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

% of moderates 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 = 144. 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 40% 35% 2% 19% 5% 144
Alaska 22% 19% 1% 47% 10% 100
Arizona 25% 29% 1% 34% 10% 213
Arkansas 33% 29% 1% 32% 5% 118
California 20% 27% 2% 42% 9% 1,257
Colorado 10% 28% 1% 49% 12% 167
Connecticut 20% 28% 2% 44% 6% 139
Delaware 19% 33% 1% 42% 6% 116
District of Columbia 30% 33% 3% 31% 3% 112
Florida 21% 29% 2% 39% 8% 662
Georgia 33% 32% 1% 27% 6% 308
Hawaii 30% 26% 1% 40% 3% 122
Idaho 16% 35% 3% 38% 8% 104
Illinois 25% 34% 1% 33% 7% 441
Indiana 21% 35% 3% 33% 8% 217
Iowa 20% 37% 1% 38% 4% 101
Kansas 28% 38% 3% 24% 7% 102
Kentucky 32% 30% 6% 26% 5% 130
Louisiana 42% 27% 1% 25% 5% 131
Maryland 24% 31% < 1% 36% 8% 244
Massachusetts 11% 26% 2% 53% 8% 248
Michigan 16% 36% 1% 40% 7% 324
Minnesota 15% 30% 3% 44% 8% 191
Missouri 23% 28% 3% 38% 9% 206
Nevada 15% 32% 1% 45% 8% 108
New Hampshire 7% 19% 1% 67% 7% 105
New Jersey 23% 32% 1% 36% 8% 329
New Mexico 26% 28% 3% 38% 5% 106
New York 20% 26% 3% 44% 8% 641
North Carolina 28% 33% 2% 29% 8% 331
Ohio 25% 33% 2% 33% 7% 395
Oklahoma 27% 33% 3% 30% 7% 138
Oregon 16% 32% 5% 40% 7% 137
Pennsylvania 20% 35% 2% 37% 5% 462
Rhode Island 11% 42% < 1% 45% 2% 112
South Carolina 35% 31% 2% 24% 9% 170
South Dakota 22% 36% 2% 22% 17% 103
Tennessee 40% 34% 2% 18% 6% 179
Texas 26% 30% 2% 34% 7% 815
Virginia 27% 25% 3% 37% 9% 323
Washington 18% 30% 2% 39% 11% 230
Wisconsin 19% 35% 3% 38% 5% 211

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