Interpreting scripture among Non-Christians by metro area (2014) Switch to: Metro area among Non-Christians by interpretation of scripture

% of Non-Christians 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 Area5%8%1%71%14%110
Boston Metro Area5%11%2%76%6%218
Chicago Metro Area9%12%1%72%6%246
Dallas/Fort Worth Metro Area13%10%< 1%70%8%143
Detroit Metro Area13%16%2%57%11%106
Houston Metro Area12%18%< 1%61%8%148
Los Angeles Metro Area9%11%< 1%74%5%405
Miami Metro Area8%12%1%66%13%164
New York City Metro Area15%14%2%62%8%721
Philadelphia Metro Area10%11%< 1%74%6%221
Phoenix Metro Area5%17%< 1%62%16%119
Riverside, CA Metro Area6%10%< 1%71%13%101
San Diego Metro Area1%12%1%77%9%102
San Francisco Metro Area4%5%< 1%83%8%273
Seattle Metro Area3%5%2%84%6%148
Tampa Metro Area11%20%< 1%64%4%104
Washington, DC Metro Area9%6%2%75%8%339
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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