Sources of guidance on right and wrong among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally by religious group (2014) Switch to: Religious tradition among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally who say they look to…most for guidance on right and wrong

Religious tradition Religion Philosophy/reason Common sense Science Don't know Sample Size
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Catholic 44% 8% 36% 10% 2% 1,545
Evangelical Protestant 73% 2% 21% 2% 2% 4,757
Historically Black Protestant 55% 5% 36% 3% 2% 1,094
Jehovah's Witness 81% < 1% 14% 2% 3% 107
Mainline Protestant 52% 4% 38% 4% 2% 1,266
Mormon 75% 1% 14% 5% 5% 210
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 37% 7% 46% 8% 2% 546

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