Belief in God among Evangelical Protestants by interpretation of scripture (2014) Switch to: Interpreting scripture among Evangelical Protestants by belief in God

% of Evangelical Protestants who say they…

Interpreting scriptureBelieve in God; absolutely certainBelieve in God; fairly certainBelieve in God; not too/not at all certainBelieve in God; don't knowDo not believe in GodOther/don't know if they believe in GodSample size
Word of God; should be taken literally94%5%< 1%< 1%< 1%< 1%4,757
Word of God; not everything taken literally84%15%1%< 1%< 1%< 1%2,469
Word of God; other/don't know94%4%1%1%< 1%1%381
Not the word of God57%30%7%< 1%2%2%636
Other/don't know80%16%2%1%< 1%1%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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