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% of adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer services 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 49% 31% 2% 14% 4% 314
Alaska 28% 28% 4% 35% 5% 183
Arizona 29% 33% 1% 29% 7% 410
Arkansas 40% 33% 2% 21% 4% 172
California 21% 27% 2% 42% 8% 1,784
Colorado 27% 27% 3% 37% 5% 278
Connecticut 18% 31% 2% 43% 6% 196
Delaware 14% 36% 3% 42% 6% 146
Florida 29% 29% 3% 33% 6% 1,035
Georgia 38% 30% 3% 22% 7% 528
Hawaii 29% 26% 2% 41% 3% 160
Idaho 28% 33% 1% 32% 5% 209
Illinois 26% 33% 2% 33% 6% 721
Indiana 35% 29% 4% 25% 7% 383
Iowa 27% 40% 2% 26% 6% 201
Kansas 33% 40% 2% 21% 5% 204
Kentucky 43% 25% 2% 25% 5% 245
Louisiana 35% 31% 3% 24% 7% 262
Maine 20% 29% 4% 40% 6% 180
Maryland 25% 31% 2% 34% 8% 298
Massachusetts 11% 25% 2% 57% 5% 325
Michigan 30% 31% 3% 31% 5% 545
Minnesota 24% 32% 2% 32% 9% 331
Mississippi 49% 24% 7% 19% 3% 178
Missouri 32% 30% 4% 26% 9% 402
Montana 24% 31% 5% 33% 8% 215
Nebraska 28% 41% 4% 22% 6% 202
Nevada 22% 25% 1% 46% 6% 194
New Hampshire 19% 26% 1% 45% 9% 180
New Jersey 15% 31% 3% 44% 8% 437
New Mexico 34% 27% 6% 30% 3% 153
New York 20% 30% 2% 42% 7% 882
North Carolina 33% 30% 4% 24% 8% 559
North Dakota 26% 39% 1% 28% 6% 233
Ohio 31% 34% 3% 28% 5% 682
Oklahoma 31% 34% 3% 26% 7% 240
Oregon 25% 31% 4% 32% 9% 228
Pennsylvania 30% 33% 2% 31% 6% 793
Rhode Island 15% 33% 1% 46% 5% 155
South Carolina 46% 27% 1% 21% 6% 271
South Dakota 33% 37% 1% 15% 14% 212
Tennessee 47% 25% 6% 16% 5% 407
Texas 35% 29% 2% 29% 5% 1,330
Utah 23% 46% 4% 24% 3% 222
Vermont 19% 25% 2% 47% 6% 143
Virginia 35% 27% 4% 28% 5% 516
Washington 23% 32% 4% 32% 9% 386
West Virginia 48% 24% 3% 19% 6% 188
Wisconsin 29% 32% 5% 28% 6% 369
Wyoming 36% 30% 2% 27% 5% 230

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