Gallup: Fewer people than ever before believe the Bible is literally true
"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.

src: http://www.gallup.com/poll/210704/record-few-americans-believe-bible-literal-word-god.aspx
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