Interpreting scripture among baptists in the Evangelical Tradition

% of baptists in the Evangelical Tradition 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 = 3,142. 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 58% 26% 4% 8% 4% 3,142
2007 62% 22% 4% 6% 6% 4,008

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DemographicInformation

Age distribution among baptists in the Evangelical Tradition by interpretation of scripture

% of baptists in the Evangelical Tradition who are ages…

Interpreting scripture 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 1,862. 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 10% 27% 35% 27% 1,862
Word of God; not everything taken literally 22% 34% 26% 17% 764
Word of God; other/don't know 14% 33% 25% 29% 116
Not the word of God 26% 29% 28% 17% 229
Other/don't know 17% 32% 30% 21% 112

Generational cohort among baptists in the Evangelical Tradition by interpretation of scripture

% of baptists in the Evangelical Tradition who are…

Interpreting scripture Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 1,862. 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 6% 7% 25% 43% 18% 1% 1,862
Word of God; not everything taken literally 15% 14% 27% 30% 13% < 1% 764
Word of God; other/don't know 6% 8% 32% 33% 18% 3% 116
Not the word of God 15% 15% 24% 33% 12% 1% 229
Other/don't know 6% 21% 22% 37% 11% 2% 112

Gender composition among baptists in the Evangelical Tradition by interpretation of scripture

% of baptists in the Evangelical Tradition who are…

Interpreting scripture Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 1,903. 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% 1,903
Word of God; not everything taken literally 49% 51% 773
Word of God; other/don't know 44% 56% 119
Not the word of God 61% 39% 233
Other/don't know 54% 46% 114

Racial and ethnic composition among baptists in the Evangelical Tradition by interpretation of scripture

% of baptists in the Evangelical Tradition who identify as…

Interpreting scripture White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 1,880. 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% 4% 1% 5% 4% 1,880
Word of God; not everything taken literally 83% 3% 1% 6% 6% 767
Word of God; other/don't know 82% 6% 2% 3% 7% 117
Not the word of God 85% 5% < 1% 4% 6% 231
Other/don't know 77% 5% 2% 5% 10% 112

Immigrant status among baptists in the Evangelical Tradition by interpretation of scripture

% of baptists in the Evangelical Tradition who are…

Interpreting scripture Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 1,881. 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 3% 3% 94% 1,881
Word of God; not everything taken literally 4% 5% 91% 767
Word of God; other/don't know 7% 3% 89% 117
Not the word of God 2% 2% 95% 231
Other/don't know 6% 5% 89% 111

Income distribution among baptists in the Evangelical Tradition by interpretation of scripture

% of baptists in the Evangelical Tradition who have a household income of…

Interpreting scripture Less than $30,000 $30,000-$49,999 $50,000-$99,999 $100,000 or more Sample Size
Sample size = 1,622. 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% 22% 29% 13% 1,622
Word of God; not everything taken literally 32% 23% 30% 16% 715
Not the word of God 36% 23% 26% 15% 213

Educational distribution among baptists in the Evangelical Tradition by interpretation of scripture

% of baptists in the Evangelical Tradition who have completed…

Interpreting scripture High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 1,890. 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% 31% 12% 5% 1,890
Word of God; not everything taken literally 41% 38% 14% 7% 770
Word of God; other/don't know 46% 33% 16% 5% 118
Not the word of God 46% 37% 11% 6% 233
Other/don't know 49% 41% 8% 2% 114

Marital status among baptists in the Evangelical Tradition by interpretation of scripture

% of baptists in the Evangelical Tradition who are…

Interpreting scripture Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 1,898. 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% 2% 13% 11% 10% 1,898
Word of God; not everything taken literally 50% 7% 15% 7% 21% 770
Word of God; other/don't know 61% 4% 9% 12% 14% 119
Not the word of God 43% 9% 17% 7% 24% 232
Other/don't know 47% 12% 21% 7% 13% 114

Parent of children under 18 among baptists in the Evangelical Tradition by interpretation of scripture

% of baptists in the Evangelical Tradition who are…

Interpreting scripture Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 1,898. 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% 75% 1,898
Word of God; not everything taken literally 32% 68% 769
Word of God; other/don't know 24% 76% 118
Not the word of God 31% 69% 233
Other/don't know 30% 70% 114

BeliefsandPractices

Belief in God among baptists in the Evangelical Tradition by interpretation of scripture

% of baptists in the Evangelical Tradition 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 = 1,903. 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% 4% < 1% < 1% < 1% < 1% 1,903
Word of God; not everything taken literally 85% 14% 1% < 1% < 1% < 1% 773
Word of God; other/don't know 91% 6% < 1% 2% < 1% 2% 119
Not the word of God 57% 29% 7% 1% 4% 3% 233
Other/don't know 81% 14% 2% < 1% < 1% 2% 114

Importance of religion in one's life among baptists in the Evangelical Tradition by interpretation of scripture

% of baptists in the Evangelical Tradition who say religion is…

Interpreting scripture Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,903. 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% 1,903
Word of God; not everything taken literally 67% 31% 2% < 1% < 1% 773
Word of God; other/don't know 85% 11% < 1% 1% 2% 119
Not the word of God 37% 45% 11% 6% < 1% 233
Other/don't know 70% 29% < 1% < 1% < 1% 114

Attendance at religious services among baptists in the Evangelical Tradition by interpretation of scripture

% of baptists in the Evangelical Tradition 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 = 1,903. 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% 23% 10% 1% 1,903
Word of God; not everything taken literally 40% 43% 17% < 1% 773
Word of God; other/don't know 57% 27% 14% 2% 119
Not the word of God 17% 48% 34% < 1% 233
Other/don't know 36% 51% 9% 5% 114

Frequency of prayer among baptists in the Evangelical Tradition by interpretation of scripture

% of baptists in the Evangelical Tradition who pray…

Interpreting scripture At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,903. 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% 2% 2% 1% 1,903
Word of God; not everything taken literally 70% 20% 4% 6% < 1% 773
Word of God; other/don't know 86% 9% 1% 2% 2% 119
Not the word of God 53% 21% 6% 18% 2% 233
Other/don't know 68% 19% 6% 5% 2% 114

Frequency of participation in prayer, scripture study or religious education groups among baptists in the Evangelical Tradition by interpretation of scripture

% of baptists in the Evangelical Tradition 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 = 1,903. 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% 13% 9% 24% 1% 1,903
Word of God; not everything taken literally 30% 13% 11% 46% < 1% 773
Word of God; other/don't know 45% 11% 12% 32% 1% 119
Not the word of God 12% 7% 8% 72% < 1% 233
Other/don't know 32% 9% 13% 46% < 1% 114

Frequency of meditation among baptists in the Evangelical Tradition by interpretation of scripture

% of baptists in the Evangelical Tradition 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 = 1,903. 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% 5% 2% 40% 2% 1,903
Word of God; not everything taken literally 35% 8% 2% 53% 1% 773
Word of God; other/don't know 44% 7% 5% 42% 2% 119
Not the word of God 35% 7% 4% 53% 2% 233
Other/don't know 49% 6% 4% 38% 4% 114

Frequency of feeling spiritual peace and wellbeing among baptists in the Evangelical Tradition by interpretation of scripture

% of baptists in the Evangelical Tradition 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 = 1,903. 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 84% 8% 4% 4% 1% 1,903
Word of God; not everything taken literally 64% 18% 9% 9% < 1% 773
Word of God; other/don't know 78% 10% 1% 4% 7% 119
Not the word of God 46% 17% 14% 21% 1% 233
Other/don't know 65% 10% 13% 7% 5% 114

Frequency of feeling wonder about the universe among baptists in the Evangelical Tradition by interpretation of scripture

% of baptists in the Evangelical Tradition 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 = 1,903. 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% 10% 30% 2% 1,903
Word of God; not everything taken literally 41% 21% 14% 23% 1% 773
Word of God; other/don't know 43% 18% 8% 26% 5% 119
Not the word of God 47% 21% 13% 19% < 1% 233
Other/don't know 42% 18% 18% 18% 4% 114

Sources of guidance on right and wrong among baptists in the Evangelical Tradition by interpretation of scripture

% of baptists in the Evangelical Tradition 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 = 1,903. 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 70% 2% 24% 2% 2% 1,903
Word of God; not everything taken literally 46% 7% 43% 3% 2% 773
Word of God; other/don't know 55% < 1% 32% 3% 9% 119
Not the word of God 17% 10% 64% 8% < 1% 233
Other/don't know 38% 8% 47% 4% 2% 114

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong among baptists in the Evangelical Tradition by interpretation of scripture

% of baptists in the Evangelical Tradition 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 = 1,903. 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% 39% 1% 1% 1,903
Word of God; not everything taken literally 39% 59% 2% 1% 773
Word of God; other/don't know 50% 45% 5% < 1% 119
Not the word of God 28% 68% 3% < 1% 233
Other/don't know 28% 67% 2% 3% 114

Frequency of reading scripture among baptists in the Evangelical Tradition by interpretation of scripture

% of baptists in the Evangelical Tradition 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 = 1,903. 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 73% 10% 5% 10% 1% 1,903
Word of God; not everything taken literally 47% 14% 11% 27% < 1% 773
Word of God; other/don't know 67% 9% 4% 19% 1% 119
Not the word of God 24% 14% 9% 52% < 1% 233
Other/don't know 54% 17% 7% 22% < 1% 114

Belief in Heaven among baptists in the Evangelical Tradition by interpretation of scripture

% of baptists in the Evangelical Tradition who …in heaven

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,903. 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% 1,903
Word of God; not everything taken literally 90% 5% 5% 773
Word of God; other/don't know 88% 2% 10% 119
Not the word of God 76% 16% 8% 233
Other/don't know 84% 1% 15% 114

Belief in Hell among baptists in the Evangelical Tradition by interpretation of scripture

% of baptists in the Evangelical Tradition who …in hell

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,903. 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% 1,903
Word of God; not everything taken literally 83% 12% 5% 773
Word of God; other/don't know 90% 1% 8% 119
Not the word of God 59% 31% 10% 233
Other/don't know 79% 13% 8% 114

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among baptists in the Evangelical Tradition by interpretation of scripture

% of baptists in the Evangelical Tradition who identify as…

Interpreting scripture Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 1,903. 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% 12% 23% 1,903
Word of God; not everything taken literally 57% 13% 30% 773
Word of God; other/don't know 70% 15% 16% 119
Not the word of God 43% 18% 38% 233
Other/don't know 44% 23% 33% 114

Political ideology among baptists in the Evangelical Tradition by interpretation of scripture

% of baptists in the Evangelical Tradition who are…

Interpreting scripture Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,903. 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 69% 19% 6% 5% 1,903
Word of God; not everything taken literally 52% 33% 13% 3% 773
Word of God; other/don't know 62% 20% 8% 11% 119
Not the word of God 32% 40% 23% 5% 233
Other/don't know 30% 33% 22% 15% 114

Views about size of government among baptists in the Evangelical Tradition by interpretation of scripture

% of baptists in the Evangelical Tradition who would rather have…

Interpreting scripture Smaller government; fewer services Bigger government; more services Depends Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,903. 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 70% 25% 2% 3% 1,903
Word of God; not everything taken literally 62% 34% 2% 2% 773
Word of God; other/don't know 59% 28% 4% 9% 119
Not the word of God 64% 28% 3% 5% 233
Other/don't know 59% 33% 4% 4% 114

Views about government aid to the poor among baptists in the Evangelical Tradition by interpretation of scripture

% of baptists in the Evangelical Tradition 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 = 1,903. 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% 32% 4% 2% 1,903
Word of God; not everything taken literally 58% 39% 2% 1% 773
Word of God; other/don't know 59% 21% 9% 10% 119
Not the word of God 46% 52% 2% < 1% 233
Other/don't know 50% 41% 6% 3% 114

Views about abortion among baptists in the Evangelical Tradition by interpretation of scripture

% of baptists in the Evangelical Tradition who say abortion should be…

Interpreting scripture Legal in all/most cases Illegal in all/most cases Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,903. 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% 74% 3% 1,903
Word of God; not everything taken literally 41% 57% 3% 773
Word of God; other/don't know 24% 59% 16% 119
Not the word of God 58% 36% 6% 233
Other/don't know 46% 50% 5% 114

Views about homosexuality among baptists in the Evangelical Tradition by interpretation of scripture

% of baptists in the Evangelical Tradition who say homosexuality…

Interpreting scripture Should be accepted Should be discouraged Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,903. 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% 71% 3% 3% 1,903
Word of God; not everything taken literally 49% 43% 5% 3% 773
Word of God; other/don't know 24% 61% 8% 8% 119
Not the word of God 63% 28% 5% 5% 233
Other/don't know 47% 36% 14% 3% 114

Views about same-sex marriage among baptists in the Evangelical Tradition by interpretation of scripture

% of baptists in the Evangelical Tradition who …same-sex marriage

Interpreting scripture Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,903. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 14% 80% 6% 1,903
Word of God; not everything taken literally 39% 54% 7% 773
Word of God; other/don't know 18% 68% 15% 119
Not the word of God 57% 34% 9% 233
Other/don't know 44% 46% 11% 114

Views about environmental regulation among baptists in the Evangelical Tradition by interpretation of scripture

% of baptists in the Evangelical Tradition 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 = 1,903. 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% 37% 3% 3% 1,903
Word of God; not everything taken literally 45% 53% 1% 1% 773
Word of God; other/don't know 43% 41% 12% 3% 119
Not the word of God 39% 55% 3% 3% 233
Other/don't know 42% 42% 6% 9% 114

Views about human evolution among baptists in the Evangelical Tradition by interpretation of scripture

% of baptists in the Evangelical Tradition 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 = 1,903. 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 6% 18% 2% 69% 5% 1,903
Word of God; not everything taken literally 17% 34% 1% 45% 3% 773
Word of God; other/don't know 9% 25% 2% 48% 15% 119
Not the word of God 33% 36% 3% 25% 2% 233
Other/don't know 12% 37% 5% 37% 9% 114