Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong among adults ages 65 and older

% of adults ages 65 and older who say…

Survey year There are clear standards for what is right and wrong Right or wrong depends on the situation Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 9,327. 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.
2014 37% 59% 2% 2% 9,327

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Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong among adults ages 65 and older by religious group

% of adults ages 65 and older who say…

Religious tradition There are clear standards for what is right and wrong Right or wrong depends on the situation Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 0. 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.
Catholic 33% 63% 2% 2% 2,131
Evangelical Protestant 50% 46% 2% 2% 2,399
Historically Black Protestant 29% 66% 2% 4% 401
Jewish 23% 73% 2% 2% 320
Mainline Protestant 34% 62% 2% 2% 2,272
Mormon 56% 41% 2% < 1% 146
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 22% 75% 1% 2% 1,225

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DemographicInformation

Generational cohort among adults ages 65 and older by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults ages 65 and older who are…

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 3,443. 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.
There are clear standards for what is right and wrong < 1% < 1% < 1% 29% 65% 6% 3,443
Right or wrong depends on the situation < 1% < 1% < 1% 28% 65% 7% 5,538
Neither/both equally < 1% < 1% < 1% 28% 67% 5% 178
Don't know < 1% < 1% < 1% 15% 69% 16% 168

Gender composition among adults ages 65 and older by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults ages 65 and older who are…

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 3,443. 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.
There are clear standards for what is right and wrong 48% 52% 3,443
Right or wrong depends on the situation 42% 58% 5,538
Neither/both equally 46% 54% 178
Don't know 43% 57% 168

Racial and ethnic composition among adults ages 65 and older by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults ages 65 and older who identify as…

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 3,401. 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.
There are clear standards for what is right and wrong 86% 7% 1% 5% 2% 3,401
Right or wrong depends on the situation 79% 9% 2% 7% 2% 5,478
Neither/both equally 78% 7% 1% 11% 3% 172
Don't know 68% 12% < 1% 16% 4% 162

Immigrant status among adults ages 65 and older by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults ages 65 and older who are…

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 3,414. 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.
There are clear standards for what is right and wrong 7% 9% 84% 3,414
Right or wrong depends on the situation 10% 12% 79% 5,477
Neither/both equally 12% 9% 79% 175
Don't know 12% 10% 77% 163

Income distribution among adults ages 65 and older by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults ages 65 and older who have a household income of…

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong Less than $30,000 $30,000-$49,999 $50,000-$99,999 $100,000 or more Sample Size
Sample size = 2,854. 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.
There are clear standards for what is right and wrong 37% 24% 25% 13% 2,854
Right or wrong depends on the situation 43% 22% 22% 13% 4,551
Neither/both equally 37% 18% 28% 17% 126
Don't know 57% 21% 18% 4% 107

Educational distribution among adults ages 65 and older by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults ages 65 and older who have completed…

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 3,431. 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.
There are clear standards for what is right and wrong 46% 29% 14% 11% 3,431
Right or wrong depends on the situation 51% 23% 14% 12% 5,525
Neither/both equally 40% 28% 16% 16% 177
Don't know 75% 15% 8% 2% 165

Marital status among adults ages 65 and older by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults ages 65 and older who are…

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 3,435. 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.
There are clear standards for what is right and wrong 62% 1% 11% 22% 4% 3,435
Right or wrong depends on the situation 51% 3% 14% 28% 4% 5,517
Neither/both equally 55% 1% 18% 24% 2% 176
Don't know 37% < 1% 10% 45% 8% 167

Parent of children under 18 among adults ages 65 and older by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults ages 65 and older who are…

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 3,439. 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.
There are clear standards for what is right and wrong 3% 97% 3,439
Right or wrong depends on the situation 3% 97% 5,531
Neither/both equally 2% 98% 178
Don't know 2% 98% 168

BeliefsandPractices

Belief in God among adults ages 65 and older by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults ages 65 and older who say they…

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong Believe in God; absolutely certain Believe in God; fairly certain Believe in God; not too/not at all certain Believe in God; don't know Do not believe in God Other/don't know if they believe in God Sample Size
Sample size = 3,443. 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.
There are clear standards for what is right and wrong 81% 12% 2% 1% 3% 1% 3,443
Right or wrong depends on the situation 63% 20% 5% 2% 8% 3% 5,538
Neither/both equally 68% 19% 5% 2% 3% 3% 178
Don't know 72% 11% 5% 5% 3% 3% 168

Importance of religion in one's life among adults ages 65 and older by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults ages 65 and older who say religion is…

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,443. 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.
There are clear standards for what is right and wrong 76% 15% 4% 4% 1% 3,443
Right or wrong depends on the situation 57% 23% 9% 10% 1% 5,538
Neither/both equally 75% 13% 6% 3% 2% 178
Don't know 74% 16% 3% 2% 5% 168

Attendance at religious services among adults ages 65 and older by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults ages 65 and older who attend religious services…

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong At least once a week Once or twice a month/a few times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,443. 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.
There are clear standards for what is right and wrong 60% 21% 18% 1% 3,443
Right or wrong depends on the situation 41% 27% 31% 1% 5,538
Neither/both equally 48% 27% 21% 4% 178
Don't know 56% 22% 18% 4% 168

Frequency of prayer among adults ages 65 and older by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults ages 65 and older who pray…

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,443. 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.
There are clear standards for what is right and wrong 74% 12% 3% 11% 1% 3,443
Right or wrong depends on the situation 58% 14% 5% 21% 2% 5,538
Neither/both equally 71% 10% 4% 11% 4% 178
Don't know 74% 7% 2% 11% 5% 168

Frequency of participation in prayer, scripture study or religious education groups among adults ages 65 and older by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults ages 65 and older who attend prayer group…

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,443. 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.
There are clear standards for what is right and wrong 40% 8% 8% 42% 1% 3,443
Right or wrong depends on the situation 23% 7% 8% 60% 1% 5,538
Neither/both equally 34% 3% 10% 51% 3% 178
Don't know 31% 10% 5% 51% 4% 168

Frequency of meditation among adults ages 65 and older by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults ages 65 and older who meditate…

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,443. 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.
There are clear standards for what is right and wrong 59% 6% 3% 28% 3% 3,443
Right or wrong depends on the situation 49% 8% 4% 35% 3% 5,538
Neither/both equally 56% 7% 2% 27% 8% 178
Don't know 62% 7% 5% 20% 6% 168

Frequency of feeling spiritual peace and wellbeing among adults ages 65 and older by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults ages 65 and older who feel a sense of spiritual peace and wellbeing…

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,443. 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.
There are clear standards for what is right and wrong 74% 8% 5% 11% 2% 3,443
Right or wrong depends on the situation 60% 12% 8% 17% 2% 5,538
Neither/both equally 69% 9% 3% 11% 9% 178
Don't know 66% 10% 6% 11% 8% 168

Frequency of feeling wonder about the universe among adults ages 65 and older by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults ages 65 and older who feel a sense of wonder about the universe…

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,443. 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.
There are clear standards for what is right and wrong 52% 11% 10% 24% 3% 3,443
Right or wrong depends on the situation 42% 13% 13% 29% 3% 5,538
Neither/both equally 61% 6% 8% 18% 7% 178
Don't know 47% 10% 7% 21% 14% 168

Sources of guidance on right and wrong among adults ages 65 and older by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults ages 65 and older who say they look to…most for guidance on right and wrong

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong Religion Philosophy/reason Common sense Science Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,443. 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.
There are clear standards for what is right and wrong 55% 5% 33% 4% 3% 3,443
Right or wrong depends on the situation 31% 9% 49% 8% 4% 5,538
Neither/both equally 43% 5% 36% 5% 10% 178
Don't know 39% 6% 39% 5% 10% 168

Frequency of reading scripture among adults ages 65 and older by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults ages 65 and older who read scripture…

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,443. 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.
There are clear standards for what is right and wrong 54% 9% 6% 30% 1% 3,443
Right or wrong depends on the situation 34% 9% 8% 48% 1% 5,538
Neither/both equally 51% 7% 5% 30% 7% 178
Don't know 52% 7% 3% 33% 5% 168

Interpreting scripture among adults ages 65 and older by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults ages 65 and older who say the holy scripture is…

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong 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 = 3,443. 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.
There are clear standards for what is right and wrong 47% 27% 4% 15% 7% 3,443
Right or wrong depends on the situation 30% 26% 4% 31% 9% 5,538
Neither/both equally 36% 15% 11% 23% 15% 178
Don't know 56% 13% 8% 11% 12% 168

Belief in Heaven among adults ages 65 and older by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults ages 65 and older who …in heaven

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,443. 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.
There are clear standards for what is right and wrong 81% 11% 7% 3,443
Right or wrong depends on the situation 70% 22% 9% 5,538
Neither/both equally 74% 18% 9% 178
Don't know 80% 10% 10% 168

Belief in Hell among adults ages 65 and older by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults ages 65 and older who …in hell

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,443. 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.
There are clear standards for what is right and wrong 68% 23% 9% 3,443
Right or wrong depends on the situation 49% 40% 11% 5,538
Neither/both equally 60% 29% 10% 178
Don't know 54% 28% 18% 168

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among adults ages 65 and older by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults ages 65 and older who identify as…

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 3,443. 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.
There are clear standards for what is right and wrong 60% 11% 29% 3,443
Right or wrong depends on the situation 32% 14% 53% 5,538
Neither/both equally 40% 19% 40% 178
Don't know 29% 25% 46% 168

Political ideology among adults ages 65 and older by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults ages 65 and older who are…

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,443. 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.
There are clear standards for what is right and wrong 62% 22% 11% 5% 3,443
Right or wrong depends on the situation 35% 35% 25% 6% 5,538
Neither/both equally 46% 29% 12% 13% 178
Don't know 43% 21% 17% 18% 168

Views about size of government among adults ages 65 and older by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults ages 65 and older who would rather have…

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong Smaller government; fewer services Bigger government; more services Depends Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,443. 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.
There are clear standards for what is right and wrong 73% 21% 3% 4% 3,443
Right or wrong depends on the situation 49% 40% 4% 6% 5,538
Neither/both equally 52% 28% 11% 9% 178
Don't know 47% 38% 3% 11% 168

Views about government aid to the poor among adults ages 65 and older by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults ages 65 and older who say government aid to the poor…

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong Does more harm than good Does more good than harm Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,443. 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.
There are clear standards for what is right and wrong 60% 33% 4% 3% 3,443
Right or wrong depends on the situation 38% 55% 4% 3% 5,538
Neither/both equally 34% 48% 12% 6% 178
Don't know 36% 41% 4% 19% 168

Views about abortion among adults ages 65 and older by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults ages 65 and older who say abortion should be…

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong Legal in all/most cases Illegal in all/most cases Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,443. 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.
There are clear standards for what is right and wrong 35% 60% 5% 3,443
Right or wrong depends on the situation 58% 36% 6% 5,538
Neither/both equally 33% 55% 12% 178
Don't know 29% 46% 26% 168

Views about homosexuality among adults ages 65 and older by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults ages 65 and older who say homosexuality…

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong Should be accepted Should be discouraged Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,443. 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.
There are clear standards for what is right and wrong 36% 57% 4% 4% 3,443
Right or wrong depends on the situation 58% 34% 4% 5% 5,538
Neither/both equally 42% 40% 14% 5% 178
Don't know 28% 50% 3% 19% 168

Views about same-sex marriage among adults ages 65 and older by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults ages 65 and older who …same-sex marriage

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,443. 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.
There are clear standards for what is right and wrong 24% 67% 9% 3,443
Right or wrong depends on the situation 46% 44% 10% 5,538
Neither/both equally 35% 46% 18% 178
Don't know 23% 56% 22% 168

Views about environmental regulation among adults ages 65 and older by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults ages 65 and older who say…

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong Stricter environmental laws and regulations cost too many jobs and hurt the economy Stricter environmental laws and regulations are worth the cost Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,443. 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.
There are clear standards for what is right and wrong 56% 36% 3% 4% 3,443
Right or wrong depends on the situation 34% 57% 3% 6% 5,538
Neither/both equally 32% 49% 11% 8% 178
Don't know 26% 27% 5% 43% 168

Views about human evolution among adults ages 65 and older by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults ages 65 and older who say humans…

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong Evolved; due to natural processes Evolved; due to God's design Evolved; don't know how Always existed in present form Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,443. 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.
There are clear standards for what is right and wrong 16% 24% 4% 50% 7% 3,443
Right or wrong depends on the situation 31% 22% 5% 33% 9% 5,538
Neither/both equally 23% 20% 5% 40% 12% 178
Don't know 11% 11% 9% 33% 35% 168