Sources of guidance on right and wrong among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally by state (2014) Switch to: State among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally who say they look to…most for guidance on right and wrong

State Religion Philosophy/reason Common sense Science Don't know Sample Size
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Alabama 47% 5% 44% 2% 2% 147
Arizona 42% 9% 39% 7% 3% 183
California 37% 10% 44% 6% 3% 855
Colorado 40% 8% 47% 3% 1% 127
Florida 32% 12% 48% 6% 2% 524
Georgia 52% 7% 35% 4% 2% 266
Idaho 44% 1% 50% 5% < 1% 106
Illinois 32% 10% 49% 7% 1% 400
Indiana 33% 8% 52% 4% 4% 186
Iowa 41% 5% 46% 4% 3% 119
Kansas 38% 4% 56% 2% 1% 105
Kentucky 47% 5% 41% 6% 1% 104
Louisiana 48% 7% 38% 4% 3% 129
Maryland 32% 7% 52% 6% 4% 177
Massachusetts 27% 11% 53% 8% 2% 154
Michigan 30% 6% 54% 8% 2% 283
Minnesota 33% 9% 51% 5% 2% 161
Missouri 39% 9% 43% 4% 4% 181
Nebraska 42% 6% 45% 6% 1% 106
New Jersey 37% 9% 46% 6% 1% 266
New York 35% 9% 48% 5% 2% 507
North Carolina 38% 11% 45% 5% < 1% 262
North Dakota 37% 7% 53% 3% < 1% 122
Ohio 37% 9% 44% 7% 3% 366
Oklahoma 31% 9% 55% 4% 2% 100
Oregon 42% 9% 44% 4% 1% 108
Pennsylvania 44% 9% 42% 4% 1% 401
South Carolina 51% 4% 39% 2% 5% 127
South Dakota 37% 9% 48% 5% 1% 114
Tennessee 47% 10% 36% 4% 3% 160
Texas 43% 9% 40% 8% 1% 704
Utah 59% 8% 28% 3% 2% 126
Virginia 35% 8% 50% 5% 2% 231
Washington 33% 12% 48% 5% 3% 186
Wisconsin 32% 9% 49% 7% 3% 180

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