Interpreting scripture by metro area (2014) Switch to: Metro area by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who say the holy scripture is…

Metro areaWord 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
Atlanta Metro Area31%32%2%27%7%510
Baltimore Metro Area25%28%2%40%6%250
Boston Metro Area16%21%3%52%7%498
Chicago Metro Area24%30%2%37%7%867
Dallas/Fort Worth Metro Area39%27%2%27%5%659
Detroit Metro Area29%26%3%33%8%374
Houston Metro Area39%25%1%30%6%514
Los Angeles Metro Area26%25%1%41%7%1,076
Miami Metro Area29%24%2%35%10%483
Minneapolis/St. Paul Metro Area16%26%4%42%11%342
New York City Metro Area26%23%3%41%7%1,786
Philadelphia Metro Area21%28%2%41%7%722
Phoenix Metro Area26%31%1%33%9%397
Pittsburgh Metro Area30%34%2%31%4%252
Providence Metro Area19%28%1%48%4%351
Riverside, CA Metro Area33%27%2%30%9%373
San Diego Metro Area25%23%3%42%8%321
San Francisco Metro Area15%18%2%56%9%485
Seattle Metro Area21%19%1%53%6%333
St. Louis Metro Area26%33%3%29%9%274
Tampa Metro Area26%25%2%40%7%320
Washington, DC Metro Area24%24%3%41%9%913
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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