Interpreting scripture among who believe in Heaven by state (2014) Switch to: State among who believe in Heaven by interpretation of scripture

% of who believe in Heaven 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 = 428. 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 57% 27% 5% 8% 3% 428
Alaska 38% 30% 2% 27% 4% 176
Arizona 33% 38% 2% 18% 8% 448
Arkansas 49% 30% 2% 14% 4% 258
California 36% 32% 2% 22% 8% 2,213
Colorado 32% 34% 2% 23% 9% 291
Connecticut 29% 34% 2% 28% 7% 237
Delaware 28% 37% 4% 25% 6% 224
District of Columbia 40% 33% 1% 19% 6% 181
Florida 40% 30% 3% 20% 6% 1,367
Georgia 48% 32% 2% 12% 5% 747
Hawaii 38% 30% 3% 23% 6% 186
Idaho 34% 43% 3% 16% 4% 221
Illinois 32% 39% 3% 20% 6% 929
Indiana 43% 31% 4% 18% 5% 496
Iowa 31% 43% 1% 17% 7% 241
Kansas 32% 44% 3% 17% 4% 231
Kentucky 49% 27% 4% 16% 5% 355
Louisiana 50% 30% 3% 12% 5% 367
Maine 28% 32% 3% 28% 10% 177
Maryland 36% 35% 3% 20% 6% 416
Massachusetts 24% 35% 3% 31% 7% 368
Michigan 35% 36% 3% 20% 6% 707
Minnesota 28% 34% 3% 27% 9% 411
Mississippi 62% 23% 5% 6% 4% 269
Missouri 38% 33% 2% 19% 7% 489
Montana 27% 42% 4% 19% 7% 204
Nebraska 36% 43% 3% 12% 6% 242
Nevada 34% 37% 2% 24% 3% 202
New Hampshire 23% 33% 3% 33% 8% 164
New Jersey 32% 34% 4% 23% 6% 606
New Mexico 46% 27% 3% 16% 8% 199
New York 32% 32% 3% 27% 7% 1,249
North Carolina 42% 31% 4% 15% 7% 774
North Dakota 31% 39% 2% 23% 5% 267
Ohio 38% 36% 3% 17% 7% 862
Oklahoma 41% 35% 3% 16% 6% 310
Oregon 31% 40% 5% 16% 8% 229
Pennsylvania 36% 34% 2% 22% 5% 977
Rhode Island 26% 41% 1% 29% 2% 207
South Carolina 56% 29% 2% 9% 4% 386
South Dakota 34% 43% 2% 9% 12% 233
Tennessee 52% 26% 5% 11% 6% 531
Texas 46% 31% 3% 15% 5% 1,918
Utah 28% 48% 4% 16% 4% 238
Vermont 24% 35% 4% 30% 7% 155
Virginia 46% 27% 4% 17% 6% 622
Washington 32% 38% 4% 19% 8% 419
West Virginia 54% 25% 6% 9% 6% 251
Wisconsin 34% 36% 4% 21% 5% 423
Wyoming 38% 36% 5% 16% 6% 236

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