
Other/don't know 43% 35% 23% 526

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among adults in the Northeast by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the Northeast who identify as…

Interpreting scripture Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 1,280. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 36% 18% 46% 1,280
Word of God; not everything taken literally 41% 16% 43% 1,732
Word of God; other/don't know 38% 24% 38% 151
Not the word of God 24% 16% 60% 2,827
Other/don't know 25% 31% 44% 526

Political ideology among adults in the Northeast by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the Northeast who are…

Interpreting scripture Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,280. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 46% 28% 17% 9% 1,280
Word of God; not everything taken literally 37% 40% 18% 5% 1,732
Word of God; other/don't know 50% 30% 7% 13% 151
Not the word of God 17% 35% 44% 4% 2,827
Other/don't know 27% 35% 24% 14% 526

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

% of adults in the Northeast who would rather have…

Interpreting scripture Smaller government; fewer services Bigger government; more services Depends Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,280. 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% 52% 3% 3% 1,280
Word of God; not everything taken literally 56% 40% 2% 2% 1,732
Word of God; other/don't know 41% 39% 3% 17% 151
Not the word of God 47% 47% 3% 3% 2,827
Other/don't know 42% 38% 9% 12% 526

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

% of adults in the Northeast 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 = 1,280. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 46% 47% 4% 3% 1,280
Word of God; not everything taken literally 49% 47% 3% 1% 1,732
Word of God; other/don't know 39% 43% 8% 10% 151
Not the word of God 35% 61% 3% 1% 2,827
Other/don't know 32% 51% 10% 6% 526

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

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

Interpreting scripture Legal in all/most cases Illegal in all/most cases Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,280. 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% 57% 6% 1,280
Word of God; not everything taken literally 55% 42% 3% 1,732
Word of God; other/don't know 38% 48% 14% 151
Not the word of God 81% 17% 2% 2,827
Other/don't know 66% 22% 12% 526

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

% of adults in the Northeast who say homosexuality…

Interpreting scripture Should be accepted Should be discouraged Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,280. 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% 48% 4% 5% 1,280
Word of God; not everything taken literally 69% 24% 4% 3% 1,732
Word of God; other/don't know 34% 40% 10% 15% 151
Not the word of God 88% 8% 2% 1% 2,827
Other/don't know 69% 15% 7% 9% 526

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

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

Interpreting scripture Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,280. 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% 58% 11% 1,280
Word of God; not everything taken literally 58% 35% 7% 1,732
Word of God; other/don't know 33% 52% 16% 151
Not the word of God 84% 12% 4% 2,827
Other/don't know 61% 24% 15% 526

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

% of adults in the Northeast 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 = 1,280. 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% 49% 2% 4% 1,280
Word of God; not everything taken literally 37% 59% 1% 2% 1,732
Word of God; other/don't know 33% 50% 4% 13% 151
Not the word of God 24% 73% 1% 2% 2,827
Other/don't know 30% 56% 7% 7% 526

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

% of adults in the Northeast 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 = 1,280. 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% 21% 3% 56% 5% 1,280
Word of God; not everything taken literally 22% 37% 3% 35% 3% 1,732
Word of God; other/don't know 9% 16% 4% 51% 20% 151
Not the word of God 67% 16% 5% 11% 2% 2,827
Other/don't know 31% 24% 14% 22% 9% 526