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

% of the Unaffiliated 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 Area6%7%< 1%81%6%153
Chicago Metro Area8%10%1%77%5%170
Dallas/Fort Worth Metro Area12%8%< 1%73%7%103
Houston Metro Area11%16%< 1%65%8%102
Los Angeles Metro Area10%6%< 1%79%5%275
Miami Metro Area10%8%1%70%11%100
New York City Metro Area11%9%1%74%6%388
Philadelphia Metro Area7%7%< 1%79%7%151
San Francisco Metro Area1%2%< 1%91%6%188
Seattle Metro Area2%6%2%84%6%118
Washington, DC Metro Area10%5%1%75%9%232
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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