Interpreting scripture among adults in the South

% of adults in the South 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 = 12,566. 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 39% 26% 3% 26% 6% 12,566
2007 43% 24% 4% 20% 9% 12,643

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Interpreting scripture among adults in the South by religious group

% of adults in the South 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 30% 34% 4% 25% 8% 1,885
Evangelical Protestant 58% 27% 4% 7% 4% 4,078
Historically Black Protestant 62% 21% 2% 8% 6% 1,191
Jewish 8% 24% < 1% 55% 12% 229
Mainline Protestant 26% 36% 3% 25% 10% 2,174
Mormon 37% 48% 3% 8% 5% 112
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 15% 12% 1% 66% 6% 2,214

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DemographicInformation

Age distribution among adults in the South by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the South who are ages…

Interpreting scripture 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 4,411. 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% 34% 31% 21% 4,411
Word of God; not everything taken literally 28% 34% 22% 16% 3,273
Word of God; other/don't know 16% 31% 28% 25% 373
Not the word of God 30% 35% 22% 13% 3,433
Other/don't know 19% 37% 25% 20% 812

Generational cohort among adults in the South by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the South who are…

Interpreting scripture Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 4,411. 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% 11% 28% 36% 15% 2% 4,411
Word of God; not everything taken literally 18% 15% 28% 27% 11% 1% 3,273
Word of God; other/don't know 9% 10% 29% 34% 18% 1% 373
Not the word of God 19% 20% 27% 27% 7% 1% 3,433
Other/don't know 9% 19% 28% 31% 11% 2% 812

Gender composition among adults in the South by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the South who are…

Interpreting scripture Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 4,516. 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.
Word of God; should be taken literally 43% 57% 4,516
Word of God; not everything taken literally 47% 53% 3,320
Word of God; other/don't know 45% 55% 395
Not the word of God 57% 43% 3,486
Other/don't know 52% 48% 849

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

% of adults in the South who identify as…

Interpreting scripture White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 4,464. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 56% 26% 1% 15% 3% 4,464
Word of God; not everything taken literally 66% 15% 1% 14% 4% 3,294
Word of God; other/don't know 63% 14% 2% 15% 6% 382
Not the word of God 70% 9% 2% 14% 4% 3,440
Other/don't know 60% 18% 3% 15% 4% 823

Immigrant status among adults in the South by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the South who are…

Interpreting scripture Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 4,433. 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% 5% 82% 4,433
Word of God; not everything taken literally 11% 8% 81% 3,293
Word of God; other/don't know 16% 4% 80% 388
Not the word of God 13% 11% 76% 3,449
Other/don't know 15% 8% 77% 819

Income distribution among adults in the South by interpretation of scripture

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

Interpreting scripture Less than $30,000 $30,000-$49,999 $50,000-$99,999 $100,000 or more Sample Size
Sample size = 3,828. 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% 21% 21% 11% 3,828
Word of God; not everything taken literally 29% 21% 29% 21% 2,959
Word of God; other/don't know 43% 19% 26% 12% 301
Not the word of God 29% 19% 29% 23% 3,161
Other/don't know 36% 21% 25% 18% 677

Educational distribution among adults in the South by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the South who have completed…

Interpreting scripture High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 4,479. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 56% 29% 10% 5% 4,479
Word of God; not everything taken literally 36% 34% 18% 12% 3,308
Word of God; other/don't know 42% 38% 12% 8% 390
Not the word of God 32% 31% 21% 15% 3,474
Other/don't know 39% 34% 15% 12% 835

Marital status among adults in the South by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the South who are…

Interpreting scripture Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 4,496. 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% 5% 16% 9% 18% 4,496
Word of God; not everything taken literally 50% 5% 12% 6% 27% 3,309
Word of God; other/don't know 57% 3% 13% 10% 16% 389
Not the word of God 43% 10% 13% 4% 30% 3,475
Other/don't know 47% 10% 14% 7% 21% 837

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

% of adults in the South who are…

Interpreting scripture Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 4,500. 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% 70% 4,500
Word of God; not everything taken literally 33% 67% 3,311
Word of God; other/don't know 29% 71% 389
Not the word of God 27% 73% 3,476
Other/don't know 30% 70% 838

BeliefsandPractices

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

% of adults in the South 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 = 4,516. 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.
Word of God; should be taken literally 91% 8% 1% 1% < 1% < 1% 4,516
Word of God; not everything taken literally 80% 18% 1% < 1% < 1% < 1% 3,320
Word of God; other/don't know 87% 9% 1% 2% < 1% 2% 395
Not the word of God 32% 27% 11% 1% 25% 4% 3,486
Other/don't know 67% 20% 3% 2% 2% 6% 849

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

% of adults in the South who say religion is…

Interpreting scripture Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,516. 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.
Word of God; should be taken literally 88% 10% 1% 1% < 1% 4,516
Word of God; not everything taken literally 65% 29% 4% 2% < 1% 3,320
Word of God; other/don't know 84% 11% 1% 1% 2% 395
Not the word of God 20% 31% 22% 26% 1% 3,486
Other/don't know 58% 27% 8% 5% 2% 849

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

% of adults in the South 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 = 4,516. 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.
Word of God; should be taken literally 63% 26% 11% 1% 4,516
Word of God; not everything taken literally 42% 40% 17% < 1% 3,320
Word of God; other/don't know 52% 32% 13% 2% 395
Not the word of God 10% 33% 56% < 1% 3,486
Other/don't know 31% 39% 27% 3% 849

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

% of adults in the South who pray…

Interpreting scripture At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,516. 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.
Word of God; should be taken literally 83% 11% 2% 4% < 1% 4,516
Word of God; not everything taken literally 67% 20% 5% 8% 1% 3,320
Word of God; other/don't know 84% 10% 1% 3% 3% 395
Not the word of God 28% 16% 7% 49% 1% 3,486
Other/don't know 58% 16% 6% 15% 6% 849

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

% of adults in the South 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 = 4,516. 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.
Word of God; should be taken literally 50% 13% 9% 26% 1% 4,516
Word of God; not everything taken literally 27% 13% 12% 48% < 1% 3,320
Word of God; other/don't know 42% 12% 10% 34% 2% 395
Not the word of God 6% 4% 5% 85% < 1% 3,486
Other/don't know 21% 9% 9% 59% 2% 849

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

% of adults in the South 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 = 4,516. 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.
Word of God; should be taken literally 54% 6% 3% 35% 2% 4,516
Word of God; not everything taken literally 41% 8% 4% 46% 1% 3,320
Word of God; other/don't know 56% 5% 2% 31% 5% 395
Not the word of God 30% 10% 6% 53% 1% 3,486
Other/don't know 45% 10% 4% 38% 4% 849

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

% of adults in the South 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 = 4,516. 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.
Word of God; should be taken literally 78% 9% 5% 6% 1% 4,516
Word of God; not everything taken literally 63% 18% 10% 9% 1% 3,320
Word of God; other/don't know 72% 10% 7% 5% 6% 395
Not the word of God 43% 17% 11% 27% 2% 3,486
Other/don't know 61% 13% 9% 13% 4% 849

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

% of adults in the South 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 = 4,516. 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.
Word of God; should be taken literally 45% 14% 10% 28% 2% 4,516
Word of God; not everything taken literally 44% 17% 13% 25% 1% 3,320
Word of God; other/don't know 44% 13% 10% 24% 8% 395
Not the word of God 49% 16% 14% 21% < 1% 3,486
Other/don't know 47% 15% 11% 23% 4% 849

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

% of adults in the South 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 = 4,516. 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.
Word of God; should be taken literally 63% 4% 28% 3% 2% 4,516
Word of God; not everything taken literally 41% 9% 43% 5% 2% 3,320
Word of God; other/don't know 55% 3% 30% 2% 10% 395
Not the word of God 7% 18% 58% 16% 2% 3,486
Other/don't know 26% 11% 50% 7% 6% 849

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

% of adults in the South 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 = 4,516. 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.
Word of God; should be taken literally 45% 52% 1% 1% 4,516
Word of God; not everything taken literally 37% 61% 1% < 1% 3,320
Word of God; other/don't know 43% 47% 5% 5% 395
Not the word of God 21% 77% 1% 1% 3,486
Other/don't know 29% 66% 3% 2% 849

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

% of adults in the South 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 = 4,516. 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.
Word of God; should be taken literally 67% 11% 5% 15% 1% 4,516
Word of God; not everything taken literally 42% 16% 11% 30% 1% 3,320
Word of God; other/don't know 66% 10% 5% 18% 2% 395
Not the word of God 11% 8% 8% 73% < 1% 3,486
Other/don't know 34% 12% 9% 41% 4% 849

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

% of adults in the South who …in heaven

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,516. 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.
Word of God; should be taken literally 92% 4% 4% 4,516
Word of God; not everything taken literally 89% 6% 5% 3,320
Word of God; other/don't know 86% 3% 11% 395
Not the word of God 43% 48% 9% 3,486
Other/don't know 67% 10% 23% 849

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

% of adults in the South who …in hell

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,516. 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.
Word of God; should be taken literally 85% 10% 5% 4,516
Word of God; not everything taken literally 75% 19% 6% 3,320
Word of God; other/don't know 78% 9% 12% 395
Not the word of God 29% 63% 8% 3,486
Other/don't know 53% 26% 21% 849

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among adults in the South by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the South who identify as…

Interpreting scripture Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 4,516. 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.
Word of God; should be taken literally 44% 17% 39% 4,516
Word of God; not everything taken literally 48% 14% 37% 3,320
Word of God; other/don't know 43% 29% 28% 395
Not the word of God 30% 18% 52% 3,486
Other/don't know 31% 26% 43% 849

Political ideology among adults in the South by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in the South who are…

Interpreting scripture Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,516. 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.
Word of God; should be taken literally 54% 24% 15% 7% 4,516
Word of God; not everything taken literally 42% 38% 16% 4% 3,320
Word of God; other/don't know 48% 23% 12% 17% 395
Not the word of God 19% 39% 36% 6% 3,486
Other/don't know 29% 36% 21% 14% 849

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

% of adults in the South who would rather have…

Interpreting scripture Smaller government; fewer services Bigger government; more services Depends Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,516. 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.
Word of God; should be taken literally 48% 46% 2% 3% 4,516
Word of God; not everything taken literally 57% 38% 2% 3% 3,320
Word of God; other/don't know 52% 29% 8% 11% 395
Not the word of God 50% 43% 3% 4% 3,486
Other/don't know 46% 36% 9% 9% 849

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

% of adults in the South 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 = 4,516. 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.
Word of God; should be taken literally 49% 44% 4% 3% 4,516
Word of God; not everything taken literally 51% 45% 3% 1% 3,320
Word of God; other/don't know 50% 30% 12% 8% 395
Not the word of God 39% 56% 4% 1% 3,486
Other/don't know 38% 46% 11% 5% 849

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

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

Interpreting scripture Legal in all/most cases Illegal in all/most cases Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,516. 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.
Word of God; should be taken literally 31% 64% 5% 4,516
Word of God; not everything taken literally 47% 50% 3% 3,320
Word of God; other/don't know 30% 55% 15% 395
Not the word of God 75% 22% 3% 3,486
Other/don't know 50% 38% 12% 849

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

% of adults in the South who say homosexuality…

Interpreting scripture Should be accepted Should be discouraged Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,516. 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.
Word of God; should be taken literally 34% 58% 4% 4% 4,516
Word of God; not everything taken literally 60% 33% 4% 3% 3,320
Word of God; other/don't know 32% 49% 10% 8% 395
Not the word of God 84% 12% 3% 2% 3,486
Other/don't know 55% 29% 10% 6% 849

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

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

Interpreting scripture Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,516. 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.
Word of God; should be taken literally 23% 70% 8% 4,516
Word of God; not everything taken literally 48% 44% 7% 3,320
Word of God; other/don't know 24% 56% 21% 395
Not the word of God 78% 15% 6% 3,486
Other/don't know 49% 35% 16% 849

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

% of adults in the South 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 = 4,516. 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.
Word of God; should be taken literally 49% 45% 2% 4% 4,516
Word of God; not everything taken literally 40% 56% 2% 2% 3,320
Word of God; other/don't know 39% 43% 10% 8% 395
Not the word of God 28% 68% 2% 2% 3,486
Other/don't know 34% 55% 5% 7% 849

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

% of adults in the South 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 = 4,516. 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.
Word of God; should be taken literally 11% 23% 2% 59% 5% 4,516
Word of God; not everything taken literally 18% 39% 3% 37% 3% 3,320
Word of God; other/don't know 11% 22% 6% 45% 16% 395
Not the word of God 61% 20% 4% 13% 2% 3,486
Other/don't know 22% 28% 11% 27% 12% 849