Views about size of government among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should 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 = 9,811. 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 49% 46% 2% 3% 9,811
2007 38% 52% 3% 6% 11,149

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Views about size of government among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally by religious group

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should 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 35% 62% 2% 2% 1,545
Evangelical Protestant 65% 30% 2% 3% 4,757
Historically Black Protestant 21% 74% 2% 2% 1,094
Jehovah's Witness 28% 63% 4% 4% 107
Mainline Protestant 55% 39% 3% 3% 1,266
Mormon 68% 28% 2% 1% 210
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 30% 64% 1% 4% 546

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DemographicInformation

Age distribution among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally by views about size of government

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally who are ages…

Views about size of government 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 5,335. 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 10% 32% 32% 25% 5,335
Bigger government; more services 20% 36% 28% 16% 3,743
Depends 6% 35% 35% 24% 217
Don't know 13% 27% 25% 35% 301

Generational cohort among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally by views about size of government

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally who are…

Views about size of government Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 5,335. 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 6% 8% 28% 39% 17% 2% 5,335
Bigger government; more services 12% 14% 30% 32% 11% 1% 3,743
Depends 3% 10% 28% 39% 15% 4% 217
Don't know 5% 12% 23% 31% 24% 4% 301

Gender composition among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally by views about size of government

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally who are…

Views about size of government Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 5,455. 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 49% 51% 5,455
Bigger government; more services 38% 62% 3,813
Depends 38% 62% 227
Don't know 33% 67% 316

Racial and ethnic composition among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally by views about size of government

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally who identify as…

Views about size of government White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 5,382. 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 80% 8% 1% 8% 3% 5,382
Bigger government; more services 32% 31% 3% 30% 4% 3,780
Depends 53% 16% < 1% 23% 7% 222
Don't know 60% 17% 1% 14% 8% 305

Immigrant status among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally by views about size of government

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally who are…

Views about size of government Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 5,403. 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% 7% 86% 5,403
Bigger government; more services 29% 8% 63% 3,716
Depends 19% 8% 73% 218
Don't know 14% 4% 81% 308

Income distribution among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally by views about size of government

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should 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 = 4,675. 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 29% 24% 31% 15% 4,675
Bigger government; more services 64% 19% 12% 5% 3,262
Depends 49% 24% 20% 7% 166
Don't know 54% 20% 19% 6% 222

Educational distribution among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally by views about size of government

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should 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 = 5,425. 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 45% 34% 15% 6% 5,425
Bigger government; more services 66% 24% 6% 3% 3,780
Depends 58% 31% 8% 3% 223
Don't know 61% 30% 6% 3% 313

Marital status among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally by views about size of government

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally who are…

Views about size of government Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 5,436. 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% 3% 12% 9% 13% 5,436
Bigger government; more services 38% 7% 18% 9% 27% 3,799
Depends 57% 2% 13% 14% 14% 222
Don't know 47% 7% 15% 17% 14% 311

Parent of children under 18 among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally by views about size of government

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally who are…

Views about size of government Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 5,437. 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 28% 72% 5,437
Bigger government; more services 34% 66% 3,800
Depends 26% 74% 225
Don't know 26% 74% 314

BeliefsandPractices

Belief in God among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally by views about size of government

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should 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 = 5,455. 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 94% 5% 1% < 1% < 1% < 1% 5,455
Bigger government; more services 82% 15% 2% 1% < 1% < 1% 3,813
Depends 89% 10% 1% 1% < 1% < 1% 227
Don't know 88% 9% < 1% 1% 1% < 1% 316

Importance of religion in one's life among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally by views about size of government

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should 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 = 5,455. 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 87% 11% 1% 1% < 1% 5,455
Bigger government; more services 82% 14% 2% 1% < 1% 3,813
Depends 85% 11% 4% < 1% 1% 227
Don't know 87% 9% 1% 1% 2% 316

Attendance at religious services among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally by views about size of government

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should 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 = 5,455. 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 66% 23% 10% < 1% 5,455
Bigger government; more services 54% 31% 14% 1% 3,813
Depends 58% 27% 13% 2% 227
Don't know 55% 25% 18% 1% 316

Frequency of prayer among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally by views about size of government

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally who pray…

Views about size of government At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 5,455. 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 84% 10% 2% 3% 1% 5,455
Bigger government; more services 76% 15% 3% 6% 1% 3,813
Depends 83% 14% 1% 1% 1% 227
Don't know 82% 10% 4% 3% 2% 316

Frequency of participation in prayer, scripture study or religious education groups among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally by views about size of government

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should 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 = 5,455. 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% 13% 9% 27% < 1% 5,455
Bigger government; more services 42% 14% 10% 33% 1% 3,813
Depends 45% 11% 4% 38% 2% 227
Don't know 42% 7% 9% 39% 2% 316

Frequency of meditation among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally by views about size of government

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should 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 = 5,455. 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 53% 6% 3% 36% 2% 5,455
Bigger government; more services 53% 8% 3% 33% 2% 3,813
Depends 51% 9% 2% 33% 5% 227
Don't know 56% 3% 3% 34% 4% 316

Frequency of feeling spiritual peace and wellbeing among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally by views about size of government

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should 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 = 5,455. 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 80% 9% 5% 5% 1% 5,455
Bigger government; more services 70% 12% 7% 9% 1% 3,813
Depends 75% 11% 7% 5% 1% 227
Don't know 73% 9% 5% 10% 2% 316

Frequency of feeling wonder about the universe among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally by views about size of government

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should 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 = 5,455. 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 47% 15% 10% 26% 2% 5,455
Bigger government; more services 45% 14% 11% 27% 2% 3,813
Depends 46% 10% 9% 29% 6% 227
Don't know 44% 12% 10% 29% 5% 316

Sources of guidance on right and wrong among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally by views about size of government

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should 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 = 5,455. 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 68% 3% 25% 2% 2% 5,455
Bigger government; more services 51% 6% 35% 7% 1% 3,813
Depends 63% 3% 28% 1% 5% 227
Don't know 57% 4% 28% 3% 8% 316

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally by views about size of government

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should 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 = 5,455. 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% 38% 1% 1% 5,455
Bigger government; more services 30% 68% 1% 2% 3,813
Depends 42% 51% 6% 2% 227
Don't know 36% 58% 2% 3% 316

Frequency of reading scripture among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally by views about size of government

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should 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 = 5,455. 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 68% 10% 6% 15% 1% 5,455
Bigger government; more services 56% 12% 7% 24% 1% 3,813
Depends 62% 11% 5% 20% 3% 227
Don't know 62% 13% 5% 18% 2% 316

Belief in Heaven among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally by views about size of government

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally who …in heaven

Views about size of government Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 5,455. 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% 5% 6% 5,455
Bigger government; more services 93% 5% 3% 3,813
Depends 92% 3% 5% 227
Don't know 88% 3% 9% 316

Belief in Hell among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally by views about size of government

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally who …in hell

Views about size of government Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 5,455. 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 84% 10% 6% 5,455
Bigger government; more services 80% 14% 6% 3,813
Depends 80% 10% 10% 227
Don't know 77% 11% 12% 316

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally by views about size of government

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally who identify as…

Views about size of government Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 5,455. 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 66% 14% 21% 5,455
Bigger government; more services 22% 22% 56% 3,813
Depends 28% 30% 42% 227
Don't know 27% 33% 40% 316

Political ideology among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally by views about size of government

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally who are…

Views about size of government Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 5,455. 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 69% 20% 7% 4% 5,455
Bigger government; more services 37% 30% 24% 9% 3,813
Depends 40% 29% 13% 18% 227
Don't know 39% 24% 14% 23% 316

Views about government aid to the poor among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally by views about size of government

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should 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 = 5,455. 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 69% 26% 3% 2% 5,455
Bigger government; more services 31% 64% 3% 2% 3,813
Depends 33% 41% 22% 3% 227
Don't know 36% 45% 6% 13% 316

Views about abortion among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally by views about size of government

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should 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 = 5,455. 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% 72% 3% 5,455
Bigger government; more services 39% 56% 5% 3,813
Depends 29% 59% 11% 227
Don't know 24% 62% 14% 316

Views about homosexuality among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally by views about size of government

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should 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 = 5,455. 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% 67% 4% 3% 5,455
Bigger government; more services 50% 43% 3% 4% 3,813
Depends 31% 44% 16% 9% 227
Don't know 31% 49% 7% 14% 316

Views about same-sex marriage among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally by views about size of government

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should 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 = 5,455. 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% 77% 6% 5,455
Bigger government; more services 37% 55% 8% 3,813
Depends 16% 60% 24% 227
Don't know 21% 61% 18% 316

Views about environmental regulation among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally by views about size of government

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should 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 = 5,455. 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% 34% 3% 3% 5,455
Bigger government; more services 38% 56% 1% 5% 3,813
Depends 26% 54% 12% 9% 227
Don't know 33% 43% 7% 16% 316

Views about human evolution among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally by views about size of government

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should 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 = 5,455. 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% 19% 2% 67% 5% 5,455
Bigger government; more services 17% 26% 2% 50% 5% 3,813
Depends 8% 21% 5% 53% 14% 227
Don't know 11% 16% 10% 47% 16% 316