Views about size of government among conservatives by interpretation of scripture (2014) Switch to: Interpreting scripture among conservatives by views about size of government

% of conservatives who would rather have…

Interpreting scriptureSmaller government; fewer servicesBigger government; more servicesDependsDon't knowSample size
Word of God; should be taken literally64%32%2%2%5,555
Word of God; not everything taken literally76%21%1%1%4,053
Word of God; other/don't know69%20%3%8%482
Not the word of God73%24%1%2%2,107
Other/don't know62%26%5%6%738
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