Interpreting scripture among the Unaffiliated

% of the Unaffiliated who say the holy scripture is…

Survey year Word of God; should be taken literally Word of God; not everything taken literally Word of God; other/don't know Not the word of God Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 7,556. 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 10% 11% 1% 72% 7% 7,556
2007 11% 13% 1% 64% 10% 5,048

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DemographicInformation

Age distribution among the Unaffiliated by interpretation of scripture

% of the Unaffiliated who are ages…

Interpreting scripture 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 542. 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% 45% 21% 8% 542
Word of God; not everything taken literally 34% 37% 23% 7% 699
Not the word of God 37% 36% 18% 9% 5,633
Other/don't know 26% 41% 22% 11% 510

Generational cohort among the Unaffiliated by interpretation of scripture

% of the Unaffiliated who are…

Interpreting scripture Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 542. 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 15% 22% 34% 24% 6% < 1% 542
Word of God; not everything taken literally 22% 19% 30% 25% 4% < 1% 699
Not the word of God 24% 22% 27% 22% 5% < 1% 5,633
Other/don't know 14% 22% 32% 25% 6% 2% 510

Gender composition among the Unaffiliated by interpretation of scripture

% of the Unaffiliated who are…

Interpreting scripture Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 546. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 50% 50% 546
Word of God; not everything taken literally 53% 47% 713
Not the word of God 59% 41% 5,713
Other/don't know 56% 44% 529

Racial and ethnic composition among the Unaffiliated by interpretation of scripture

% of the Unaffiliated who identify as…

Interpreting scripture White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 539. 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% 29% 2% 23% 3% 539
Word of God; not everything taken literally 63% 12% 3% 17% 6% 700
Not the word of God 73% 6% 6% 11% 4% 5,629
Other/don't know 66% 8% 6% 13% 7% 507

Immigrant status among the Unaffiliated by interpretation of scripture

% of the Unaffiliated who are…

Interpreting scripture Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 529. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 23% 5% 72% 529
Word of God; not everything taken literally 12% 10% 78% 694
Not the word of God 11% 14% 75% 5,647
Other/don't know 12% 9% 79% 513

Income distribution among the Unaffiliated by interpretation of scripture

% of the Unaffiliated 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 = 453. 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% 453
Word of God; not everything taken literally 45% 19% 23% 12% 635
Not the word of God 27% 20% 28% 24% 5,239
Other/don't know 42% 21% 21% 16% 422

Educational distribution among the Unaffiliated by interpretation of scripture

% of the Unaffiliated who have completed…

Interpreting scripture High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 544. 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 74% 18% 6% 2% 544
Word of God; not everything taken literally 57% 31% 9% 4% 709
Not the word of God 30% 34% 22% 14% 5,701
Other/don't know 40% 37% 15% 8% 524

Marital status among the Unaffiliated by interpretation of scripture

% of the Unaffiliated who are…

Interpreting scripture Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 544. 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% 11% 16% 5% 38% 544
Word of God; not everything taken literally 38% 9% 13% 4% 36% 711
Not the word of God 38% 12% 10% 2% 37% 5,694
Other/don't know 39% 10% 11% 4% 36% 520

Parent of children under 18 among the Unaffiliated by interpretation of scripture

% of the Unaffiliated who are…

Interpreting scripture Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 545. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 33% 67% 545
Word of God; not everything taken literally 31% 69% 712
Not the word of God 24% 76% 5,694
Other/don't know 31% 69% 526

BeliefsandPractices

Belief in God among the Unaffiliated by interpretation of scripture

% of the Unaffiliated 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 = 546. 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% 20% 5% 1% 1% < 1% 546
Word of God; not everything taken literally 56% 31% 7% < 1% 4% 1% 713
Not the word of God 15% 21% 13% < 1% 44% 7% 5,713
Other/don't know 38% 25% 7% 1% 15% 12% 529

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

% of the Unaffiliated who say religion is…

Interpreting scripture Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 546. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 51% 30% 10% 7% 1% 546
Word of God; not everything taken literally 29% 39% 22% 9% 1% 713
Not the word of God 4% 17% 28% 50% 1% 5,713
Other/don't know 18% 29% 26% 23% 3% 529

Attendance at religious services among the Unaffiliated by interpretation of scripture

% of the Unaffiliated 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 = 546. 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% 37% 42% 1% 546
Word of God; not everything taken literally 8% 40% 52% 1% 713
Not the word of God 1% 19% 79% < 1% 5,713
Other/don't know 4% 28% 68% < 1% 529

Frequency of prayer among the Unaffiliated by interpretation of scripture

% of the Unaffiliated who pray…

Interpreting scripture At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 546. 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% 20% 5% 18% < 1% 546
Word of God; not everything taken literally 37% 22% 11% 29% < 1% 713
Not the word of God 11% 7% 6% 75% < 1% 5,713
Other/don't know 28% 13% 9% 48% 3% 529

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

% of the Unaffiliated 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 = 546. 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 25% 11% 7% 55% < 1% 546
Word of God; not everything taken literally 7% 6% 8% 79% < 1% 713
Not the word of God 2% 1% 3% 94% < 1% 5,713
Other/don't know 4% 5% 3% 88% 1% 529

Frequency of meditation among the Unaffiliated by interpretation of scripture

% of the Unaffiliated 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 = 546. 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% 9% 3% 49% 2% 546
Word of God; not everything taken literally 28% 7% 4% 61% 1% 713
Not the word of God 24% 11% 5% 59% 1% 5,713
Other/don't know 30% 8% 3% 57% 2% 529

Frequency of feeling spiritual peace and wellbeing among the Unaffiliated by interpretation of scripture

% of the Unaffiliated 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 = 546. 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% 10% 21% 3% 546
Word of God; not everything taken literally 41% 16% 12% 30% 1% 713
Not the word of God 37% 16% 11% 34% 2% 5,713
Other/don't know 41% 14% 9% 32% 5% 529

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

% of the Unaffiliated 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 = 546. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 41% 13% 9% 34% 2% 546
Word of God; not everything taken literally 39% 13% 11% 37% < 1% 713
Not the word of God 49% 17% 13% 21% 1% 5,713
Other/don't know 45% 14% 12% 27% 2% 529

Sources of guidance on right and wrong among the Unaffiliated by interpretation of scripture

% of the Unaffiliated 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 = 546. 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% 7% 46% 8% 2% 546
Word of God; not everything taken literally 14% 11% 63% 9% 3% 713
Not the word of God 2% 20% 57% 20% 1% 5,713
Other/don't know 6% 16% 60% 12% 6% 529

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

% of the Unaffiliated 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 = 546. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 31% 65% 2% 2% 546
Word of God; not everything taken literally 28% 70% 1% 1% 713
Not the word of God 18% 81% 1% 1% 5,713
Other/don't know 22% 74% 2% 2% 529

Frequency of reading scripture among the Unaffiliated by interpretation of scripture

% of the Unaffiliated 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 = 546. 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% 5% 43% 1% 546
Word of God; not everything taken literally 18% 13% 8% 60% < 1% 713
Not the word of God 4% 3% 6% 87% < 1% 5,713
Other/don't know 12% 6% 5% 76% 2% 529

Belief in Heaven among the Unaffiliated by interpretation of scripture

% of the Unaffiliated who …in heaven

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 546. 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% 4% 546
Word of God; not everything taken literally 78% 15% 7% 713
Not the word of God 23% 68% 9% 5,713
Other/don't know 46% 27% 27% 529

Belief in Hell among the Unaffiliated by interpretation of scripture

% of the Unaffiliated who …in hell

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 546. 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% 26% 5% 546
Word of God; not everything taken literally 62% 32% 6% 713
Not the word of God 15% 78% 7% 5,713
Other/don't know 36% 39% 26% 529

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among the Unaffiliated by interpretation of scripture

% of the Unaffiliated who identify as…

Interpreting scripture Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 546. 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% 30% 44% 546
Word of God; not everything taken literally 31% 28% 42% 713
Not the word of God 22% 19% 59% 5,713
Other/don't know 24% 36% 40% 529

Political ideology among the Unaffiliated by interpretation of scripture

% of the Unaffiliated who are…

Interpreting scripture Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 546. 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 33% 28% 25% 14% 546
Word of God; not everything taken literally 24% 41% 26% 10% 713
Not the word of God 15% 36% 44% 6% 5,713
Other/don't know 23% 37% 24% 16% 529

Views about size of government among the Unaffiliated by interpretation of scripture

% of the Unaffiliated who would rather have…

Interpreting scripture Smaller government; fewer services Bigger government; more services Depends Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 546. 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% 64% 1% 4% 546
Word of God; not everything taken literally 52% 44% 2% 2% 713
Not the word of God 48% 45% 3% 3% 5,713
Other/don't know 46% 34% 8% 11% 529

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

% of the Unaffiliated 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 = 546. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 39% 53% 4% 3% 546
Word of God; not everything taken literally 47% 50% 2% 1% 713
Not the word of God 34% 61% 3% 1% 5,713
Other/don't know 36% 45% 12% 7% 529

Views about abortion among the Unaffiliated by interpretation of scripture

% of the Unaffiliated who say abortion should be…

Interpreting scripture Legal in all/most cases Illegal in all/most cases Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 546. 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% 57% 6% 546
Word of God; not everything taken literally 55% 41% 4% 713
Not the word of God 82% 15% 3% 5,713
Other/don't know 61% 25% 15% 529

Views about homosexuality among the Unaffiliated by interpretation of scripture

% of the Unaffiliated who say homosexuality…

Interpreting scripture Should be accepted Should be discouraged Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 546. 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% 39% 3% 6% 546
Word of God; not everything taken literally 74% 20% 4% 2% 713
Not the word of God 90% 7% 2% 1% 5,713
Other/don't know 69% 15% 8% 8% 529

Views about same-sex marriage among the Unaffiliated by interpretation of scripture

% of the Unaffiliated who …same-sex marriage

Interpreting scripture Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 546. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 39% 51% 10% 546
Word of God; not everything taken literally 66% 28% 6% 713
Not the word of God 87% 9% 4% 5,713
Other/don't know 64% 21% 16% 529

Views about environmental regulation among the Unaffiliated by interpretation of scripture

% of the Unaffiliated 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 = 546. 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% 48% 1% 7% 546
Word of God; not everything taken literally 37% 59% 2% 2% 713
Not the word of God 23% 73% 2% 2% 5,713
Other/don't know 30% 56% 6% 8% 529

Views about human evolution among the Unaffiliated by interpretation of scripture

% of the Unaffiliated 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 = 546. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 22% 25% 3% 44% 7% 546
Word of God; not everything taken literally 31% 34% 3% 29% 2% 713
Not the word of God 77% 9% 4% 9% 1% 5,713
Other/don't know 37% 21% 14% 16% 11% 529