Interpreting scripture among college graduates by religious group (2014) Switch to: Religious tradition among college graduates by interpretation of scripture

% of college graduates who say the holy scripture is…

Religious traditionWord 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
Evangelical Protestant50%35%4%7%3%1,870
Historically Black Protestant50%29%3%9%9%289
Mainline Protestant13%37%2%39%9%1,673
Unaffiliated (religious "nones")3%5%< 1%86%6%2,071
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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