Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong among adults who say religion is very important

% of adults who say religion is very important 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 = 18,725. 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 42% 55% 2% 1% 18,725

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Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong among adults who say religion is very important by religious group

% of adults who say religion is very important 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% 1% 2% 4,220
Evangelical Protestant 54% 43% 2% 1% 6,904
Historically Black Protestant 30% 68% 1% 1% 1,641
Jehovah's Witness 60% 36% 2% 2% 224
Jewish 29% 66% 4% 1% 279
Mainline Protestant 37% 61% 2% 1% 3,317
Mormon 63% 34% 2% < 1% 559
Muslim 19% 78% 1% 2% 154
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 28% 66% 3% 3% 826

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DemographicInformation

Age distribution among adults who say religion is very important by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults who say religion is very important who are ages…

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 8,144. 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 13% 34% 31% 22% 8,144
Right or wrong depends on the situation 19% 33% 28% 20% 9,591
Neither/both equally 16% 29% 29% 25% 320
Don't know 13% 28% 20% 39% 217

Generational cohort among adults who say religion is very important by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults who say religion is very important who are…

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 8,144. 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% 11% 28% 37% 15% 1% 8,144
Right or wrong depends on the situation 12% 13% 27% 33% 14% 2% 9,591
Neither/both equally 10% 10% 25% 35% 18% 1% 320
Don't know 9% 7% 25% 25% 29% 5% 217

Gender composition among adults who say religion is very important by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults who say religion is very important who are…

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 8,347. 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% 53% 8,347
Right or wrong depends on the situation 39% 61% 9,820
Neither/both equally 52% 48% 332
Don't know 38% 62% 226

Racial and ethnic composition among adults who say religion is very important by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults who say religion is very important who identify as…

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 8,204. 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 70% 12% 2% 12% 4% 8,204
Right or wrong depends on the situation 54% 20% 3% 19% 4% 9,700
Neither/both equally 65% 10% < 1% 21% 4% 319
Don't know 48% 13% 1% 35% 4% 219

Immigrant status among adults who say religion is very important by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults who say religion is very important who are…

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 8,261. 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 12% 8% 81% 8,261
Right or wrong depends on the situation 19% 9% 72% 9,667
Neither/both equally 19% 6% 75% 321
Don't know 30% 10% 61% 216

Income distribution among adults who say religion is very important by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults who say religion is very important 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 = 7,172. 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 31% 21% 30% 18% 7,172
Right or wrong depends on the situation 44% 21% 22% 13% 8,376
Neither/both equally 42% 15% 28% 15% 242
Don't know 59% 28% 7% 6% 150

Educational distribution among adults who say religion is very important by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults who say religion is very important 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 = 8,298. 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 38% 34% 17% 10% 8,298
Right or wrong depends on the situation 49% 30% 13% 9% 9,765
Neither/both equally 44% 31% 14% 12% 328
Don't know 76% 16% 6% 2% 220

Marital status among adults who say religion is very important by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults who say religion is very important who are…

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 8,313. 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% 3% 12% 7% 15% 8,313
Right or wrong depends on the situation 46% 6% 15% 9% 23% 9,772
Neither/both equally 48% 3% 14% 9% 25% 326
Don't know 39% 4% 14% 22% 20% 220

Parent of children under 18 among adults who say religion is very important by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults who say religion is very important who are…

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 8,312. 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 32% 68% 8,312
Right or wrong depends on the situation 31% 69% 9,780
Neither/both equally 25% 75% 331
Don't know 25% 75% 225

BeliefsandPractices

Belief in God among adults who say religion is very important by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults who say religion is very important 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 = 8,347. 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 92% 7% < 1% 1% < 1% < 1% 8,347
Right or wrong depends on the situation 84% 12% 1% 1% 1% < 1% 9,820
Neither/both equally 84% 11% 1% 2% < 1% 1% 332
Don't know 78% 15% 1% 4% 1% 1% 226

Attendance at religious services among adults who say religion is very important by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults who say religion is very important 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 = 8,347. 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% 8% < 1% 8,347
Right or wrong depends on the situation 54% 32% 13% 1% 9,820
Neither/both equally 56% 25% 17% 1% 332
Don't know 56% 27% 14% 3% 226

Frequency of prayer among adults who say religion is very important by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults who say religion is very important who pray…

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 8,347. 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% 10% 2% 2% 1% 8,347
Right or wrong depends on the situation 78% 15% 3% 4% 1% 9,820
Neither/both equally 81% 13% 2% 1% 3% 332
Don't know 78% 13% 1% 4% 5% 226

Frequency of participation in prayer, scripture study or religious education groups among adults who say religion is very important by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults who say religion is very important 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 = 8,347. 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 49% 13% 10% 27% 1% 8,347
Right or wrong depends on the situation 36% 13% 11% 39% 1% 9,820
Neither/both equally 40% 8% 7% 42% 3% 332
Don't know 43% 11% 5% 38% 4% 226

Frequency of meditation among adults who say religion is very important by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults who say religion is very important 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 = 8,347. 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% 7% 3% 33% 3% 8,347
Right or wrong depends on the situation 51% 8% 3% 35% 2% 9,820
Neither/both equally 58% 4% 2% 32% 4% 332
Don't know 65% 4% 3% 21% 7% 226

Frequency of feeling spiritual peace and wellbeing among adults who say religion is very important by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults who say religion is very important 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 = 8,347. 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% 10% 5% 4% 1% 8,347
Right or wrong depends on the situation 73% 13% 6% 7% 1% 9,820
Neither/both equally 78% 8% 1% 9% 4% 332
Don't know 67% 12% 9% 6% 6% 226

Frequency of feeling wonder about the universe among adults who say religion is very important by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults who say religion is very important 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 = 8,347. 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 51% 16% 10% 21% 2% 8,347
Right or wrong depends on the situation 48% 15% 11% 24% 2% 9,820
Neither/both equally 58% 12% 7% 18% 5% 332
Don't know 48% 13% 11% 18% 11% 226

Sources of guidance on right and wrong among adults who say religion is very important by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults who say religion is very important 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 = 8,347. 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% 4% 23% 3% 2% 8,347
Right or wrong depends on the situation 45% 8% 39% 6% 3% 9,820
Neither/both equally 53% 6% 27% 3% 11% 332
Don't know 45% 4% 29% 9% 13% 226

Frequency of reading scripture among adults who say religion is very important by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults who say religion is very important 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 = 8,347. 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% 11% 6% 15% 1% 8,347
Right or wrong depends on the situation 51% 14% 9% 25% 1% 9,820
Neither/both equally 61% 8% 5% 23% 3% 332
Don't know 56% 9% 6% 25% 4% 226

Interpreting scripture among adults who say religion is very important by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults who say religion is very important 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 = 8,347. 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% 30% 4% 6% 5% 8,347
Right or wrong depends on the situation 44% 32% 4% 13% 7% 9,820
Neither/both equally 37% 25% 12% 12% 14% 332
Don't know 56% 13% 9% 11% 10% 226

Belief in Heaven among adults who say religion is very important by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults who say religion is very important who …in heaven

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 8,347. 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 87% 6% 7% 8,347
Right or wrong depends on the situation 88% 7% 5% 9,820
Neither/both equally 80% 9% 10% 332
Don't know 84% 8% 8% 226

Belief in Hell among adults who say religion is very important by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults who say religion is very important who …in hell

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 8,347. 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 79% 14% 7% 8,347
Right or wrong depends on the situation 71% 21% 8% 9,820
Neither/both equally 70% 17% 13% 332
Don't know 63% 20% 17% 226

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among adults who say religion is very important by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults who say religion is very important who identify as…

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 8,347. 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 58% 15% 27% 8,347
Right or wrong depends on the situation 32% 19% 49% 9,820
Neither/both equally 41% 28% 30% 332
Don't know 27% 30% 43% 226

Political ideology among adults who say religion is very important by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults who say religion is very important who are…

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 8,347. 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% 24% 10% 6% 8,347
Right or wrong depends on the situation 37% 34% 22% 7% 9,820
Neither/both equally 42% 27% 13% 18% 332
Don't know 41% 14% 22% 23% 226

Views about size of government among adults who say religion is very important by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults who say religion is very important 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 = 8,347. 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 67% 28% 2% 3% 8,347
Right or wrong depends on the situation 42% 51% 3% 4% 9,820
Neither/both equally 49% 29% 15% 7% 332
Don't know 42% 45% 5% 8% 226

Views about government aid to the poor among adults who say religion is very important by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults who say religion is very important 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 = 8,347. 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% 35% 4% 2% 8,347
Right or wrong depends on the situation 39% 55% 4% 3% 9,820
Neither/both equally 39% 43% 15% 3% 332
Don't know 41% 39% 5% 15% 226

Views about abortion among adults who say religion is very important by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults who say religion is very important 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 = 8,347. 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 27% 69% 4% 8,347
Right or wrong depends on the situation 45% 50% 5% 9,820
Neither/both equally 29% 58% 13% 332
Don't know 27% 52% 21% 226

Views about homosexuality among adults who say religion is very important by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults who say religion is very important 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 = 8,347. 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% 58% 5% 4% 8,347
Right or wrong depends on the situation 56% 36% 5% 4% 9,820
Neither/both equally 37% 41% 14% 9% 332
Don't know 34% 45% 6% 14% 226

Views about same-sex marriage among adults who say religion is very important by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults who say religion is very important 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 = 8,347. 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% 69% 7% 8,347
Right or wrong depends on the situation 45% 46% 9% 9,820
Neither/both equally 33% 48% 19% 332
Don't know 24% 54% 22% 226

Views about environmental regulation among adults who say religion is very important by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults who say religion is very important 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 = 8,347. 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% 43% 3% 3% 8,347
Right or wrong depends on the situation 37% 57% 2% 4% 9,820
Neither/both equally 33% 46% 13% 7% 332
Don't know 38% 29% 3% 29% 226

Views about human evolution among adults who say religion is very important by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults who say religion is very important 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 = 8,347. 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 9% 25% 2% 59% 4% 8,347
Right or wrong depends on the situation 18% 32% 4% 41% 5% 9,820
Neither/both equally 10% 23% 6% 44% 17% 332
Don't know 11% 17% 9% 33% 30% 226