Interpreting scripture among adults ages 65 and older by metro area (2014) Switch to: Metro area among adults ages 65 and older by interpretation of scripture

% of adults ages 65 and older 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
Boston Metro Area19%29%1%41%10%129
Chicago Metro Area22%28%8%28%14%221
Dallas/Fort Worth Metro Area43%29%5%14%8%137
Houston Metro Area49%18%3%29%1%100
Los Angeles Metro Area28%28%3%31%10%271
Miami Metro Area22%20%2%35%21%126
New York City Metro Area31%26%6%31%6%496
Philadelphia Metro Area26%33%5%28%8%217
Phoenix Metro Area23%39%2%28%8%105
Providence Metro Area19%36%2%37%6%127
San Francisco Metro Area16%20%2%52%10%130
Washington, DC Metro Area23%28%4%41%4%138
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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