Interpreting scripture among Catholics

% of Catholics 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 = 7,202. 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 26% 36% 3% 28% 8% 7,202
2007 23% 36% 3% 27% 11% 8,054

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DemographicInformation

Age distribution among Catholics by interpretation of scripture

% of Catholics who are ages…

Interpreting scripture 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 1,510. 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% 37% 28% 21% 1,510
Word of God; not everything taken literally 18% 31% 29% 21% 2,722
Word of God; other/don't know 10% 26% 30% 34% 198
Not the word of God 19% 34% 31% 16% 2,042
Other/don't know 16% 31% 29% 24% 589

Generational cohort among Catholics by interpretation of scripture

% of Catholics who are…

Interpreting scripture Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 1,510. 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% 11% 32% 33% 14% 2% 1,510
Word of God; not everything taken literally 13% 9% 27% 35% 14% 1% 2,722
Word of God; other/don't know 4% 7% 25% 35% 27% 3% 198
Not the word of God 12% 14% 28% 36% 10% 1% 2,042
Other/don't know 9% 11% 27% 35% 16% 2% 589

Gender composition among Catholics by interpretation of scripture

% of Catholics who are…

Interpreting scripture Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 1,545. 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% 56% 1,545
Word of God; not everything taken literally 44% 56% 2,774
Word of God; other/don't know 32% 68% 205
Not the word of God 54% 46% 2,068
Other/don't know 45% 55% 610

Racial and ethnic composition among Catholics by interpretation of scripture

% of Catholics who identify as…

Interpreting scripture White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 1,534. 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% 5% 3% 51% 2% 1,534
Word of God; not everything taken literally 69% 3% 4% 23% 2% 2,740
Word of God; other/don't know 54% 1% 1% 40% 3% 196
Not the word of God 64% 2% 3% 30% 1% 2,048
Other/don't know 60% 2% 2% 33% 3% 595

Immigrant status among Catholics by interpretation of scripture

% of Catholics who are…

Interpreting scripture Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 1,517. 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% 14% 41% 1,517
Word of God; not everything taken literally 19% 15% 66% 2,751
Word of God; other/don't know 35% 14% 51% 200
Not the word of God 24% 15% 61% 2,056
Other/don't know 25% 14% 61% 603

Income distribution among Catholics by interpretation of scripture

% of Catholics 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 = 1,272. 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% 19% 15% 9% 1,272
Word of God; not everything taken literally 27% 21% 31% 21% 2,400
Word of God; other/don't know 46% 20% 21% 13% 156
Not the word of God 29% 18% 29% 25% 1,842
Other/don't know 38% 18% 25% 19% 467

Educational distribution among Catholics by interpretation of scripture

% of Catholics who have completed…

Interpreting scripture High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 1,529. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 65% 24% 7% 4% 1,529
Word of God; not everything taken literally 40% 29% 20% 12% 2,764
Word of God; other/don't know 60% 22% 13% 5% 203
Not the word of God 38% 28% 20% 14% 2,060
Other/don't know 41% 31% 17% 11% 601

Marital status among Catholics by interpretation of scripture

% of Catholics who are…

Interpreting scripture Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 1,538. 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% 14% 8% 18% 1,538
Word of God; not everything taken literally 55% 6% 10% 7% 22% 2,770
Word of God; other/don't know 55% 4% 14% 11% 16% 201
Not the word of God 48% 10% 11% 6% 25% 2,064
Other/don't know 49% 12% 13% 9% 17% 603

Parent of children under 18 among Catholics by interpretation of scripture

% of Catholics who are…

Interpreting scripture Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 1,538. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 36% 64% 1,538
Word of God; not everything taken literally 30% 70% 2,763
Word of God; other/don't know 28% 72% 201
Not the word of God 28% 72% 2,064
Other/don't know 27% 73% 606

BeliefsandPractices

Belief in God among Catholics by interpretation of scripture

% of Catholics 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 = 1,545. 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% 23% 2% 2% < 1% < 1% 1,545
Word of God; not everything taken literally 75% 22% 2% < 1% < 1% < 1% 2,774
Word of God; other/don't know 78% 16% 1% 5% < 1% 1% 205
Not the word of God 42% 39% 12% 1% 5% 2% 2,068
Other/don't know 62% 27% 6% 2% < 1% 3% 610

Importance of religion in one's life among Catholics by interpretation of scripture

% of Catholics who say religion is…

Interpreting scripture Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,545. 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 79% 18% 1% 1% < 1% 1,545
Word of God; not everything taken literally 63% 32% 4% 1% < 1% 2,774
Word of God; other/don't know 78% 21% 1% < 1% < 1% 205
Not the word of God 30% 45% 18% 6% 1% 2,068
Other/don't know 56% 35% 6% 1% 1% 610

Attendance at religious services among Catholics by interpretation of scripture

% of Catholics 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 = 1,545. 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 52% 33% 14% < 1% 1,545
Word of God; not everything taken literally 45% 40% 14% < 1% 2,774
Word of God; other/don't know 55% 30% 14% 1% 205
Not the word of God 20% 47% 33% < 1% 2,068
Other/don't know 36% 41% 21% 2% 610

Frequency of prayer among Catholics by interpretation of scripture

% of Catholics who pray…

Interpreting scripture At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,545. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 72% 16% 5% 6% 1% 1,545
Word of God; not everything taken literally 63% 22% 6% 9% < 1% 2,774
Word of God; other/don't know 73% 12% 5% 6% 3% 205
Not the word of God 39% 24% 11% 25% 1% 2,068
Other/don't know 56% 21% 6% 14% 3% 610

Frequency of participation in prayer, scripture study or religious education groups among Catholics by interpretation of scripture

% of Catholics 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 = 1,545. 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 27% 14% 12% 47% < 1% 1,545
Word of God; not everything taken literally 18% 10% 12% 60% 1% 2,774
Word of God; other/don't know 25% 10% 11% 53% 2% 205
Not the word of God 7% 4% 6% 82% < 1% 2,068
Other/don't know 14% 10% 8% 66% 2% 610

Frequency of meditation among Catholics by interpretation of scripture

% of Catholics 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 = 1,545. 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 52% 10% 4% 32% 2% 1,545
Word of God; not everything taken literally 38% 8% 5% 48% 1% 2,774
Word of God; other/don't know 50% 4% 4% 38% 4% 205
Not the word of God 31% 9% 5% 53% 1% 2,068
Other/don't know 39% 12% 4% 42% 2% 610

Frequency of feeling spiritual peace and wellbeing among Catholics by interpretation of scripture

% of Catholics 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 = 1,545. 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% 14% 8% 10% 1% 1,545
Word of God; not everything taken literally 59% 18% 12% 11% 1% 2,774
Word of God; other/don't know 66% 11% 12% 7% 4% 205
Not the word of God 44% 18% 13% 23% 1% 2,068
Other/don't know 56% 18% 10% 14% 3% 610

Frequency of feeling wonder about the universe among Catholics by interpretation of scripture

% of Catholics 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 = 1,545. 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% 14% 15% 26% 2% 1,545
Word of God; not everything taken literally 40% 16% 16% 28% 1% 2,774
Word of God; other/don't know 41% 9% 13% 32% 6% 205
Not the word of God 43% 16% 15% 26% 1% 2,068
Other/don't know 46% 13% 11% 27% 4% 610

Sources of guidance on right and wrong among Catholics by interpretation of scripture

% of Catholics 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 = 1,545. 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% 8% 36% 10% 2% 1,545
Word of God; not everything taken literally 34% 9% 48% 7% 2% 2,774
Word of God; other/don't know 38% 4% 43% 5% 11% 205
Not the word of God 12% 13% 58% 14% 2% 2,068
Other/don't know 24% 10% 54% 7% 5% 610

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong among Catholics by interpretation of scripture

% of Catholics 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 = 1,545. 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 31% 65% 1% 2% 1,545
Word of God; not everything taken literally 35% 63% 1% < 1% 2,774
Word of God; other/don't know 30% 59% 5% 7% 205
Not the word of God 23% 75% 1% 1% 2,068
Other/don't know 26% 68% 4% 2% 610

Frequency of reading scripture among Catholics by interpretation of scripture

% of Catholics 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 = 1,545. 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% 13% 10% 35% 1% 1,545
Word of God; not everything taken literally 25% 13% 12% 50% < 1% 2,774
Word of God; other/don't know 33% 13% 10% 40% 3% 205
Not the word of God 11% 8% 9% 72% < 1% 2,068
Other/don't know 21% 12% 11% 54% 2% 610

Belief in Heaven among Catholics by interpretation of scripture

% of Catholics who …in heaven

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,545. 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% 3% 3% 1,545
Word of God; not everything taken literally 94% 4% 2% 2,774
Word of God; other/don't know 87% 7% 6% 205
Not the word of God 68% 24% 8% 2,068
Other/don't know 75% 8% 16% 610

Belief in Hell among Catholics by interpretation of scripture

% of Catholics who …in hell

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,545. 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 76% 17% 7% 1,545
Word of God; not everything taken literally 72% 22% 6% 2,774
Word of God; other/don't know 69% 16% 15% 205
Not the word of God 44% 48% 8% 2,068
Other/don't know 50% 31% 19% 610

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among Catholics by interpretation of scripture

% of Catholics who identify as…

Interpreting scripture Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 1,545. 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% 23% 43% 1,545
Word of God; not everything taken literally 46% 15% 39% 2,774
Word of God; other/don't know 30% 34% 36% 205
Not the word of God 32% 16% 52% 2,068
Other/don't know 34% 24% 42% 610

Political ideology among Catholics by interpretation of scripture

% of Catholics who are…

Interpreting scripture Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,545. 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 45% 27% 23% 6% 1,545
Word of God; not everything taken literally 42% 39% 16% 3% 2,774
Word of God; other/don't know 46% 24% 13% 18% 205
Not the word of God 23% 40% 32% 4% 2,068
Other/don't know 35% 37% 19% 9% 610

Views about size of government among Catholics by interpretation of scripture

% of Catholics who would rather have…

Interpreting scripture Smaller government; fewer services Bigger government; more services Depends Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,545. 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% 62% 2% 2% 1,545
Word of God; not everything taken literally 56% 39% 2% 2% 2,774
Word of God; other/don't know 42% 40% 6% 11% 205
Not the word of God 49% 45% 3% 3% 2,068
Other/don't know 46% 39% 8% 7% 610

Views about government aid to the poor among Catholics by interpretation of scripture

% of Catholics 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 = 1,545. 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 45% 50% 2% 2% 1,545
Word of God; not everything taken literally 51% 45% 3% 1% 2,774
Word of God; other/don't know 46% 38% 7% 9% 205
Not the word of God 42% 53% 4% 2% 2,068
Other/don't know 43% 45% 10% 3% 610

Views about abortion among Catholics by interpretation of scripture

% of Catholics who say abortion should be…

Interpreting scripture Legal in all/most cases Illegal in all/most cases Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,545. 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% 62% 5% 1,545
Word of God; not everything taken literally 44% 54% 3% 2,774
Word of God; other/don't know 31% 52% 17% 205
Not the word of God 68% 28% 4% 2,068
Other/don't know 49% 39% 12% 610

Views about homosexuality among Catholics by interpretation of scripture

% of Catholics who say homosexuality…

Interpreting scripture Should be accepted Should be discouraged Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,545. 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% 35% 3% 4% 1,545
Word of God; not everything taken literally 69% 23% 4% 4% 2,774
Word of God; other/don't know 56% 26% 7% 11% 205
Not the word of God 83% 12% 3% 2% 2,068
Other/don't know 69% 17% 7% 7% 610

Views about same-sex marriage among Catholics by interpretation of scripture

% of Catholics who …same-sex marriage

Interpreting scripture Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,545. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 43% 48% 10% 1,545
Word of God; not everything taken literally 56% 36% 9% 2,774
Word of God; other/don't know 42% 36% 22% 205
Not the word of God 73% 20% 7% 2,068
Other/don't know 54% 32% 14% 610

Views about environmental regulation among Catholics by interpretation of scripture

% of Catholics 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 = 1,545. 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 45% 49% 2% 5% 1,545
Word of God; not everything taken literally 40% 56% 2% 2% 2,774
Word of God; other/don't know 38% 44% 5% 13% 205
Not the word of God 33% 63% 2% 3% 2,068
Other/don't know 40% 49% 6% 5% 610

Views about human evolution among Catholics by interpretation of scripture

% of Catholics 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 = 1,545. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 21% 28% 3% 43% 5% 1,545
Word of God; not everything taken literally 24% 40% 4% 29% 3% 2,774
Word of God; other/don't know 15% 20% 7% 37% 20% 205
Not the word of God 50% 25% 4% 17% 4% 2,068
Other/don't know 28% 30% 12% 21% 9% 610