Interpreting scripture among democrats and Democratic leaners by state (2014) Switch to: State among democrats and Democratic leaners by interpretation of scripture

% of democrats and Democratic leaners 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
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Alabama 53% 26% 4% 13% 4% 181
Alaska 11% 12% < 1% 68% 10% 107
Arizona 17% 26% 2% 45% 9% 243
Arkansas 45% 21% 1% 27% 6% 122
California 20% 21% 2% 50% 7% 1,856
Colorado 13% 21% 1% 56% 10% 211
Connecticut 23% 24% < 1% 44% 9% 193
Delaware 25% 22% 4% 43% 6% 161
District of Columbia 26% 22% 1% 46% 6% 223
Florida 28% 23% 1% 40% 7% 872
Georgia 41% 22% 2% 29% 6% 396
Hawaii 24% 17% 1% 49% 9% 159
Idaho 20% 21% 1% 53% 6% 111
Illinois 20% 28% 2% 44% 6% 632
Indiana 28% 26% < 1% 39% 7% 254
Iowa 15% 30% 3% 44% 8% 136
Kentucky 31% 25% 5% 33% 6% 195
Louisiana 50% 23% 2% 21% 4% 200
Maine 9% 14% < 1% 67% 10% 152
Maryland 27% 22% 2% 43% 6% 372
Massachusetts 16% 18% 3% 57% 8% 404
Michigan 26% 26% 2% 39% 7% 470
Minnesota 18% 21% 2% 50% 9% 273
Mississippi 59% 21% 3% 11% 7% 128
Missouri 26% 28% 2% 34% 9% 271
Montana 13% 22% 2% 60% 2% 107
Nebraska 24% 27% 3% 38% 8% 112
Nevada 22% 24% 2% 46% 6% 133
New Hampshire 5% 21% < 1% 69% 4% 141
New Jersey 24% 22% 2% 45% 7% 444
New Mexico 22% 18% 4% 48% 8% 164
New York 23% 19% 2% 51% 6% 1,025
North Carolina 34% 22% 2% 35% 7% 458
North Dakota 19% 24% < 1% 52% 5% 108
Ohio 29% 29% 1% 36% 6% 472
Oklahoma 32% 21% 2% 38% 7% 161
Oregon 14% 23% 1% 57% 6% 207
Pennsylvania 23% 26% 1% 44% 5% 641
Rhode Island 17% 31% < 1% 50% 2% 153
South Carolina 48% 22% < 1% 24% 5% 188
South Dakota 27% 27% 1% 28% 16% 109
Tennessee 44% 18% 2% 29% 7% 232
Texas 34% 25% 1% 32% 7% 979
Utah 7% 21% 1% 65% 6% 100
Vermont 6% 17% 2% 70% 5% 178
Virginia 30% 21% 3% 37% 9% 357
Washington 13% 20% 1% 61% 5% 338
West Virginia 49% 21% 5% 21% 4% 139
Wisconsin 19% 21% 1% 56% 3% 242

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