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% of adults with an education level of high school or less 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 = 169. 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 63% 20% 5% 10% 2% 169
Arizona 29% 30% 2% 28% 11% 179
Arkansas 54% 20% 3% 17% 6% 136
California 37% 23% 2% 32% 7% 1,015
Colorado 33% 25% 5% 25% 12% 115
Florida 41% 22% 3% 27% 7% 619
Georgia 48% 28% 2% 15% 7% 321
Illinois 36% 32% 3% 22% 7% 381
Indiana 43% 23% 5% 25% 4% 262
Iowa 30% 29% 3% 31% 8% 107
Kentucky 51% 18% 1% 25% 5% 195
Louisiana 53% 26% 1% 18% 3% 179
Maine 24% 20% 2% 46% 9% 101
Maryland 39% 24% 3% 27% 7% 149
Massachusetts 23% 26% 4% 40% 7% 175
Michigan 38% 29% 3% 23% 7% 291
Minnesota 32% 28% 4% 30% 6% 135
Mississippi 63% 18% 6% 9% 4% 109
Missouri 46% 24% 4% 21% 6% 211
New Jersey 37% 25% 3% 25% 9% 244
New Mexico 47% 20% 5% 22% 6% 104
New York 37% 24% 3% 31% 6% 553
North Carolina 47% 20% 5% 20% 9% 294
Ohio 41% 28% 2% 23% 6% 388
Oklahoma 40% 28% 2% 25% 5% 156
Oregon 33% 31% 4% 19% 13% 101
Pennsylvania 40% 25% 3% 27% 5% 479
South Carolina 65% 17% 1% 12% 6% 180
Tennessee 57% 16% 4% 16% 7% 221
Texas 50% 22% 2% 21% 5% 849
Virginia 56% 18% 4% 18% 4% 201
Washington 31% 27% 4% 30% 8% 174
West Virginia 62% 15% 4% 10% 8% 135
Wisconsin 34% 30% 3% 29% 4% 196

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