Interpreting scripture among members of the Southern Baptist Convention

% of members of the Southern Baptist Convention who say the holy scripture is…

Survey year Word of God; should be taken literally Word of God; not everything taken literally Word of God; other/don't know Not the word of God Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,845. 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 61% 24% 4% 8% 3% 1,845
2007 63% 22% 4% 6% 5% 2,539

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DemographicInformation

Age distribution among members of the Southern Baptist Convention by interpretation of scripture

% of members of the Southern Baptist Convention who are ages…

Interpreting scripture 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 1,137. 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% 26% 36% 29% 1,137
Word of God; not everything taken literally 20% 30% 28% 21% 426
Not the word of God 24% 30% 24% 22% 125

Generational cohort among members of the Southern Baptist Convention by interpretation of scripture

% of members of the Southern Baptist Convention who are…

Interpreting scripture Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 1,137. 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 5% 7% 23% 43% 20% 2% 1,137
Word of God; not everything taken literally 12% 13% 26% 33% 16% < 1% 426
Not the word of God 14% 14% 26% 28% 17% 1% 125

Gender composition among members of the Southern Baptist Convention by interpretation of scripture

% of members of the Southern Baptist Convention who are…

Interpreting scripture Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 1,157. 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% 54% 1,157
Word of God; not everything taken literally 51% 49% 430
Not the word of God 70% 30% 128

Racial and ethnic composition among members of the Southern Baptist Convention by interpretation of scripture

% of members of the Southern Baptist Convention who identify as…

Interpreting scripture White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 1,148. 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 87% 6% < 1% 3% 4% 1,148
Word of God; not everything taken literally 83% 6% < 1% 5% 6% 428
Not the word of God 82% 9% 1% 1% 7% 127

Immigrant status among members of the Southern Baptist Convention by interpretation of scripture

% of members of the Southern Baptist Convention who are…

Interpreting scripture Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 1,145. 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 1% 2% 97% 1,145
Word of God; not everything taken literally 4% 3% 94% 427
Not the word of God 3% 1% 96% 128

Income distribution among members of the Southern Baptist Convention by interpretation of scripture

% of members of the Southern Baptist Convention 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 = 982. 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 32% 22% 31% 15% 982
Word of God; not everything taken literally 29% 24% 29% 18% 401
Not the word of God 29% 22% 32% 18% 119

Educational distribution among members of the Southern Baptist Convention by interpretation of scripture

% of members of the Southern Baptist Convention who have completed…

Interpreting scripture High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 1,148. 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% 33% 12% 5% 1,148
Word of God; not everything taken literally 41% 35% 16% 8% 428
Not the word of God 38% 46% 11% 6% 128

Marital status among members of the Southern Baptist Convention by interpretation of scripture

% of members of the Southern Baptist Convention who are…

Interpreting scripture Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 1,155. 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 66% 2% 12% 12% 9% 1,155
Word of God; not everything taken literally 54% 4% 16% 7% 19% 430
Not the word of God 37% 6% 21% 7% 28% 128

Parent of children under 18 among members of the Southern Baptist Convention by interpretation of scripture

% of members of the Southern Baptist Convention who are…

Interpreting scripture Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 1,155. 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 24% 76% 1,155
Word of God; not everything taken literally 30% 70% 427
Not the word of God 30% 70% 128

BeliefsandPractices

Belief in God among members of the Southern Baptist Convention by interpretation of scripture

% of members of the Southern Baptist Convention 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 = 1,157. 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 96% 3% < 1% 1% < 1% < 1% 1,157
Word of God; not everything taken literally 85% 14% 1% < 1% < 1% < 1% 430
Not the word of God 53% 32% 9% 1% 4% 2% 128

Importance of religion in one's life among members of the Southern Baptist Convention by interpretation of scripture

% of members of the Southern Baptist Convention who say religion is…

Interpreting scripture Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,157. 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% 1,157
Word of God; not everything taken literally 71% 28% 1% < 1% < 1% 430
Not the word of God 36% 50% 9% 6% < 1% 128

Attendance at religious services among members of the Southern Baptist Convention by interpretation of scripture

% of members of the Southern Baptist Convention 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 = 1,157. 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 68% 21% 10% 1% 1,157
Word of God; not everything taken literally 43% 43% 13% < 1% 430
Not the word of God 19% 46% 34% < 1% 128

Frequency of prayer among members of the Southern Baptist Convention by interpretation of scripture

% of members of the Southern Baptist Convention who pray…

Interpreting scripture At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,157. 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 87% 9% 1% 2% 1% 1,157
Word of God; not everything taken literally 74% 17% 4% 4% 1% 430
Not the word of God 45% 21% 7% 22% 4% 128

Frequency of participation in prayer, scripture study or religious education groups among members of the Southern Baptist Convention by interpretation of scripture

% of members of the Southern Baptist Convention 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 = 1,157. 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% 12% 9% 23% 1% 1,157
Word of God; not everything taken literally 30% 14% 12% 44% < 1% 430
Not the word of God 13% 6% 8% 72% 1% 128

Frequency of meditation among members of the Southern Baptist Convention by interpretation of scripture

% of members of the Southern Baptist Convention 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 = 1,157. 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% 2% 39% 2% 1,157
Word of God; not everything taken literally 38% 6% 3% 51% 2% 430
Not the word of God 40% 4% 5% 51% 1% 128

Frequency of feeling spiritual peace and wellbeing among members of the Southern Baptist Convention by interpretation of scripture

% of members of the Southern Baptist Convention 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 = 1,157. 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% 8% 3% 4% 1% 1,157
Word of God; not everything taken literally 67% 17% 7% 9% < 1% 430
Not the word of God 50% 14% 10% 24% 2% 128

Frequency of feeling wonder about the universe among members of the Southern Baptist Convention by interpretation of scripture

% of members of the Southern Baptist Convention 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 = 1,157. 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% 11% 31% 2% 1,157
Word of God; not everything taken literally 41% 20% 15% 23% 1% 430
Not the word of God 44% 19% 14% 22% < 1% 128

Sources of guidance on right and wrong among members of the Southern Baptist Convention by interpretation of scripture

% of members of the Southern Baptist Convention 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 = 1,157. 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% 3% 24% 1% 1% 1,157
Word of God; not everything taken literally 49% 6% 40% 3% 2% 430
Not the word of God 21% 12% 61% 6% < 1% 128

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong among members of the Southern Baptist Convention by interpretation of scripture

% of members of the Southern Baptist Convention 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 = 1,157. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 58% 40% 1% 1% 1,157
Word of God; not everything taken literally 41% 56% 2% 1% 430
Not the word of God 35% 61% 4% < 1% 128

Frequency of reading scripture among members of the Southern Baptist Convention by interpretation of scripture

% of members of the Southern Baptist Convention 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 = 1,157. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 72% 11% 5% 11% 1% 1,157
Word of God; not everything taken literally 51% 14% 11% 24% < 1% 430
Not the word of God 28% 10% 9% 54% < 1% 128

Belief in Heaven among members of the Southern Baptist Convention by interpretation of scripture

% of members of the Southern Baptist Convention who …in heaven

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,157. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 90% 4% 6% 1,157
Word of God; not everything taken literally 90% 5% 6% 430
Not the word of God 73% 15% 11% 128

Belief in Hell among members of the Southern Baptist Convention by interpretation of scripture

% of members of the Southern Baptist Convention who …in hell

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,157. 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% 4% 6% 1,157
Word of God; not everything taken literally 84% 11% 6% 430
Not the word of God 58% 28% 13% 128

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among members of the Southern Baptist Convention by interpretation of scripture

% of members of the Southern Baptist Convention who identify as…

Interpreting scripture Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 1,157. 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 68% 9% 23% 1,157
Word of God; not everything taken literally 61% 10% 29% 430
Not the word of God 51% 15% 33% 128

Political ideology among members of the Southern Baptist Convention by interpretation of scripture

% of members of the Southern Baptist Convention who are…

Interpreting scripture Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,157. 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% 18% 7% 3% 1,157
Word of God; not everything taken literally 59% 27% 11% 3% 430
Not the word of God 30% 43% 22% 5% 128

Views about size of government among members of the Southern Baptist Convention by interpretation of scripture

% of members of the Southern Baptist Convention who would rather have…

Interpreting scripture Smaller government; fewer services Bigger government; more services Depends Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,157. 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% 23% 2% 3% 1,157
Word of God; not everything taken literally 65% 33% 1% 2% 430
Not the word of God 68% 26% 3% 4% 128

Views about government aid to the poor among members of the Southern Baptist Convention by interpretation of scripture

% of members of the Southern Baptist Convention 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 = 1,157. 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 65% 30% 3% 2% 1,157
Word of God; not everything taken literally 60% 39% < 1% 1% 430
Not the word of God 49% 48% 2% 1% 128

Views about abortion among members of the Southern Baptist Convention by interpretation of scripture

% of members of the Southern Baptist Convention who say abortion should be…

Interpreting scripture Legal in all/most cases Illegal in all/most cases Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,157. 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 24% 73% 3% 1,157
Word of God; not everything taken literally 38% 60% 3% 430
Not the word of God 57% 37% 6% 128

Views about homosexuality among members of the Southern Baptist Convention by interpretation of scripture

% of members of the Southern Baptist Convention who say homosexuality…

Interpreting scripture Should be accepted Should be discouraged Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,157. 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 21% 72% 3% 3% 1,157
Word of God; not everything taken literally 45% 49% 4% 2% 430
Not the word of God 58% 35% 6% 1% 128

Views about same-sex marriage among members of the Southern Baptist Convention by interpretation of scripture

% of members of the Southern Baptist Convention who …same-sex marriage

Interpreting scripture Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,157. 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% 81% 6% 1,157
Word of God; not everything taken literally 34% 60% 6% 430
Not the word of God 54% 36% 10% 128

Views about environmental regulation among members of the Southern Baptist Convention by interpretation of scripture

% of members of the Southern Baptist Convention 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 = 1,157. 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% 39% 3% 3% 1,157
Word of God; not everything taken literally 44% 53% 1% 1% 430
Not the word of God 37% 57% 1% 5% 128

Views about human evolution among members of the Southern Baptist Convention by interpretation of scripture

% of members of the Southern Baptist Convention 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 = 1,157. 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 7% 18% 2% 68% 5% 1,157
Word of God; not everything taken literally 19% 33% 1% 44% 3% 430
Not the word of God 33% 32% 5% 29% 1% 128