Interpreting scripture among adults ages 65 and older by state (2014) Switch to: State among adults ages 65 and older by interpretation of scripture

% of adults ages 65 and older 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 = 125. 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 62% 22% 4% 8% 5% 125
Arizona 27% 29% 3% 28% 12% 184
California 30% 22% 3% 35% 11% 964
Colorado 32% 28% 2% 32% 5% 104
Connecticut 20% 20% 3% 45% 11% 100
Florida 34% 25% 4% 28% 9% 632
Georgia 51% 25% 2% 15% 7% 225
Illinois 27% 31% 6% 25% 12% 365
Indiana 41% 25% 2% 20% 12% 178
Kentucky 52% 23% 4% 11% 11% 122
Louisiana 50% 26% 5% 10% 9% 121
Maryland 38% 32% 4% 19% 6% 161
Massachusetts 16% 25% 2% 44% 13% 186
Michigan 42% 23% 6% 24% 5% 258
Minnesota 35% 34% 3% 21% 7% 127
Missouri 43% 21% 5% 20% 11% 157
New Hampshire 20% 27% 1% 36% 16% 105
New Jersey 26% 34% 5% 29% 6% 258
New York 28% 29% 4% 31% 8% 590
North Carolina 43% 25% 6% 20% 6% 288
Ohio 35% 34% 5% 20% 6% 326
Oklahoma 45% 19% 9% 21% 7% 114
Oregon 26% 26% 6% 32% 11% 124
Pennsylvania 37% 26% 6% 25% 7% 438
Rhode Island 16% 43% 3% 32% 6% 111
South Carolina 59% 13% 2% 14% 11% 142
Tennessee 61% 21% 3% 10% 5% 195
Texas 49% 23% 4% 18% 6% 528
Virginia 46% 24% 5% 22% 4% 217
Washington 30% 28% 7% 28% 6% 183
Wisconsin 29% 37% 4% 24% 6% 161

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