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% of adults who say religion is very important 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 = 397. 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 62% 24% 5% 5% 4% 397
Alaska 47% 32% 3% 14% 4% 124
Arizona 45% 36% 3% 8% 8% 335
Arkansas 55% 28% 3% 9% 5% 217
California 47% 31% 4% 12% 6% 1,666
Colorado 42% 32% 4% 10% 11% 230
Connecticut 40% 33% 3% 15% 9% 156
Delaware 40% 33% 10% 10% 8% 147
District of Columbia 45% 38% 2% 11% 4% 140
Florida 49% 28% 5% 11% 7% 1,058
Georgia 55% 31% 3% 6% 5% 626
Hawaii 44% 24% 4% 21% 7% 134
Idaho 42% 38% 3% 11% 6% 168
Illinois 41% 37% 3% 12% 6% 696
Indiana 54% 30% 5% 6% 6% 381
Iowa 35% 42% 4% 10% 9% 184
Kansas 45% 40% 4% 7% 4% 165
Kentucky 58% 25% 3% 9% 5% 289
Louisiana 56% 30% 3% 7% 4% 328
Maine 44% 27% 8% 11% 11% 108
Maryland 44% 32% 3% 15% 6% 327
Massachusetts 34% 30% 4% 22% 9% 251
Michigan 48% 33% 5% 9% 6% 513
Minnesota 43% 33% 5% 12% 7% 281
Mississippi 68% 18% 6% 5% 3% 233
Missouri 46% 35% 4% 9% 5% 356
Montana 41% 35% 6% 9% 8% 139
Nebraska 45% 39% 4% 4% 7% 179
Nevada 47% 33% 2% 11% 6% 133
New Hampshire 39% 34% 2% 16% 8% 107
New Jersey 41% 34% 5% 13% 8% 434
New Mexico 49% 25% 6% 13% 8% 169
New York 42% 32% 4% 15% 6% 882
North Carolina 51% 27% 6% 8% 8% 639
North Dakota 45% 40% 3% 9% 3% 197
Ohio 46% 34% 4% 10% 6% 673
Oklahoma 52% 27% 2% 13% 6% 251
Oregon 38% 36% 7% 13% 6% 174
Pennsylvania 47% 35% 3% 9% 6% 739
Rhode Island 34% 35% 2% 23% 5% 149
South Carolina 63% 25% 2% 5% 6% 346
South Dakota 44% 38% 1% 5% 11% 175
Tennessee 58% 24% 6% 6% 7% 475
Texas 54% 27% 3% 9% 6% 1,611
Utah 32% 53% 5% 7% 2% 191
Virginia 57% 24% 4% 8% 7% 503
Washington 43% 36% 4% 12% 5% 312
West Virginia 63% 21% 7% 4% 5% 197
Wisconsin 47% 33% 6% 9% 4% 279
Wyoming 51% 29% 7% 7% 5% 166

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