Religious tradition among independents and those who don't lean to either party by interpretation of scripture (2014) Switch to: Interpreting scripture among independents and those who don't lean to either party by religious group

% of independents and those who don't lean to either party who are…

Interpreting scriptureBuddhistCatholicEvangelical ProtestantHinduHistorically Black ProtestantJehovah's WitnessJewishMainline ProtestantMormonMuslimOrthodox ChristianOther ChristianOther FaithsOther World ReligionsUnaffiliated (religious "nones")Don't knowSample size
Word of God; should be taken literally< 1%22%39%1%6%5%< 1%10%1%2%1%< 1%< 1%< 1%12%1%1,619
Word of God; not everything taken literally< 1%27%24%< 1%4%6%1%16%2%1%1%< 1%1%< 1%16%< 1%1,314
Word of God; other/don't know< 1%26%28%< 1%4%7%1%18%1%1%< 1%1%1%< 1%13%< 1%251
Not the word of God1%16%6%1%1%< 1%1%11%< 1%< 1%< 1%< 1%5%1%53%2%1,798
Other/don't know1%20%15%2%3%2%1%16%< 1%< 1%< 1%< 1%5%1%29%4%676
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