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

% of independents and those who don't lean to either party who say the holy scripture is…

Religious tradition 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
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Catholic 32% 29% 5% 24% 10% 1,158
Evangelical Protestant 54% 25% 5% 9% 7% 1,230
Historically Black Protestant 52% 24% 5% 8% 11% 184
Jehovah's Witness 44% 40% 8% 2% 5% 188
Mainline Protestant 25% 29% 6% 26% 14% 822
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 13% 13% 2% 60% 11% 1,474

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