"Fewer than one in four Americans (24%) now believe the Bible is "the actual word of God, and is to be taken literally, word for word," similar to the 26% who view it as "a book of fables, legends, history and moral precepts recorded by man." This is the first time in Gallup's four-decade trend that biblical literalism has not surpassed biblical skepticism. Meanwhile, about half of Americans — a proportion largely unchanged over the years — fall in the middle, saying the Bible is the inspired word of God but that not all of it should be taken literally."
I get the first two… the third group always perplexes me a bit. If it's so inspired how come it's not crystal clear which portions are literal and which portions are not?
It’s also good to see that only 12% of people under the age of 30 say the Bible is literally God’s Word. Of course this all has to be taken with a grain of salt The same survey found that 7% of people with “No religion” said the Bible should be taken literally.