Interpreting scripture among non-parents by state (2014) Switch to: State among non-parents by interpretation of scripture

% of non-parents 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 = 382. 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 53% 27% 4% 12% 5% 382
Alaska 27% 19% 1% 44% 8% 232
Arizona 28% 26% 2% 32% 11% 509
Arkansas 42% 29% 2% 20% 6% 218
California 23% 23% 2% 44% 8% 2,813
Colorado 23% 23% 3% 44% 8% 352
Connecticut 22% 26% 1% 44% 7% 290
Delaware 24% 28% 5% 37% 7% 218
District of Columbia 25% 25% 2% 41% 7% 233
Florida 31% 23% 3% 37% 7% 1,578
Georgia 38% 29% 3% 23% 7% 716
Hawaii 24% 22% 2% 44% 8% 245
Idaho 28% 30% 2% 33% 7% 234
Illinois 24% 31% 2% 35% 7% 1,024
Indiana 38% 25% 4% 28% 5% 500
Iowa 24% 31% 3% 34% 8% 250
Kansas 27% 35% 2% 26% 9% 217
Kentucky 40% 23% 3% 30% 3% 332
Louisiana 42% 26% 2% 23% 6% 335
Maine 20% 23% 1% 47% 8% 239
Maryland 28% 27% 2% 36% 7% 485
Massachusetts 13% 24% 2% 53% 8% 538
Michigan 30% 28% 3% 32% 7% 758
Minnesota 20% 28% 3% 39% 9% 423
Mississippi 54% 22% 5% 14% 5% 226
Missouri 32% 29% 3% 27% 9% 470
Montana 22% 32% 4% 35% 7% 239
Nebraska 31% 37% 3% 24% 6% 226
Nevada 24% 26% 2% 43% 5% 249
New Hampshire 15% 24% 2% 51% 8% 246
New Jersey 22% 28% 3% 39% 8% 657
New Mexico 33% 19% 4% 35% 8% 250
New York 23% 23% 2% 44% 7% 1,558
North Carolina 36% 24% 4% 28% 8% 790
North Dakota 29% 28% 2% 34% 6% 263
Ohio 33% 29% 3% 28% 7% 855
Oklahoma 35% 28% 3% 30% 5% 311
Oregon 21% 26% 5% 38% 10% 323
Pennsylvania 29% 28% 2% 35% 6% 1,070
Rhode Island 19% 28% 1% 45% 6% 251
South Carolina 49% 22% 1% 20% 7% 377
South Dakota 31% 31% 2% 24% 12% 234
Tennessee 49% 23% 3% 20% 5% 504
Texas 39% 25% 2% 27% 7% 1,767
Utah 19% 39% 3% 35% 4% 215
Vermont 15% 21% 3% 54% 7% 237
Virginia 38% 22% 3% 31% 5% 650
Washington 22% 25% 3% 44% 7% 555
West Virginia 47% 22% 6% 16% 8% 242
Wisconsin 27% 27% 4% 36% 6% 452
Wyoming 32% 27% 4% 28% 9% 229

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