Interpreting scripture among members of the Historically Black Protestant Tradition

% of members of the Historically Black Protestant 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 = 1,916. 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 59% 23% 3% 9% 6% 1,916
2007 62% 18% 4% 9% 8% 1,995

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DemographicInformation

Age distribution among members of the Historically Black Protestant Tradition by interpretation of scripture

% of members of the Historically Black Protestant Tradition who are ages…

Interpreting scripture 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 1,074. 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% 36% 32% 18% 1,074
Word of God; not everything taken literally 34% 35% 21% 10% 453
Not the word of God 26% 38% 29% 7% 173
Other/don't know 19% 42% 26% 13% 113

Generational cohort among members of the Historically Black Protestant Tradition by interpretation of scripture

% of members of the Historically Black Protestant Tradition who are…

Interpreting scripture Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 1,074. 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% 11% 30% 37% 12% 1% 1,074
Word of God; not everything taken literally 21% 20% 29% 25% 6% 1% 453
Not the word of God 16% 16% 31% 31% 5% 1% 173
Other/don't know 11% 16% 34% 29% 9% 1% 113

Gender composition among members of the Historically Black Protestant Tradition by interpretation of scripture

% of members of the Historically Black Protestant Tradition who are…

Interpreting scripture Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 1,094. 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% 59% 1,094
Word of God; not everything taken literally 36% 64% 466
Not the word of God 54% 46% 177
Other/don't know 37% 63% 117

Racial and ethnic composition among members of the Historically Black Protestant Tradition by interpretation of scripture

% of members of the Historically Black Protestant Tradition who identify as…

Interpreting scripture White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 1,091. 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 2% 95% < 1% 3% < 1% 1,091
Word of God; not everything taken literally 2% 92% < 1% 5% 1% 466
Not the word of God < 1% 94% < 1% 4% 2% 177
Other/don't know < 1% 98% < 1% 1% 1% 117

Immigrant status among members of the Historically Black Protestant Tradition by interpretation of scripture

% of members of the Historically Black Protestant Tradition who are…

Interpreting scripture Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 1,071. 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% 2% 91% 1,071
Word of God; not everything taken literally 6% 7% 87% 456
Not the word of God 3% 5% 91% 173
Other/don't know 6% 2% 92% 113

Income distribution among members of the Historically Black Protestant Tradition by interpretation of scripture

% of members of the Historically Black Protestant 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 = 974. 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% 21% 13% 6% 974
Word of God; not everything taken literally 41% 22% 26% 11% 423
Not the word of God 46% 20% 21% 12% 163

Educational distribution among members of the Historically Black Protestant Tradition by interpretation of scripture

% of members of the Historically Black Protestant Tradition who have completed…

Interpreting scripture High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 1,087. 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% 28% 8% 4% 1,087
Word of God; not everything taken literally 38% 40% 11% 11% 464
Not the word of God 42% 41% 10% 7% 177
Other/don't know 44% 37% 14% 5% 116

Marital status among members of the Historically Black Protestant Tradition by interpretation of scripture

% of members of the Historically Black Protestant Tradition who are…

Interpreting scripture Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 1,090. 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 32% 5% 20% 10% 33% 1,090
Word of God; not everything taken literally 28% 7% 18% 4% 44% 464
Not the word of God 36% 8% 15% 7% 34% 176
Other/don't know 28% 6% 11% 10% 45% 115

Parent of children under 18 among members of the Historically Black Protestant Tradition by interpretation of scripture

% of members of the Historically Black Protestant Tradition who are…

Interpreting scripture Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 1,090. 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 28% 72% 1,090
Word of God; not everything taken literally 33% 67% 464
Not the word of God 39% 61% 176
Other/don't know 29% 71% 117

BeliefsandPractices

Belief in God among members of the Historically Black Protestant Tradition by interpretation of scripture

% of members of the Historically Black Protestant Tradition who say they…

Interpreting scripture Believe in God; absolutely certain Believe in God; fairly certain Believe in God; not too/not at all certain Believe in God; don't know Do not believe in God Other/don't know if they believe in God Sample Size
Sample size = 1,094. 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% 1,094
Word of God; not everything taken literally 87% 12% 1% < 1% < 1% < 1% 466
Not the word of God 68% 23% 5% < 1% 1% 3% 177
Other/don't know 80% 15% 1% 3% < 1% 1% 117

Importance of religion in one's life among members of the Historically Black Protestant Tradition by interpretation of scripture

% of members of the Historically Black Protestant Tradition who say religion is…

Interpreting scripture Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,094. 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% 1,094
Word of God; not everything taken literally 77% 19% 2% 2% < 1% 466
Not the word of God 53% 40% 5% 1% < 1% 177
Other/don't know 79% 13% 4% 3% 2% 117

Attendance at religious services among members of the Historically Black Protestant Tradition by interpretation of scripture

% of members of the Historically Black Protestant Tradition who attend religious services…

Interpreting scripture At least once a week Once or twice a month/a few times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,094. 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% 29% 7% < 1% 1,094
Word of God; not everything taken literally 43% 48% 9% < 1% 466
Not the word of God 19% 53% 28% < 1% 177
Other/don't know 38% 45% 13% 4% 117

Frequency of prayer among members of the Historically Black Protestant Tradition by interpretation of scripture

% of members of the Historically Black Protestant Tradition who pray…

Interpreting scripture At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,094. 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% 11% 3% 3% < 1% 1,094
Word of God; not everything taken literally 79% 14% 5% 2% 1% 466
Not the word of God 60% 17% 9% 13% < 1% 177
Other/don't know 82% 7% 2% 4% 5% 117

Frequency of participation in prayer, scripture study or religious education groups among members of the Historically Black Protestant Tradition by interpretation of scripture

% of members of the Historically Black Protestant Tradition who attend prayer group…

Interpreting scripture At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,094. 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% 14% 9% 22% 1% 1,094
Word of God; not everything taken literally 33% 16% 11% 39% < 1% 466
Not the word of God 15% 9% 11% 65% < 1% 177
Other/don't know 29% 10% 10% 48% 3% 117

Frequency of meditation among members of the Historically Black Protestant Tradition by interpretation of scripture

% of members of the Historically Black Protestant Tradition who meditate…

Interpreting scripture At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,094. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 62% 7% 3% 26% 2% 1,094
Word of God; not everything taken literally 47% 13% 5% 36% < 1% 466
Not the word of God 42% 7% 6% 45% < 1% 177
Other/don't know 34% 13% 1% 46% 6% 117

Frequency of feeling spiritual peace and wellbeing among members of the Historically Black Protestant Tradition by interpretation of scripture

% of members of the Historically Black Protestant Tradition who feel a sense of spiritual peace and wellbeing…

Interpreting scripture At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,094. 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% 10% 5% 7% 1% 1,094
Word of God; not everything taken literally 69% 15% 9% 7% < 1% 466
Not the word of God 53% 14% 16% 14% 2% 177
Other/don't know 74% 13% 1% 11% 1% 117

Frequency of feeling wonder about the universe among members of the Historically Black Protestant Tradition by interpretation of scripture

% of members of the Historically Black Protestant Tradition who feel a sense of wonder about the universe…

Interpreting scripture At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,094. 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% 15% 10% 30% 2% 1,094
Word of God; not everything taken literally 35% 19% 13% 31% 1% 466
Not the word of God 41% 15% 16% 28% 1% 177
Other/don't know 45% 10% 11% 29% 5% 117

Sources of guidance on right and wrong among members of the Historically Black Protestant Tradition by interpretation of scripture

% of members of the Historically Black Protestant Tradition who say they look to…most for guidance on right and wrong

Interpreting scripture Religion Philosophy/reason Common sense Science Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,094. 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% 5% 36% 3% 2% 1,094
Word of God; not everything taken literally 39% 8% 46% 6% 1% 466
Not the word of God 17% 9% 64% 8% 2% 177
Other/don't know 43% 5% 40% 3% 8% 117

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong among members of the Historically Black Protestant Tradition by interpretation of scripture

% of members of the Historically Black Protestant Tradition who say…

Interpreting scripture There are clear standards for what is right and wrong Right or wrong depends on the situation Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,094. 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% 67% 1% 1% 1,094
Word of God; not everything taken literally 27% 72% < 1% < 1% 466
Not the word of God 22% 76% 1% < 1% 177
Other/don't know 29% 63% 4% 3% 117

Frequency of reading scripture among members of the Historically Black Protestant Tradition by interpretation of scripture

% of members of the Historically Black Protestant Tradition who read scripture…

Interpreting scripture At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,094. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 68% 11% 6% 13% 1% 1,094
Word of God; not everything taken literally 53% 18% 9% 20% < 1% 466
Not the word of God 29% 16% 14% 40% < 1% 177
Other/don't know 51% 19% 7% 21% 3% 117

Belief in Heaven among members of the Historically Black Protestant Tradition by interpretation of scripture

% of members of the Historically Black Protestant Tradition who …in heaven

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,094. 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% 3% 2% 1,094
Word of God; not everything taken literally 94% 4% 1% 466
Not the word of God 78% 14% 8% 177
Other/don't know 88% 2% 10% 117

Belief in Hell among members of the Historically Black Protestant Tradition by interpretation of scripture

% of members of the Historically Black Protestant Tradition who …in hell

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,094. 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 86% 8% 6% 1,094
Word of God; not everything taken literally 79% 16% 5% 466
Not the word of God 66% 25% 9% 177
Other/don't know 67% 20% 13% 117

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among members of the Historically Black Protestant Tradition by interpretation of scripture

% of members of the Historically Black Protestant Tradition who identify as…

Interpreting scripture Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 1,094. 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 11% 9% 81% 1,094
Word of God; not everything taken literally 11% 10% 79% 466
Not the word of God 10% 9% 82% 177
Other/don't know 3% 18% 80% 117

Political ideology among members of the Historically Black Protestant Tradition by interpretation of scripture

% of members of the Historically Black Protestant Tradition who are…

Interpreting scripture Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,094. 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% 30% 23% 7% 1,094
Word of God; not everything taken literally 29% 42% 26% 4% 466
Not the word of God 24% 39% 30% 7% 177
Other/don't know 30% 32% 26% 13% 117

Views about size of government among members of the Historically Black Protestant Tradition by interpretation of scripture

% of members of the Historically Black Protestant Tradition who would rather have…

Interpreting scripture Smaller government; fewer services Bigger government; more services Depends Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,094. 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% 74% 2% 2% 1,094
Word of God; not everything taken literally 29% 66% 2% 3% 466
Not the word of God 29% 63% 2% 6% 177
Other/don't know 19% 59% 9% 13% 117

Views about government aid to the poor among members of the Historically Black Protestant Tradition by interpretation of scripture

% of members of the Historically Black Protestant Tradition who say government aid to the poor…

Interpreting scripture Does more harm than good Does more good than harm Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,094. 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 26% 68% 3% 2% 1,094
Word of God; not everything taken literally 28% 67% 4% 1% 466
Not the word of God 27% 63% 7% 3% 177
Other/don't know 28% 57% 10% 5% 117

Views about abortion among members of the Historically Black Protestant Tradition by interpretation of scripture

% of members of the Historically Black Protestant Tradition who say abortion should be…

Interpreting scripture Legal in all/most cases Illegal in all/most cases Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,094. 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% 6% 1,094
Word of God; not everything taken literally 66% 32% 2% 466
Not the word of God 68% 29% 3% 177
Other/don't know 52% 32% 16% 117

Views about homosexuality among members of the Historically Black Protestant Tradition by interpretation of scripture

% of members of the Historically Black Protestant Tradition who say homosexuality…

Interpreting scripture Should be accepted Should be discouraged Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,094. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 46% 46% 5% 3% 1,094
Word of God; not everything taken literally 61% 32% 4% 3% 466
Not the word of God 69% 23% 5% 3% 177
Other/don't know 46% 30% 14% 10% 117

Views about same-sex marriage among members of the Historically Black Protestant Tradition by interpretation of scripture

% of members of the Historically Black Protestant Tradition who …same-sex marriage

Interpreting scripture Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,094. 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% 61% 8% 1,094
Word of God; not everything taken literally 52% 42% 6% 466
Not the word of God 66% 26% 8% 177
Other/don't know 44% 40% 15% 117

Views about environmental regulation among members of the Historically Black Protestant Tradition by interpretation of scripture

% of members of the Historically Black Protestant Tradition who say…

Interpreting scripture Stricter environmental laws and regulations cost too many jobs and hurt the economy Stricter environmental laws and regulations are worth the cost Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,094. 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 38% 55% 2% 5% 1,094
Word of God; not everything taken literally 35% 63% < 1% 2% 466
Not the word of God 39% 59% 1% 1% 177
Other/don't know 21% 65% 6% 8% 117

Views about human evolution among members of the Historically Black Protestant Tradition by interpretation of scripture

% of members of the Historically Black Protestant Tradition who say humans…

Interpreting scripture Evolved; due to natural processes Evolved; due to God's design Evolved; don't know how Always existed in present form Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,094. 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 13% 27% 3% 52% 5% 1,094
Word of God; not everything taken literally 18% 38% 2% 40% 2% 466
Not the word of God 33% 41% 4% 21% 1% 177
Other/don't know 15% 29% 8% 36% 12% 117