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

% of republicans and Republican 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 48% 31% 4% 14% 3% 268
Alaska 34% 31% 2% 31% 2% 138
Arizona 35% 37% 1% 19% 8% 291
Arkansas 44% 36% 2% 14% 5% 140
California 30% 30% 2% 31% 7% 1,203
Colorado 35% 31% 4% 24% 6% 213
Connecticut 23% 29% 2% 39% 7% 124
Florida 33% 30% 2% 28% 6% 812
Georgia 43% 33% 3% 15% 5% 416
Idaho 28% 42% 4% 21% 5% 157
Illinois 34% 38% 3% 20% 5% 460
Indiana 42% 30% 4% 19% 6% 286
Iowa 34% 41% 2% 18% 5% 140
Kansas 35% 45% 3% 12% 5% 158
Kentucky 50% 22% 1% 23% 3% 188
Louisiana 42% 31% 3% 17% 6% 198
Maine 28% 33% 3% 30% 6% 108
Maryland 28% 35% 2% 28% 8% 192
Massachusetts 12% 35% 2% 49% 3% 197
Michigan 36% 37% 3% 21% 3% 336
Minnesota 29% 35% 3% 23% 9% 215
Mississippi 53% 25% 5% 15% 2% 142
Missouri 40% 30% 3% 19% 7% 266
Montana 26% 38% 7% 22% 7% 155
Nebraska 37% 40% 3% 15% 5% 156
Nevada 31% 31% 1% 31% 6% 133
New Hampshire 28% 28% 4% 34% 6% 116
New Jersey 20% 37% 5% 33% 6% 297
New Mexico 48% 27% 4% 18% 3% 106
New York 27% 33% 2% 31% 7% 604
North Carolina 43% 31% 4% 16% 7% 412
North Dakota 34% 36% 1% 24% 6% 176
Ohio 35% 34% 5% 20% 5% 485
Oklahoma 40% 34% 3% 18% 5% 177
Oregon 34% 29% 6% 20% 11% 141
Pennsylvania 36% 33% 3% 22% 6% 546
South Carolina 51% 28% 3% 14% 5% 218
South Dakota 31% 44% 2% 15% 8% 169
Tennessee 50% 28% 7% 10% 4% 333
Texas 43% 31% 3% 19% 4% 1,080
Utah 27% 55% 4% 11% 3% 174
Virginia 42% 28% 4% 23% 4% 389
Washington 35% 35% 3% 22% 5% 236
West Virginia 52% 27% 4% 13% 4% 125
Wisconsin 34% 40% 4% 16% 6% 263
Wyoming 44% 31% 3% 18% 4% 190

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