Views about government aid to the poor among adults in the West by interpretation of scripture (2014) Switch to: Interpreting scripture among adults in the West by views about government aid to the poor

% of adults in the West who say government aid to the poor…

Interpreting scriptureDoes more harm than goodDoes more good than harmNeither/both equallyDon't knowSample size
Word of God; should be taken literally50%45%3%2%1,935
Word of God; not everything taken literally48%48%3%1%2,167
Word of God; other/don't know44%45%5%6%224
Not the word of God32%63%4%1%3,500
Other/don't know41%43%9%8%672
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