Interpreting scripture among 50-64 year olds by state (2014) Switch to: State among 50-64 year olds by interpretation of scripture

% of 50-64 year olds who say the holy scripture is…

State 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 = 174. 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.
Alabama 60% 22% 3% 11% 5% 174
Arizona 43% 23% 1% 23% 10% 192
California 26% 24% 3% 37% 9% 1,020
Colorado 24% 27% 5% 36% 8% 138
Connecticut 30% 24% 1% 37% 8% 106
Florida 36% 20% 4% 33% 6% 562
Georgia 44% 28% 3% 19% 6% 274
Hawaii 25% 18% 1% 42% 14% 111
Idaho 23% 34% 3% 29% 10% 101
Illinois 29% 31% 2% 30% 8% 370
Indiana 48% 29% 6% 14% 3% 205
Iowa 24% 35% 4% 29% 8% 114
Kentucky 52% 20% 3% 23% 2% 124
Louisiana 55% 19% 2% 19% 5% 130
Maine 19% 25% < 1% 47% 8% 103
Maryland 31% 26% 3% 34% 6% 195
Massachusetts 11% 35% 5% 40% 9% 191
Michigan 32% 31% 3% 27% 8% 310
Minnesota 23% 28% 7% 33% 10% 177
Missouri 36% 28% 4% 24% 8% 194
New Jersey 26% 27% 1% 36% 11% 255
New Mexico 36% 18% 2% 35% 9% 107
New York 29% 25% 3% 37% 7% 556
North Carolina 44% 22% 4% 23% 7% 320
Ohio 36% 30% 2% 24% 7% 361
Oklahoma 44% 24% 3% 21% 8% 127
Oregon 24% 26% 4% 36% 10% 125
Pennsylvania 31% 31% 2% 30% 6% 408
South Carolina 53% 24% 2% 16% 5% 134
Tennessee 60% 16% 4% 14% 5% 211
Texas 48% 20% 3% 21% 7% 717
Virginia 47% 21% 1% 25% 5% 258
Washington 21% 24% 3% 46% 5% 200
Wisconsin 32% 29% 4% 29% 7% 182
Wyoming 40% 35% 5% 14% 7% 106

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