Interpreting scripture by state (2014) Switch to: State by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who say the holy scripture is…

State Word of God; should be taken literally Word of God; not everything taken literally Word of God; other/don't know Not the word of God Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 511. 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.
Alabama 51% 27% 4% 14% 4% 511
Alaska 25% 21% 2% 45% 7% 310
Arizona 27% 31% 2% 31% 10% 653
Arkansas 45% 28% 2% 20% 5% 311
California 26% 23% 2% 40% 8% 3,697
Colorado 23% 24% 3% 41% 9% 504
Connecticut 21% 26% 2% 43% 7% 377
Delaware 22% 30% 5% 36% 7% 301
District of Columbia 29% 23% 1% 40% 6% 303
Florida 31% 25% 3% 34% 7% 2,020
Georgia 41% 27% 2% 23% 6% 968
Hawaii 28% 22% 2% 41% 7% 312
Idaho 27% 30% 2% 35% 6% 320
Illinois 26% 31% 2% 34% 7% 1,326
Indiana 35% 27% 3% 28% 6% 654
Iowa 25% 36% 2% 31% 7% 330
Kansas 30% 36% 3% 25% 6% 307
Kentucky 41% 24% 3% 27% 5% 439
Louisiana 44% 27% 2% 21% 5% 465
Maine 19% 22% 3% 47% 9% 303
Maryland 27% 27% 2% 37% 7% 644
Massachusetts 14% 22% 2% 54% 7% 704
Michigan 29% 30% 3% 31% 7% 982
Minnesota 23% 27% 3% 39% 9% 563
Mississippi 56% 22% 5% 12% 4% 309
Missouri 32% 29% 3% 28% 8% 642
Montana 21% 33% 4% 35% 8% 312
Nebraska 31% 35% 3% 26% 6% 312
Nevada 25% 26% 1% 42% 6% 314
New Hampshire 16% 23% 1% 50% 10% 303
New Jersey 24% 28% 3% 38% 8% 886
New Mexico 33% 23% 4% 33% 7% 312
New York 24% 24% 2% 43% 8% 1,966
North Carolina 36% 26% 4% 26% 8% 1,022
North Dakota 27% 32% 2% 34% 6% 338
Ohio 31% 31% 3% 28% 7% 1,132
Oklahoma 36% 29% 2% 27% 6% 391
Oregon 22% 27% 3% 39% 9% 419
Pennsylvania 29% 28% 2% 34% 6% 1,366
Rhode Island 20% 29% 1% 44% 6% 305
South Carolina 49% 24% 2% 19% 7% 495
South Dakota 31% 35% 2% 22% 11% 305
Tennessee 46% 24% 5% 19% 7% 661
Texas 39% 26% 2% 26% 6% 2,535
Utah 22% 39% 3% 31% 5% 315
Vermont 14% 21% 3% 55% 6% 306
Virginia 37% 23% 3% 30% 7% 882
Washington 22% 26% 3% 42% 7% 714
West Virginia 47% 23% 5% 18% 7% 309
Wisconsin 27% 30% 3% 35% 5% 600
Wyoming 33% 28% 4% 28% 8% 316

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