Interpreting scripture among adults who say religion is very important by metro area (2014) Switch to: Metro area among adults who say religion is very important by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who say religion is very important 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 Area45%40%3%7%5%302
Baltimore Metro Area41%38%3%14%3%128
Boston Metro Area38%32%3%17%11%176
Chicago Metro Area38%38%4%13%7%416
Dallas/Fort Worth Metro Area56%29%2%8%5%418
Detroit Metro Area47%30%5%10%8%198
Houston Metro Area58%25%1%11%5%303
Los Angeles Metro Area47%33%2%13%5%496
Miami Metro Area44%29%4%13%11%260
Minneapolis/St. Paul Metro Area34%34%7%18%7%147
New York City Metro Area45%30%5%14%6%822
Philadelphia Metro Area37%39%3%11%9%342
Phoenix Metro Area47%36%3%9%6%196
Pittsburgh Metro Area43%40%2%11%4%132
Providence Metro Area32%35%2%25%6%164
Riverside, CA Metro Area49%32%2%9%8%198
San Diego Metro Area42%33%3%15%6%160
San Francisco Metro Area38%35%6%17%5%144
Seattle Metro Area42%31%2%19%5%131
St. Louis Metro Area38%40%5%10%8%153
Tampa Metro Area44%30%3%14%9%161
Washington, DC Metro Area41%32%3%16%8%423
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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