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

% of widowed adults who say the holy scripture is…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong 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
Sample size = 1,285. 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.
Religion 63% 21% 5% 5% 6% 1,285
Philosophy/reason 26% 18% 2% 47% 7% 235
Common sense 30% 28% 3% 27% 12% 1,399
Science 29% 18% 3% 48% 3% 174
Don't know 34% 22% 17% 10% 17% 125

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