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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 38% 30% 5% 23% 4% 180
Alaska 13% 23% 2% 54% 8% 146
Arizona 18% 27% 1% 42% 13% 286
Arkansas 31% 33% 2% 29% 6% 114
California 17% 24% 2% 48% 9% 1,596
Colorado 12% 27% 2% 50% 9% 209
Connecticut 13% 26% 3% 49% 9% 197
Delaware 14% 30% 1% 47% 8% 141
District of Columbia 24% 29% < 1% 38% 8% 118
Florida 20% 25% 2% 45% 8% 933
Georgia 29% 26% 3% 35% 7% 360
Hawaii 24% 20% 1% 48% 7% 158
Idaho 14% 30% 1% 49% 6% 150
Illinois 18% 33% 2% 40% 7% 596
Indiana 19% 32% 3% 37% 9% 282
Iowa 18% 35% 1% 39% 8% 148
Kansas 16% 44% 3% 26% 11% 139
Kentucky 30% 23% 3% 37% 7% 175
Louisiana 39% 25% 1% 27% 8% 172
Maine 15% 23% 1% 53% 8% 167
Maryland 15% 32% 1% 46% 6% 282
Massachusetts 13% 21% 2% 56% 7% 366
Michigan 18% 33% 2% 41% 7% 447
Minnesota 17% 27% < 1% 47% 10% 261
Missouri 20% 30% 3% 37% 11% 267
Montana 8% 34% 1% 48% 9% 138
Nebraska 21% 34% 4% 35% 6% 134
Nevada 15% 23% 1% 53% 7% 162
New Hampshire 10% 26% 2% 55% 7% 168
New Jersey 16% 26% 2% 47% 9% 421
New Mexico 19% 24% 4% 47% 6% 115
New York 16% 23% 2% 50% 9% 935
North Carolina 22% 29% 2% 38% 9% 391
North Dakota 18% 34% 1% 40% 7% 160
Ohio 24% 29% 2% 37% 9% 527
Oklahoma 19% 34% 3% 33% 10% 163
Oregon 17% 26% 1% 44% 12% 185
Pennsylvania 23% 26% 1% 43% 7% 590
Rhode Island 9% 27% 1% 59% 3% 156
South Carolina 36% 25% < 1% 30% 9% 177
South Dakota 20% 36% 2% 29% 13% 140
Tennessee 39% 21% 3% 29% 8% 231
Texas 27% 27% 2% 37% 8% 953
Utah 8% 26% 1% 56% 9% 119
Vermont 8% 22% 2% 60% 7% 162
Virginia 25% 27% < 1% 38% 9% 350
Washington 9% 28% 1% 52% 9% 308
West Virginia 29% 30% 2% 29% 11% 125
Wisconsin 15% 32% 2% 44% 7% 267
Wyoming 24% 30% < 1% 34% 11% 125

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