Interpreting scripture among adults with some college education by state (2014) Switch to: State among adults with some college education by interpretation of scripture

% of adults with some college education 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
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Alabama 43% 31% 4% 18% 4% 157
Alaska 16% 28% 2% 48% 6% 102
Arizona 30% 29% 2% 33% 7% 207
California 24% 25% 2% 39% 10% 994
Colorado 24% 22% 2% 43% 10% 148
Florida 27% 29% 4% 33% 7% 572
Georgia 41% 22% 2% 28% 6% 248
Hawaii 32% 27% 2% 34% 5% 113
Idaho 27% 33% < 1% 33% 6% 113
Illinois 24% 34% 2% 35% 6% 363
Indiana 32% 33% 2% 24% 9% 171
Iowa 28% 36% 1% 30% 6% 104
Kentucky 31% 29% 8% 26% 6% 110
Louisiana 45% 24% 5% 19% 7% 122
Maryland 25% 27% 3% 37% 8% 151
Massachusetts 14% 22% < 1% 56% 7% 147
Michigan 27% 30% 3% 31% 8% 313
Minnesota 19% 24% 3% 40% 14% 155
Mississippi 57% 21% 4% 13% 5% 112
Missouri 26% 34% 2% 28% 10% 186
Nebraska 24% 33% 4% 31% 9% 100
Nevada 22% 22% 3% 46% 7% 105
New Jersey 18% 31% 2% 41% 7% 206
New York 19% 26% 1% 45% 9% 509
North Carolina 34% 33% 4% 24% 5% 293
North Dakota 23% 34% 2% 35% 6% 111
Ohio 27% 32% 4% 29% 7% 301
Oklahoma 33% 30% 3% 26% 8% 106
Oregon 21% 25% 4% 42% 8% 127
Pennsylvania 30% 28% 1% 34% 7% 326
South Carolina 45% 25% 3% 18% 10% 134
Tennessee 38% 31% 8% 16% 7% 171
Texas 35% 28% 2% 27% 8% 707
Utah 23% 42% 5% 27% 2% 101
Virginia 39% 21% 3% 29% 7% 170
Washington 22% 27% 3% 41% 8% 228
Wisconsin 28% 29% 3% 35% 6% 183
Wyoming 31% 28% 5% 29% 7% 122

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