Political ideology among Mainline Protestants by interpretation of scripture (2014) Switch to: Interpreting scripture among Mainline Protestants by political ideology

% of Mainline Protestants who are…

Interpreting scriptureConservativeModerateLiberalDon't knowSample size
Word of God; should be taken literally52%31%10%7%1,266
Word of God; not everything taken literally39%42%16%4%2,158
Word of God; other/don't know47%29%9%16%177
Not the word of God24%39%33%4%1,841
Other/don't know29%39%22%10%641
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