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% of adults who believe in God with absolute certainty 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 = 419. 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 58% 27% 4% 8% 3% 419
Alaska 42% 28% 4% 21% 5% 167
Arizona 40% 37% 2% 13% 8% 412
Arkansas 55% 28% 3% 9% 5% 234
California 38% 31% 3% 19% 8% 1,965
Colorado 37% 33% 3% 19% 8% 270
Connecticut 34% 30% 3% 26% 8% 192
Delaware 31% 39% 6% 17% 7% 183
District of Columbia 44% 33% 2% 15% 5% 155
Florida 43% 30% 4% 16% 7% 1,285
Georgia 50% 32% 3% 10% 5% 713
Hawaii 39% 25% 2% 24% 9% 181
Idaho 39% 41% 3% 12% 5% 208
Illinois 36% 37% 3% 16% 7% 818
Indiana 47% 32% 5% 11% 6% 425
Iowa 34% 43% 3% 13% 7% 219
Kansas 41% 40% 4% 11% 4% 206
Kentucky 52% 26% 4% 12% 5% 329
Louisiana 55% 30% 3% 8% 4% 342
Maine 36% 30% 5% 19% 10% 154
Maryland 39% 34% 3% 18% 6% 388
Massachusetts 28% 36% 4% 22% 10% 282
Michigan 42% 36% 4% 12% 6% 624
Minnesota 36% 33% 5% 17% 8% 340
Mississippi 64% 23% 5% 5% 2% 254
Missouri 41% 36% 4% 13% 7% 444
Montana 29% 41% 6% 15% 9% 192
Nebraska 38% 42% 3% 11% 6% 213
Nevada 35% 35% 1% 20% 8% 177
New Hampshire 33% 36% 3% 20% 7% 132
New Jersey 33% 35% 5% 20% 7% 500
New Mexico 47% 28% 5% 12% 8% 188
New York 35% 32% 3% 21% 8% 1,060
North Carolina 47% 28% 5% 12% 9% 732
North Dakota 38% 41% 3% 14% 3% 229
Ohio 43% 34% 4% 12% 6% 771
Oklahoma 47% 31% 2% 14% 7% 289
Oregon 35% 38% 4% 15% 8% 218
Pennsylvania 43% 36% 3% 12% 6% 865
Rhode Island 29% 35% 2% 31% 3% 180
South Carolina 57% 29% 2% 6% 5% 376
South Dakota 38% 37% 2% 10% 14% 213
Tennessee 54% 25% 6% 9% 6% 524
Texas 48% 30% 3% 13% 6% 1,774
Utah 31% 51% 4% 11% 3% 202
Vermont 28% 32% 4% 28% 9% 121
Virginia 53% 26% 4% 12% 5% 555
Washington 36% 39% 4% 15% 6% 382
West Virginia 59% 22% 6% 7% 7% 234
Wisconsin 44% 35% 4% 13% 5% 349
Wyoming 45% 34% 5% 14% 3% 219

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