Interpreting scripture by race/ethnicity (2014) Switch to: Racial and ethnic composition by interpretation of scripture

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Racial and ethnic composition Word of God; should be taken literally Word of God; not everything taken literally Word of God; other/don't know Not the word of God Other/don't know Sample Size
Note: Whites, blacks, Asians and those in the other/mixed category include only those who are not Latinos. Latinos include people of all races. Sample size = 24,900. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. 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.
White 26% 28% 3% 36% 7% 24,900
Black 51% 23% 2% 17% 7% 3,394
Asian 19% 21% 2% 49% 9% 937
Latino 38% 24% 3% 29% 7% 3,814
Other/Mixed 27% 26% 4% 34% 9% 1,504

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