Interpreting scripture among adults in Illinois

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

Survey year Word of God; should be taken literally Word of God; not everything taken literally Word of God; other/don't know Not the word of God Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,326. 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% 31% 2% 34% 7% 1,326
2007 27% 32% 3% 29% 9% 1,340

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Interpreting scripture among adults in Illinois by religious group

% of adults in Illinois 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 20% 44% 3% 25% 8% 356
Evangelical Protestant 46% 41% 3% 8% 2% 272
Mainline Protestant 28% 30% 1% 32% 9% 241
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 9% 11% 1% 74% 5% 256

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DemographicInformation

Age distribution among adults in Illinois by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in Illinois who are ages…

Interpreting scripture 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 313. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 11% 42% 29% 17% 313
Word of God; not everything taken literally 25% 32% 26% 17% 390
Not the word of God 30% 35% 23% 12% 467

Generational cohort among adults in Illinois by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in Illinois who are…

Interpreting scripture Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 313. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 7% 11% 35% 32% 12% 2% 313
Word of God; not everything taken literally 18% 13% 27% 30% 12% 1% 390
Not the word of God 21% 18% 26% 27% 8% 1% 467

Gender composition among adults in Illinois by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in Illinois who are…

Interpreting scripture Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 320. 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 47% 53% 320
Word of God; not everything taken literally 43% 57% 400
Not the word of God 56% 44% 472
Other/don't know 50% 50% 100

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

% of adults in Illinois who identify as…

Interpreting scripture White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 312. 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% 22% 2% 18% 3% 312
Word of God; not everything taken literally 72% 13% 2% 11% 2% 392
Not the word of God 68% 8% 6% 15% 4% 468

Immigrant status among adults in Illinois by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in Illinois who are…

Interpreting scripture Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 314. 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 17% 9% 74% 314
Word of God; not everything taken literally 10% 12% 78% 394
Not the word of God 13% 15% 72% 468

Income distribution among adults in Illinois by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in Illinois 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 = 270. 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% 23% 23% 9% 270
Word of God; not everything taken literally 29% 20% 34% 17% 339
Not the word of God 25% 18% 28% 29% 416

Educational distribution among adults in Illinois by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in Illinois who have completed…

Interpreting scripture High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 317. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 54% 29% 13% 4% 317
Word of God; not everything taken literally 40% 34% 14% 11% 398
Not the word of God 26% 32% 26% 16% 471

Marital status among adults in Illinois by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in Illinois who are…

Interpreting scripture Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 318. 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% 4% 12% 9% 26% 318
Word of God; not everything taken literally 47% 5% 13% 5% 30% 398
Not the word of God 44% 10% 7% 4% 34% 467

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

% of adults in Illinois who are…

Interpreting scripture Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 319. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 32% 68% 319
Word of God; not everything taken literally 26% 74% 399
Not the word of God 24% 76% 472
Other/don't know 21% 79% 100

BeliefsandPractices

Belief in God among adults in Illinois by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in Illinois 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 = 320. 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 85% 11% 2% 1% < 1% < 1% 320
Word of God; not everything taken literally 73% 24% 1% < 1% < 1% 1% 400
Not the word of God 29% 29% 13% < 1% 24% 5% 472
Other/don't know 63% 18% 4% 1% 3% 10% 100

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

% of adults in Illinois who say religion is…

Interpreting scripture Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 320. 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% 17% 3% < 1% < 1% 320
Word of God; not everything taken literally 61% 30% 7% 1% 1% 400
Not the word of God 17% 30% 25% 27% < 1% 472
Other/don't know 47% 30% 16% 4% 2% 100

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

% of adults in Illinois 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 = 320. 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% 20% 21% < 1% 320
Word of God; not everything taken literally 37% 43% 19% 1% 400
Not the word of God 10% 36% 54% < 1% 472
Other/don't know 31% 34% 29% 6% 100

Frequency of prayer among adults in Illinois by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in Illinois who pray…

Interpreting scripture At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 320. 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% 15% 4% 6% 1% 320
Word of God; not everything taken literally 60% 23% 8% 9% < 1% 400
Not the word of God 23% 16% 10% 51% < 1% 472
Other/don't know 50% 15% 7% 21% 7% 100

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

% of adults in Illinois 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 = 320. 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% 11% 8% 37% 1% 320
Word of God; not everything taken literally 16% 15% 12% 57% < 1% 400
Not the word of God 5% 3% 4% 88% < 1% 472
Other/don't know 15% 6% 9% 67% 3% 100

Frequency of meditation among adults in Illinois by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in Illinois 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 = 320. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 54% 6% 6% 32% 2% 320
Word of God; not everything taken literally 38% 7% 4% 49% 1% 400
Not the word of God 32% 9% 4% 54% < 1% 472
Other/don't know 45% 6% 4% 41% 5% 100

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

% of adults in Illinois 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 = 320. 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% 13% 4% 11% 3% 320
Word of God; not everything taken literally 52% 18% 10% 18% 1% 400
Not the word of God 42% 18% 11% 28% < 1% 472
Other/don't know 61% 13% 7% 13% 6% 100

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

% of adults in Illinois 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 = 320. 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% 12% 16% 27% 4% 320
Word of God; not everything taken literally 40% 18% 12% 29% 1% 400
Not the word of God 48% 14% 17% 20% 1% 472
Other/don't know 48% 12% 10% 24% 6% 100

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

% of adults in Illinois 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 = 320. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 54% 3% 33% 8% 2% 320
Word of God; not everything taken literally 32% 10% 49% 7% 1% 400
Not the word of God 5% 21% 54% 18% 2% 472
Other/don't know 30% 9% 50% 5% 6% 100

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

% of adults in Illinois 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 = 320. 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% 55% < 1% 1% 320
Word of God; not everything taken literally 31% 67% 1% 1% 400
Not the word of God 17% 81% 1% 2% 472
Other/don't know 29% 64% 6% 2% 100

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

% of adults in Illinois 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 = 320. 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% 10% 7% 23% 2% 320
Word of God; not everything taken literally 29% 16% 13% 42% < 1% 400
Not the word of God 9% 7% 7% 76% 1% 472
Other/don't know 25% 6% 16% 48% 5% 100

Belief in Heaven among adults in Illinois by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in Illinois who …in heaven

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 320. 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% 4% 7% 320
Word of God; not everything taken literally 89% 6% 5% 400
Not the word of God 42% 49% 9% 472
Other/don't know 65% 14% 21% 100

Belief in Hell among adults in Illinois by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in Illinois who …in hell

Interpreting scripture Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 320. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 83% 8% 9% 320
Word of God; not everything taken literally 73% 20% 7% 400
Not the word of God 23% 68% 10% 472
Other/don't know 44% 35% 21% 100

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among adults in Illinois by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in Illinois who identify as…

Interpreting scripture Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 320. 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% 20% 38% 320
Word of God; not everything taken literally 41% 17% 43% 400
Not the word of God 19% 19% 61% 472
Other/don't know 24% 32% 44% 100

Political ideology among adults in Illinois by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in Illinois who are…

Interpreting scripture Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 320. 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% 33% 18% 8% 320
Word of God; not everything taken literally 37% 39% 21% 4% 400
Not the word of God 20% 33% 43% 4% 472
Other/don't know 29% 38% 18% 15% 100

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

% of adults in Illinois who would rather have…

Interpreting scripture Smaller government; fewer services Bigger government; more services Depends Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 320. 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% 44% 2% 3% 320
Word of God; not everything taken literally 55% 41% 2% 3% 400
Not the word of God 48% 43% 5% 4% 472
Other/don't know 45% 41% 7% 7% 100

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

% of adults in Illinois 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 = 320. 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% 46% 3% 2% 320
Word of God; not everything taken literally 48% 47% 3% 2% 400
Not the word of God 32% 64% 2% 2% 472
Other/don't know 44% 43% 7% 5% 100

Views about abortion among adults in Illinois by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in Illinois who say abortion should be…

Interpreting scripture Legal in all/most cases Illegal in all/most cases Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 320. 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 34% 63% 3% 320
Word of God; not everything taken literally 47% 52% 1% 400
Not the word of God 82% 16% 2% 472
Other/don't know 56% 31% 13% 100

Views about homosexuality among adults in Illinois by interpretation of scripture

% of adults in Illinois who say homosexuality…

Interpreting scripture Should be accepted Should be discouraged Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 320. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Word of God; should be taken literally 38% 57% 3% 2% 320
Word of God; not everything taken literally 66% 26% 4% 4% 400
Not the word of God 86% 10% 3% 1% 472
Other/don't know 60% 20% 7% 13% 100

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

% of adults in Illinois who …same-sex marriage

Interpreting scripture Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 320. 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% 62% 7% 320
Word of God; not everything taken literally 56% 34% 10% 400
Not the word of God 84% 12% 5% 472
Other/don't know 60% 21% 19% 100

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

% of adults in Illinois 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 = 320. 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% 46% 2% 2% 320
Word of God; not everything taken literally 39% 57% 2% 1% 400
Not the word of God 25% 71% 2% 2% 472
Other/don't know 39% 47% 4% 9% 100

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

% of adults in Illinois 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 = 320. 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% 26% 1% 52% 6% 320
Word of God; not everything taken literally 26% 36% 2% 33% 2% 400
Not the word of God 67% 16% 3% 12% 2% 472
Other/don't know 26% 36% 13% 18% 7% 100