Views about abortion among Catholics by interpretation of scripture (2014) Switch to: Interpreting scripture among Catholics by views about abortion

% of Catholics who say abortion should be…

Interpreting scriptureLegal in all/most casesIllegal in all/most casesDon't knowSample size
Word of God; should be taken literally34%62%5%1,545
Word of God; not everything taken literally44%54%3%2,774
Word of God; other/don't know31%52%17%205
Not the word of God68%28%4%2,068
Other/don't know49%39%12%610
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