Sources of guidance on right and wrong by interpretation of scripture (2014) Switch to: Interpreting scripture by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who say they look to…most for guidance on right and wrong

Interpreting scripture Religion Philosophy/reason Common sense Science Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 9,811. 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.
Word of God; should be taken literally 60% 4% 30% 5% 2% 9,811
Word of God; not everything taken literally 38% 9% 45% 6% 2% 9,542
Word of God; other/don't know 51% 4% 32% 3% 11% 985
Not the word of God 6% 18% 57% 16% 2% 12,132
Other/don't know 21% 11% 53% 8% 7% 2,601

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