Religious tradition by interpretation of scripture (2014) Switch to: Interpreting scripture by religious group

% of adults who are…

Interpreting scripture Buddhist Catholic Evangelical Protestant Hindu Historically Black Protestant Jehovah's Witness Jewish Mainline Protestant Mormon Muslim Orthodox Christian Other Christian Other Faiths Other World Religions Unaffiliated (religious "nones") Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 9,811. 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.
Word of God; should be taken literally < 1% 17% 45% < 1% 12% 1% 1% 12% 2% 1% < 1% < 1% < 1% < 1% 7% < 1% 9,811
Word of God; not everything taken literally < 1% 28% 28% < 1% 6% 1% 2% 20% 3% 1% 1% < 1% < 1% < 1% 9% < 1% 9,542
Word of God; other/don't know < 1% 22% 38% < 1% 6% 2% 1% 15% 3% 3% < 1% 1% < 1% < 1% 7% < 1% 985
Not the word of God 2% 18% 6% 1% 2% < 1% 3% 13% < 1% < 1% < 1% 1% 4% 1% 49% 1% 12,132
Other/don't know 1% 23% 16% 1% 6% < 1% 2% 20% 1% 1% 1% 1% 3% 1% 23% 2% 2,601

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