Interpreting scripture among Evangelical Protestants

% of Evangelical Protestants 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 = 8,593. 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 55% 29% 4% 8% 4% 8,593
2007 59% 25% 5% 7% 5% 9,472

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DemographicInformation

Age distribution among Evangelical Protestants by interpretation of scripture

% of Evangelical Protestants who are ages…

Interpreting scripture 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 4,656. 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 12% 32% 32% 23% 4,656
Word of God; not everything taken literally 25% 36% 25% 14% 2,430
Word of God; other/don't know 12% 33% 30% 25% 365
Not the word of God 25% 33% 26% 16% 629
Other/don't know 17% 33% 28% 21% 337

Generational cohort among Evangelical Protestants by interpretation of scripture

% of Evangelical Protestants who are…

Interpreting scripture Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 4,656. 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% 9% 27% 38% 16% 2% 4,656
Word of God; not everything taken literally 16% 16% 29% 29% 10% < 1% 2,430
Word of God; other/don't know 7% 7% 31% 37% 16% 2% 365
Not the word of God 14% 18% 26% 31% 10% < 1% 629
Other/don't know 7% 19% 24% 35% 13% 2% 337

Gender composition among Evangelical Protestants by interpretation of scripture

% of Evangelical Protestants who are…

Interpreting scripture Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 4,757. 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% 57% 4,757
Word of God; not everything taken literally 47% 53% 2,469
Word of God; other/don't know 43% 57% 381
Not the word of God 55% 45% 636
Other/don't know 52% 48% 350

Racial and ethnic composition among Evangelical Protestants by interpretation of scripture

% of Evangelical Protestants who identify as…

Interpreting scripture White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 4,690. 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 75% 6% 1% 12% 4% 4,690
Word of God; not everything taken literally 77% 6% 2% 9% 5% 2,451
Word of God; other/don't know 77% 5% 2% 10% 6% 371
Not the word of God 76% 5% 1% 11% 7% 627
Other/don't know 71% 7% 4% 11% 7% 340

Immigrant status among Evangelical Protestants by interpretation of scripture

% of Evangelical Protestants who are…

Interpreting scripture Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 4,692. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 9% 6% 85% 4,692
Word of God; not everything taken literally 8% 7% 84% 2,447
Word of God; other/don't know 10% 6% 83% 374
Not the word of God 9% 8% 83% 627
Other/don't know 12% 5% 83% 344

Income distribution among Evangelical Protestants by interpretation of scripture

% of Evangelical Protestants 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 = 4,072. 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 37% 23% 27% 12% 4,072
Word of God; not everything taken literally 30% 22% 31% 18% 2,232
Word of God; other/don't know 38% 16% 31% 16% 292
Not the word of God 35% 21% 27% 16% 577
Other/don't know 44% 21% 23% 13% 289

Educational distribution among Evangelical Protestants by interpretation of scripture

% of Evangelical Protestants who have completed…

Interpreting scripture High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 4,722. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 49% 33% 13% 5% 4,722
Word of God; not everything taken literally 35% 38% 17% 10% 2,462
Word of God; other/don't know 36% 38% 15% 11% 376
Not the word of God 39% 39% 14% 8% 635
Other/don't know 41% 42% 11% 6% 350

Marital status among Evangelical Protestants by interpretation of scripture

% of Evangelical Protestants who are…

Interpreting scripture Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 4,738. 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% 3% 14% 9% 13% 4,738
Word of God; not everything taken literally 50% 6% 14% 6% 24% 2,463
Word of God; other/don't know 61% 2% 13% 9% 15% 379
Not the word of God 45% 11% 14% 6% 24% 634
Other/don't know 43% 9% 23% 10% 16% 348

Parent of children under 18 among Evangelical Protestants by interpretation of scripture

% of Evangelical Protestants who are…

Interpreting scripture Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 4,743. 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 30% 70% 4,743
Word of God; not everything taken literally 34% 66% 2,456
Word of God; other/don't know 28% 72% 377
Not the word of God 30% 70% 636
Other/don't know 31% 69% 348

BeliefsandPractices

Belief in God among Evangelical Protestants by interpretation of scripture

% of Evangelical Protestants 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 = 4,757. 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% 5% < 1% < 1% < 1% < 1% 4,757
Word of God; not everything taken literally 84% 15% 1% < 1% < 1% < 1% 2,469
Word of God; other/don't know 94% 4% 1% 1% < 1% 1% 381
Not the word of God 57% 30% 7% < 1% 2% 2% 636
Other/don't know 80% 16% 2% 1% < 1% 1% 350

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

% of Evangelical Protestants who say religion is…

Interpreting scripture Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,757. 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% 7% 1% < 1% < 1% 4,757
Word of God; not everything taken literally 68% 28% 2% 1% < 1% 2,469
Word of God; other/don't know 87% 10% < 1% 1% 2% 381
Not the word of God 39% 46% 11% 4% < 1% 636
Other/don't know 65% 29% 3% 1% 2% 350

Attendance at religious services among Evangelical Protestants by interpretation of scripture

% of Evangelical Protestants 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 = 4,757. 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% 21% 8% 1% 4,757
Word of God; not everything taken literally 48% 37% 14% < 1% 2,469
Word of God; other/don't know 62% 25% 10% 2% 381
Not the word of God 18% 51% 31% < 1% 636
Other/don't know 37% 48% 13% 3% 350

Frequency of prayer among Evangelical Protestants by interpretation of scripture

% of Evangelical Protestants who pray…

Interpreting scripture At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,757. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 87% 9% 1% 2% 1% 4,757
Word of God; not everything taken literally 70% 20% 5% 5% < 1% 2,469
Word of God; other/don't know 87% 10% 1% 1% 1% 381
Not the word of God 52% 23% 7% 17% 1% 636
Other/don't know 70% 18% 6% 5% 1% 350

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

% of Evangelical Protestants 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 = 4,757. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 55% 13% 8% 22% 1% 4,757
Word of God; not everything taken literally 31% 15% 11% 43% < 1% 2,469
Word of God; other/don't know 48% 11% 10% 29% 2% 381
Not the word of God 11% 10% 9% 69% 1% 636
Other/don't know 31% 9% 12% 47% 1% 350

Frequency of meditation among Evangelical Protestants by interpretation of scripture

% of Evangelical Protestants 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 = 4,757. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 55% 6% 2% 35% 2% 4,757
Word of God; not everything taken literally 41% 8% 3% 47% 1% 2,469
Word of God; other/don't know 51% 4% 3% 38% 4% 381
Not the word of God 37% 8% 5% 49% 1% 636
Other/don't know 47% 8% 4% 38% 3% 350

Frequency of feeling spiritual peace and wellbeing among Evangelical Protestants by interpretation of scripture

% of Evangelical Protestants 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 = 4,757. 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% 8% 4% 4% 1% 4,757
Word of God; not everything taken literally 66% 17% 8% 8% < 1% 2,469
Word of God; other/don't know 77% 9% 5% 3% 6% 381
Not the word of God 52% 16% 13% 18% 1% 636
Other/don't know 65% 12% 10% 9% 4% 350

Frequency of feeling wonder about the universe among Evangelical Protestants by interpretation of scripture

% of Evangelical Protestants 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 = 4,757. 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% 14% 9% 26% 2% 4,757
Word of God; not everything taken literally 45% 20% 13% 21% 1% 2,469
Word of God; other/don't know 46% 15% 11% 22% 6% 381
Not the word of God 50% 18% 13% 19% < 1% 636
Other/don't know 47% 16% 12% 22% 3% 350

Sources of guidance on right and wrong among Evangelical Protestants by interpretation of scripture

% of Evangelical Protestants 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 = 4,757. 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% 2% 21% 2% 2% 4,757
Word of God; not everything taken literally 50% 8% 37% 3% 2% 2,469
Word of God; other/don't know 59% 2% 29% 3% 7% 381
Not the word of God 17% 12% 61% 9% 2% 636
Other/don't know 38% 10% 42% 3% 8% 350

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

% of Evangelical Protestants 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 = 4,757. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 58% 40% 1% 2% 4,757
Word of God; not everything taken literally 41% 57% 1% < 1% 2,469
Word of God; other/don't know 55% 38% 6% 1% 381
Not the word of God 29% 68% 2% 1% 636
Other/don't know 34% 61% 3% 2% 350

Frequency of reading scripture among Evangelical Protestants by interpretation of scripture

% of Evangelical Protestants 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 = 4,757. 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 75% 10% 5% 10% 1% 4,757
Word of God; not everything taken literally 50% 15% 10% 24% < 1% 2,469
Word of God; other/don't know 75% 7% 5% 12% 1% 381
Not the word of God 25% 15% 12% 48% < 1% 636
Other/don't know 48% 15% 10% 25% 2% 350

Belief in Heaven among Evangelical Protestants by interpretation of scripture

% of Evangelical Protestants who …in heaven

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,757. 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% 4,757
Word of God; not everything taken literally 90% 5% 5% 2,469
Word of God; other/don't know 81% 5% 13% 381
Not the word of God 76% 16% 8% 636
Other/don't know 78% 5% 17% 350

Belief in Hell among Evangelical Protestants by interpretation of scripture

% of Evangelical Protestants who …in hell

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,757. 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% 6% 6% 4,757
Word of God; not everything taken literally 78% 15% 7% 2,469
Word of God; other/don't know 77% 7% 16% 381
Not the word of God 59% 34% 8% 636
Other/don't know 69% 14% 16% 350

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among Evangelical Protestants by interpretation of scripture

% of Evangelical Protestants who identify as…

Interpreting scripture Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 4,757. 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% 16% 24% 4,757
Word of God; not everything taken literally 55% 13% 32% 2,469
Word of God; other/don't know 56% 20% 23% 381
Not the word of God 38% 19% 43% 636
Other/don't know 39% 27% 34% 350

Political ideology among Evangelical Protestants by interpretation of scripture

% of Evangelical Protestants who are…

Interpreting scripture Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,757. 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% 21% 9% 6% 4,757
Word of God; not everything taken literally 47% 34% 14% 4% 2,469
Word of God; other/don't know 53% 24% 11% 12% 381
Not the word of God 29% 40% 26% 5% 636
Other/don't know 33% 32% 21% 13% 350

Views about size of government among Evangelical Protestants by interpretation of scripture

% of Evangelical Protestants who would rather have…

Interpreting scripture Smaller government; fewer services Bigger government; more services Depends Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,757. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 65% 30% 2% 3% 4,757
Word of God; not everything taken literally 64% 31% 2% 2% 2,469
Word of God; other/don't know 62% 22% 7% 10% 381
Not the word of God 61% 33% 2% 4% 636
Other/don't know 55% 29% 8% 8% 350

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

% of Evangelical Protestants 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 = 4,757. 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% 35% 4% 2% 4,757
Word of God; not everything taken literally 54% 42% 3% 1% 2,469
Word of God; other/don't know 56% 27% 10% 7% 381
Not the word of God 47% 50% 2% 1% 636
Other/don't know 44% 44% 8% 4% 350

Views about abortion among Evangelical Protestants by interpretation of scripture

% of Evangelical Protestants who say abortion should be…

Interpreting scripture Legal in all/most cases Illegal in all/most cases Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,757. 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% 73% 3% 4,757
Word of God; not everything taken literally 42% 56% 3% 2,469
Word of God; other/don't know 25% 65% 11% 381
Not the word of God 63% 33% 3% 636
Other/don't know 47% 45% 9% 350

Views about homosexuality among Evangelical Protestants by interpretation of scripture

% of Evangelical Protestants who say homosexuality…

Interpreting scripture Should be accepted Should be discouraged Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,757. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 24% 68% 4% 4% 4,757
Word of God; not everything taken literally 52% 41% 5% 3% 2,469
Word of God; other/don't know 24% 55% 10% 11% 381
Not the word of God 66% 27% 4% 3% 636
Other/don't know 48% 38% 10% 5% 350

Views about same-sex marriage among Evangelical Protestants by interpretation of scripture

% of Evangelical Protestants who …same-sex marriage

Interpreting scripture Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,757. 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 16% 78% 6% 4,757
Word of God; not everything taken literally 42% 52% 7% 2,469
Word of God; other/don't know 19% 66% 15% 381
Not the word of God 59% 32% 9% 636
Other/don't know 43% 43% 14% 350

Views about environmental regulation among Evangelical Protestants by interpretation of scripture

% of Evangelical Protestants 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 = 4,757. 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% 39% 3% 4% 4,757
Word of God; not everything taken literally 43% 54% 2% 2% 2,469
Word of God; other/don't know 43% 39% 9% 9% 381
Not the word of God 38% 59% 2% 2% 636
Other/don't know 42% 42% 6% 10% 350

Views about human evolution among Evangelical Protestants by interpretation of scripture

% of Evangelical Protestants 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 = 4,757. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 7% 18% 2% 69% 5% 4,757
Word of God; not everything taken literally 14% 36% 2% 46% 3% 2,469
Word of God; other/don't know 7% 18% 4% 58% 13% 381
Not the word of God 31% 38% 4% 25% 3% 636
Other/don't know 13% 31% 8% 39% 10% 350