Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong among adults in the Silent generation

% of adults in the Silent generation 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 = 5,989. 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% 5,989

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Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong among adults in the Silent generation by religious group

% of adults in the Silent generation 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 34% 62% 1% 2% 1,361
Evangelical Protestant 48% 48% 2% 2% 1,611
Historically Black Protestant 27% 64% 2% 6% 249
Jewish 21% 75% 3% 1% 195
Mainline Protestant 35% 62% 2% 2% 1,478
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 22% 75% 1% 2% 731

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DemographicInformation

Age distribution among adults in the Silent generation by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults in the Silent generation who are ages…

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 2,222. 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% 100% 2,222
Right or wrong depends on the situation < 1% < 1% < 1% 100% 3,540
Neither/both equally < 1% < 1% < 1% 100% 114
Don't know < 1% < 1% < 1% 100% 113

Gender composition among adults in the Silent generation by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults in the Silent generation who are…

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 2,222. 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% 54% 2,222
Right or wrong depends on the situation 40% 60% 3,540
Neither/both equally 40% 60% 114
Don't know 42% 58% 113

Racial and ethnic composition among adults in the Silent generation by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults in the Silent generation who identify as…

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 2,194. 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 88% 6% 1% 4% 2% 2,194
Right or wrong depends on the situation 80% 9% 2% 7% 2% 3,508
Neither/both equally 75% 8% < 1% 13% 4% 110
Don't know 58% 17% < 1% 20% 5% 111

Immigrant status among adults in the Silent generation by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults in the Silent generation who are…

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 2,206. 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 6% 9% 84% 2,206
Right or wrong depends on the situation 10% 12% 78% 3,500
Neither/both equally 14% 9% 77% 112
Don't know 15% 6% 79% 109

Income distribution among adults in the Silent generation by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults in the Silent generation 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 = 1,811. 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% 25% 23% 12% 1,811
Right or wrong depends on the situation 44% 23% 22% 11% 2,883

Educational distribution among adults in the Silent generation by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults in the Silent generation 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 = 2,213. 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% 29% 13% 11% 2,213
Right or wrong depends on the situation 53% 22% 13% 12% 3,531
Neither/both equally 47% 26% 14% 13% 114
Don't know 76% 17% 5% 2% 112

Marital status among adults in the Silent generation by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults in the Silent generation who are…

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 2,219. 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 61% 1% 10% 24% 3% 2,219
Right or wrong depends on the situation 50% 3% 13% 31% 3% 3,524
Neither/both equally 47% 1% 21% 29% 1% 112
Don't know 32% < 1% 10% 46% 12% 113

Parent of children under 18 among adults in the Silent generation by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults in the Silent generation who are…

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 2,220. 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 2% 98% 2,220
Right or wrong depends on the situation 3% 97% 3,534
Neither/both equally 2% 98% 114
Don't know 3% 97% 113

BeliefsandPractices

Belief in God among adults in the Silent generation by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults in the Silent generation 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 = 2,222. 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% 2% 1% 2,222
Right or wrong depends on the situation 64% 19% 4% 2% 8% 2% 3,540
Neither/both equally 72% 17% 2% 3% 3% 4% 114
Don't know 73% 11% 6% 6% 1% 3% 113

Importance of religion in one's life among adults in the Silent generation by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults in the Silent generation 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 = 2,222. 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 78% 14% 3% 4% 1% 2,222
Right or wrong depends on the situation 60% 21% 8% 9% 1% 3,540
Neither/both equally 82% 13% 1% 2% 2% 114
Don't know 80% 13% 1% 3% 3% 113

Attendance at religious services among adults in the Silent generation by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults in the Silent generation 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 = 2,222. 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% 20% 17% 1% 2,222
Right or wrong depends on the situation 45% 25% 29% 1% 3,540
Neither/both equally 52% 27% 18% 3% 114
Don't know 54% 22% 19% 5% 113

Frequency of prayer among adults in the Silent generation by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults in the Silent generation who pray…

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,222. 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 75% 11% 3% 9% 1% 2,222
Right or wrong depends on the situation 61% 14% 4% 20% 1% 3,540
Neither/both equally 76% 8% 2% 8% 5% 114
Don't know 76% 8% 2% 9% 5% 113

Frequency of participation in prayer, scripture study or religious education groups among adults in the Silent generation by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults in the Silent generation 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 = 2,222. 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 41% 7% 9% 42% 1% 2,222
Right or wrong depends on the situation 26% 7% 8% 58% 1% 3,540
Neither/both equally 37% 2% 13% 45% 4% 114
Don't know 32% 9% 5% 50% 4% 113

Frequency of meditation among adults in the Silent generation by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults in the Silent generation 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 = 2,222. 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% 7% 3% 26% 3% 2,222
Right or wrong depends on the situation 51% 8% 5% 33% 3% 3,540
Neither/both equally 60% 7% 3% 20% 11% 114
Don't know 62% 7% 4% 20% 7% 113

Frequency of feeling spiritual peace and wellbeing among adults in the Silent generation by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults in the Silent generation 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 = 2,222. 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 75% 8% 5% 11% 1% 2,222
Right or wrong depends on the situation 61% 12% 8% 17% 3% 3,540
Neither/both equally 71% 9% 3% 10% 7% 114
Don't know 68% 12% 4% 9% 7% 113

Frequency of feeling wonder about the universe among adults in the Silent generation by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults in the Silent generation 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 = 2,222. 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% 11% 23% 3% 2,222
Right or wrong depends on the situation 41% 13% 13% 30% 3% 3,540
Neither/both equally 63% 6% 7% 18% 6% 114
Don't know 49% 7% 8% 23% 13% 113

Sources of guidance on right and wrong among adults in the Silent generation by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults in the Silent generation 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 = 2,222. 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% 2,222
Right or wrong depends on the situation 32% 9% 48% 8% 4% 3,540
Neither/both equally 46% 5% 32% 7% 10% 114
Don't know 39% 7% 37% 6% 10% 113

Frequency of reading scripture among adults in the Silent generation by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults in the Silent generation 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 = 2,222. 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% 8% 7% 28% 2% 2,222
Right or wrong depends on the situation 37% 9% 8% 45% 1% 3,540
Neither/both equally 57% 7% 6% 23% 7% 114
Don't know 55% 8% 3% 28% 6% 113

Interpreting scripture among adults in the Silent generation by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults in the Silent generation 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 = 2,222. 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% 27% 5% 13% 6% 2,222
Right or wrong depends on the situation 32% 26% 4% 29% 9% 3,540
Neither/both equally 39% 17% 13% 19% 13% 114
Don't know 57% 16% 7% 8% 11% 113

Belief in Heaven among adults in the Silent generation by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults in the Silent generation who …in heaven

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,222. 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 82% 10% 8% 2,222
Right or wrong depends on the situation 71% 21% 8% 3,540
Neither/both equally 73% 16% 10% 114
Don't know 85% 6% 10% 113

Belief in Hell among adults in the Silent generation by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults in the Silent generation who …in hell

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,222. 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% 22% 10% 2,222
Right or wrong depends on the situation 50% 39% 11% 3,540
Neither/both equally 61% 28% 11% 114
Don't know 60% 21% 19% 113

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among adults in the Silent generation by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults in the Silent generation who identify as…

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 2,222. 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 61% 11% 28% 2,222
Right or wrong depends on the situation 34% 13% 53% 3,540
Neither/both equally 40% 19% 41% 114
Don't know 22% 26% 52% 113

Political ideology among adults in the Silent generation by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults in the Silent generation who are…

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,222. 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 63% 22% 10% 5% 2,222
Right or wrong depends on the situation 36% 34% 24% 6% 3,540
Neither/both equally 48% 27% 13% 12% 114
Don't know 42% 15% 21% 21% 113

Views about size of government among adults in the Silent generation by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults in the Silent generation 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 = 2,222. 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% 2% 4% 2,222
Right or wrong depends on the situation 51% 39% 4% 7% 3,540
Neither/both equally 49% 29% 11% 10% 114
Don't know 42% 45% 4% 9% 113

Views about government aid to the poor among adults in the Silent generation by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults in the Silent generation 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 = 2,222. 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 63% 31% 4% 3% 2,222
Right or wrong depends on the situation 40% 53% 4% 4% 3,540
Neither/both equally 33% 49% 11% 7% 114
Don't know 32% 44% 2% 22% 113

Views about abortion among adults in the Silent generation by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults in the Silent generation 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 = 2,222. 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 33% 61% 5% 2,222
Right or wrong depends on the situation 56% 38% 6% 3,540
Neither/both equally 27% 63% 11% 114
Don't know 26% 45% 29% 113

Views about homosexuality among adults in the Silent generation by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults in the Silent generation 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 = 2,222. 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 34% 57% 4% 4% 2,222
Right or wrong depends on the situation 55% 36% 4% 5% 3,540
Neither/both equally 42% 43% 11% 4% 114
Don't know 28% 51% 4% 17% 113

Views about same-sex marriage among adults in the Silent generation by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults in the Silent generation 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 = 2,222. 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 22% 69% 9% 2,222
Right or wrong depends on the situation 44% 46% 10% 3,540
Neither/both equally 35% 47% 18% 114
Don't know 23% 56% 21% 113

Views about environmental regulation among adults in the Silent generation by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults in the Silent generation 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 = 2,222. 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% 5% 2,222
Right or wrong depends on the situation 36% 54% 3% 6% 3,540
Neither/both equally 28% 46% 16% 11% 114
Don't know 25% 27% 6% 42% 113

Views about human evolution among adults in the Silent generation by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults in the Silent generation 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 = 2,222. 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 14% 24% 4% 50% 8% 2,222
Right or wrong depends on the situation 29% 22% 5% 35% 10% 3,540
Neither/both equally 21% 24% 2% 41% 13% 114
Don't know 10% 9% 10% 37% 33% 113