State among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally who are in…

Survey year Alabama Alaska Arizona Arkansas California Colorado Connecticut Delaware District of Columbia Florida Georgia Hawaii Idaho Illinois Indiana Iowa Kansas Kentucky Louisiana Maine Maryland Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota Mississippi Missouri Montana Nebraska Nevada New Hampshire New Jersey New Mexico New York North Carolina North Dakota Ohio Oklahoma Oregon Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Carolina South Dakota Tennessee Texas Utah Vermont Virginia Washington West Virginia Wisconsin Wyoming Sample Size
Sample size = 9,811. 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.
2014 3% < 1% 2% 1% 10% 1% 1% < 1% < 1% 6% 4% < 1% < 1% 3% 2% 1% 1% 2% 2% < 1% 2% 1% 3% 1% 2% 2% < 1% 1% 1% < 1% 2% 1% 5% 4% < 1% 4% 1% 1% 4% < 1% 2% < 1% 3% 10% 1% < 1% 3% 2% 1% 2% < 1% 9,811
2007 3% < 1% 1% 1% 8% 1% 1% < 1% < 1% 5% 4% < 1% 1% 3% 3% 1% 1% 2% 2% < 1% 2% 1% 3% 2% 2% 3% < 1% 1% 1% < 1% 2% < 1% 4% 5% < 1% 5% 2% 1% 5% < 1% 2% < 1% 4% 9% 1% < 1% 3% 2% 1% 2% < 1% 11,149

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State among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally by religious group

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally who are in…

Religious tradition Alabama Alaska Arizona Arkansas California Colorado Connecticut Delaware District of Columbia Florida Georgia Hawaii Idaho Illinois Indiana Iowa Kansas Kentucky Louisiana Maine Maryland Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota Mississippi Missouri Montana Nebraska Nevada New Hampshire New Jersey New Mexico New York North Carolina North Dakota Ohio Oklahoma Oregon Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Carolina South Dakota Tennessee Texas Utah Vermont Virginia Washington West Virginia Wisconsin Wyoming Sample Size
Sample size = 0. 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.
Catholic 1% < 1% 2% 1% 20% 1% 2% < 1% < 1% 6% 1% < 1% < 1% 4% 2% 1% 1% < 1% 2% < 1% 1% 2% 2% 1% < 1% 1% < 1% 1% 1% < 1% 4% 1% 9% 1% < 1% 2% 1% 1% 4% < 1% 1% < 1% < 1% 13% < 1% < 1% 1% 2% < 1% 2% < 1% 1,545
Evangelical Protestant 3% < 1% 2% 2% 9% 1% 1% < 1% < 1% 6% 5% 1% < 1% 3% 3% 1% 1% 3% 2% < 1% 1% 1% 3% 1% 2% 3% < 1% 1% 1% < 1% 1% 1% 2% 4% < 1% 4% 2% 1% 3% < 1% 2% < 1% 5% 10% < 1% < 1% 4% 2% 1% 2% < 1% 4,757
Historically Black Protestant 5% < 1% < 1% 1% 3% 1% 1% < 1% 1% 8% 9% < 1% < 1% 4% 2% < 1% < 1% 1% 6% < 1% 4% 1% 4% 1% 4% 2% < 1% < 1% 1% < 1% 2% < 1% 5% 6% < 1% 4% 1% < 1% 3% < 1% 4% < 1% 3% 8% < 1% < 1% 5% < 1% < 1% 1% < 1% 1,094
Jehovah's Witness < 1% < 1% 4% < 1% 16% < 1% < 1% < 1% < 1% 8% 4% 1% < 1% 4% < 1% < 1% 1% 1% 2% < 1% < 1% 2% 5% 1% < 1% 1% < 1% < 1% < 1% 2% 4% < 1% 7% < 1% < 1% 4% 1% < 1% 3% 1% 2% < 1% 1% 20% < 1% < 1% 1% 2% < 1% 2% < 1% 107
Mainline Protestant 2% < 1% 1% 1% 7% 1% 1% < 1% < 1% 6% 2% < 1% 1% 5% 2% 2% 1% 2% 1% 1% 2% 1% 4% 2% 1% 2% < 1% 1% < 1% < 1% 2% 1% 4% 4% < 1% 5% 2% 1% 8% < 1% 2% 1% 3% 8% < 1% < 1% 3% 1% 2% 3% < 1% 1,266
Mormon < 1% 1% 7% < 1% 15% 5% 1% < 1% < 1% 4% 1% < 1% 5% < 1% 1% < 1% < 1% 1% < 1% < 1% < 1% < 1% < 1% < 1% < 1% 1% 1% < 1% 2% < 1% 2% 1% 4% 1% < 1% 1% 1% 2% < 1% < 1% 1% < 1% 2% 8% 22% < 1% 3% 3% < 1% < 1% 2% 210
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 2% < 1% 2% 1% 8% 1% < 1% < 1% < 1% 9% 4% < 1% < 1% 4% 3% < 1% 1% 1% 2% < 1% 2% 1% 3% 1% 2% 2% < 1% 1% 1% < 1% 2% < 1% 7% 4% < 1% 5% 1% 1% 4% < 1% 5% < 1% 2% 8% 1% < 1% 3% 1% 1% 1% < 1% 546

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DemographicInformation

Age distribution among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally by state

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally who are ages…

State 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 239. 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 14% 33% 32% 22% 239
Arizona 18% 24% 38% 20% 169
Arkansas 17% 38% 25% 20% 129
California 18% 39% 25% 18% 806
Colorado 15% 34% 28% 23% 104
Florida 13% 32% 30% 25% 553
Georgia 15% 38% 28% 19% 369
Illinois 11% 42% 29% 17% 313
Indiana 15% 29% 36% 20% 230
Kentucky 10% 34% 34% 22% 180
Louisiana 21% 27% 32% 19% 185
Maryland 19% 29% 30% 22% 151
Michigan 12% 31% 31% 27% 272
Minnesota 9% 38% 27% 26% 121
Mississippi 16% 35% 30% 20% 168
Missouri 14% 29% 31% 26% 183
New Jersey 15% 35% 30% 20% 165
New York 17% 30% 32% 21% 387
North Carolina 15% 33% 31% 21% 346
Ohio 13% 32% 33% 22% 326
Oklahoma 11% 33% 32% 24% 149
Pennsylvania 13% 33% 29% 25% 364
South Carolina 15% 34% 29% 23% 225
Tennessee 11% 30% 35% 24% 292
Texas 16% 35% 30% 19% 905
Virginia 10% 37% 32% 20% 255
Washington 21% 30% 25% 23% 142
West Virginia 12% 25% 34% 29% 133
Wisconsin 16% 33% 33% 18% 156

Generational cohort among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally by state

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally who are…

State Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 239. 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 9% 10% 28% 37% 14% 2% 239
Arizona 13% 6% 23% 42% 15% < 1% 169
Arkansas 14% 7% 34% 33% 12% < 1% 129
California 10% 14% 33% 30% 12% 1% 806
Colorado 4% 20% 25% 36% 15% < 1% 104
Florida 9% 9% 27% 36% 18% 2% 553
Georgia 8% 12% 32% 33% 14% 1% 369
Illinois 7% 11% 35% 32% 12% 2% 313
Indiana 10% 10% 24% 41% 13% 2% 230
Kentucky 3% 12% 28% 42% 12% 2% 180
Louisiana 12% 15% 22% 36% 14% 1% 185
Maryland 9% 14% 24% 34% 17% 2% 151
Michigan 7% 10% 26% 39% 18% 1% 272
Minnesota 5% 11% 31% 35% 18% 1% 121
Mississippi 10% 10% 30% 35% 13% 2% 168
Missouri 8% 11% 24% 36% 19% 2% 183
New Jersey 8% 13% 29% 34% 12% 4% 165
New York 9% 9% 28% 37% 13% 3% 387
North Carolina 8% 12% 28% 38% 12% 2% 346
Ohio 9% 9% 27% 38% 15% 2% 326
Oklahoma 6% 10% 28% 36% 17% 4% 149
Pennsylvania 10% 7% 29% 35% 18% 2% 364
South Carolina 9% 9% 30% 37% 15% < 1% 225
Tennessee 4% 11% 26% 42% 16% 1% 292
Texas 8% 14% 29% 34% 13% 2% 905
Virginia 7% 9% 32% 37% 15% 1% 255
Washington 15% 9% 27% 31% 15% 3% 142
West Virginia 7% 7% 24% 39% 21% 3% 133
Wisconsin 10% 13% 26% 36% 13% 2% 156

Gender composition among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally by state

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally who are…

State Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 245. 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 44% 56% 245
Arizona 39% 61% 172
Arkansas 42% 58% 135
California 42% 58% 822
Colorado 48% 52% 106
Florida 45% 55% 562
Georgia 40% 60% 379
Illinois 47% 53% 320
Indiana 45% 55% 234
Kentucky 41% 59% 183
Louisiana 38% 62% 186
Maryland 42% 58% 154
Michigan 41% 59% 278
Minnesota 41% 59% 126
Mississippi 47% 53% 169
Missouri 50% 50% 186
New Jersey 45% 55% 171
New York 42% 58% 400
North Carolina 40% 60% 352
Ohio 42% 58% 336
Oklahoma 43% 57% 152
Pennsylvania 45% 55% 368
South Carolina 45% 55% 230
Tennessee 44% 56% 297
Texas 43% 57% 935
Virginia 42% 58% 262
Washington 39% 61% 145
West Virginia 48% 52% 134
Wisconsin 45% 55% 158

Racial and ethnic composition among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally by state

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally who identify as…

State White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 241. 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 64% 30% < 1% 2% 3% 241
Arizona 57% 6% 1% 32% 5% 167
Arkansas 69% 21% < 1% 7% 2% 134
California 29% 8% 9% 50% 3% 814
Colorado 60% 9% 1% 27% 4% 106
Florida 51% 23% 1% 23% 3% 558
Georgia 49% 40% < 1% 7% 3% 374
Illinois 55% 22% 2% 18% 3% 312
Indiana 77% 13% 1% 7% 1% 232
Kentucky 90% 7% < 1% 2% 1% 181
Louisiana 48% 46% < 1% 3% 3% 182
Maryland 39% 42% 1% 13% 5% 154
Michigan 67% 23% 1% 4% 4% 274
Minnesota 81% 11% 1% 5% 2% 120
Mississippi 51% 44% < 1% 3% 2% 167
Missouri 80% 13% < 1% 4% 3% 185
New Jersey 37% 24% 6% 30% 4% 166
New York 41% 26% 5% 24% 4% 393
North Carolina 59% 30% < 1% 7% 4% 348
Ohio 76% 19% 1% 3% 1% 331
Oklahoma 62% 12% < 1% 10% 16% 150
Pennsylvania 75% 15% 1% 7% 1% 363
South Carolina 55% 35% < 1% 6% 3% 228
Tennessee 76% 19% < 1% 4% 1% 294
Texas 44% 16% 2% 37% 2% 926
Virginia 62% 25% 2% 8% 3% 259
Washington 70% 7% 5% 14% 4% 142
West Virginia 93% 4% < 1% < 1% 3% 131
Wisconsin 81% 10% < 1% 6% 3% 157

Immigrant status among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally by state

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally who are…

State Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 242. 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 2% 2% 95% 242
Arizona 13% 12% 74% 170
Arkansas 8% 1% 91% 133
California 44% 14% 43% 807
Colorado 19% 2% 79% 104
Florida 24% 9% 67% 548
Georgia 6% 2% 92% 372
Illinois 17% 9% 74% 314
Indiana 7% 5% 88% 234
Kentucky 2% < 1% 97% 181
Louisiana 2% 3% 95% 183
Maryland 16% 9% 75% 151
Michigan 5% 6% 89% 276
Minnesota 10% 6% 84% 125
Mississippi 2% 1% 97% 165
Missouri 6% 3% 92% 181
New Jersey 40% 14% 46% 169
New York 39% 14% 47% 383
North Carolina 8% 2% 90% 349
Ohio 2% 8% 90% 335
Oklahoma 10% 2% 89% 149
Pennsylvania 7% 7% 86% 361
South Carolina 6% 4% 90% 228
Tennessee 5% 2% 93% 292
Texas 24% 9% 66% 921
Virginia 11% 3% 86% 252
Washington 21% 7% 71% 143
West Virginia 1% < 1% 99% 133
Wisconsin 7% 3% 90% 153

Income distribution among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally by state

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally who have a household income of…

State Less than $30,000 $30,000-$49,999 $50,000-$99,999 $100,000 or more Sample Size
Sample size = 207. 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 48% 23% 20% 9% 207
Arizona 43% 21% 27% 9% 147
Arkansas 54% 15% 23% 8% 117
California 53% 18% 17% 12% 682
Florida 50% 23% 17% 10% 475
Georgia 41% 25% 23% 12% 328
Illinois 44% 23% 23% 9% 270
Indiana 47% 19% 24% 9% 194
Kentucky 49% 15% 28% 8% 153
Louisiana 52% 16% 20% 11% 161
Maryland 34% 24% 27% 15% 132
Michigan 43% 25% 26% 5% 236
Minnesota 34% 21% 31% 14% 101
Mississippi 53% 18% 19% 10% 146
Missouri 45% 26% 23% 6% 168
New Jersey 53% 16% 23% 7% 147
New York 55% 17% 19% 9% 313
North Carolina 50% 18% 20% 11% 301
Ohio 42% 25% 24% 9% 299
Oklahoma 39% 30% 22% 9% 125
Pennsylvania 48% 27% 17% 9% 311
South Carolina 47% 21% 25% 7% 187
Tennessee 45% 21% 19% 14% 249
Texas 49% 17% 21% 12% 795
Virginia 35% 28% 26% 10% 229
Washington 48% 19% 22% 11% 129
West Virginia 51% 21% 23% 4% 112
Wisconsin 39% 24% 26% 10% 135

Educational distribution among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally by state

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally who have completed…

State High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 242. 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 57% 27% 11% 4% 242
Arizona 42% 40% 11% 7% 171
Arkansas 61% 29% 9% 2% 132
California 56% 29% 10% 5% 813
Colorado 46% 35% 15% 4% 106
Florida 57% 28% 11% 4% 557
Georgia 50% 31% 12% 7% 376
Illinois 54% 29% 13% 4% 317
Indiana 57% 29% 10% 5% 233
Kentucky 63% 23% 8% 5% 181
Louisiana 59% 30% 8% 3% 186
Maryland 54% 26% 11% 8% 153
Michigan 52% 34% 11% 4% 273
Minnesota 47% 30% 16% 7% 125
Mississippi 51% 35% 10% 3% 169
Missouri 61% 26% 11% 2% 186
New Jersey 61% 20% 9% 9% 169
New York 61% 22% 11% 6% 396
North Carolina 53% 31% 11% 5% 350
Ohio 59% 28% 9% 5% 335
Oklahoma 51% 30% 13% 6% 151
Pennsylvania 62% 27% 7% 3% 367
South Carolina 60% 29% 8% 4% 230
Tennessee 58% 25% 9% 7% 295
Texas 56% 28% 11% 5% 928
Virginia 55% 31% 10% 4% 261
Washington 47% 36% 14% 3% 145
West Virginia 72% 20% 4% 3% 133
Wisconsin 50% 34% 13% 4% 157

Marital status among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally by state

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally who are…

State Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 244. 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 55% < 1% 23% 8% 15% 244
Arizona 48% 4% 21% 7% 20% 170
Arkansas 54% 3% 15% 16% 12% 134
California 50% 9% 14% 7% 20% 818
Colorado 65% 5% 7% 4% 19% 105
Florida 49% 6% 17% 7% 20% 559
Georgia 51% 4% 16% 11% 19% 377
Illinois 49% 4% 12% 9% 26% 318
Indiana 48% 2% 19% 9% 22% 231
Kentucky 61% 1% 17% 10% 10% 183
Louisiana 48% 5% 17% 8% 22% 186
Maryland 40% 4% 18% 11% 27% 154
Michigan 56% 3% 11% 11% 18% 275
Minnesota 58% 2% 10% 9% 20% 126
Mississippi 44% 4% 15% 12% 24% 168
Missouri 53% 9% 10% 13% 15% 185
New Jersey 42% 7% 21% 9% 21% 171
New York 42% 5% 17% 10% 26% 396
North Carolina 52% 4% 15% 6% 24% 352
Ohio 46% 3% 15% 11% 25% 336
Oklahoma 54% 8% 16% 13% 9% 151
Pennsylvania 52% 6% 11% 11% 20% 368
South Carolina 47% 8% 18% 9% 17% 228
Tennessee 62% 6% 11% 8% 12% 296
Texas 54% 5% 16% 9% 17% 930
Virginia 54% 3% 16% 10% 17% 262
Washington 56% 5% 10% 12% 18% 145
West Virginia 52% 4% 18% 14% 12% 134
Wisconsin 60% 3% 9% 7% 21% 158

Parent of children under 18 among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally by state

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally who are…

State Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 245. 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 26% 74% 245
Arizona 24% 76% 172
Arkansas 37% 63% 135
California 39% 61% 820
Colorado 30% 70% 106
Florida 27% 73% 561
Georgia 35% 65% 376
Illinois 32% 68% 319
Indiana 23% 77% 233
Kentucky 28% 72% 183
Louisiana 36% 64% 186
Maryland 23% 77% 154
Michigan 27% 73% 277
Minnesota 35% 65% 126
Mississippi 32% 68% 168
Missouri 29% 71% 184
New Jersey 35% 65% 168
New York 26% 74% 397
North Carolina 29% 71% 350
Ohio 25% 75% 336
Oklahoma 29% 71% 152
Pennsylvania 29% 71% 367
South Carolina 27% 73% 229
Tennessee 29% 71% 297
Texas 35% 65% 930
Virginia 28% 72% 262
Washington 26% 74% 145
West Virginia 23% 77% 134
Wisconsin 30% 70% 158

BeliefsandPractices

Belief in God among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally by state

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally who say they…

State Believe in God; absolutely certain Believe in God; fairly certain Believe in God; not too/not at all certain Believe in God; don't know Do not believe in God Other/don't know if they believe in God Sample Size
Sample size = 245. 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 93% 5% < 1% 1% < 1% 1% 245
Arizona 90% 9% 1% < 1% < 1% < 1% 172
Arkansas 95% 5% 1% < 1% < 1% < 1% 135
California 79% 16% 2% 2% < 1% < 1% 822
Colorado 91% 9% < 1% < 1% < 1% < 1% 106
Florida 88% 9% 2% 1% < 1% < 1% 562
Georgia 92% 6% 1% < 1% < 1% < 1% 379
Illinois 85% 11% 2% 1% < 1% < 1% 320
Indiana 83% 15% < 1% 2% < 1% < 1% 234
Kentucky 95% 4% < 1% < 1% < 1% < 1% 183
Louisiana 94% 4% < 1% 1% < 1% < 1% 186
Maryland 92% 7% 1% < 1% < 1% < 1% 154
Michigan 92% 7% < 1% 1% 1% < 1% 278
Minnesota 90% 7% 3% < 1% < 1% < 1% 126
Mississippi 92% 5% 1% 1% < 1% 1% 169
Missouri 91% 6% 4% < 1% < 1% < 1% 186
New Jersey 83% 16% < 1% < 1% < 1% < 1% 171
New York 82% 13% 2% 2% 1% < 1% 400
North Carolina 95% 4% < 1% 1% < 1% < 1% 352
Ohio 92% 6% < 1% < 1% < 1% < 1% 336
Oklahoma 93% 7% < 1% < 1% < 1% < 1% 152
Pennsylvania 89% 8% 2% < 1% < 1% < 1% 368
South Carolina 87% 10% 1% 1% < 1% < 1% 230
Tennessee 92% 6% 2% < 1% < 1% < 1% 297
Texas 85% 14% < 1% < 1% < 1% < 1% 935
Virginia 95% 4% < 1% < 1% 1% < 1% 262
Washington 89% 11% < 1% < 1% < 1% < 1% 145
West Virginia 98% 2% < 1% < 1% < 1% < 1% 134
Wisconsin 89% 10% < 1% < 1% 1% < 1% 158

Importance of religion in one's life among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally by state

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally who say religion is…

State Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 245. 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 94% 5% 1% < 1% < 1% 245
Arizona 86% 12% 1% 1% 1% 172
Arkansas 87% 12% < 1% 1% < 1% 135
California 84% 12% 2% 1% 1% 822
Colorado 88% 11% 2% < 1% < 1% 106
Florida 83% 12% 3% 2% < 1% 562
Georgia 87% 11% 1% 1% < 1% 379
Illinois 79% 17% 3% < 1% < 1% 320
Indiana 80% 16% 4% < 1% 1% 234
Kentucky 90% 9% < 1% < 1% 1% 183
Louisiana 90% 9% < 1% < 1% < 1% 186
Maryland 82% 16% 2% < 1% < 1% 154
Michigan 82% 15% 2% 1% < 1% 278
Minnesota 86% 11% < 1% 2% 1% 126
Mississippi 90% 8% 1% < 1% 1% 169
Missouri 82% 16% 1% 1% 1% 186
New Jersey 88% 10% < 1% 2% < 1% 171
New York 79% 15% 2% 3% 1% 400
North Carolina 87% 10% 2% < 1% 1% 352
Ohio 83% 14% 3% 1% < 1% 336
Oklahoma 92% 6% 1% < 1% < 1% 152
Pennsylvania 82% 12% 3% 3% 1% 368
South Carolina 89% 6% 2% 1% 2% 230
Tennessee 91% 8% < 1% 1% < 1% 297
Texas 88% 11% 1% 1% < 1% 935
Virginia 91% 7% 1% 1% < 1% 262
Washington 85% 14% < 1% < 1% < 1% 145
West Virginia 87% 11% 1% < 1% 2% 134
Wisconsin 76% 18% 4% 1% 1% 158

Attendance at religious services among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally by state

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally who attend religious services…

State At least once a week Once or twice a month/a few times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 245. 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 64% 27% 9% < 1% 245
Arizona 62% 23% 14% 2% 172
Arkansas 59% 27% 14% < 1% 135
California 58% 29% 13% < 1% 822
Colorado 59% 30% 11% < 1% 106
Florida 60% 27% 13% 1% 562
Georgia 61% 30% 9% < 1% 379
Illinois 58% 20% 21% < 1% 320
Indiana 58% 25% 17% < 1% 234
Kentucky 61% 24% 14% 1% 183
Louisiana 63% 29% 9% < 1% 186
Maryland 61% 27% 12% < 1% 154
Michigan 62% 26% 12% < 1% 278
Minnesota 69% 24% 7% < 1% 126
Mississippi 60% 30% 9% 1% 169
Missouri 61% 28% 10% 2% 186
New Jersey 63% 29% 8% < 1% 171
New York 53% 31% 15% 1% 400
North Carolina 66% 25% 7% 1% 352
Ohio 55% 26% 18% 1% 336
Oklahoma 59% 31% 9% < 1% 152
Pennsylvania 55% 28% 17% < 1% 368
South Carolina 63% 27% 10% < 1% 230
Tennessee 70% 16% 13% 1% 297
Texas 62% 26% 12% < 1% 935
Virginia 68% 22% 9% < 1% 262
Washington 60% 30% 10% < 1% 145
West Virginia 64% 26% 9% 1% 134
Wisconsin 51% 36% 13% < 1% 158

Frequency of prayer among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally by state

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally who pray…

State At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 245. 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 86% 9% 1% 3% < 1% 245
Arizona 83% 9% 3% 5% < 1% 172
Arkansas 81% 13% < 1% 6% < 1% 135
California 80% 11% 3% 5% 1% 822
Colorado 87% 8% 1% 3% 1% 106
Florida 81% 11% 3% 4% < 1% 562
Georgia 82% 11% 1% 5% < 1% 379
Illinois 73% 15% 4% 6% 1% 320
Indiana 74% 19% 3% 5% < 1% 234
Kentucky 80% 13% 3% 3% < 1% 183
Louisiana 84% 10% 2% 4% < 1% 186
Maryland 73% 18% 1% 8% < 1% 154
Michigan 79% 12% 2% 6% 1% 278
Minnesota 85% 9% 2% 3% < 1% 126
Mississippi 86% 10% 3% 1% < 1% 169
Missouri 76% 15% 3% 6% < 1% 186
New Jersey 82% 9% 6% 3% < 1% 171
New York 78% 12% 3% 7% 1% 400
North Carolina 87% 8% 3% 1% 2% 352
Ohio 75% 14% 4% 7% < 1% 336
Oklahoma 87% 8% 2% 3% < 1% 152
Pennsylvania 75% 16% 3% 6% < 1% 368
South Carolina 85% 10% 1% 3% 1% 230
Tennessee 85% 11% 2% 2% < 1% 297
Texas 81% 12% 2% 4% 1% 935
Virginia 86% 9% 1% 4% 1% 262
Washington 83% 13% 2% 1% 1% 145
West Virginia 86% 12% 2% 1% < 1% 134
Wisconsin 68% 18% 2% 10% 2% 158

Frequency of participation in prayer, scripture study or religious education groups among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally by state

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally who attend prayer group…

State At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 245. 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% 9% 11% 26% 1% 245
Arizona 47% 17% 5% 30% 1% 172
Arkansas 44% 24% 8% 24% < 1% 135
California 43% 16% 9% 32% < 1% 822
Colorado 47% 11% 17% 24% 1% 106
Florida 47% 12% 9% 31% 1% 562
Georgia 49% 14% 10% 26% < 1% 379
Illinois 43% 11% 8% 37% 1% 320
Indiana 46% 14% 9% 32% < 1% 234
Kentucky 45% 9% 19% 26% 1% 183
Louisiana 51% 16% 10% 22% < 1% 186
Maryland 50% 13% 9% 27% < 1% 154
Michigan 41% 17% 6% 34% 1% 278
Minnesota 37% 18% 10% 36% < 1% 126
Mississippi 52% 10% 16% 22% < 1% 169
Missouri 41% 12% 12% 34% 1% 186
New Jersey 44% 14% 10% 32% 1% 171
New York 41% 11% 8% 39% 2% 400
North Carolina 52% 15% 9% 24% 1% 352
Ohio 44% 10% 7% 39% < 1% 336
Oklahoma 51% 15% 8% 26% < 1% 152
Pennsylvania 39% 12% 11% 38% < 1% 368
South Carolina 51% 18% 10% 20% 1% 230
Tennessee 58% 9% 9% 22% 2% 297
Texas 50% 13% 7% 30% 1% 935
Virginia 54% 14% 5% 26% 1% 262
Washington 50% 14% 9% 25% 1% 145
West Virginia 51% 17% 9% 23% < 1% 134
Wisconsin 37% 11% 13% 40% < 1% 158

Frequency of meditation among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally by state

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally who meditate…

State At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 245. 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 55% 7% 3% 34% 1% 245
Arizona 56% 5% 2% 33% 3% 172
Arkansas 47% 5% 5% 41% 2% 135
California 56% 8% 3% 30% 4% 822
Colorado 56% 11% 3% 29% 2% 106
Florida 55% 6% 2% 35% 2% 562
Georgia 54% 8% 1% 36% 2% 379
Illinois 54% 6% 6% 32% 2% 320
Indiana 41% 8% 4% 45% 2% 234
Kentucky 48% 7% 5% 39% 1% 183
Louisiana 56% 3% 2% 38% 1% 186
Maryland 54% 10% 1% 34% 1% 154
Michigan 53% 7% 2% 36% 2% 278
Minnesota 51% 5% 2% 40% 1% 126
Mississippi 56% 9% 1% 32% 2% 169
Missouri 46% 8% 3% 41% 2% 186
New Jersey 53% 7% 2% 36% 1% 171
New York 54% 5% 3% 33% 5% 400
North Carolina 56% 7% 3% 32% 2% 352
Ohio 46% 9% 2% 41% 2% 336
Oklahoma 57% 5% 1% 36% 1% 152
Pennsylvania 49% 9% 3% 36% 2% 368
South Carolina 58% 4% 3% 32% 4% 230
Tennessee 51% 7% 3% 38% 2% 297
Texas 56% 5% 3% 33% 3% 935
Virginia 50% 8% 6% 33% 3% 262
Washington 55% 5% 2% 33% 4% 145
West Virginia 44% 4% 7% 43% 3% 134
Wisconsin 42% 3% 8% 45% 2% 158

Frequency of feeling spiritual peace and wellbeing among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally by state

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally who feel a sense of spiritual peace and wellbeing…

State At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 245. 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 81% 11% 2% 5% < 1% 245
Arizona 84% 10% 2% 4% < 1% 172
Arkansas 81% 11% 5% 4% < 1% 135
California 74% 12% 6% 6% 2% 822
Colorado 71% 10% 10% 6% 2% 106
Florida 77% 10% 6% 7% < 1% 562
Georgia 81% 9% 3% 6% 1% 379
Illinois 70% 13% 4% 11% 3% 320
Indiana 74% 11% 6% 8% < 1% 234
Kentucky 74% 8% 7% 10% 1% 183
Louisiana 80% 10% 3% 6% 1% 186
Maryland 72% 15% 5% 8% < 1% 154
Michigan 75% 9% 7% 7% 2% 278
Minnesota 72% 10% 5% 12% 1% 126
Mississippi 80% 7% 6% 7% 1% 169
Missouri 70% 13% 8% 8% < 1% 186
New Jersey 72% 13% 6% 8% < 1% 171
New York 72% 13% 5% 9% 1% 400
North Carolina 80% 8% 7% 4% 1% 352
Ohio 69% 12% 8% 9% 1% 336
Oklahoma 80% 7% 1% 12% < 1% 152
Pennsylvania 69% 13% 10% 8% < 1% 368
South Carolina 80% 8% 3% 8% 1% 230
Tennessee 82% 9% 4% 5% 1% 297
Texas 76% 8% 7% 7% 2% 935
Virginia 78% 12% 4% 5% 1% 262
Washington 76% 9% 8% 6% 1% 145
West Virginia 82% 8% 3% 2% 4% 134
Wisconsin 67% 7% 11% 15% < 1% 158

Frequency of feeling wonder about the universe among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally by state

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally who feel a sense of wonder about the universe…

State At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 245. 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 40% 11% 10% 36% 3% 245
Arizona 61% 12% 7% 18% 2% 172
Arkansas 41% 13% 8% 35% 3% 135
California 50% 13% 12% 23% 3% 822
Colorado 47% 16% 14% 21% 2% 106
Florida 49% 14% 10% 24% 3% 562
Georgia 41% 17% 9% 32% 1% 379
Illinois 41% 12% 16% 27% 4% 320
Indiana 44% 17% 11% 28% 1% 234
Kentucky 38% 11% 9% 37% 4% 183
Louisiana 39% 13% 13% 33% 2% 186
Maryland 50% 8% 13% 28% < 1% 154
Michigan 46% 16% 9% 26% 4% 278
Minnesota 41% 12% 13% 32% 2% 126
Mississippi 47% 10% 11% 32% 1% 169
Missouri 43% 13% 9% 33% 3% 186
New Jersey 46% 18% 10% 24% 2% 171
New York 47% 10% 13% 27% 3% 400
North Carolina 44% 18% 9% 27% 2% 352
Ohio 40% 18% 9% 32% 1% 336
Oklahoma 49% 8% 14% 28% < 1% 152
Pennsylvania 48% 15% 12% 24% 1% 368
South Carolina 45% 14% 11% 27% 2% 230
Tennessee 44% 17% 9% 28% 2% 297
Texas 45% 15% 10% 26% 3% 935
Virginia 52% 12% 7% 28% 2% 262
Washington 54% 12% 15% 17% 2% 145
West Virginia 44% 20% 9% 25% 2% 134
Wisconsin 42% 19% 11% 26% 3% 158

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 state

% 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

State Religion Philosophy/reason Common sense Science Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 245. 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 63% 3% 29% 2% 3% 245
Arizona 60% 4% 29% 6% 1% 172
Arkansas 65% 5% 27% 3% < 1% 135
California 57% 5% 29% 8% 2% 822
Colorado 64% 3% 24% 4% 5% 106
Florida 60% 4% 31% 4% 1% 562
Georgia 62% 5% 27% 4% 2% 379
Illinois 54% 3% 33% 8% 2% 320
Indiana 66% 6% 23% 5% < 1% 234
Kentucky 64% 2% 32% 1% 1% 183
Louisiana 56% 6% 36% 1% < 1% 186
Maryland 68% 3% 25% 3% 1% 154
Michigan 61% 2% 29% 4% 3% 278
Minnesota 60% < 1% 37% 3% < 1% 126
Mississippi 63% 6% 25% 5% 2% 169
Missouri 62% 5% 27% 3% 4% 186
New Jersey 50% 6% 32% 10% 2% 171
New York 49% 10% 34% 6% 2% 400
North Carolina 67% 3% 25% 3% 3% 352
Ohio 55% 5% 36% 4% 1% 336
Oklahoma 63% 3% 25% 5% 4% 152
Pennsylvania 55% 3% 35% 5% 2% 368
South Carolina 63% 5% 27% 3% 2% 230
Tennessee 60% 2% 34% 1% 2% 297
Texas 63% 4% 27% 5% 2% 935
Virginia 65% 3% 28% 3% < 1% 262
Washington 71% 5% 18% 4% 1% 145
West Virginia 71% 1% 25% 1% 1% 134
Wisconsin 64% 4% 25% 4% 4% 158

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally by state

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally who say…

State There are clear standards for what is right and wrong Right or wrong depends on the situation Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 245. 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 50% 48% 1% 1% 245
Arizona 50% 42% 3% 6% 172
Arkansas 45% 53% < 1% 1% 135
California 41% 55% 1% 3% 822
Colorado 57% 39% 1% 4% 106
Florida 42% 56% 1% 1% 562
Georgia 44% 54% 1% 1% 379
Illinois 44% 55% < 1% 1% 320
Indiana 50% 48% < 1% 1% 234
Kentucky 51% 43% 4% 3% 183
Louisiana 44% 55% < 1% 1% 186
Maryland 40% 56% 2% 2% 154
Michigan 52% 45% 1% 3% 278
Minnesota 53% 47% < 1% < 1% 126
Mississippi 42% 56% < 1% 2% 169
Missouri 50% 50% 1% < 1% 186
New Jersey 31% 66% 1% 2% 171
New York 35% 61% 2% 3% 400
North Carolina 45% 52% 1% 2% 352
Ohio 38% 61% 1% 1% 336
Oklahoma 47% 51% 1% 1% 152
Pennsylvania 52% 46% 1% 1% 368
South Carolina 49% 49% 1% 1% 230
Tennessee 51% 46% 1% 2% 297
Texas 43% 54% 2% 2% 935
Virginia 51% 47% < 1% 2% 262
Washington 49% 47% 3% 1% 145
West Virginia 50% 46% 1% 3% 134
Wisconsin 41% 56% 3% < 1% 158

Frequency of reading scripture among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally by state

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally who read scripture…

State At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 245. 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 68% 12% 7% 12% 2% 245
Arizona 66% 14% 3% 17% < 1% 172
Arkansas 67% 13% 5% 15% < 1% 135
California 59% 11% 7% 22% 1% 822
Colorado 62% 7% 7% 24% < 1% 106
Florida 62% 12% 7% 17% 1% 562
Georgia 71% 11% 4% 14% < 1% 379
Illinois 58% 10% 7% 23% 2% 320
Indiana 59% 11% 5% 25% < 1% 234
Kentucky 63% 8% 8% 18% 2% 183
Louisiana 70% 10% 5% 13% 1% 186
Maryland 63% 10% 10% 17% < 1% 154
Michigan 61% 11% 6% 20% 1% 278
Minnesota 60% 10% 11% 19% < 1% 126
Mississippi 69% 12% 5% 14% < 1% 169
Missouri 63% 12% 6% 18% < 1% 186
New Jersey 60% 10% 8% 22% < 1% 171
New York 57% 10% 5% 25% 2% 400
North Carolina 66% 14% 6% 13% 2% 352
Ohio 58% 11% 6% 24% 1% 336
Oklahoma 71% 12% 4% 12% < 1% 152
Pennsylvania 59% 10% 11% 21% < 1% 368
South Carolina 70% 10% 5% 13% 1% 230
Tennessee 74% 9% 4% 11% 1% 297
Texas 65% 11% 4% 19% 1% 935
Virginia 73% 8% 3% 15% 1% 262
Washington 63% 13% 9% 15% < 1% 145
West Virginia 65% 18% 4% 13% < 1% 134
Wisconsin 46% 10% 10% 33% 1% 158

Belief in Heaven among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally by state

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally who …in heaven

State Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 245. 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 95% 2% 3% 245
Arizona 88% 4% 8% 172
Arkansas 91% 3% 6% 135
California 90% 6% 4% 822
Colorado 85% 7% 8% 106
Florida 91% 6% 3% 562
Georgia 92% 5% 4% 379
Illinois 89% 4% 7% 320
Indiana 93% 4% 3% 234
Kentucky 97% 1% 1% 183
Louisiana 92% 4% 4% 186
Maryland 91% 5% 4% 154
Michigan 88% 4% 8% 278
Minnesota 87% 6% 7% 126
Mississippi 96% 3% 2% 169
Missouri 94% 3% 2% 186
New Jersey 97% 1% 2% 171
New York 90% 5% 5% 400
North Carolina 90% 4% 6% 352
Ohio 93% 4% 3% 336
Oklahoma 90% 8% 2% 152
Pennsylvania 88% 5% 6% 368
South Carolina 92% 5% 4% 230
Tennessee 92% 3% 4% 297
Texas 91% 5% 4% 935
Virginia 93% 4% 3% 262
Washington 88% 7% 5% 145
West Virginia 96% < 1% 3% 134
Wisconsin 89% 3% 8% 158

Belief in Hell among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally by state

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally who …in hell

State Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 245. 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 83% 10% 8% 245
Arizona 78% 13% 9% 172
Arkansas 85% 11% 4% 135
California 78% 16% 6% 822
Colorado 85% 12% 3% 106
Florida 82% 12% 6% 562
Georgia 86% 8% 5% 379
Illinois 83% 8% 9% 320
Indiana 88% 6% 6% 234
Kentucky 94% 2% 4% 183
Louisiana 82% 12% 6% 186
Maryland 81% 11% 8% 154
Michigan 81% 12% 7% 278
Minnesota 80% 12% 8% 126
Mississippi 84% 13% 3% 169
Missouri 89% 4% 7% 186
New Jersey 76% 18% 7% 171
New York 75% 15% 10% 400
North Carolina 91% 3% 6% 352
Ohio 83% 15% 2% 336
Oklahoma 81% 14% 5% 152
Pennsylvania 81% 12% 6% 368
South Carolina 85% 9% 7% 230
Tennessee 95% 3% 2% 297
Texas 81% 14% 5% 935
Virginia 87% 8% 4% 262
Washington 78% 15% 7% 145
West Virginia 93% 3% 4% 134
Wisconsin 82% 8% 10% 158

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally by state

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally who identify as…

State Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 245. 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 49% 14% 36% 245
Arizona 53% 23% 25% 172
Arkansas 45% 16% 39% 135
California 35% 27% 38% 822
Colorado 65% 12% 24% 106
Florida 39% 20% 40% 562
Georgia 43% 15% 41% 379
Illinois 43% 20% 38% 320
Indiana 50% 20% 29% 234
Kentucky 54% 14% 32% 183
Louisiana 40% 12% 48% 186
Maryland 32% 14% 54% 154
Michigan 42% 16% 42% 278
Minnesota 50% 14% 36% 126
Mississippi 41% 15% 44% 169
Missouri 53% 13% 35% 186
New Jersey 26% 23% 51% 171
New York 32% 19% 50% 400
North Carolina 47% 13% 40% 352
Ohio 48% 15% 37% 336
Oklahoma 50% 14% 36% 152
Pennsylvania 48% 16% 37% 368
South Carolina 45% 17% 38% 230
Tennessee 53% 12% 35% 297
Texas 43% 22% 35% 935
Virginia 48% 21% 31% 262
Washington 52% 23% 25% 145
West Virginia 48% 9% 43% 134
Wisconsin 52% 19% 29% 158

Political ideology among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally by state

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally who are…

State Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 245. 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 61% 23% 8% 9% 245
Arizona 57% 29% 10% 4% 172
Arkansas 53% 28% 13% 7% 135
California 48% 27% 18% 7% 822
Colorado 63% 15% 15% 8% 106
Florida 53% 21% 17% 9% 562
Georgia 53% 26% 14% 7% 379
Illinois 41% 33% 18% 8% 320
Indiana 59% 19% 16% 7% 234
Kentucky 60% 23% 10% 8% 183
Louisiana 54% 28% 11% 6% 186
Maryland 38% 32% 22% 8% 154
Michigan 56% 18% 16% 10% 278
Minnesota 57% 21% 12% 10% 126
Mississippi 58% 21% 16% 5% 169
Missouri 57% 23% 13% 7% 186
New Jersey 43% 36% 11% 10% 171
New York 43% 28% 20% 9% 400
North Carolina 58% 24% 13% 5% 352
Ohio 57% 26% 10% 7% 336
Oklahoma 52% 28% 12% 7% 152
Pennsylvania 53% 23% 17% 8% 368
South Carolina 57% 25% 11% 7% 230
Tennessee 58% 23% 14% 5% 297
Texas 51% 22% 17% 9% 935
Virginia 55% 26% 15% 4% 262
Washington 59% 26% 9% 5% 145
West Virginia 60% 25% 10% 4% 134
Wisconsin 63% 24% 8% 4% 158

Views about size of government among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally by state

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally who would rather have…

State Smaller government; fewer services Bigger government; more services Depends Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 245. 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 55% 39% 4% 2% 245
Arizona 63% 32% 2% 3% 172
Arkansas 49% 46% < 1% 4% 135
California 36% 60% 2% 2% 822
Colorado 63% 33% 1% 2% 106
Florida 44% 50% 3% 3% 562
Georgia 48% 48% 2% 2% 379
Illinois 51% 44% 2% 3% 320
Indiana 56% 40% 2% 2% 234
Kentucky 56% 39% 2% 3% 183
Louisiana 41% 54% 2% 3% 186
Maryland 44% 50% < 1% 6% 154
Michigan 57% 38% 2% 3% 278
Minnesota 62% 33% < 1% 4% 126
Mississippi 47% 47% 4% 2% 169
Missouri 61% 33% 2% 5% 186
New Jersey 28% 67% 2% 4% 171
New York 34% 60% 3% 3% 400
North Carolina 47% 45% 2% 7% 352
Ohio 58% 39% 2% 2% 336
Oklahoma 51% 39% 4% 6% 152
Pennsylvania 56% 38% 3% 3% 368
South Carolina 51% 45% 2% 3% 230
Tennessee 58% 36% 2% 4% 297
Texas 43% 51% 3% 3% 935
Virginia 53% 43% 2% 2% 262
Washington 57% 38% 2% 3% 145
West Virginia 60% 32% 3% 6% 134
Wisconsin 65% 30% 3% 3% 158

Views about government aid to the poor among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally by state

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally who say government aid to the poor…

State Does more harm than good Does more good than harm Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 245. 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 52% 40% 6% 2% 245
Arizona 56% 38% 3% 2% 172
Arkansas 51% 46% 1% 2% 135
California 44% 51% 3% 2% 822
Colorado 65% 31% 2% 2% 106
Florida 47% 47% 4% 2% 562
Georgia 48% 47% 3% 2% 379
Illinois 49% 46% 3% 2% 320
Indiana 61% 33% 5% 1% 234
Kentucky 58% 32% 7% 3% 183
Louisiana 50% 43% 2% 5% 186
Maryland 50% 45% 2% 2% 154
Michigan 47% 48% 2% 2% 278
Minnesota 58% 39% 3% 1% 126
Mississippi 44% 47% 7% 2% 169
Missouri 55% 39% 3% 3% 186
New Jersey 35% 61% 1% 3% 171
New York 40% 51% 5% 4% 400
North Carolina 47% 47% 4% 2% 352
Ohio 48% 48% 2% 1% 336
Oklahoma 55% 42% 1% 3% 152
Pennsylvania 59% 35% 4% 2% 368
South Carolina 44% 47% 6% 3% 230
Tennessee 48% 46% 3% 3% 297
Texas 49% 43% 4% 3% 935
Virginia 54% 39% 4% 3% 262
Washington 50% 45% 2% 3% 145
West Virginia 51% 46% 1% 1% 134
Wisconsin 61% 34% 3% 2% 158

Views about abortion among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally by state

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally who say abortion should be…

State Legal in all/most cases Illegal in all/most cases Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 245. 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 28% 67% 4% 245
Arizona 23% 73% 4% 172
Arkansas 24% 72% 4% 135
California 31% 65% 4% 822
Colorado 26% 67% 7% 106
Florida 37% 58% 5% 562
Georgia 35% 61% 4% 379
Illinois 34% 63% 3% 320
Indiana 26% 68% 7% 234
Kentucky 21% 73% 5% 183
Louisiana 27% 67% 6% 186
Maryland 43% 53% 4% 154
Michigan 34% 62% 4% 278
Minnesota 21% 77% 2% 126
Mississippi 24% 73% 3% 169
Missouri 24% 72% 3% 186
New Jersey 40% 56% 5% 171
New York 43% 51% 6% 400
North Carolina 29% 63% 8% 352
Ohio 33% 65% 2% 336
Oklahoma 31% 64% 5% 152
Pennsylvania 28% 68% 4% 368
South Carolina 31% 63% 6% 230
Tennessee 31% 68% 2% 297
Texas 28% 68% 5% 935
Virginia 38% 59% 3% 262
Washington 25% 68% 7% 145
West Virginia 20% 75% 5% 134
Wisconsin 30% 68% 2% 158

Views about homosexuality among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally by state

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally who say homosexuality…

State Should be accepted Should be discouraged Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 245. 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 26% 66% 3% 4% 245
Arizona 43% 46% 5% 6% 172
Arkansas 27% 63% 5% 5% 135
California 44% 47% 5% 5% 822
Colorado 28% 62% 2% 8% 106
Florida 42% 49% 4% 5% 562
Georgia 34% 59% 3% 4% 379
Illinois 38% 57% 3% 2% 320
Indiana 34% 58% 4% 3% 234
Kentucky 21% 69% 4% 6% 183
Louisiana 38% 50% 6% 6% 186
Maryland 45% 49% 3% 3% 154
Michigan 34% 55% 10% 2% 278
Minnesota 23% 73% 2% 2% 126
Mississippi 29% 65% 5% < 1% 169
Missouri 33% 62% 1% 4% 186
New Jersey 52% 45% 1% 3% 171
New York 48% 43% 4% 4% 400
North Carolina 34% 54% 7% 6% 352
Ohio 37% 53% 5% 6% 336
Oklahoma 33% 60% 3% 4% 152
Pennsylvania 32% 59% 4% 5% 368
South Carolina 33% 60% 4% 3% 230
Tennessee 20% 74% 3% 4% 297
Texas 36% 57% 4% 4% 935
Virginia 36% 60% 3% 1% 262
Washington 37% 59% 2% 2% 145
West Virginia 30% 64% 4% 2% 134
Wisconsin 34% 63% 1% 2% 158

Views about same-sex marriage among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally by state

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally who …same-sex marriage

State Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 245. 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 19% 70% 10% 245
Arizona 34% 61% 5% 172
Arkansas 20% 69% 11% 135
California 35% 58% 7% 822
Colorado 19% 73% 9% 106
Florida 30% 63% 7% 562
Georgia 24% 69% 7% 379
Illinois 31% 62% 7% 320
Indiana 25% 67% 7% 234
Kentucky 16% 75% 9% 183
Louisiana 26% 66% 7% 186
Maryland 31% 62% 7% 154
Michigan 25% 67% 8% 278
Minnesota 17% 76% 6% 126
Mississippi 17% 77% 7% 169
Missouri 19% 76% 4% 186
New Jersey 31% 58% 11% 171
New York 34% 55% 11% 400
North Carolina 23% 67% 9% 352
Ohio 29% 63% 8% 336
Oklahoma 18% 75% 7% 152
Pennsylvania 26% 64% 10% 368
South Carolina 21% 72% 6% 230
Tennessee 13% 80% 7% 297
Texas 22% 69% 9% 935
Virginia 23% 73% 4% 262
Washington 22% 69% 9% 145
West Virginia 22% 69% 9% 134
Wisconsin 28% 70% 2% 158

Views about environmental regulation among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally by state

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally who say…

State Stricter environmental laws and regulations cost too many jobs and hurt the economy Stricter environmental laws and regulations are worth the cost Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 245. 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 52% 37% 4% 7% 245
Arizona 57% 38% 2% 3% 172
Arkansas 49% 44% 4% 3% 135
California 42% 50% 3% 6% 822
Colorado 53% 38% 3% 7% 106
Florida 49% 46% 1% 4% 562
Georgia 46% 49% 2% 3% 379
Illinois 50% 46% 2% 2% 320
Indiana 56% 41% 1% 2% 234
Kentucky 61% 31% 2% 6% 183
Louisiana 52% 42% 1% 4% 186
Maryland 42% 51% 3% 5% 154
Michigan 51% 40% 3% 6% 278
Minnesota 48% 46% 1% 6% 126
Mississippi 47% 45% 4% 3% 169
Missouri 56% 41% 1% 2% 186
New Jersey 46% 47% 1% 7% 171
New York 39% 53% 2% 6% 400
North Carolina 42% 47% 3% 7% 352
Ohio 55% 40% 2% 3% 336
Oklahoma 49% 48% 1% 2% 152
Pennsylvania 54% 42% 3% 1% 368
South Carolina 55% 40% 2% 3% 230
Tennessee 49% 45% 1% 6% 297
Texas 46% 47% 2% 4% 935
Virginia 50% 46% 3% 2% 262
Washington 41% 51% 4% 3% 145
West Virginia 64% 29% 3% 4% 134
Wisconsin 55% 40% 1% 3% 158

Views about human evolution among adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally by state

% of adults who say their holy scripture is the word of God and should be taken literally who say humans…

State Evolved; due to natural processes Evolved; due to God's design Evolved; don't know how Always existed in present form Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 245. 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 9% 17% 2% 67% 5% 245
Arizona 10% 25% 1% 62% 2% 172
Arkansas 11% 20% < 1% 65% 4% 135
California 16% 24% 2% 52% 5% 822
Colorado 11% 15% 4% 65% 5% 106
Florida 13% 28% 1% 53% 5% 562
Georgia 12% 27% 1% 55% 5% 379
Illinois 15% 26% 1% 52% 6% 320
Indiana 8% 27% 1% 61% 3% 234
Kentucky 11% 21% 4% 61% 3% 183
Louisiana 12% 22% 2% 57% 7% 186
Maryland 15% 27% 2% 52% 4% 154
Michigan 10% 20% 2% 61% 6% 278
Minnesota 11% 10% 1% 72% 7% 126
Mississippi 10% 19% 4% 63% 4% 169
Missouri 9% 16% 4% 67% 5% 186
New Jersey 17% 22% 2% 53% 7% 171
New York 13% 23% 3% 54% 6% 400
North Carolina 10% 27% 3% 52% 8% 352
Ohio 10% 21% 3% 60% 6% 336
Oklahoma 9% 15% 1% 66% 9% 152
Pennsylvania 14% 17% 3% 63% 4% 368
South Carolina 9% 18% 2% 67% 4% 230
Tennessee 7% 18% 2% 66% 8% 297
Texas 11% 23% 3% 57% 6% 935
Virginia 6% 26% 1% 64% 3% 262
Washington 9% 19% 5% 64% 2% 145
West Virginia 11% 16% 3% 63% 7% 134
Wisconsin 9% 19% 1% 62% 10% 158