Interpreting scripture among Mainline Protestants

% of Mainline 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 = 6,083. 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 24% 35% 3% 28% 9% 6,083
2007 22% 35% 4% 28% 11% 7,470

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DemographicInformation

Age distribution among Mainline Protestants by interpretation of scripture

% of Mainline Protestants who are ages…

Interpreting scripture 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 1,234. 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% 27% 32% 28% 1,234
Word of God; not everything taken literally 20% 30% 25% 25% 2,133
Word of God; other/don't know 7% 21% 32% 40% 162
Not the word of God 16% 32% 28% 23% 1,810
Other/don't know 9% 25% 32% 34% 607

Generational cohort among Mainline Protestants by interpretation of scripture

% of Mainline Protestants who are…

Interpreting scripture Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 1,234. 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% 8% 23% 38% 19% 3% 1,234
Word of God; not everything taken literally 14% 11% 25% 32% 16% 2% 2,133
Word of God; other/don't know 5% 7% 16% 38% 28% 6% 162
Not the word of God 10% 12% 27% 36% 14% 1% 1,810
Other/don't know 4% 9% 21% 41% 21% 4% 607

Gender composition among Mainline Protestants by interpretation of scripture

% of Mainline Protestants who are…

Interpreting scripture Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 1,266. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 40% 60% 1,266
Word of God; not everything taken literally 43% 57% 2,158
Word of God; other/don't know 39% 61% 177
Not the word of God 51% 49% 1,841
Other/don't know 46% 54% 641

Racial and ethnic composition among Mainline Protestants by interpretation of scripture

% of Mainline Protestants who identify as…

Interpreting scripture White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 1,244. 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 82% 5% 2% 8% 3% 1,244
Word of God; not everything taken literally 87% 3% 1% 5% 3% 2,142
Word of God; other/don't know 81% 2% 1% 9% 6% 170
Not the word of God 90% 2% 1% 4% 3% 1,818
Other/don't know 88% 3% 1% 3% 5% 621

Immigrant status among Mainline Protestants by interpretation of scripture

% of Mainline Protestants who are…

Interpreting scripture Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 1,251. 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% 5% 86% 1,251
Word of God; not everything taken literally 6% 7% 87% 2,145
Word of God; other/don't know 9% 3% 88% 174
Not the word of God 6% 8% 86% 1,824
Other/don't know 7% 7% 87% 625

Income distribution among Mainline Protestants by interpretation of scripture

% of Mainline 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 = 1,060. 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% 22% 23% 10% 1,060
Word of God; not everything taken literally 24% 21% 29% 26% 1,867
Word of God; other/don't know 30% 24% 23% 22% 122
Not the word of God 21% 16% 31% 31% 1,641
Other/don't know 28% 17% 30% 25% 518

Educational distribution among Mainline Protestants by interpretation of scripture

% of Mainline Protestants who have completed…

Interpreting scripture High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 1,263. 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 56% 29% 11% 5% 1,263
Word of God; not everything taken literally 32% 34% 20% 13% 2,154
Word of God; other/don't know 41% 34% 15% 10% 172
Not the word of God 27% 26% 27% 20% 1,826
Other/don't know 32% 32% 18% 18% 630

Marital status among Mainline Protestants by interpretation of scripture

% of Mainline Protestants who are…

Interpreting scripture Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 1,258. 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% 5% 15% 13% 16% 1,258
Word of God; not everything taken literally 56% 5% 10% 8% 21% 2,151
Word of God; other/don't know 55% 1% 8% 26% 10% 176
Not the word of God 57% 7% 13% 6% 17% 1,832
Other/don't know 57% 6% 13% 12% 12% 631

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

% of Mainline Protestants who are…

Interpreting scripture Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 1,261. 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% 76% 1,261
Word of God; not everything taken literally 28% 72% 2,156
Word of God; other/don't know 20% 80% 177
Not the word of God 27% 73% 1,835
Other/don't know 21% 79% 633

BeliefsandPractices

Belief in God among Mainline Protestants by interpretation of scripture

% of Mainline 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 = 1,266. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 89% 8% < 1% 1% < 1% 1% 1,266
Word of God; not everything taken literally 74% 24% 1% < 1% < 1% < 1% 2,158
Word of God; other/don't know 76% 18% 1% 4% < 1% 1% 177
Not the word of God 37% 43% 12% 1% 5% 3% 1,841
Other/don't know 64% 26% 3% 3% 1% 3% 641

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

% of Mainline 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 = 1,266. 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 80% 18% 2% 1% < 1% 1,266
Word of God; not everything taken literally 57% 37% 5% 1% < 1% 2,158
Word of God; other/don't know 82% 13% 1% 1% 2% 177
Not the word of God 24% 46% 24% 6% 1% 1,841
Other/don't know 50% 37% 9% 2% 2% 641

Attendance at religious services among Mainline Protestants by interpretation of scripture

% of Mainline 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 = 1,266. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 51% 34% 15% 1% 1,266
Word of God; not everything taken literally 36% 45% 19% < 1% 2,158
Word of God; other/don't know 45% 33% 21% 1% 177
Not the word of God 15% 47% 38% < 1% 1,841
Other/don't know 28% 44% 26% 2% 641

Frequency of prayer among Mainline Protestants by interpretation of scripture

% of Mainline Protestants who pray…

Interpreting scripture At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,266. 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% 17% 3% 6% 1% 1,266
Word of God; not everything taken literally 57% 26% 7% 9% 1% 2,158
Word of God; other/don't know 76% 14% 1% 3% 6% 177
Not the word of God 32% 25% 11% 31% 1% 1,841
Other/don't know 55% 20% 5% 14% 6% 641

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

% of Mainline 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 = 1,266. 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% 14% 10% 38% 1% 1,266
Word of God; not everything taken literally 18% 12% 12% 59% < 1% 2,158
Word of God; other/don't know 30% 9% 9% 51% 2% 177
Not the word of God 6% 4% 6% 83% < 1% 1,841
Other/don't know 15% 8% 9% 65% 3% 641

Frequency of meditation among Mainline Protestants by interpretation of scripture

% of Mainline 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 = 1,266. 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% 7% 4% 42% 2% 1,266
Word of God; not everything taken literally 32% 9% 6% 52% 1% 2,158
Word of God; other/don't know 51% 7% 1% 33% 7% 177
Not the word of God 30% 12% 5% 52% 1% 1,841
Other/don't know 41% 9% 5% 42% 4% 641

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

% of Mainline 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 = 1,266. 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 71% 13% 7% 8% 1% 1,266
Word of God; not everything taken literally 54% 22% 12% 11% 1% 2,158
Word of God; other/don't know 67% 12% 8% 11% 2% 177
Not the word of God 45% 19% 13% 22% 1% 1,841
Other/don't know 54% 15% 12% 13% 5% 641

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

% of Mainline 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 = 1,266. 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% 15% 12% 29% 3% 1,266
Word of God; not everything taken literally 41% 17% 15% 25% 1% 2,158
Word of God; other/don't know 41% 8% 10% 36% 5% 177
Not the word of God 45% 18% 16% 20% 1% 1,841
Other/don't know 45% 15% 15% 22% 4% 641

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

% of Mainline 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 = 1,266. 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% 4% 38% 4% 2% 1,266
Word of God; not everything taken literally 32% 9% 52% 5% 2% 2,158
Word of God; other/don't know 48% 5% 38% 2% 6% 177
Not the word of God 9% 18% 62% 10% 2% 1,841
Other/don't know 18% 10% 56% 8% 7% 641

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

% of Mainline 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 = 1,266. 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% 57% 1% 1% 1,266
Word of God; not everything taken literally 33% 65% 1% 1% 2,158
Word of God; other/don't know 35% 55% 4% 5% 177
Not the word of God 24% 74% 2% 1% 1,841
Other/don't know 28% 66% 4% 2% 641

Frequency of reading scripture among Mainline Protestants by interpretation of scripture

% of Mainline 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 = 1,266. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 53% 14% 7% 24% 1% 1,266
Word of God; not everything taken literally 31% 15% 14% 39% < 1% 2,158
Word of God; other/don't know 45% 18% 10% 24% 3% 177
Not the word of God 10% 9% 13% 68% < 1% 1,841
Other/don't know 25% 14% 12% 45% 3% 641

Belief in Heaven among Mainline Protestants by interpretation of scripture

% of Mainline Protestants who …in heaven

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,266. 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 93% 4% 3% 1,266
Word of God; not everything taken literally 89% 5% 5% 2,158
Word of God; other/don't know 80% 6% 13% 177
Not the word of God 61% 28% 11% 1,841
Other/don't know 69% 11% 20% 641

Belief in Hell among Mainline Protestants by interpretation of scripture

% of Mainline Protestants who …in hell

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,266. 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 82% 11% 7% 1,266
Word of God; not everything taken literally 68% 23% 9% 2,158
Word of God; other/don't know 66% 17% 18% 177
Not the word of God 37% 54% 9% 1,841
Other/don't know 43% 30% 27% 641

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among Mainline Protestants by interpretation of scripture

% of Mainline Protestants who identify as…

Interpreting scripture Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 1,266. 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% 16% 35% 1,266
Word of God; not everything taken literally 52% 13% 35% 2,158
Word of God; other/don't know 48% 34% 18% 177
Not the word of God 33% 15% 52% 1,841
Other/don't know 35% 23% 42% 641

Political ideology among Mainline Protestants by interpretation of scripture

% of Mainline Protestants who are…

Interpreting scripture Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,266. 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% 31% 10% 7% 1,266
Word of God; not everything taken literally 39% 42% 16% 4% 2,158
Word of God; other/don't know 47% 29% 9% 16% 177
Not the word of God 24% 39% 33% 4% 1,841
Other/don't know 29% 39% 22% 10% 641

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

% of Mainline Protestants who would rather have…

Interpreting scripture Smaller government; fewer services Bigger government; more services Depends Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,266. 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% 39% 3% 3% 1,266
Word of God; not everything taken literally 64% 31% 2% 3% 2,158
Word of God; other/don't know 62% 20% 7% 12% 177
Not the word of God 57% 37% 4% 2% 1,841
Other/don't know 53% 28% 9% 11% 641

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

% of Mainline 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 = 1,266. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 53% 42% 4% 2% 1,266
Word of God; not everything taken literally 53% 42% 3% 2% 2,158
Word of God; other/don't know 51% 32% 10% 7% 177
Not the word of God 40% 55% 3% 1% 1,841
Other/don't know 38% 49% 7% 6% 641

Views about abortion among Mainline Protestants by interpretation of scripture

% of Mainline 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 = 1,266. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 40% 55% 5% 1,266
Word of God; not everything taken literally 58% 40% 2% 2,158
Word of God; other/don't know 39% 45% 16% 177
Not the word of God 81% 16% 3% 1,841
Other/don't know 65% 23% 12% 641

Views about homosexuality among Mainline Protestants by interpretation of scripture

% of Mainline Protestants who say homosexuality…

Interpreting scripture Should be accepted Should be discouraged Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,266. 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% 50% 6% 3% 1,266
Word of God; not everything taken literally 70% 23% 4% 3% 2,158
Word of God; other/don't know 38% 39% 12% 11% 177
Not the word of God 85% 10% 3% 2% 1,841
Other/don't know 67% 19% 8% 6% 641

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

% of Mainline Protestants who …same-sex marriage

Interpreting scripture Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,266. 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% 61% 9% 1,266
Word of God; not everything taken literally 59% 33% 7% 2,158
Word of God; other/don't know 26% 55% 19% 177
Not the word of God 78% 16% 6% 1,841
Other/don't know 60% 25% 15% 641

Views about environmental regulation among Mainline Protestants by interpretation of scripture

% of Mainline 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 = 1,266. 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% 45% 3% 3% 1,266
Word of God; not everything taken literally 41% 56% 2% 2% 2,158
Word of God; other/don't know 46% 38% 6% 10% 177
Not the word of God 29% 67% 1% 2% 1,841
Other/don't know 29% 58% 7% 7% 641

Views about human evolution among Mainline Protestants by interpretation of scripture

% of Mainline 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 = 1,266. 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% 25% 3% 55% 5% 1,266
Word of God; not everything taken literally 19% 41% 4% 31% 5% 2,158
Word of God; other/don't know 6% 27% 5% 46% 17% 177
Not the word of God 55% 27% 6% 10% 2% 1,841
Other/don't know 29% 28% 14% 18% 12% 641