Interpreting scripture among conservatives by state (2014) Switch to: State among conservatives by interpretation of scripture

% of conservatives 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 61% 23% 4% 9% 2% 267
Alaska 30% 31% 4% 31% 4% 115
Arizona 40% 38% 2% 17% 3% 264
Arkansas 56% 31% 3% 6% 4% 130
California 41% 28% 2% 21% 7% 1,134
Colorado 42% 26% 5% 18% 9% 170
Connecticut 26% 29% 3% 36% 7% 110
Florida 45% 27% 4% 19% 6% 760
Georgia 51% 30% 3% 10% 5% 417
Idaho 34% 35% 2% 24% 5% 138
Illinois 33% 36% 3% 21% 6% 459
Indiana 51% 27% 4% 14% 4% 276
Iowa 34% 38% 4% 16% 8% 142
Kansas 41% 38% 3% 12% 5% 132
Kentucky 58% 22% 3% 13% 4% 189
Louisiana 48% 30% 3% 14% 5% 234
Maryland 39% 34% 2% 18% 7% 170
Massachusetts 23% 33% 5% 35% 4% 160
Michigan 47% 31% 4% 15% 3% 342
Minnesota 37% 38% 3% 13% 8% 192
Mississippi 72% 17% 6% 2% 3% 150
Missouri 46% 31% 3% 14% 7% 251
Montana 29% 41% 6% 18% 6% 138
Nebraska 47% 34% 4% 12% 4% 132
Nevada 39% 27% 3% 27% 5% 116
New Hampshire 34% 34% 1% 20% 10% 102
New Jersey 35% 30% 7% 20% 8% 271
New Mexico 43% 24% 5% 20% 8% 106
New York 35% 33% 3% 22% 7% 606
North Carolina 52% 26% 5% 12% 5% 411
North Dakota 43% 32% 1% 20% 5% 161
Ohio 45% 31% 4% 17% 3% 456
Oklahoma 50% 30% 2% 12% 6% 162
Oregon 36% 28% 3% 19% 13% 125
Pennsylvania 43% 29% 2% 19% 6% 498
South Carolina 64% 25% 1% 7% 3% 218
South Dakota 43% 39% 1% 11% 6% 139
Tennessee 57% 21% 5% 10% 6% 322
Texas 51% 29% 3% 14% 4% 1,050
Utah 26% 53% 5% 10% 5% 150
Virginia 53% 24% 5% 13% 5% 344
Washington 43% 33% 4% 14% 6% 215
West Virginia 59% 21% 5% 10% 5% 139
Wisconsin 42% 31% 3% 19% 5% 247
Wyoming 50% 29% 4% 15% 2% 143

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