Age distribution 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 (2014) Switch to: 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 age group

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God but should not be taken literally who are ages…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
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Religion 21% 33% 27% 19% 3,746
Philosophy/reason 37% 32% 19% 12% 817
Common sense 24% 34% 25% 17% 4,094
Science 29% 36% 22% 13% 509
Don't know 16% 34% 27% 23% 211

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