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

% of Evangelical Protestants 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 = 245. 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 60% 25% 4% 8% 3% 245
Arizona 53% 34% 3% 7% 3% 171
Arkansas 60% 26% 3% 6% 4% 145
California 52% 31% 4% 7% 6% 718
Colorado 45% 34% 3% 15% 3% 126
Florida 56% 28% 5% 7% 4% 461
Georgia 55% 31% 4% 5% 5% 364
Illinois 46% 41% 3% 8% 2% 272
Indiana 59% 27% 5% 6% 3% 208
Kentucky 60% 24% 3% 8% 4% 213
Louisiana 55% 32% 4% 5% 4% 120
Maryland 50% 40% 1% 5% 4% 108
Michigan 52% 35% 5% 6% 3% 240
Minnesota 58% 22% 6% 9% 5% 110
Mississippi 65% 20% 7% 6% 2% 134
Missouri 53% 26% 4% 11% 7% 222
New York 52% 29% 3% 10% 5% 182
North Carolina 55% 28% 6% 6% 6% 345
Ohio 51% 31% 4% 7% 6% 321
Oklahoma 46% 29% 4% 14% 8% 188
Oregon 45% 38% 3% 8% 7% 116
Pennsylvania 55% 30% 3% 10% 2% 248
South Carolina 62% 21% 4% 8% 5% 169
Tennessee 58% 25% 7% 7% 3% 348
Texas 59% 27% 3% 8% 3% 821
Virginia 66% 20% 4% 8% 3% 243
Washington 54% 33% 2% 6% 5% 166
West Virginia 66% 20% 5% 6% 3% 117
Wisconsin 54% 31% 4% 7% 3% 135

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