Interpreting scripture among who say religion is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by state (2014) Switch to: State among who say religion is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by interpretation of scripture

% of who say religion is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong 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 64% 26% 4% 4% 2% 264
Arizona 49% 40% 3% 4% 4% 219
Arkansas 60% 26% 2% 7% 4% 147
California 51% 30% 3% 9% 6% 1,027
Colorado 49% 34% 4% 6% 6% 150
Florida 60% 25% 5% 6% 4% 632
Georgia 56% 32% 3% 3% 6% 426
Idaho 49% 40% 4% 2% 5% 120
Illinois 49% 34% 4% 6% 7% 403
Indiana 65% 25% 3% 4% 3% 242
Iowa 43% 43% 4% 5% 4% 119
Kansas 54% 37% 5% 2% 2% 115
Kentucky 65% 28% 3% 3% 1% 190
Louisiana 58% 31% 4% 5% 2% 201
Maryland 56% 26% 4% 7% 7% 211
Massachusetts 38% 40% 4% 13% 5% 111
Michigan 56% 28% 5% 7% 4% 332
Minnesota 52% 34% 6% 4% 4% 164
Mississippi 71% 21% 4% < 1% 3% 161
Missouri 53% 31% 4% 8% 4% 240
Nebraska 48% 43% 2% 1% 7% 113
New Jersey 43% 37% 6% 9% 5% 249
New Mexico 58% 24% 4% 5% 9% 107
New York 47% 34% 4% 10% 5% 496
North Carolina 60% 24% 6% 4% 6% 428
North Dakota 50% 39% 4% 5% 3% 113
Ohio 52% 36% 4% 5% 3% 389
Oklahoma 62% 24% 2% 9% 2% 159
Oregon 44% 39% 8% 3% 6% 111
Pennsylvania 48% 36% 3% 9% 3% 474
South Carolina 66% 27% 3% 1% 3% 230
South Dakota 54% 37% 3% 1% 5% 109
Tennessee 60% 25% 6% 4% 5% 326
Texas 60% 28% 3% 4% 5% 1,052
Utah 38% 54% 6% 1% < 1% 141
Virginia 65% 22% 6% 4% 2% 318
Washington 56% 30% 4% 7% 3% 204
West Virginia 66% 18% 8% 4% 4% 143
Wisconsin 55% 30% 5% 8% 1% 197
Wyoming 56% 33% 6% 2% 4% 118

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