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% of adults who seldom or never read scripture 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 = 109. 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 26% 33% 2% 34% 4% 109
Alaska 11% 18% 1% 62% 9% 166
Arizona 10% 26% < 1% 51% 13% 299
California 11% 18% 1% 61% 9% 1,943
Colorado 10% 19% 2% 60% 9% 271
Connecticut 10% 25% 1% 56% 8% 232
Delaware 6% 20% 1% 64% 9% 150
District of Columbia 13% 14% < 1% 65% 8% 158
Florida 12% 20% 2% 57% 8% 912
Georgia 18% 20% 1% 54% 8% 300
Hawaii 11% 19% 1% 63% 7% 165
Idaho 12% 17% 1% 63% 6% 130
Illinois 12% 27% 1% 53% 7% 638
Indiana 19% 24% 2% 49% 7% 284
Iowa 13% 31% < 1% 48% 8% 161
Kansas 15% 33% 2% 40% 9% 133
Kentucky 18% 23% 3% 50% 7% 162
Louisiana 18% 26% 2% 44% 10% 152
Maine 9% 16% 1% 64% 10% 196
Maryland 10% 21% 1% 62% 6% 303
Massachusetts 6% 18% 1% 68% 7% 476
Michigan 13% 30% 2% 50% 6% 457
Minnesota 8% 22% 1% 60% 10% 276
Missouri 14% 23% 1% 52% 10% 258
Montana 6% 33% 2% 52% 7% 156
Nebraska 19% 32% 3% 41% 6% 152
Nevada 11% 16% < 1% 66% 7% 162
New Hampshire 3% 19% 1% 63% 13% 193
New Jersey 10% 25% 1% 56% 8% 498
New Mexico 14% 22% 2% 57% 5% 140
New York 11% 20% 1% 61% 7% 1,103
North Carolina 14% 20% 3% 56% 7% 347
North Dakota 14% 25% 1% 54% 6% 171
Ohio 16% 27% 2% 48% 7% 503
Oklahoma 14% 31% < 1% 48% 7% 126
Oregon 8% 21% 1% 59% 11% 226
Pennsylvania 12% 22% 1% 57% 7% 672
Rhode Island 8% 25% 1% 63% 4% 189
South Carolina 21% 20% < 1% 49% 10% 151
South Dakota 19% 34% 1% 35% 11% 139
Tennessee 19% 22% 3% 54% 2% 162
Texas 20% 21% 1% 50% 7% 900
Utah 3% 11% < 1% 77% 10% 104
Vermont 9% 16% 3% 66% 6% 215
Virginia 14% 19% 1% 59% 7% 359
Washington 6% 19% 2% 65% 8% 375
West Virginia 18% 24% 2% 42% 14% 111
Wisconsin 16% 25% 2% 52% 5% 324
Wyoming 20% 20% 4% 44% 12% 133

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