Political ideology among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally who are…

Survey year Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 9,542. 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.
2014 40% 38% 17% 5% 9,542
2007 38% 42% 15% 5% 9,841

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Political ideology among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally by religious group

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally who are…

Religious tradition Conservative Moderate Liberal 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 42% 39% 16% 3% 2,774
Evangelical Protestant 47% 34% 14% 4% 2,469
Historically Black Protestant 29% 42% 26% 4% 466
Jehovah's Witness 19% 20% 12% 48% 102
Jewish 35% 36% 26% 3% 184
Mainline Protestant 39% 42% 16% 4% 2,158
Mormon 66% 25% 6% 3% 360
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 24% 41% 26% 10% 713

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DemographicInformation

Age distribution among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally by political ideology

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally who are ages…

Political ideology 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 3,990. 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.
Conservative 19% 33% 28% 20% 3,990
Moderate 26% 34% 24% 16% 3,545
Liberal 29% 34% 24% 14% 1,481
Don't know 32% 35% 19% 15% 361

Generational cohort among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally by political ideology

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally who are…

Political ideology Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 3,990. 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.
Conservative 12% 12% 27% 34% 14% 1% 3,990
Moderate 18% 14% 28% 28% 10% 1% 3,545
Liberal 20% 16% 27% 28% 9% 1% 1,481
Don't know 20% 20% 26% 24% 9% < 1% 361

Gender composition among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally by political ideology

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally who are…

Political ideology Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 4,053. 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.
Conservative 51% 49% 4,053
Moderate 44% 56% 3,604
Liberal 40% 60% 1,503
Don't know 40% 60% 382

Racial and ethnic composition among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally by political ideology

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally who identify as…

Political ideology White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 4,005. 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.
Conservative 79% 6% 2% 10% 3% 4,005
Moderate 69% 11% 3% 13% 4% 3,575
Liberal 56% 16% 5% 19% 4% 1,490
Don't know 61% 15% 1% 16% 7% 373

Immigrant status among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally by political ideology

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally who are…

Political ideology Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 4,028. 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.
Conservative 10% 8% 82% 4,028
Moderate 12% 11% 77% 3,574
Liberal 17% 14% 69% 1,483
Don't know 17% 7% 76% 361

Income distribution among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally by political ideology

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally who have a household income of…

Political ideology Less than $30,000 $30,000-$49,999 $50,000-$99,999 $100,000 or more Sample Size
Sample size = 3,554. 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.
Conservative 24% 20% 32% 23% 3,554
Moderate 30% 22% 29% 19% 3,211
Liberal 37% 22% 25% 17% 1,364
Don't know 53% 18% 21% 8% 280

Educational distribution among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally by political ideology

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally who have completed…

Political ideology High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 4,044. 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.
Conservative 34% 36% 20% 10% 4,044
Moderate 37% 31% 19% 13% 3,596
Liberal 41% 33% 15% 11% 1,501
Don't know 55% 32% 9% 4% 368

Marital status among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally by political ideology

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally who are…

Political ideology Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 4,041. 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.
Conservative 60% 4% 11% 6% 19% 4,041
Moderate 48% 6% 11% 6% 28% 3,594
Liberal 39% 8% 15% 5% 33% 1,500
Don't know 38% 6% 18% 6% 32% 377

Parent of children under 18 among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally by political ideology

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally who are…

Political ideology Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 4,035. 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.
Conservative 32% 68% 4,035
Moderate 31% 69% 3,592
Liberal 29% 71% 1,499
Don't know 32% 68% 380

BeliefsandPractices

Belief in God among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally by political ideology

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally who say they…

Political ideology 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 = 4,053. 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.
Conservative 81% 16% 2% < 1% < 1% < 1% 4,053
Moderate 74% 23% 2% < 1% < 1% < 1% 3,604
Liberal 68% 26% 4% < 1% 2% < 1% 1,503
Don't know 79% 16% 3% 1% < 1% 1% 382

Importance of religion in one's life among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally by political ideology

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally who say religion is…

Political ideology Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,053. 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.
Conservative 69% 26% 4% 1% < 1% 4,053
Moderate 57% 35% 6% 1% < 1% 3,604
Liberal 54% 35% 7% 3% 1% 1,503
Don't know 63% 27% 6% 4% < 1% 382

Attendance at religious services among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally by political ideology

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally who attend religious services…

Political ideology At least once a week Once or twice a month/a few times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,053. 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.
Conservative 48% 37% 14% < 1% 4,053
Moderate 39% 42% 19% < 1% 3,604
Liberal 32% 45% 23% < 1% 1,503
Don't know 40% 31% 29% < 1% 382

Frequency of prayer among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally by political ideology

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally who pray…

Political ideology At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,053. 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.
Conservative 69% 19% 5% 7% < 1% 4,053
Moderate 59% 23% 7% 10% < 1% 3,604
Liberal 59% 21% 7% 13% < 1% 1,503
Don't know 64% 18% 6% 11% 1% 382

Frequency of participation in prayer, scripture study or religious education groups among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally by political ideology

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally who attend prayer group…

Political ideology At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,053. 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.
Conservative 30% 11% 11% 47% < 1% 4,053
Moderate 21% 12% 12% 55% < 1% 3,604
Liberal 18% 11% 11% 60% < 1% 1,503
Don't know 31% 9% 8% 50% 1% 382

Frequency of meditation among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally by political ideology

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally who meditate…

Political ideology At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,053. 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.
Conservative 41% 8% 4% 47% 1% 4,053
Moderate 37% 9% 5% 49% 1% 3,604
Liberal 38% 9% 5% 47% 1% 1,503
Don't know 41% 5% 3% 48% 3% 382

Frequency of feeling spiritual peace and wellbeing among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally by political ideology

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally who feel a sense of spiritual peace and wellbeing…

Political ideology At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,053. 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.
Conservative 64% 17% 8% 10% 1% 4,053
Moderate 57% 19% 12% 12% < 1% 3,604
Liberal 56% 16% 13% 15% < 1% 1,503
Don't know 61% 15% 8% 14% 3% 382

Frequency of feeling wonder about the universe among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally by political ideology

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally who feel a sense of wonder about the universe…

Political ideology At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,053. 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.
Conservative 43% 18% 13% 25% 1% 4,053
Moderate 41% 19% 15% 24% < 1% 3,604
Liberal 43% 16% 14% 27% 1% 1,503
Don't know 42% 14% 11% 31% 3% 382

Sources of guidance on right and wrong among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally by political ideology

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally who say they look to…most for guidance on right and wrong

Political ideology Religion Philosophy/reason Common sense Science Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,053. 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.
Conservative 47% 6% 40% 4% 2% 4,053
Moderate 33% 10% 49% 7% 2% 3,604
Liberal 27% 13% 50% 8% 1% 1,503
Don't know 42% 7% 42% 3% 5% 382

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally by political ideology

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally who say…

Political ideology 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 = 4,053. 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.
Conservative 48% 50% 1% 1% 4,053
Moderate 30% 69% 1% < 1% 3,604
Liberal 24% 75% 1% 1% 1,503
Don't know 34% 61% 4% < 1% 382

Frequency of reading scripture among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally by political ideology

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally who read scripture…

Political ideology At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,053. 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.
Conservative 44% 13% 10% 32% 1% 4,053
Moderate 32% 15% 12% 41% < 1% 3,604
Liberal 31% 14% 12% 42% < 1% 1,503
Don't know 45% 10% 6% 38% < 1% 382

Belief in Heaven among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally by political ideology

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally who …in heaven

Political ideology Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,053. 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.
Conservative 90% 5% 4% 4,053
Moderate 90% 5% 4% 3,604
Liberal 87% 10% 4% 1,503
Don't know 79% 12% 10% 382

Belief in Hell among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally by political ideology

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally who …in hell

Political ideology Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,053. 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.
Conservative 75% 18% 7% 4,053
Moderate 69% 24% 7% 3,604
Liberal 64% 30% 6% 1,503
Don't know 60% 30% 10% 382

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally by political ideology

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally who identify as…

Political ideology Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 4,053. 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.
Conservative 70% 10% 20% 4,053
Moderate 38% 16% 46% 3,604
Liberal 15% 16% 68% 1,503
Don't know 15% 64% 21% 382

Views about size of government among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally by political ideology

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally who would rather have…

Political ideology Smaller government; fewer services Bigger government; more services Depends Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,053. 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.
Conservative 76% 21% 1% 1% 4,053
Moderate 54% 41% 2% 3% 3,604
Liberal 31% 63% 2% 3% 1,503
Don't know 40% 41% 4% 14% 382

Views about government aid to the poor among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally by political ideology

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally who say government aid to the poor…

Political ideology Does more harm than good Does more good than harm Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,053. 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.
Conservative 68% 28% 3% 1% 4,053
Moderate 42% 53% 3% 1% 3,604
Liberal 30% 67% 2% 1% 1,503
Don't know 38% 50% 8% 4% 382

Views about abortion among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally by political ideology

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally who say abortion should be…

Political ideology Legal in all/most cases Illegal in all/most cases Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,053. 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.
Conservative 32% 65% 3% 4,053
Moderate 57% 41% 2% 3,604
Liberal 67% 31% 2% 1,503
Don't know 44% 49% 7% 382

Views about homosexuality among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally by political ideology

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally who say homosexuality…

Political ideology Should be accepted Should be discouraged Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,053. 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.
Conservative 47% 45% 5% 4% 4,053
Moderate 73% 21% 4% 3% 3,604
Liberal 79% 16% 3% 1% 1,503
Don't know 52% 36% 5% 6% 382

Views about same-sex marriage among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally by political ideology

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally who …same-sex marriage

Political ideology Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,053. 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.
Conservative 33% 59% 8% 4,053
Moderate 62% 31% 7% 3,604
Liberal 76% 19% 5% 1,503
Don't know 44% 42% 14% 382

Views about environmental regulation among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally by political ideology

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally who say…

Political ideology 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 = 4,053. 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.
Conservative 56% 41% 2% 2% 4,053
Moderate 32% 65% 2% 2% 3,604
Liberal 23% 75% 1% 1% 1,503
Don't know 34% 59% 4% 3% 382

Views about human evolution among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally by political ideology

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally who say humans…

Political ideology 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 = 4,053. 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.
Conservative 15% 35% 3% 44% 4% 4,053
Moderate 22% 41% 3% 31% 2% 3,604
Liberal 29% 39% 2% 27% 3% 1,503
Don't know 14% 29% 5% 42% 9% 382