Sources of guidance on right and wrong among college graduates by interpretation of scripture (2014) Switch to: Interpreting scripture among college graduates by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of college graduates who say they look to…most for guidance on right and wrong

Interpreting scriptureReligionPhilosophy/reasonCommon senseScienceDon't knowSample size
Word of God; should be taken literally70%4%21%3%2%1,685
Word of God; not everything taken literally42%10%39%6%3%2,545
Word of God; other/don't know59%5%23%4%10%211
Not the word of God4%22%52%20%2%3,729
Other/don't know22%15%44%10%9%628
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.

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