Interpreting scripture among Nothing in particulars (religion important)

% of Nothing in particulars (religion important) 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 = 2,015. 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 25% 24% 2% 40% 10% 2,015
2007 25% 23% 3% 37% 12% 1,701

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DemographicInformation

Age distribution among Nothing in particulars (religion important) by interpretation of scripture

% of Nothing in particulars (religion important) who are ages…

Interpreting scripture 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 432. 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% 46% 22% 9% 432
Word of God; not everything taken literally 33% 35% 26% 6% 458
Not the word of God 35% 37% 21% 8% 836
Other/don't know 25% 40% 23% 12% 213

Generational cohort among Nothing in particulars (religion important) by interpretation of scripture

% of Nothing in particulars (religion important) who are…

Interpreting scripture Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 432. 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 12% 20% 37% 25% 6% < 1% 432
Word of God; not everything taken literally 21% 20% 28% 28% 4% < 1% 458
Not the word of God 19% 25% 27% 24% 5% < 1% 836
Other/don't know 12% 17% 36% 27% 6% 1% 213

Gender composition among Nothing in particulars (religion important) by interpretation of scripture

% of Nothing in particulars (religion important) who are…

Interpreting scripture Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 436. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 48% 52% 436
Word of God; not everything taken literally 52% 48% 468
Not the word of God 53% 47% 851
Other/don't know 51% 49% 220

Racial and ethnic composition among Nothing in particulars (religion important) by interpretation of scripture

% of Nothing in particulars (religion important) who identify as…

Interpreting scripture White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 431. 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% 30% 2% 24% 3% 431
Word of God; not everything taken literally 59% 13% 2% 19% 6% 459
Not the word of God 56% 14% 4% 17% 8% 832
Other/don't know 59% 16% 5% 12% 9% 206

Immigrant status among Nothing in particulars (religion important) by interpretation of scripture

% of Nothing in particulars (religion important) who are…

Interpreting scripture Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 422. 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% 5% 72% 422
Word of God; not everything taken literally 13% 9% 78% 458
Not the word of God 13% 13% 74% 837
Other/don't know 13% 8% 79% 214

Income distribution among Nothing in particulars (religion important) by interpretation of scripture

% of Nothing in particulars (religion important) 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 = 361. 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% 21% 13% 5% 361
Word of God; not everything taken literally 44% 20% 23% 13% 421
Not the word of God 40% 21% 25% 14% 786
Other/don't know 48% 21% 14% 17% 170

Educational distribution among Nothing in particulars (religion important) by interpretation of scripture

% of Nothing in particulars (religion important) who have completed…

Interpreting scripture High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 435. 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 74% 18% 6% 2% 435
Word of God; not everything taken literally 58% 32% 7% 3% 467
Not the word of God 43% 34% 16% 7% 848
Other/don't know 44% 34% 14% 8% 217

Marital status among Nothing in particulars (religion important) by interpretation of scripture

% of Nothing in particulars (religion important) who are…

Interpreting scripture Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 434. 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% 10% 17% 6% 33% 434
Word of God; not everything taken literally 41% 9% 12% 4% 34% 466
Not the word of God 38% 16% 12% 4% 31% 848
Other/don't know 37% 13% 12% 6% 33% 216

Parent of children under 18 among Nothing in particulars (religion important) by interpretation of scripture

% of Nothing in particulars (religion important) who are…

Interpreting scripture Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 435. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 35% 65% 435
Word of God; not everything taken literally 33% 67% 467
Not the word of God 29% 71% 849
Other/don't know 37% 63% 218

BeliefsandPractices

Belief in God among Nothing in particulars (religion important) by interpretation of scripture

% of Nothing in particulars (religion important) 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 = 436. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 78% 17% 4% 1% < 1% < 1% 436
Word of God; not everything taken literally 65% 29% 5% < 1% < 1% 1% 468
Not the word of God 43% 35% 11% 1% 7% 4% 851
Other/don't know 62% 25% 5% < 1% 3% 5% 220

Importance of religion in one's life among Nothing in particulars (religion important) by interpretation of scripture

% of Nothing in particulars (religion important) who say religion is…

Interpreting scripture Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 436. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 63% 37% < 1% < 1% < 1% 436
Word of God; not everything taken literally 42% 58% < 1% < 1% < 1% 468
Not the word of God 21% 79% < 1% < 1% < 1% 851
Other/don't know 41% 59% < 1% < 1% < 1% 220

Attendance at religious services among Nothing in particulars (religion important) by interpretation of scripture

% of Nothing in particulars (religion important) 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 = 436. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 23% 40% 36% 1% 436
Word of God; not everything taken literally 9% 47% 43% 1% 468
Not the word of God 4% 36% 59% < 1% 851
Other/don't know 8% 36% 55% 1% 220

Frequency of prayer among Nothing in particulars (religion important) by interpretation of scripture

% of Nothing in particulars (religion important) who pray…

Interpreting scripture At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 436. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 61% 20% 5% 15% < 1% 436
Word of God; not everything taken literally 47% 25% 10% 17% < 1% 468
Not the word of God 34% 20% 12% 34% < 1% 851
Other/don't know 42% 21% 13% 21% 3% 220

Frequency of participation in prayer, scripture study or religious education groups among Nothing in particulars (religion important) by interpretation of scripture

% of Nothing in particulars (religion important) 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 = 436. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 28% 12% 8% 52% < 1% 436
Word of God; not everything taken literally 9% 7% 8% 75% < 1% 468
Not the word of God 5% 5% 7% 83% < 1% 851
Other/don't know 8% 7% 4% 81% < 1% 220

Frequency of meditation among Nothing in particulars (religion important) by interpretation of scripture

% of Nothing in particulars (religion important) 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 = 436. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 38% 9% 3% 48% 2% 436
Word of God; not everything taken literally 33% 6% 4% 57% < 1% 468
Not the word of God 32% 12% 5% 49% 1% 851
Other/don't know 36% 6% 4% 53% 2% 220

Frequency of feeling spiritual peace and wellbeing among Nothing in particulars (religion important) by interpretation of scripture

% of Nothing in particulars (religion important) 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 = 436. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 56% 13% 10% 18% 4% 436
Word of God; not everything taken literally 45% 17% 13% 24% 1% 468
Not the word of God 48% 17% 10% 23% 1% 851
Other/don't know 53% 14% 8% 23% 3% 220

Frequency of feeling wonder about the universe among Nothing in particulars (religion important) by interpretation of scripture

% of Nothing in particulars (religion important) 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 = 436. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 43% 13% 8% 34% 2% 436
Word of God; not everything taken literally 41% 16% 9% 34% < 1% 468
Not the word of God 49% 15% 13% 23% < 1% 851
Other/don't know 50% 18% 8% 22% 2% 220

Sources of guidance on right and wrong among Nothing in particulars (religion important) by interpretation of scripture

% of Nothing in particulars (religion important) 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 = 436. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 40% 7% 43% 8% 2% 436
Word of God; not everything taken literally 18% 8% 63% 9% 3% 468
Not the word of God 6% 19% 62% 12% 2% 851
Other/don't know 11% 17% 57% 7% 8% 220

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong among Nothing in particulars (religion important) by interpretation of scripture

% of Nothing in particulars (religion important) 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 = 436. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 30% 66% 2% 2% 436
Word of God; not everything taken literally 29% 68% 1% 2% 468
Not the word of God 24% 75% 1% < 1% 851
Other/don't know 23% 71% 4% 2% 220

Frequency of reading scripture among Nothing in particulars (religion important) by interpretation of scripture

% of Nothing in particulars (religion important) 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 = 436. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 39% 14% 6% 39% 1% 436
Word of God; not everything taken literally 22% 16% 9% 53% < 1% 468
Not the word of God 10% 7% 10% 72% < 1% 851
Other/don't know 19% 8% 4% 67% 2% 220

Belief in Heaven among Nothing in particulars (religion important) by interpretation of scripture

% of Nothing in particulars (religion important) who …in heaven

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 436. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 90% 7% 3% 436
Word of God; not everything taken literally 82% 12% 6% 468
Not the word of God 58% 31% 10% 851
Other/don't know 63% 16% 21% 220

Belief in Hell among Nothing in particulars (religion important) by interpretation of scripture

% of Nothing in particulars (religion important) who …in hell

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 436. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 72% 23% 4% 436
Word of God; not everything taken literally 69% 27% 4% 468
Not the word of God 38% 53% 10% 851
Other/don't know 47% 30% 23% 220

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among Nothing in particulars (religion important) by interpretation of scripture

% of Nothing in particulars (religion important) who identify as…

Interpreting scripture Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 436. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 25% 31% 44% 436
Word of God; not everything taken literally 31% 27% 42% 468
Not the word of God 28% 22% 51% 851
Other/don't know 22% 38% 40% 220

Political ideology among Nothing in particulars (religion important) by interpretation of scripture

% of Nothing in particulars (religion important) who are…

Interpreting scripture Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 436. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 35% 27% 24% 13% 436
Word of God; not everything taken literally 25% 41% 24% 10% 468
Not the word of God 23% 39% 32% 6% 851
Other/don't know 25% 37% 24% 14% 220

Views about size of government among Nothing in particulars (religion important) by interpretation of scripture

% of Nothing in particulars (religion important) who would rather have…

Interpreting scripture Smaller government; fewer services Bigger government; more services Depends Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 436. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 30% 65% 1% 4% 436
Word of God; not everything taken literally 51% 44% 2% 2% 468
Not the word of God 52% 43% 2% 3% 851
Other/don't know 43% 39% 10% 8% 220

Views about government aid to the poor among Nothing in particulars (religion important) by interpretation of scripture

% of Nothing in particulars (religion important) 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 = 436. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 39% 54% 4% 3% 436
Word of God; not everything taken literally 49% 48% 2% 1% 468
Not the word of God 42% 54% 3% 1% 851
Other/don't know 36% 46% 12% 7% 220

Views about abortion among Nothing in particulars (religion important) by interpretation of scripture

% of Nothing in particulars (religion important) who say abortion should be…

Interpreting scripture Legal in all/most cases Illegal in all/most cases Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 436. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 36% 58% 6% 436
Word of God; not everything taken literally 51% 44% 5% 468
Not the word of God 72% 24% 4% 851
Other/don't know 52% 34% 14% 220

Views about homosexuality among Nothing in particulars (religion important) by interpretation of scripture

% of Nothing in particulars (religion important) who say homosexuality…

Interpreting scripture Should be accepted Should be discouraged Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 436. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 49% 41% 3% 7% 436
Word of God; not everything taken literally 73% 21% 4% 2% 468
Not the word of God 84% 11% 2% 2% 851
Other/don't know 66% 16% 10% 8% 220

Views about same-sex marriage among Nothing in particulars (religion important) by interpretation of scripture

% of Nothing in particulars (religion important) who …same-sex marriage

Interpreting scripture Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 436. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 36% 54% 10% 436
Word of God; not everything taken literally 63% 30% 7% 468
Not the word of God 77% 17% 6% 851
Other/don't know 58% 23% 19% 220

Views about environmental regulation among Nothing in particulars (religion important) by interpretation of scripture

% of Nothing in particulars (religion important) 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 = 436. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 43% 49% 2% 7% 436
Word of God; not everything taken literally 38% 57% 3% 3% 468
Not the word of God 31% 65% 3% 2% 851
Other/don't know 32% 56% 6% 7% 220

Views about human evolution among Nothing in particulars (religion important) by interpretation of scripture

% of Nothing in particulars (religion important) 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 = 436. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 20% 26% 3% 45% 6% 436
Word of God; not everything taken literally 27% 35% 4% 31% 3% 468
Not the word of God 48% 22% 6% 22% 2% 851
Other/don't know 23% 29% 16% 24% 8% 220