Educational distribution among who believe in Hell by interpretation of scripture (2014) Switch to: Interpreting scripture among who believe in Hell by educational group

% of who believe in Hell who have completed…

Interpreting scriptureHigh school or lessSome collegeCollegePost-graduate degreeSample size
Word of God; should be taken literally55%30%11%5%8,027
Word of God; not everything taken literally37%35%18%10%6,528
Word of God; other/don't know46%33%13%8%672
Not the word of God40%35%16%9%2,745
Other/don't know40%40%13%7%1,090
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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