Interpreting scripture among adults who read scripture at least once a week by state (2014) Switch to: State among adults who read scripture at least once a week by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who read scripture at least once a week 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 = 295. 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 63% 23% 5% 6% 4% 295
Arizona 49% 35% 4% 7% 5% 246
Arkansas 62% 22% 2% 8% 6% 162
California 51% 29% 3% 11% 6% 1,084
Colorado 47% 36% 6% 8% 3% 152
Florida 55% 27% 5% 9% 6% 702
Georgia 59% 28% 4% 5% 4% 473
Idaho 45% 41% 3% 8% 3% 132
Illinois 50% 30% 4% 10% 6% 409
Indiana 59% 26% 5% 6% 4% 247
Iowa 47% 35% 6% 6% 6% 104
Kansas 49% 37% 5% 4% 5% 109
Kentucky 61% 24% 4% 8% 4% 202
Louisiana 65% 24% 3% 6% 3% 229
Maryland 49% 28% 6% 11% 6% 220
Massachusetts 43% 33% 5% 8% 9% 110
Michigan 56% 27% 5% 7% 5% 332
Minnesota 50% 30% 7% 7% 6% 168
Mississippi 66% 21% 7% 3% 3% 192
Missouri 51% 33% 4% 8% 3% 257
Montana 46% 30% 4% 8% 11% 106
New Jersey 49% 28% 6% 11% 6% 231
New Mexico 52% 25% 6% 10% 7% 115
New York 51% 27% 3% 13% 6% 511
North Carolina 55% 25% 6% 6% 8% 458
Ohio 51% 34% 5% 6% 4% 429
Oklahoma 53% 25% 5% 12% 6% 193
Oregon 42% 38% 7% 6% 7% 121
Pennsylvania 55% 28% 4% 7% 6% 432
South Carolina 68% 23% 3% 3% 4% 252
Tennessee 60% 22% 6% 4% 7% 368
Texas 59% 26% 3% 8% 4% 1,103
Utah 33% 56% 5% 4% 2% 171
Virginia 64% 21% 5% 6% 5% 356
Washington 47% 33% 5% 9% 6% 218
West Virginia 66% 23% 6% 1% 4% 136
Wisconsin 52% 30% 5% 11% 2% 156
Wyoming 51% 33% 5% 7% 3% 115

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