Interpreting scripture among baby Boomers by metro area (2014) Switch to: Metro area among baby Boomers by interpretation of scripture

% of baby Boomers 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 Area29%36%2%27%6%165
Boston Metro Area15%31%8%36%9%172
Chicago Metro Area25%27%3%36%8%291
Dallas/Fort Worth Metro Area46%28%2%18%6%221
Detroit Metro Area26%23%5%37%9%159
Houston Metro Area46%14%< 1%32%8%163
Los Angeles Metro Area28%28%2%36%6%346
Miami Metro Area33%21%4%35%7%162
Minneapolis/St. Paul Metro Area16%31%11%32%10%135
New York City Metro Area30%23%2%37%7%618
Philadelphia Metro Area25%29%1%41%4%261
Phoenix Metro Area42%27%< 1%25%6%149
Pittsburgh Metro Area34%36%2%26%3%109
Providence Metro Area17%33%1%42%7%155
Riverside, CA Metro Area33%27%3%26%10%116
San Diego Metro Area24%29%7%31%9%131
San Francisco Metro Area14%24%4%49%9%181
Seattle Metro Area24%23%2%49%2%122
St. Louis Metro Area31%29%3%27%10%105
Tampa Metro Area27%21%4%43%6%126
Washington, DC Metro Area24%24%2%40%10%310
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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