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Three in 10 Americans interpret the Bible literally, saying it is the actual word of God. That is similar to what Gallup has measured over the last two decades, but down from the 1970s and 1980s. A 49% plurality of Americans say the Bible is the inspired word of God but that it should not be taken literally, consistently the most common view in Gallup’s nearly 40-year history of this question. Another 17% consider the Bible an ancient book of stories recorded by man. via In U.S., 3 in 10 Say They Take the Bible Literally. Do these numbers surprise you? Todd
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From a new Gallup poll, 39% of Americans say they have experienced stress in the past day. But some states are more stressed than others according to the survey…  Here are the top 15 stressed states: 15.  (tie)  Tennessee (40.3%) 14.  (tie)  Michigan (40.3%) 13.  (tie) Connecticut (40.4%) 12.  (tie)  North Carolina (40.4%) 11.  Washington (40.9%) 10.  Rhode Island (40.3%) 9.  New Hampshire (40.1%) 8.  Nevada (41.2%) 7.  Ohio (41.9%) 6.  Oregon (42.3) 5.  Massachusetts (42.6%) 4.  Idaho (43.0%) 3.  West Virginia (43.6) 2.  Kentucky (44.9%) 1.  Utah (45.1%) Did your state make the top 15?  Maybe I should move 13 miles into Indiana for a little more piece of mind. Todd
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