Sources of guidance on right and wrong among adults who pray daily by interpretation of scripture (2014) Switch to: Interpreting scripture among adults who pray daily by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who pray daily 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 literally65%4%26%4%2%8,053
Word of God; not everything taken literally49%8%37%4%3%6,241
Word of God; other/don't know56%4%27%3%10%788
Not the word of God15%17%56%10%2%2,903
Other/don't know31%8%48%5%7%1,351
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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