Views about size of government 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 would rather have…

Survey year Smaller government; fewer services Bigger government; more services Depends 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 58% 37% 2% 3% 9,542
2007 47% 45% 4% 5% 9,841

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Views about size of government 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 would rather have…

Religious tradition Smaller government; fewer services Bigger government; more services Depends 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 56% 39% 2% 2% 2,774
Evangelical Protestant 64% 31% 2% 2% 2,469
Historically Black Protestant 29% 66% 2% 3% 466
Jehovah's Witness 37% 40% 3% 19% 102
Jewish 50% 48% < 1% 1% 184
Mainline Protestant 64% 31% 2% 3% 2,158
Mormon 83% 15% < 1% 2% 360
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 52% 44% 2% 2% 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 views about size of government

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

Views about size of government 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 5,941. 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.
Smaller government; fewer services 19% 34% 27% 20% 5,941
Bigger government; more services 32% 34% 21% 12% 2,994
Depends 14% 38% 29% 18% 192
Don't know 13% 28% 29% 29% 250

Generational cohort among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally by views about size of government

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

Views about size of government Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 5,941. 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.
Smaller government; fewer services 12% 12% 28% 33% 13% 1% 5,941
Bigger government; more services 23% 17% 27% 25% 8% 1% 2,994
Depends 6% 14% 33% 36% 10% 1% 192
Don't know 6% 10% 26% 38% 18% 2% 250

Gender composition among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally by views about size of government

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

Views about size of government Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 6,038. 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.
Smaller government; fewer services 52% 48% 6,038
Bigger government; more services 36% 64% 3,046
Depends 43% 57% 199
Don't know 34% 66% 259

Racial and ethnic composition among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally by views about size of government

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

Views about size of government White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 5,966. 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.
Smaller government; fewer services 83% 4% 2% 7% 4% 5,966
Bigger government; more services 51% 19% 5% 22% 4% 3,025
Depends 57% 15% 1% 20% 6% 196
Don't know 76% 9% 1% 12% 2% 256

Immigrant status among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally by views about size of government

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

Views about size of government Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 5,997. 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.
Smaller government; fewer services 7% 9% 84% 5,997
Bigger government; more services 20% 12% 68% 2,997
Depends 19% 9% 71% 197
Don't know 12% 8% 80% 255

Income distribution among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally by views about size of government

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

Views about size of government Less than $30,000 $30,000-$49,999 $50,000-$99,999 $100,000 or more Sample Size
Sample size = 5,356. 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.
Smaller government; fewer services 22% 21% 33% 24% 5,356
Bigger government; more services 42% 21% 24% 14% 2,691
Depends 35% 24% 28% 13% 163
Don't know 34% 26% 30% 10% 199

Educational distribution among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally by views about size of government

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

Views about size of government High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 6,019. 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.
Smaller government; fewer services 32% 35% 21% 12% 6,019
Bigger government; more services 45% 31% 14% 10% 3,034
Depends 37% 33% 17% 12% 199
Don't know 48% 32% 13% 6% 257

Marital status among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally by views about size of government

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

Views about size of government Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 6,019. 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.
Smaller government; fewer services 58% 5% 11% 6% 21% 6,019
Bigger government; more services 39% 8% 14% 5% 34% 3,038
Depends 57% 6% 12% 8% 17% 197
Don't know 56% 3% 14% 11% 16% 258

Parent of children under 18 among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally by views about size of government

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

Views about size of government Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 6,015. 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.
Smaller government; fewer services 30% 70% 6,015
Bigger government; more services 33% 67% 3,037
Depends 39% 61% 196
Don't know 27% 73% 258

BeliefsandPractices

Belief in God among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally by views about size of government

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

Views about size of government 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 = 6,038. 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.
Smaller government; fewer services 79% 19% 1% < 1% < 1% < 1% 6,038
Bigger government; more services 72% 23% 3% < 1% 1% < 1% 3,046
Depends 83% 14% 3% < 1% < 1% 1% 199
Don't know 80% 15% 2% 1% < 1% 1% 259

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 views about size of government

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

Views about size of government Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,038. 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.
Smaller government; fewer services 62% 30% 6% 2% < 1% 6,038
Bigger government; more services 60% 33% 6% 2% < 1% 3,046
Depends 68% 28% 1% 1% 2% 199
Don't know 68% 27% 1% 3% 1% 259

Attendance at religious services among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally by views about size of government

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

Views about size of government At least once a week Once or twice a month/a few times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,038. 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.
Smaller government; fewer services 44% 39% 17% < 1% 6,038
Bigger government; more services 37% 43% 19% < 1% 3,046
Depends 54% 34% 11% 1% 199
Don't know 48% 25% 25% 2% 259

Frequency of prayer among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally by views about size of government

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

Views about size of government At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,038. 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.
Smaller government; fewer services 63% 22% 6% 8% < 1% 6,038
Bigger government; more services 63% 20% 7% 11% < 1% 3,046
Depends 71% 20% 5% 3% 1% 199
Don't know 71% 15% 3% 10% 1% 259

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 views about size of government

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

Views about size of government At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,038. 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.
Smaller government; fewer services 25% 11% 11% 52% < 1% 6,038
Bigger government; more services 23% 13% 12% 53% < 1% 3,046
Depends 26% 13% 12% 48% < 1% 199
Don't know 30% 9% 10% 50% < 1% 259

Frequency of meditation among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally by views about size of government

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

Views about size of government At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,038. 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.
Smaller government; fewer services 38% 8% 4% 48% 1% 6,038
Bigger government; more services 38% 9% 4% 48% 1% 3,046
Depends 55% 8% 6% 30% 1% 199
Don't know 45% 7% 4% 38% 6% 259

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 views about size of government

% 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…

Views about size of government At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,038. 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.
Smaller government; fewer services 60% 19% 10% 10% 1% 6,038
Bigger government; more services 58% 17% 11% 13% < 1% 3,046
Depends 73% 11% 6% 8% 1% 199
Don't know 69% 12% 7% 9% 3% 259

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 views about size of government

% 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…

Views about size of government At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,038. 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.
Smaller government; fewer services 43% 18% 14% 24% 1% 6,038
Bigger government; more services 40% 18% 14% 28% < 1% 3,046
Depends 49% 14% 12% 24% 1% 199
Don't know 53% 11% 11% 23% 2% 259

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 views about size of government

% 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

Views about size of government Religion Philosophy/reason Common sense Science Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,038. 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.
Smaller government; fewer services 41% 8% 45% 4% 2% 6,038
Bigger government; more services 34% 10% 47% 8% 1% 3,046
Depends 41% 9% 38% 3% 9% 199
Don't know 38% 5% 42% 4% 10% 259

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 views about size of government

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

Views about size of government 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 = 6,038. 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.
Smaller government; fewer services 43% 55% 1% < 1% 6,038
Bigger government; more services 26% 73% 1% < 1% 3,046
Depends 28% 64% 7% 1% 199
Don't know 35% 61% 3% 1% 259

Frequency of reading scripture among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally by views about size of government

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

Views about size of government At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,038. 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.
Smaller government; fewer services 38% 13% 11% 37% < 1% 6,038
Bigger government; more services 35% 15% 12% 38% < 1% 3,046
Depends 43% 8% 11% 36% 2% 199
Don't know 44% 11% 7% 38% < 1% 259

Belief in Heaven among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally by views about size of government

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

Views about size of government Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,038. 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.
Smaller government; fewer services 90% 6% 5% 6,038
Bigger government; more services 89% 8% 3% 3,046
Depends 80% 5% 15% 199
Don't know 84% 6% 9% 259

Belief in Hell among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally by views about size of government

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

Views about size of government Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,038. 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.
Smaller government; fewer services 72% 21% 7% 6,038
Bigger government; more services 68% 26% 6% 3,046
Depends 68% 20% 12% 199
Don't know 61% 28% 11% 259

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally by views about size of government

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

Views about size of government Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 6,038. 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.
Smaller government; fewer services 64% 13% 23% 6,038
Bigger government; more services 21% 18% 61% 3,046
Depends 25% 28% 47% 199
Don't know 20% 36% 45% 259

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

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

Views about size of government Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,038. 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.
Smaller government; fewer services 52% 35% 9% 3% 6,038
Bigger government; more services 23% 42% 30% 5% 3,046
Depends 22% 47% 21% 10% 199
Don't know 18% 39% 18% 25% 259

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 views about size of government

% 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…

Views about size of government Does more harm than good Does more good than harm Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,038. 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.
Smaller government; fewer services 67% 30% 3% 1% 6,038
Bigger government; more services 27% 70% 2% 1% 3,046
Depends 35% 47% 15% 3% 199
Don't know 25% 54% 13% 8% 259

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

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

Views about size of government Legal in all/most cases Illegal in all/most cases Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,038. 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.
Smaller government; fewer services 42% 55% 3% 6,038
Bigger government; more services 57% 41% 2% 3,046
Depends 55% 35% 10% 199
Don't know 51% 37% 12% 259

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

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

Views about size of government Should be accepted Should be discouraged Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,038. 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.
Smaller government; fewer services 57% 36% 4% 3% 6,038
Bigger government; more services 73% 22% 3% 2% 3,046
Depends 61% 23% 9% 7% 199
Don't know 50% 28% 12% 11% 259

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

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

Views about size of government Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,038. 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.
Smaller government; fewer services 44% 48% 7% 6,038
Bigger government; more services 64% 30% 6% 3,046
Depends 52% 34% 14% 199
Don't know 45% 39% 16% 259

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

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

Views about size of government 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 = 6,038. 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.
Smaller government; fewer services 50% 47% 2% 1% 6,038
Bigger government; more services 26% 71% 1% 1% 3,046
Depends 18% 68% 7% 7% 199
Don't know 25% 60% 7% 7% 259

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

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

Views about size of government 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 = 6,038. 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.
Smaller government; fewer services 17% 39% 3% 37% 3% 6,038
Bigger government; more services 25% 37% 2% 33% 2% 3,046
Depends 14% 29% 5% 44% 8% 199
Don't know 14% 32% 9% 33% 12% 259