Sources of guidance on right and wrong among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally by state (2014) Switch to: State among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should 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 63% 3% 29% 2% 3% 245
Arizona 60% 4% 29% 6% 1% 172
Arkansas 65% 5% 27% 3% < 1% 135
California 57% 5% 29% 8% 2% 822
Colorado 64% 3% 24% 4% 5% 106
Florida 60% 4% 31% 4% 1% 562
Georgia 62% 5% 27% 4% 2% 379
Illinois 54% 3% 33% 8% 2% 320
Indiana 66% 6% 23% 5% < 1% 234
Kentucky 64% 2% 32% 1% 1% 183
Louisiana 56% 6% 36% 1% < 1% 186
Maryland 68% 3% 25% 3% 1% 154
Michigan 61% 2% 29% 4% 3% 278
Minnesota 60% < 1% 37% 3% < 1% 126
Mississippi 63% 6% 25% 5% 2% 169
Missouri 62% 5% 27% 3% 4% 186
New Jersey 50% 6% 32% 10% 2% 171
New York 49% 10% 34% 6% 2% 400
North Carolina 67% 3% 25% 3% 3% 352
Ohio 55% 5% 36% 4% 1% 336
Oklahoma 63% 3% 25% 5% 4% 152
Pennsylvania 55% 3% 35% 5% 2% 368
South Carolina 63% 5% 27% 3% 2% 230
Tennessee 60% 2% 34% 1% 2% 297
Texas 63% 4% 27% 5% 2% 935
Virginia 65% 3% 28% 3% < 1% 262
Washington 71% 5% 18% 4% 1% 145
West Virginia 71% 1% 25% 1% 1% 134
Wisconsin 64% 4% 25% 4% 4% 158

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