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

% of conservatives 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 Area44%34%3%13%6%218
Boston Metro Area30%26%10%30%4%109
Chicago Metro Area30%35%2%26%7%260
Dallas/Fort Worth Metro Area51%32%1%12%4%275
Detroit Metro Area41%30%6%20%3%127
Houston Metro Area51%26%1%20%2%197
Los Angeles Metro Area40%31%2%20%7%333
Miami Metro Area42%24%1%21%12%140
Minneapolis/St. Paul Metro Area24%41%5%18%12%108
New York City Metro Area38%28%6%21%7%510
Philadelphia Metro Area35%30%< 1%27%8%196
Phoenix Metro Area38%39%1%18%4%153
Providence Metro Area34%29%2%30%5%100
Riverside, CA Metro Area42%25%2%21%11%139
San Diego Metro Area43%29%4%21%3%104
Tampa Metro Area48%29%3%19%1%107
Washington, DC Metro Area34%29%6%19%12%200
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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