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

% of Christians 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 = 443. 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 55% 28% 5% 9% 4% 443
Alaska 40% 31% 3% 23% 4% 187
Arizona 37% 38% 2% 17% 6% 448
Arkansas 50% 31% 2% 11% 5% 247
California 37% 31% 3% 21% 8% 2,289
Colorado 34% 33% 3% 21% 9% 323
Connecticut 29% 32% 3% 30% 6% 251
Delaware 27% 37% 7% 23% 6% 209
District of Columbia 37% 33% 2% 21% 6% 188
Florida 40% 30% 4% 20% 7% 1,415
Georgia 48% 33% 3% 11% 5% 781
Hawaii 42% 26% 3% 26% 4% 185
Idaho 36% 41% 3% 13% 6% 222
Illinois 32% 39% 3% 20% 6% 977
Indiana 44% 33% 3% 13% 6% 492
Iowa 31% 41% 3% 16% 8% 261
Kansas 36% 44% 4% 13% 4% 241
Kentucky 51% 27% 4% 13% 5% 345
Louisiana 49% 31% 3% 12% 6% 387
Maine 29% 33% 3% 26% 9% 191
Maryland 36% 34% 3% 20% 7% 433
Massachusetts 20% 32% 3% 35% 9% 412
Michigan 38% 35% 4% 18% 5% 717
Minnesota 28% 34% 4% 27% 8% 433
Mississippi 59% 25% 5% 6% 5% 269
Missouri 38% 34% 3% 17% 8% 486
Montana 30% 40% 6% 17% 7% 202
Nebraska 37% 41% 2% 14% 6% 243
Nevada 33% 36% 2% 21% 7% 207
New Hampshire 24% 35% 3% 31% 7% 188
New Jersey 28% 34% 3% 27% 8% 611
New Mexico 43% 24% 5% 21% 8% 222
New York 32% 32% 3% 26% 7% 1,222
North Carolina 43% 30% 5% 14% 8% 796
North Dakota 34% 39% 1% 20% 6% 276
Ohio 38% 37% 4% 15% 6% 863
Oklahoma 42% 29% 3% 19% 7% 312
Oregon 33% 38% 5% 16% 9% 244
Pennsylvania 36% 34% 3% 22% 6% 1,037
Rhode Island 25% 36% 1% 32% 5% 239
South Carolina 53% 28% 2% 11% 7% 394
South Dakota 37% 40% 2% 11% 10% 242
Tennessee 53% 26% 5% 11% 6% 552
Texas 47% 30% 3% 15% 6% 1,979
Utah 28% 51% 4% 12% 5% 234
Vermont 22% 30% 6% 34% 8% 156
Virginia 46% 28% 4% 16% 6% 644
Washington 33% 37% 4% 19% 7% 444
West Virginia 55% 24% 4% 10% 7% 245
Wisconsin 36% 36% 3% 19% 6% 439
Wyoming 44% 31% 4% 17% 4% 225

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