Interpreting scripture among adults who believe in God with absolute certainty by metro area (2014) Switch to: Metro area among adults who believe in God with absolute certainty by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who believe in God with absolute certainty 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
Atlanta Metro Area40%40%3%12%5%361
Baltimore Metro Area37%38%3%17%4%145
Boston Metro Area30%35%6%19%11%193
Chicago Metro Area33%39%3%17%7%486
Dallas/Fort Worth Metro Area50%32%2%11%5%478
Detroit Metro Area41%33%5%13%8%249
Houston Metro Area50%27%1%16%6%337
Los Angeles Metro Area36%33%2%21%8%562
Miami Metro Area40%32%3%16%9%288
Minneapolis/St. Paul Metro Area27%34%8%22%9%187
New York City Metro Area36%30%5%22%7%951
Philadelphia Metro Area32%40%3%16%8%413
Phoenix Metro Area40%38%2%13%8%246
Pittsburgh Metro Area38%44%2%12%3%171
Providence Metro Area28%37%2%30%4%198
Riverside, CA Metro Area43%31%2%16%8%248
San Diego Metro Area34%36%2%18%10%178
San Francisco Metro Area29%32%5%26%7%181
Seattle Metro Area39%33%1%23%5%158
St. Louis Metro Area34%39%5%14%8%184
Tampa Metro Area38%29%2%20%10%208
Washington, DC Metro Area37%31%4%19%9%492
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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