Interpreting scripture among methodists in the Mainline Tradition

% of methodists in the Mainline 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 = 1,746. 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% 41% 3% 22% 8% 1,746
2007 24% 39% 4% 22% 10% 2,393

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DemographicInformation

Age distribution among methodists in the Mainline Tradition by interpretation of scripture

% of methodists in the Mainline Tradition who are ages…

Interpreting scripture 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 401. 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% 28% 34% 31% 401
Word of God; not everything taken literally 11% 30% 27% 32% 711
Not the word of God 10% 29% 30% 31% 400
Other/don't know 4% 26% 28% 43% 152

Generational cohort among methodists in the Mainline Tradition by interpretation of scripture

% of methodists in the Mainline Tradition who are…

Interpreting scripture Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 401. 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% 401
Word of God; not everything taken literally 8% 7% 27% 34% 22% 2% 711
Not the word of God 5% 11% 24% 41% 19% 1% 400
Other/don't know 2% 6% 22% 34% 30% 6% 152

Gender composition among methodists in the Mainline Tradition by interpretation of scripture

% of methodists in the Mainline Tradition who are…

Interpreting scripture Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 411. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 39% 61% 411
Word of God; not everything taken literally 43% 57% 716
Not the word of God 52% 48% 404
Other/don't know 47% 53% 157

Racial and ethnic composition among methodists in the Mainline Tradition by interpretation of scripture

% of methodists in the Mainline Tradition who identify as…

Interpreting scripture White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 406. 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% 406
Word of God; not everything taken literally 93% 1% 2% 2% 2% 713
Not the word of God 96% 1% < 1% 1% 2% 403
Other/don't know 93% < 1% 3% 2% 1% 157

Immigrant status among methodists in the Mainline Tradition by interpretation of scripture

% of methodists in the Mainline Tradition who are…

Interpreting scripture Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 406. 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% 3% 94% 406
Word of God; not everything taken literally 5% 5% 90% 713
Not the word of God 3% 5% 92% 404
Other/don't know 3% 5% 92% 157

Income distribution among methodists in the Mainline Tradition by interpretation of scripture

% of methodists in the Mainline 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 = 350. 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% 21% 29% 15% 350
Word of God; not everything taken literally 19% 22% 32% 26% 619
Not the word of God 16% 18% 30% 36% 372
Other/don't know 30% 15% 29% 26% 130

Educational distribution among methodists in the Mainline Tradition by interpretation of scripture

% of methodists in the Mainline Tradition who have completed…

Interpreting scripture High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 410. 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% 30% 13% 6% 410
Word of God; not everything taken literally 30% 33% 22% 15% 714
Not the word of God 21% 26% 32% 20% 403
Other/don't know 31% 32% 20% 17% 155

Marital status among methodists in the Mainline Tradition by interpretation of scripture

% of methodists in the Mainline Tradition who are…

Interpreting scripture Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 409. 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 57% 5% 15% 12% 11% 409
Word of God; not everything taken literally 61% 5% 11% 11% 13% 714
Not the word of God 62% 7% 14% 9% 9% 404
Other/don't know 60% < 1% 12% 20% 8% 155

Parent of children under 18 among methodists in the Mainline Tradition by interpretation of scripture

% of methodists in the Mainline Tradition who are…

Interpreting scripture Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 410. 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% 410
Word of God; not everything taken literally 27% 73% 716
Not the word of God 22% 78% 403
Other/don't know 23% 77% 157

BeliefsandPractices

Belief in God among methodists in the Mainline Tradition by interpretation of scripture

% of methodists in the Mainline 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 = 411. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 89% 8% 1% 2% < 1% 1% 411
Word of God; not everything taken literally 75% 24% 1% < 1% < 1% < 1% 716
Not the word of God 36% 42% 15% 1% 4% 2% 404
Other/don't know 59% 29% 5% 3% 2% 2% 157

Importance of religion in one's life among methodists in the Mainline Tradition by interpretation of scripture

% of methodists in the Mainline 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 = 411. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 83% 15% 1% < 1% < 1% 411
Word of God; not everything taken literally 59% 37% 4% < 1% 1% 716
Not the word of God 27% 47% 21% 5% < 1% 404
Other/don't know 53% 33% 10% 3% < 1% 157

Attendance at religious services among methodists in the Mainline Tradition by interpretation of scripture

% of methodists in the Mainline 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 = 411. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 61% 27% 12% 1% 411
Word of God; not everything taken literally 42% 41% 17% < 1% 716
Not the word of God 17% 51% 31% < 1% 404
Other/don't know 41% 38% 20% < 1% 157

Frequency of prayer among methodists in the Mainline Tradition by interpretation of scripture

% of methodists in the Mainline Tradition who pray…

Interpreting scripture At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 411. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 77% 16% 3% 3% 1% 411
Word of God; not everything taken literally 61% 22% 7% 9% < 1% 716
Not the word of God 35% 24% 13% 28% < 1% 404
Other/don't know 62% 22% 1% 11% 5% 157

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

% of methodists in the Mainline 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 = 411. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 42% 13% 10% 34% 1% 411
Word of God; not everything taken literally 19% 12% 13% 56% < 1% 716
Not the word of God 6% 5% 8% 81% < 1% 404
Other/don't know 23% 9% 12% 56% < 1% 157

Frequency of meditation among methodists in the Mainline Tradition by interpretation of scripture

% of methodists in the Mainline 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 = 411. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 49% 9% 5% 35% 3% 411
Word of God; not everything taken literally 34% 9% 5% 51% 2% 716
Not the word of God 31% 13% 6% 50% < 1% 404
Other/don't know 42% 14% 4% 37% 3% 157

Frequency of feeling spiritual peace and wellbeing among methodists in the Mainline Tradition by interpretation of scripture

% of methodists in the Mainline 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 = 411. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 78% 11% 5% 4% 2% 411
Word of God; not everything taken literally 60% 20% 12% 8% < 1% 716
Not the word of God 41% 23% 12% 23% 1% 404
Other/don't know 52% 16% 15% 10% 6% 157

Frequency of feeling wonder about the universe among methodists in the Mainline Tradition by interpretation of scripture

% of methodists in the Mainline 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 = 411. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 40% 18% 12% 27% 3% 411
Word of God; not everything taken literally 38% 16% 18% 27% 1% 716
Not the word of God 41% 15% 19% 24% < 1% 404
Other/don't know 48% 14% 17% 20% 2% 157

Sources of guidance on right and wrong among methodists in the Mainline Tradition by interpretation of scripture

% of methodists in the Mainline 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 = 411. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 59% 3% 34% 2% 2% 411
Word of God; not everything taken literally 36% 8% 51% 5% 1% 716
Not the word of God 11% 17% 63% 8% 2% 404
Other/don't know 15% 6% 61% 11% 7% 157

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong among methodists in the Mainline Tradition by interpretation of scripture

% of methodists in the Mainline 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 = 411. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 48% 50% 1% 1% 411
Word of God; not everything taken literally 34% 65% 1% 1% 716
Not the word of God 26% 73% 1% 1% 404
Other/don't know 32% 65% 3% < 1% 157

Frequency of reading scripture among methodists in the Mainline Tradition by interpretation of scripture

% of methodists in the Mainline 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 = 411. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 59% 13% 5% 20% 2% 411
Word of God; not everything taken literally 34% 14% 13% 39% < 1% 716
Not the word of God 15% 8% 13% 63% < 1% 404
Other/don't know 34% 19% 13% 33% 1% 157

Belief in Heaven among methodists in the Mainline Tradition by interpretation of scripture

% of methodists in the Mainline Tradition who …in heaven

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 411. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 95% 2% 3% 411
Word of God; not everything taken literally 90% 5% 5% 716
Not the word of God 66% 25% 9% 404
Other/don't know 77% 9% 14% 157

Belief in Hell among methodists in the Mainline Tradition by interpretation of scripture

% of methodists in the Mainline Tradition who …in hell

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 411. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 84% 10% 6% 411
Word of God; not everything taken literally 69% 21% 10% 716
Not the word of God 34% 58% 8% 404
Other/don't know 46% 29% 25% 157

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among methodists in the Mainline Tradition by interpretation of scripture

% of methodists in the Mainline Tradition who identify as…

Interpreting scripture Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 411. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 61% 12% 27% 411
Word of God; not everything taken literally 56% 10% 35% 716
Not the word of God 38% 9% 53% 404
Other/don't know 50% 18% 33% 157

Political ideology among methodists in the Mainline Tradition by interpretation of scripture

% of methodists in the Mainline Tradition who are…

Interpreting scripture Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 411. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 63% 28% 5% 4% 411
Word of God; not everything taken literally 41% 42% 15% 2% 716
Not the word of God 29% 44% 26% 1% 404
Other/don't know 42% 41% 12% 4% 157

Views about size of government among methodists in the Mainline Tradition by interpretation of scripture

% of methodists in the Mainline Tradition who would rather have…

Interpreting scripture Smaller government; fewer services Bigger government; more services Depends Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 411. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 67% 26% 2% 4% 411
Word of God; not everything taken literally 68% 27% 1% 4% 716
Not the word of God 64% 32% 2% 2% 404
Other/don't know 64% 20% 11% 6% 157

Views about government aid to the poor among methodists in the Mainline Tradition by interpretation of scripture

% of methodists in the Mainline 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 = 411. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 60% 35% 2% 2% 411
Word of God; not everything taken literally 58% 38% 2% 2% 716
Not the word of God 39% 57% 3% 1% 404
Other/don't know 44% 47% 6% 3% 157

Views about abortion among methodists in the Mainline Tradition by interpretation of scripture

% of methodists in the Mainline 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 = 411. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 39% 56% 4% 411
Word of God; not everything taken literally 59% 39% 3% 716
Not the word of God 85% 14% 1% 404
Other/don't know 59% 29% 12% 157

Views about homosexuality among methodists in the Mainline Tradition by interpretation of scripture

% of methodists in the Mainline Tradition who say homosexuality…

Interpreting scripture Should be accepted Should be discouraged Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 411. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 35% 56% 5% 5% 411
Word of God; not everything taken literally 67% 27% 4% 2% 716
Not the word of God 82% 13% 2% 2% 404
Other/don't know 63% 26% 7% 4% 157

Views about same-sex marriage among methodists in the Mainline Tradition by interpretation of scripture

% of methodists in the Mainline Tradition who …same-sex marriage

Interpreting scripture Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 411. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 23% 69% 8% 411
Word of God; not everything taken literally 52% 40% 8% 716
Not the word of God 75% 19% 6% 404
Other/don't know 55% 32% 13% 157

Views about environmental regulation among methodists in the Mainline Tradition by interpretation of scripture

% of methodists in the Mainline 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 = 411. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 54% 41% 2% 3% 411
Word of God; not everything taken literally 40% 56% 2% 1% 716
Not the word of God 32% 65% 2% 2% 404
Other/don't know 38% 49% 4% 9% 157

Views about human evolution among methodists in the Mainline Tradition by interpretation of scripture

% of methodists in the Mainline 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 = 411. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 7% 25% 2% 60% 7% 411
Word of God; not everything taken literally 19% 41% 4% 32% 5% 716
Not the word of God 52% 30% 5% 11% 2% 404
Other/don't know 26% 31% 16% 17% 10% 157