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% of adults who say that government aid to the poor does more good than harm 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 51% 26% 3% 14% 6% 214
Alaska 18% 16% 2% 56% 8% 150
Arizona 24% 28% 2% 39% 7% 287
Arkansas 43% 23% 2% 26% 6% 138
California 24% 21% 2% 46% 7% 2,042
Colorado 14% 29% 2% 49% 5% 250
Connecticut 24% 27% 2% 42% 6% 210
Delaware 21% 27% 2% 45% 5% 160
District of Columbia 24% 23% 1% 44% 7% 227
Florida 30% 22% 3% 39% 7% 952
Georgia 41% 26% 2% 27% 4% 449
Hawaii 29% 18% 2% 45% 6% 171
Idaho 23% 26% 1% 46% 4% 148
Illinois 23% 28% 2% 42% 6% 687
Indiana 31% 26% 1% 34% 8% 269
Iowa 20% 37% 1% 34% 8% 156
Kansas 20% 33% 4% 33% 9% 136
Kentucky 32% 28% 2% 35% 4% 183
Louisiana 43% 29% < 1% 23% 4% 197
Maine 10% 17% 3% 57% 14% 160
Maryland 22% 26% 2% 43% 7% 357
Massachusetts 12% 18% 2% 61% 8% 419
Michigan 28% 28% 1% 36% 7% 494
Minnesota 17% 23% 2% 49% 9% 303
Mississippi 63% 20% 1% 12% 4% 132
Missouri 26% 26% 3% 33% 12% 300
Montana 13% 30% 3% 46% 8% 130
Nebraska 25% 27% 2% 39% 6% 146
Nevada 26% 23% 1% 45% 6% 155
New Hampshire 11% 20% < 1% 62% 7% 175
New Jersey 26% 24% 3% 40% 7% 470
New Mexico 27% 25% 2% 41% 6% 161
New York 22% 20% 2% 50% 6% 1,083
North Carolina 34% 25% 2% 32% 7% 509
North Dakota 21% 30% 4% 43% 2% 137
Ohio 32% 29% 1% 32% 6% 543
Oklahoma 33% 26% < 1% 36% 5% 174
Oregon 11% 28% 3% 51% 7% 242
Pennsylvania 22% 28% 2% 41% 8% 631
Rhode Island 17% 26% < 1% 50% 6% 173
South Carolina 46% 22% 2% 24% 7% 234
South Dakota 32% 28% 2% 31% 8% 129
Tennessee 45% 23% 2% 23% 7% 282
Texas 36% 25% 1% 30% 7% 1,137
Utah 16% 31% 2% 44% 7% 141
Vermont 8% 15% 1% 72% 5% 189
Virginia 33% 22% 3% 35% 7% 412
Washington 18% 21% 2% 53% 6% 400
West Virginia 46% 21% 6% 22% 5% 145
Wisconsin 20% 25% 2% 49% 4% 275

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