Interpreting scripture among members of the United Methodist Church

% of members of the United Methodist Church 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 = 1,637. 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 27% 42% 3% 20% 8% 1,637
2007 25% 40% 4% 21% 9% 2,239

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DemographicInformation

Age distribution among members of the United Methodist Church by interpretation of scripture

% of members of the United Methodist Church who are ages…

Interpreting scripture 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 385. 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% 27% 34% 31% 385
Word of God; not everything taken literally 11% 30% 28% 31% 682
Not the word of God 9% 30% 31% 30% 356
Other/don't know 3% 27% 29% 40% 139

Generational cohort among members of the United Methodist Church by interpretation of scripture

% of members of the United Methodist Church who are…

Interpreting scripture Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 385. 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% 40% 22% 4% 385
Word of God; not everything taken literally 8% 6% 27% 35% 22% 2% 682
Not the word of God 3% 12% 24% 41% 19% 1% 356
Other/don't know 1% 7% 23% 35% 29% 6% 139

Gender composition among members of the United Methodist Church by interpretation of scripture

% of members of the United Methodist Church who are…

Interpreting scripture Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 393. 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% 60% 393
Word of God; not everything taken literally 42% 58% 686
Not the word of God 52% 48% 360
Other/don't know 47% 53% 143

Racial and ethnic composition among members of the United Methodist Church by interpretation of scripture

% of members of the United Methodist Church who identify as…

Interpreting scripture White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 390. 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 94% 2% < 1% 2% 2% 390
Word of God; not everything taken literally 94% 1% 2% 2% 2% 683
Not the word of God 95% 2% < 1% 1% 2% 360
Other/don't know 93% < 1% 3% 3% 2% 143

Immigrant status among members of the United Methodist Church by interpretation of scripture

% of members of the United Methodist Church who are…

Interpreting scripture Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 388. 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 4% 2% 94% 388
Word of God; not everything taken literally 5% 5% 90% 684
Not the word of God 3% 5% 91% 360
Other/don't know 4% 5% 91% 143

Income distribution among members of the United Methodist Church by interpretation of scripture

% of members of the United Methodist Church 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 = 336. 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% 21% 30% 15% 336
Word of God; not everything taken literally 18% 22% 33% 27% 595
Not the word of God 15% 17% 31% 37% 334
Other/don't know 26% 14% 31% 28% 121

Educational distribution among members of the United Methodist Church by interpretation of scripture

% of members of the United Methodist Church who have completed…

Interpreting scripture High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 392. 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% 30% 13% 7% 392
Word of God; not everything taken literally 29% 33% 23% 15% 684
Not the word of God 18% 26% 35% 21% 359
Other/don't know 27% 35% 21% 17% 142

Marital status among members of the United Methodist Church by interpretation of scripture

% of members of the United Methodist Church who are…

Interpreting scripture Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 391. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 59% 5% 14% 12% 10% 391
Word of God; not everything taken literally 62% 4% 11% 10% 13% 684
Not the word of God 63% 7% 15% 9% 7% 360
Other/don't know 62% < 1% 12% 19% 7% 142

Parent of children under 18 among members of the United Methodist Church by interpretation of scripture

% of members of the United Methodist Church who are…

Interpreting scripture Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 392. 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 22% 78% 392
Word of God; not everything taken literally 26% 74% 686
Not the word of God 23% 77% 359
Other/don't know 23% 77% 143

BeliefsandPractices

Belief in God among members of the United Methodist Church by interpretation of scripture

% of members of the United Methodist Church 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 = 393. 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% 1% 1% < 1% 1% 393
Word of God; not everything taken literally 77% 22% 1% < 1% < 1% < 1% 686
Not the word of God 36% 43% 16% 1% 3% 2% 360
Other/don't know 62% 29% 4% 1% 1% 3% 143

Importance of religion in one's life among members of the United Methodist Church by interpretation of scripture

% of members of the United Methodist Church who say religion is…

Interpreting scripture Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 393. 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% 14% 1% < 1% < 1% 393
Word of God; not everything taken literally 60% 36% 3% < 1% 1% 686
Not the word of God 28% 45% 20% 6% < 1% 360
Other/don't know 54% 34% 9% 3% < 1% 143

Attendance at religious services among members of the United Methodist Church by interpretation of scripture

% of members of the United Methodist Church 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 = 393. 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% 10% 1% 393
Word of God; not everything taken literally 42% 42% 16% < 1% 686
Not the word of God 18% 52% 30% < 1% 360
Other/don't know 45% 39% 16% < 1% 143

Frequency of prayer among members of the United Methodist Church by interpretation of scripture

% of members of the United Methodist Church who pray…

Interpreting scripture At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 393. 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 80% 15% 3% 2% < 1% 393
Word of God; not everything taken literally 62% 23% 6% 8% < 1% 686
Not the word of God 36% 25% 14% 24% 1% 360
Other/don't know 63% 21% 1% 10% 5% 143

Frequency of participation in prayer, scripture study or religious education groups among members of the United Methodist Church by interpretation of scripture

% of members of the United Methodist Church 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 = 393. 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% 13% 11% 32% < 1% 393
Word of God; not everything taken literally 20% 12% 13% 55% < 1% 686
Not the word of God 7% 6% 8% 79% < 1% 360
Other/don't know 25% 10% 13% 53% < 1% 143

Frequency of meditation among members of the United Methodist Church by interpretation of scripture

% of members of the United Methodist Church 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 = 393. 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% 9% 5% 34% 1% 393
Word of God; not everything taken literally 35% 9% 4% 50% 2% 686
Not the word of God 32% 12% 7% 49% < 1% 360
Other/don't know 42% 15% 4% 36% 2% 143

Frequency of feeling spiritual peace and wellbeing among members of the United Methodist Church by interpretation of scripture

% of members of the United Methodist Church 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 = 393. 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 80% 11% 4% 3% 2% 393
Word of God; not everything taken literally 61% 19% 12% 8% < 1% 686
Not the word of God 42% 24% 11% 21% 1% 360
Other/don't know 54% 16% 13% 11% 6% 143

Frequency of feeling wonder about the universe among members of the United Methodist Church by interpretation of scripture

% of members of the United Methodist Church 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 = 393. 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 41% 19% 13% 26% 2% 393
Word of God; not everything taken literally 39% 16% 18% 27% 1% 686
Not the word of God 43% 16% 20% 22% < 1% 360
Other/don't know 47% 15% 17% 19% 2% 143

Sources of guidance on right and wrong among members of the United Methodist Church by interpretation of scripture

% of members of the United Methodist Church 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 = 393. 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% 3% 33% 2% 2% 393
Word of God; not everything taken literally 37% 7% 50% 5% 1% 686
Not the word of God 13% 18% 59% 9% 2% 360
Other/don't know 17% 6% 59% 12% 7% 143

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong among members of the United Methodist Church by interpretation of scripture

% of members of the United Methodist Church 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 = 393. 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% 50% 1% < 1% 393
Word of God; not everything taken literally 34% 64% 1% 1% 686
Not the word of God 27% 72% 1% 1% 360
Other/don't know 32% 65% 3% < 1% 143

Frequency of reading scripture among members of the United Methodist Church by interpretation of scripture

% of members of the United Methodist Church 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 = 393. 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 62% 13% 5% 19% 1% 393
Word of God; not everything taken literally 35% 14% 13% 38% < 1% 686
Not the word of God 15% 8% 13% 64% < 1% 360
Other/don't know 37% 21% 12% 30% < 1% 143

Belief in Heaven among members of the United Methodist Church by interpretation of scripture

% of members of the United Methodist Church who …in heaven

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 393. 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 95% 2% 3% 393
Word of God; not everything taken literally 90% 5% 5% 686
Not the word of God 67% 24% 9% 360
Other/don't know 78% 8% 14% 143

Belief in Hell among members of the United Methodist Church by interpretation of scripture

% of members of the United Methodist Church who …in hell

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 393. 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% 393
Word of God; not everything taken literally 69% 21% 10% 686
Not the word of God 34% 58% 8% 360
Other/don't know 46% 28% 26% 143

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among members of the United Methodist Church by interpretation of scripture

% of members of the United Methodist Church who identify as…

Interpreting scripture Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 393. 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% 11% 26% 393
Word of God; not everything taken literally 56% 9% 35% 686
Not the word of God 37% 9% 53% 360
Other/don't know 50% 17% 33% 143

Political ideology among members of the United Methodist Church by interpretation of scripture

% of members of the United Methodist Church who are…

Interpreting scripture Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 393. 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 64% 27% 5% 4% 393
Word of God; not everything taken literally 41% 42% 15% 2% 686
Not the word of God 27% 43% 29% 1% 360
Other/don't know 42% 43% 13% 3% 143

Views about size of government among members of the United Methodist Church by interpretation of scripture

% of members of the United Methodist Church who would rather have…

Interpreting scripture Smaller government; fewer services Bigger government; more services Depends Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 393. 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% 26% 2% 4% 393
Word of God; not everything taken literally 68% 27% 1% 3% 686
Not the word of God 63% 34% 2% 2% 360
Other/don't know 64% 20% 11% 6% 143

Views about government aid to the poor among members of the United Methodist Church by interpretation of scripture

% of members of the United Methodist Church 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 = 393. 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% 34% 2% 2% 393
Word of God; not everything taken literally 58% 38% 2% 1% 686
Not the word of God 40% 56% 3% 1% 360
Other/don't know 43% 48% 6% 3% 143

Views about abortion among members of the United Methodist Church by interpretation of scripture

% of members of the United Methodist Church who say abortion should be…

Interpreting scripture Legal in all/most cases Illegal in all/most cases Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 393. 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% 56% 4% 393
Word of God; not everything taken literally 59% 38% 3% 686
Not the word of God 83% 15% 1% 360
Other/don't know 61% 27% 12% 143

Views about homosexuality among members of the United Methodist Church by interpretation of scripture

% of members of the United Methodist Church who say homosexuality…

Interpreting scripture Should be accepted Should be discouraged Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 393. 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% 57% 5% 4% 393
Word of God; not everything taken literally 67% 27% 4% 2% 686
Not the word of God 84% 12% 2% 2% 360
Other/don't know 63% 26% 8% 3% 143

Views about same-sex marriage among members of the United Methodist Church by interpretation of scripture

% of members of the United Methodist Church who …same-sex marriage

Interpreting scripture Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 393. 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% 7% 393
Word of God; not everything taken literally 53% 39% 8% 686
Not the word of God 76% 19% 5% 360
Other/don't know 56% 30% 14% 143

Views about environmental regulation among members of the United Methodist Church by interpretation of scripture

% of members of the United Methodist Church 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 = 393. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 53% 43% 2% 2% 393
Word of God; not everything taken literally 41% 56% 2% 1% 686
Not the word of God 30% 66% 2% 2% 360
Other/don't know 36% 51% 4% 9% 143

Views about human evolution among members of the United Methodist Church by interpretation of scripture

% of members of the United Methodist Church 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 = 393. 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% 24% 1% 61% 6% 393
Word of God; not everything taken literally 18% 41% 4% 32% 5% 686
Not the word of God 51% 32% 5% 11% 2% 360
Other/don't know 24% 33% 14% 19% 11% 143