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

% of Mainline Protestants 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
Chicago Metro Area21%28%2%39%9%124
Dallas/Fort Worth Metro Area22%43%4%26%4%110
Los Angeles Metro Area27%40%3%23%7%121
New York City Metro Area22%34%2%36%6%162
Philadelphia Metro Area24%36%< 1%32%7%131
Washington, DC Metro Area21%33%2%29%14%153
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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