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

% of Catholics 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
Boston Metro Area17%29%4%40%9%154
Chicago Metro Area23%38%2%29%8%276
Los Angeles Metro Area30%30%1%30%9%290
Miami Metro Area33%28%4%28%7%125
New York City Metro Area26%29%3%33%8%602
Philadelphia Metro Area16%38%3%39%5%203
Providence Metro Area14%39%2%40%5%169
Washington, DC Metro Area20%35%8%30%7%163
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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