Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong among independents and those who don't lean to either party

% of independents and those who don't lean to either party 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 = 5,658. 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 29% 66% 2% 2% 5,658

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Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong among independents and those who don't lean to either party by religious group

% of independents and those who don't lean to either party 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 25% 71% 2% 2% 1,158
Evangelical Protestant 40% 56% 2% 2% 1,230
Historically Black Protestant 31% 65% 3% 2% 184
Jehovah's Witness 63% 32% 3% 3% 188
Mainline Protestant 29% 67% 2% 1% 822
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 22% 74% 2% 2% 1,474

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DemographicInformation

Age distribution among independents and those who don't lean to either party by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of independents and those who don't lean to either party who are ages…

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 1,647. 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 19% 41% 26% 14% 1,647
Right or wrong depends on the situation 28% 37% 22% 13% 3,510
Neither/both equally 19% 40% 27% 15% 130

Generational cohort among independents and those who don't lean to either party by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of independents and those who don't lean to either party who are…

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 1,647. 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 11% 18% 32% 30% 9% 1% 1,647
Right or wrong depends on the situation 17% 19% 30% 26% 8% 1% 3,510
Neither/both equally 13% 16% 30% 32% 9% < 1% 130

Gender composition among independents and those who don't lean to either party by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of independents and those who don't lean to either party who are…

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 1,739. 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% 49% 1,739
Right or wrong depends on the situation 48% 52% 3,672
Neither/both equally 59% 41% 140
Don't know 41% 59% 107

Racial and ethnic composition among independents and those who don't lean to either party by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of independents and those who don't lean to either party who identify as…

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 1,671. 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% 9% 3% 21% 5% 1,671
Right or wrong depends on the situation 57% 8% 6% 24% 5% 3,573
Neither/both equally 56% 8% 1% 25% 10% 125
Don't know 36% 14% 3% 43% 4% 100

Immigrant status among independents and those who don't lean to either party by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of independents and those who don't lean to either party who are…

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 1,690. 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 21% 8% 71% 1,690
Right or wrong depends on the situation 24% 10% 66% 3,546
Neither/both equally 26% 5% 70% 133
Don't know 47% 13% 39% 100

Income distribution among independents and those who don't lean to either party by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of independents and those who don't lean to either party 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 = 1,343. 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 44% 21% 25% 10% 1,343
Right or wrong depends on the situation 50% 20% 19% 12% 2,844

Educational distribution among independents and those who don't lean to either party by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of independents and those who don't lean to either party 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 = 1,713. 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% 33% 12% 7% 1,713
Right or wrong depends on the situation 53% 29% 11% 7% 3,609
Neither/both equally 49% 31% 12% 8% 136
Don't know 68% 22% 8% 2% 102

Marital status among independents and those who don't lean to either party by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of independents and those who don't lean to either party who are…

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 1,712. 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% 7% 14% 5% 23% 1,712
Right or wrong depends on the situation 42% 10% 15% 6% 27% 3,625
Neither/both equally 34% 7% 17% 6% 36% 136
Don't know 37% 10% 12% 14% 27% 103

Parent of children under 18 among independents and those who don't lean to either party by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of independents and those who don't lean to either party who are…

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 1,720. 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% 67% 1,720
Right or wrong depends on the situation 33% 67% 3,643
Neither/both equally 25% 75% 137
Don't know 25% 75% 107

BeliefsandPractices

Belief in God among independents and those who don't lean to either party by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of independents and those who don't lean to either party 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 = 1,739. 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 72% 16% 4% 1% 6% 2% 1,739
Right or wrong depends on the situation 57% 23% 6% 1% 10% 3% 3,672
Neither/both equally 66% 19% 2% 2% 6% 6% 140
Don't know 59% 21% 4% 6% 6% 4% 107

Importance of religion in one's life among independents and those who don't lean to either party by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of independents and those who don't lean to either party 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 = 1,739. 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% 20% 8% 7% 2% 1,739
Right or wrong depends on the situation 46% 28% 12% 14% 1% 3,672
Neither/both equally 62% 16% 8% 13% 1% 140
Don't know 60% 19% 4% 8% 9% 107

Attendance at religious services among independents and those who don't lean to either party by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of independents and those who don't lean to either party 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 = 1,739. 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 43% 30% 26% 1% 1,739
Right or wrong depends on the situation 28% 32% 38% 1% 3,672
Neither/both equally 34% 25% 37% 5% 140
Don't know 45% 15% 36% 4% 107

Frequency of prayer among independents and those who don't lean to either party by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of independents and those who don't lean to either party who pray…

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,739. 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% 13% 5% 16% 2% 1,739
Right or wrong depends on the situation 48% 15% 7% 28% 1% 3,672
Neither/both equally 62% 10% 7% 19% 3% 140
Don't know 60% 10% 4% 19% 7% 107

Frequency of participation in prayer, scripture study or religious education groups among independents and those who don't lean to either party by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of independents and those who don't lean to either party 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 = 1,739. 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% 9% 8% 47% 2% 1,739
Right or wrong depends on the situation 20% 8% 7% 63% 1% 3,672
Neither/both equally 24% 8% 7% 57% 4% 140
Don't know 33% 5% 7% 50% 6% 107

Frequency of meditation among independents and those who don't lean to either party by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of independents and those who don't lean to either party 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 = 1,739. 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% 6% 2% 41% 4% 1,739
Right or wrong depends on the situation 39% 8% 4% 46% 2% 3,672
Neither/both equally 52% 4% 5% 33% 6% 140
Don't know 56% 4% 3% 27% 9% 107

Frequency of feeling spiritual peace and wellbeing among independents and those who don't lean to either party by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of independents and those who don't lean to either party 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 = 1,739. 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% 13% 3% 1,739
Right or wrong depends on the situation 54% 14% 9% 20% 3% 3,672
Neither/both equally 65% 7% 5% 16% 8% 140
Don't know 68% 7% 6% 12% 6% 107

Frequency of feeling wonder about the universe among independents and those who don't lean to either party by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of independents and those who don't lean to either party 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 = 1,739. 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% 12% 11% 26% 3% 1,739
Right or wrong depends on the situation 46% 13% 12% 27% 2% 3,672
Neither/both equally 60% 8% 11% 16% 5% 140
Don't know 51% 8% 5% 25% 12% 107

Sources of guidance on right and wrong among independents and those who don't lean to either party by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of independents and those who don't lean to either party 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 = 1,739. 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 45% 6% 38% 6% 5% 1,739
Right or wrong depends on the situation 26% 11% 50% 10% 3% 3,672
Neither/both equally 33% 13% 32% 3% 19% 140
Don't know 38% 4% 29% 10% 19% 107

Frequency of reading scripture among independents and those who don't lean to either party by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of independents and those who don't lean to either party 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 = 1,739. 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% 9% 6% 36% 2% 1,739
Right or wrong depends on the situation 29% 9% 8% 52% 1% 3,672
Neither/both equally 45% 7% 7% 38% 2% 140
Don't know 42% 5% 2% 47% 4% 107

Interpreting scripture among independents and those who don't lean to either party by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of independents and those who don't lean to either party 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 = 1,739. 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% 26% 5% 22% 8% 1,739
Right or wrong depends on the situation 27% 22% 3% 36% 12% 3,672
Neither/both equally 27% 15% 9% 25% 24% 140
Don't know 45% 5% 12% 23% 15% 107

Belief in Heaven among independents and those who don't lean to either party by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of independents and those who don't lean to either party who …in heaven

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,739. 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% 17% 10% 1,739
Right or wrong depends on the situation 67% 23% 10% 3,672
Neither/both equally 64% 15% 21% 140
Don't know 59% 17% 23% 107

Belief in Hell among independents and those who don't lean to either party by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of independents and those who don't lean to either party who …in hell

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,739. 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% 31% 9% 1,739
Right or wrong depends on the situation 50% 39% 11% 3,672
Neither/both equally 55% 23% 22% 140
Don't know 46% 33% 22% 107

SocialandPoliticalViews

Political ideology among independents and those who don't lean to either party by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of independents and those who don't lean to either party who are…

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,739. 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% 29% 14% 25% 1,739
Right or wrong depends on the situation 22% 36% 22% 20% 3,672
Neither/both equally 30% 24% 9% 37% 140
Don't know 19% 15% 28% 38% 107

Views about size of government among independents and those who don't lean to either party by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of independents and those who don't lean to either party 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 = 1,739. 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 53% 37% 4% 6% 1,739
Right or wrong depends on the situation 44% 45% 5% 7% 3,672
Neither/both equally 43% 24% 16% 17% 140
Don't know 29% 46% 6% 20% 107

Views about government aid to the poor among independents and those who don't lean to either party by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of independents and those who don't lean to either party 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 = 1,739. 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% 42% 6% 3% 1,739
Right or wrong depends on the situation 39% 51% 6% 4% 3,672
Neither/both equally 35% 39% 20% 6% 140
Don't know 23% 47% 4% 25% 107

Views about abortion among independents and those who don't lean to either party by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of independents and those who don't lean to either party 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 = 1,739. 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% 55% 7% 1,739
Right or wrong depends on the situation 53% 40% 7% 3,672
Neither/both equally 39% 43% 19% 140
Don't know 22% 53% 25% 107

Views about homosexuality among independents and those who don't lean to either party by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of independents and those who don't lean to either party 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 = 1,739. 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% 39% 7% 7% 1,739
Right or wrong depends on the situation 65% 24% 6% 6% 3,672
Neither/both equally 46% 24% 19% 12% 140
Don't know 41% 29% 8% 22% 107

Views about same-sex marriage among independents and those who don't lean to either party by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of independents and those who don't lean to either party 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 = 1,739. 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 39% 48% 13% 1,739
Right or wrong depends on the situation 57% 30% 13% 3,672
Neither/both equally 33% 33% 34% 140
Don't know 30% 35% 35% 107

Views about environmental regulation among independents and those who don't lean to either party by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of independents and those who don't lean to either party 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 = 1,739. 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 39% 51% 4% 6% 1,739
Right or wrong depends on the situation 34% 57% 4% 6% 3,672
Neither/both equally 24% 44% 15% 16% 140
Don't know 24% 25% 7% 43% 107

Views about human evolution among independents and those who don't lean to either party by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of independents and those who don't lean to either party 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 = 1,739. 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 21% 24% 4% 45% 6% 1,739
Right or wrong depends on the situation 35% 23% 6% 29% 7% 3,672
Neither/both equally 13% 15% 10% 37% 25% 140
Don't know 15% 11% 9% 31% 35% 107