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

% of moderates 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 Area24%37%1%34%4%161
Boston Metro Area9%27%3%52%9%176
Chicago Metro Area22%36%1%34%7%303
Dallas/Fort Worth Metro Area34%28%3%28%7%234
Detroit Metro Area17%31%2%42%8%128
Houston Metro Area25%29%1%39%6%181
Los Angeles Metro Area19%28%1%45%6%369
Miami Metro Area14%34%4%37%11%167
Minneapolis/St. Paul Metro Area11%27%4%48%10%117
New York City Metro Area23%26%3%40%8%620
Philadelphia Metro Area16%35%2%42%4%275
Phoenix Metro Area28%31%< 1%36%6%137
Providence Metro Area13%37%< 1%48%2%134
Riverside, CA Metro Area29%33%2%30%6%131
San Diego Metro Area18%21%1%47%13%117
San Francisco Metro Area15%23%2%53%7%164
Seattle Metro Area18%28%1%44%9%113
St. Louis Metro Area25%30%2%35%8%100
Tampa Metro Area15%25%< 1%51%8%121
Washington, DC Metro Area24%26%3%40%7%366
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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