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

% of Evangelical Protestants 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 literally73%2%21%2%2%4,757
Word of God; not everything taken literally50%8%37%3%2%2,469
Word of God; other/don't know59%2%29%3%7%381
Not the word of God17%12%61%9%2%636
Other/don't know38%10%42%3%8%350
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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