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% of adults who say that government aid to the poor does more harm than good 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 = 262. 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 49% 30% 4% 14% 3% 262
Alaska 30% 28% 3% 35% 4% 135
Arizona 31% 35% 1% 25% 9% 325
Arkansas 47% 33% 2% 14% 4% 155
California 30% 28% 2% 33% 8% 1,423
Colorado 33% 21% 4% 33% 9% 227
Connecticut 17% 27% 3% 45% 7% 147
Delaware 22% 36% 8% 27% 6% 121
Florida 32% 29% 2% 31% 6% 953
Georgia 42% 30% 3% 18% 6% 460
Hawaii 30% 28% 3% 34% 4% 123
Idaho 30% 36% 1% 28% 4% 150
Illinois 30% 35% 2% 25% 7% 566
Indiana 39% 29% 4% 24% 4% 343
Iowa 30% 34% 3% 28% 5% 158
Kansas 41% 38% 1% 16% 4% 154
Kentucky 49% 23% 3% 21% 5% 216
Louisiana 46% 27% 4% 20% 4% 235
Maine 28% 32% 1% 36% 3% 125
Maryland 34% 31% 3% 27% 5% 254
Massachusetts 16% 30% 3% 49% 2% 248
Michigan 31% 31% 5% 27% 5% 425
Minnesota 31% 29% 4% 27% 9% 231
Mississippi 49% 25% 7% 13% 5% 157
Missouri 36% 33% 2% 22% 5% 312
Montana 26% 37% 4% 26% 7% 171
Nebraska 35% 41% 3% 16% 6% 156
Nevada 26% 30% 1% 38% 5% 143
New Hampshire 24% 29% 3% 36% 7% 108
New Jersey 21% 34% 2% 35% 7% 362
New Mexico 43% 22% 5% 24% 6% 131
New York 25% 31% 2% 35% 7% 748
North Carolina 39% 28% 4% 23% 6% 451
North Dakota 31% 34% < 1% 29% 6% 179
Ohio 32% 34% 3% 24% 7% 526
Oklahoma 40% 33% 3% 19% 5% 190
Oregon 36% 24% 3% 24% 13% 158
Pennsylvania 36% 29% 2% 29% 4% 640
Rhode Island 24% 34% 1% 35% 5% 116
South Carolina 51% 29% 2% 15% 3% 227
South Dakota 31% 39% 1% 15% 14% 164
Tennessee 47% 26% 7% 16% 5% 339
Texas 41% 28% 2% 23% 5% 1,231
Utah 29% 46% 3% 19% 2% 164
Virginia 41% 25% 3% 25% 5% 412
Washington 28% 32% 3% 27% 9% 276
West Virginia 51% 27% 4% 12% 6% 144
Wisconsin 34% 35% 4% 21% 6% 299
Wyoming 43% 28% 2% 22% 5% 195

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