Interpreting scripture among republicans and Republican leaners by views about size of government (2014) Switch to: Views about size of government among republicans and Republican leaners by interpretation of scripture

% of republicans and Republican leaners who say the holy scripture is…

Views about size of governmentWord 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
Smaller government; fewer services34%34%3%23%5%11,389
Bigger government; more services44%29%2%20%5%1,926
Don't know40%21%12%16%11%222
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