Interpreting scripture among conservatives by importance of religion (2014) Switch to: Importance of religion in one's life among conservatives by interpretation of scripture

% of conservatives who say the holy scripture is…

Importance of religion in one's lifeWord of God; should be taken literallyWord of God; not everything taken literallyWord of God; other/don't knowNot the word of GodOther/don't knowSample size
Very important57%29%4%5%4%9,129
Somewhat important22%39%2%29%8%2,473
Not too important7%20%1%62%10%731
Not at all important6%7%1%81%6%537
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