Interpreting scripture among adults who say that there are clear standards for what is right and wrong by state (2014) Switch to: State among adults who say that there are clear standards for what is right and wrong by interpretation of scripture

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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
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Alabama 60% 20% 4% 12% 4% 231
Alaska 30% 31% 4% 32% 2% 106
Arizona 36% 37% 2% 18% 6% 252
Arkansas 52% 28% 2% 14% 4% 126
California 37% 28% 2% 28% 6% 1,154
Colorado 35% 32% 3% 24% 5% 193
Connecticut 25% 31% 3% 31% 10% 113
Florida 41% 28% 4% 21% 6% 671
Georgia 47% 30% 3% 13% 7% 377
Idaho 43% 29% 2% 20% 6% 137
Illinois 39% 32% 3% 19% 7% 430
Indiana 52% 24% 2% 17% 5% 243
Iowa 36% 39% 3% 14% 7% 113
Kansas 42% 32% 5% 14% 6% 120
Kentucky 55% 23% 5% 12% 4% 172
Louisiana 50% 30% 4% 10% 6% 183
Maryland 36% 35% 3% 21% 5% 207
Massachusetts 16% 28% 1% 46% 9% 177
Michigan 42% 25% 6% 22% 5% 352
Minnesota 38% 34% 3% 18% 7% 196
Mississippi 62% 22% 6% 7% 4% 121
Missouri 43% 31% 4% 17% 5% 239
Montana 33% 30% 6% 22% 9% 134
Nebraska 39% 36% 4% 16% 6% 128
New Hampshire 30% 24% 2% 35% 9% 100
New Jersey 26% 31% 6% 30% 7% 266
New Mexico 44% 23% 5% 20% 8% 103
New York 32% 32% 2% 26% 8% 544
North Carolina 46% 27% 5% 17% 5% 377
North Dakota 44% 36% 2% 14% 4% 139
Ohio 36% 34% 4% 21% 4% 385
Oklahoma 52% 29% 2% 17% 1% 134
Oregon 35% 34% 6% 15% 10% 140
Pennsylvania 43% 31% 2% 20% 4% 501
South Carolina 63% 20% 1% 10% 6% 197
South Dakota 42% 39% 2% 9% 9% 113
Tennessee 58% 23% 6% 11% 3% 292
Texas 48% 28% 2% 16% 5% 949
Utah 30% 53% 5% 11% 2% 126
Virginia 52% 20% 6% 18% 4% 328
Washington 32% 33% 6% 22% 7% 243
West Virginia 54% 28% 4% 7% 7% 136
Wisconsin 38% 30% 3% 25% 3% 199
Wyoming 51% 24% 2% 17% 5% 147

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