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

% of Christians who say the holy scripture is…

Metro area 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
Sample size = 400. 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.
Atlanta Metro Area 39% 40% 3% 14% 5% 400
Baltimore Metro Area 34% 33% 3% 24% 6% 172
Boston Metro Area 24% 30% 5% 34% 8% 280
Chicago Metro Area 30% 38% 3% 23% 7% 621
Dallas/Fort Worth Metro Area 46% 33% 2% 14% 5% 516
Detroit Metro Area 37% 31% 4% 21% 6% 268
Houston Metro Area 49% 27% 1% 18% 5% 366
Los Angeles Metro Area 34% 33% 2% 22% 8% 671
Miami Metro Area 39% 29% 3% 20% 9% 319
Minneapolis/St. Paul Metro Area 21% 33% 5% 32% 9% 248
New York City Metro Area 34% 29% 4% 27% 7% 1,065
Philadelphia Metro Area 27% 37% 2% 26% 7% 501
Phoenix Metro Area 37% 38% 2% 18% 5% 278
Pittsburgh Metro Area 34% 36% 2% 25% 3% 199
Providence Metro Area 23% 36% 1% 36% 4% 272
Riverside, CA Metro Area 43% 34% 2% 13% 7% 272
San Diego Metro Area 36% 28% 3% 26% 7% 219
San Francisco Metro Area 28% 31% 4% 27% 9% 212
Seattle Metro Area 37% 32% 1% 24% 6% 185
St. Louis Metro Area 31% 38% 4% 19% 8% 203
Tampa Metro Area 35% 29% 3% 24% 9% 216
Washington, DC Metro Area 31% 33% 4% 22% 9% 574

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