Interpreting scripture among whites by state (2014) Switch to: State among whites by interpretation of scripture

% of whites 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 = 346. 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 47% 30% 4% 15% 4% 346
Alaska 20% 26% 1% 48% 5% 226
Arizona 25% 33% 2% 33% 8% 463
Arkansas 40% 33% 2% 20% 5% 229
California 18% 24% 2% 48% 9% 2,098
Colorado 19% 25% 2% 46% 8% 383
Connecticut 14% 28% 2% 48% 8% 286
Delaware 13% 36% 1% 42% 8% 217
District of Columbia 7% 20% 1% 65% 8% 124
Florida 26% 25% 3% 40% 6% 1,311
Georgia 34% 31% 2% 26% 6% 576
Hawaii 11% 29% 4% 49% 8% 141
Idaho 25% 32% 2% 35% 6% 280
Illinois 21% 34% 2% 35% 8% 975
Indiana 33% 29% 4% 29% 5% 532
Iowa 25% 38% 2% 29% 6% 304
Kansas 27% 38% 3% 24% 8% 255
Kentucky 41% 24% 2% 27% 5% 362
Louisiana 33% 30% 3% 27% 6% 289
Maine 20% 21% 3% 47% 9% 281
Maryland 19% 28% 3% 44% 6% 379
Massachusetts 9% 23% 1% 59% 8% 559
Michigan 25% 32% 3% 34% 6% 755
Minnesota 21% 27% 2% 40% 9% 483
Mississippi 47% 26% 5% 18% 4% 187
Missouri 31% 30% 3% 29% 8% 516
Montana 22% 33% 5% 35% 6% 278
Nebraska 27% 36% 3% 27% 7% 253
Nevada 19% 22% < 1% 52% 7% 200
New Hampshire 14% 24% 2% 51% 10% 275
New Jersey 14% 29% 3% 45% 9% 605
New Mexico 34% 21% 1% 39% 5% 168
New York 17% 27% 2% 48% 7% 1,319
North Carolina 31% 28% 4% 28% 8% 712
North Dakota 25% 33% 2% 34% 5% 307
Ohio 29% 33% 3% 29% 7% 913
Oklahoma 31% 33% 3% 28% 7% 277
Oregon 19% 29% 3% 40% 9% 338
Pennsylvania 27% 29% 2% 36% 6% 1,124
Rhode Island 17% 29% 1% 48% 4% 258
South Carolina 40% 26% 2% 25% 7% 341
South Dakota 30% 38% 2% 19% 11% 268
Tennessee 45% 26% 5% 19% 5% 526
Texas 35% 27% 2% 29% 7% 1,379
Utah 20% 41% 4% 30% 6% 274
Vermont 15% 21% 2% 56% 6% 293
Virginia 35% 22% 3% 35% 5% 632
Washington 20% 27% 2% 43% 7% 542
West Virginia 46% 24% 5% 19% 7% 272
Wisconsin 26% 31% 3% 34% 6% 512
Wyoming 33% 29% 4% 27% 7% 277

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