Interpreting scripture among adults in the West by views about size of government (2014) Switch to: Views about size of government among adults in the West by interpretation of scripture

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Views about size of government 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 = 4,652. 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.
Smaller government; fewer services 24% 29% 2% 37% 7% 4,652
Bigger government; more services 28% 22% 2% 41% 7% 3,236
Depends 14% 16% 6% 44% 20% 293
Don't know 18% 18% 4% 39% 21% 317

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