Interpreting scripture among adults in California

% of adults in California 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 = 3,697. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
2014 26% 23% 2% 40% 8% 3,697
2007 24% 26% 3% 34% 13% 3,574

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Interpreting scripture among adults in California by religious group

% of adults in California who say the holy scripture is…

Religious tradition 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 = 0. 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.
Catholic 32% 31% 2% 26% 8% 878
Evangelical Protestant 52% 31% 4% 7% 6% 718
Jewish 6% 23% < 1% 68% 3% 125
Mainline Protestant 21% 30% 2% 35% 11% 452
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 6% 8% < 1% 79% 7% 1,042

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DemographicInformation

Age distribution among adults in California by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in California who are ages…

Interpreting scripture 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 806. 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 18% 39% 25% 18% 806
Word of God; not everything taken literally 24% 36% 25% 15% 836
Not the word of God 29% 35% 22% 13% 1,588
Other/don't know 22% 28% 28% 21% 295

Generational cohort among adults in California by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in California who are…

Interpreting scripture Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 806. 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 10% 14% 33% 30% 12% 1% 806
Word of God; not everything taken literally 17% 14% 30% 29% 10% 1% 836
Not the word of God 20% 17% 28% 27% 8% 1% 1,588
Other/don't know 9% 18% 24% 32% 16% 2% 295

Gender composition among adults in California by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in California who are…

Interpreting scripture Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 822. 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 42% 58% 822
Word of God; not everything taken literally 46% 54% 855
Not the word of God 56% 44% 1,621
Other/don't know 50% 50% 310

Racial and ethnic composition among adults in California by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in California who identify as…

Interpreting scripture White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 814. 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 29% 8% 9% 50% 3% 814
Word of God; not everything taken literally 44% 5% 12% 36% 3% 843
Not the word of God 52% 4% 17% 24% 3% 1,594
Other/don't know 46% 6% 16% 28% 3% 299

Immigrant status among adults in California by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in California who are…

Interpreting scripture Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 807. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 44% 14% 43% 807
Word of God; not everything taken literally 31% 18% 51% 843
Not the word of God 26% 20% 54% 1,603
Other/don't know 34% 15% 51% 304

Income distribution among adults in California by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in California 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 = 682. 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% 18% 17% 12% 682
Word of God; not everything taken literally 34% 18% 26% 22% 756
Not the word of God 26% 18% 25% 30% 1,445
Other/don't know 38% 20% 20% 22% 246

Educational distribution among adults in California by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in California who have completed…

Interpreting scripture High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 813. 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% 10% 5% 813
Word of God; not everything taken literally 38% 34% 17% 10% 850
Not the word of God 31% 31% 22% 16% 1,611
Other/don't know 33% 41% 16% 10% 306

Marital status among adults in California by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in California who are…

Interpreting scripture Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 818. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 50% 9% 14% 7% 20% 818
Word of God; not everything taken literally 45% 8% 14% 6% 27% 851
Not the word of God 42% 11% 11% 3% 33% 1,611
Other/don't know 42% 8% 16% 9% 25% 305

Parent of children under 18 among adults in California by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in California who are…

Interpreting scripture Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 820. 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% 61% 820
Word of God; not everything taken literally 31% 69% 852
Not the word of God 24% 76% 1,616
Other/don't know 30% 70% 307

BeliefsandPractices

Belief in God among adults in California by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in California 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 = 822. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 79% 16% 2% 2% < 1% < 1% 822
Word of God; not everything taken literally 72% 23% 3% 1% < 1% < 1% 855
Not the word of God 26% 26% 15% 1% 29% 4% 1,621
Other/don't know 53% 27% 7% 2% 6% 6% 310

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

% of adults in California who say religion is…

Interpreting scripture Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 822. 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% 12% 2% 1% 1% 822
Word of God; not everything taken literally 62% 30% 6% 1% 1% 855
Not the word of God 14% 30% 25% 31% 1% 1,621
Other/don't know 36% 39% 12% 10% 3% 310

Attendance at religious services among adults in California by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in California 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 = 822. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 58% 29% 13% < 1% 822
Word of God; not everything taken literally 42% 40% 18% < 1% 855
Not the word of God 8% 34% 58% < 1% 1,621
Other/don't know 21% 45% 33% 2% 310

Frequency of prayer among adults in California by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in California who pray…

Interpreting scripture At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 822. 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% 11% 3% 5% 1% 822
Word of God; not everything taken literally 66% 18% 6% 10% < 1% 855
Not the word of God 24% 13% 9% 54% < 1% 1,621
Other/don't know 49% 14% 11% 24% 2% 310

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

% of adults in California 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 = 822. 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% 16% 9% 32% < 1% 822
Word of God; not everything taken literally 27% 12% 11% 50% < 1% 855
Not the word of God 5% 4% 6% 86% < 1% 1,621
Other/don't know 14% 10% 9% 64% 2% 310

Frequency of meditation among adults in California by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in California 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 = 822. 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% 8% 3% 30% 4% 822
Word of God; not everything taken literally 43% 8% 5% 42% 1% 855
Not the word of God 30% 11% 5% 52% 1% 1,621
Other/don't know 35% 12% 5% 45% 4% 310

Frequency of feeling spiritual peace and wellbeing among adults in California by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in California 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 = 822. 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% 12% 6% 6% 2% 822
Word of God; not everything taken literally 60% 16% 10% 13% 1% 855
Not the word of God 45% 17% 13% 25% 1% 1,621
Other/don't know 55% 16% 9% 16% 4% 310

Frequency of feeling wonder about the universe among adults in California by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in California 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 = 822. 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% 13% 12% 23% 3% 822
Word of God; not everything taken literally 43% 17% 15% 25% 1% 855
Not the word of God 48% 16% 16% 18% 1% 1,621
Other/don't know 49% 15% 11% 22% 3% 310

Sources of guidance on right and wrong among adults in California by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in California 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 = 822. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 57% 5% 29% 8% 2% 822
Word of God; not everything taken literally 37% 10% 44% 6% 3% 855
Not the word of God 7% 22% 52% 18% 2% 1,621
Other/don't know 23% 14% 48% 9% 6% 310

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

% of adults in California 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 = 822. 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% 55% 1% 3% 822
Word of God; not everything taken literally 34% 63% 2% 1% 855
Not the word of God 20% 78% 1% 1% 1,621
Other/don't know 20% 74% 3% 3% 310

Frequency of reading scripture among adults in California by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in California 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 = 822. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 59% 11% 7% 22% 1% 822
Word of God; not everything taken literally 37% 15% 9% 39% < 1% 855
Not the word of God 8% 6% 9% 77% < 1% 1,621
Other/don't know 23% 7% 9% 58% 2% 310

Belief in Heaven among adults in California by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in California who …in heaven

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 822. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 90% 6% 4% 822
Word of God; not everything taken literally 88% 8% 4% 855
Not the word of God 35% 56% 9% 1,621
Other/don't know 62% 18% 20% 310

Belief in Hell among adults in California by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in California who …in hell

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 822. 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 78% 16% 6% 822
Word of God; not everything taken literally 68% 24% 7% 855
Not the word of God 24% 70% 6% 1,621
Other/don't know 41% 35% 23% 310

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among adults in California by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in California who identify as…

Interpreting scripture Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 822. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 35% 27% 38% 822
Word of God; not everything taken literally 38% 18% 44% 855
Not the word of God 23% 16% 61% 1,621
Other/don't know 25% 31% 44% 310

Political ideology among adults in California by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in California who are…

Interpreting scripture Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 822. 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 48% 27% 18% 7% 822
Word of God; not everything taken literally 37% 39% 20% 4% 855
Not the word of God 16% 36% 43% 5% 1,621
Other/don't know 27% 37% 25% 11% 310

Views about size of government among adults in California by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in California who would rather have…

Interpreting scripture Smaller government; fewer services Bigger government; more services Depends Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 822. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 36% 60% 2% 2% 822
Word of God; not everything taken literally 51% 44% 3% 2% 855
Not the word of God 45% 47% 4% 3% 1,621
Other/don't know 45% 39% 8% 8% 310

Views about government aid to the poor among adults in California by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in California 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 = 822. 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% 51% 3% 2% 822
Word of God; not everything taken literally 45% 51% 3% 1% 855
Not the word of God 31% 63% 4% 2% 1,621
Other/don't know 38% 47% 8% 8% 310

Views about abortion among adults in California by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in California who say abortion should be…

Interpreting scripture Legal in all/most cases Illegal in all/most cases Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 822. 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% 4% 822
Word of God; not everything taken literally 50% 47% 3% 855
Not the word of God 81% 16% 3% 1,621
Other/don't know 57% 30% 13% 310

Views about homosexuality among adults in California by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in California who say homosexuality…

Interpreting scripture Should be accepted Should be discouraged Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 822. 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% 47% 5% 5% 822
Word of God; not everything taken literally 65% 28% 4% 2% 855
Not the word of God 87% 9% 2% 2% 1,621
Other/don't know 68% 17% 8% 6% 310

Views about same-sex marriage among adults in California by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in California who …same-sex marriage

Interpreting scripture Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 822. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 35% 58% 7% 822
Word of God; not everything taken literally 56% 38% 6% 855
Not the word of God 83% 13% 4% 1,621
Other/don't know 62% 25% 13% 310

Views about environmental regulation among adults in California by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in California 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 = 822. 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 42% 50% 3% 6% 822
Word of God; not everything taken literally 43% 54% 2% 2% 855
Not the word of God 24% 72% 2% 2% 1,621
Other/don't know 32% 52% 7% 9% 310

Views about human evolution among adults in California by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in California 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 = 822. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 16% 24% 2% 52% 5% 822
Word of God; not everything taken literally 24% 36% 3% 33% 3% 855
Not the word of God 68% 13% 5% 12% 2% 1,621
Other/don't know 33% 22% 12% 25% 8% 310