Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong among adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong

% of adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong 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 = 15,190. 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 25% 73% 1% 1% 15,190

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Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong among adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by religious group

% of adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong 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 = 111. 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.
Buddhist 23% 73% 4% < 1% 111
Catholic 26% 73% 1% 1% 3,428
Evangelical Protestant 34% 64% 1% 1% 2,407
Historically Black Protestant 22% 76% 1% 1% 751
Jewish 15% 82% 2% 1% 414
Mainline Protestant 28% 70% 2% 1% 2,990
Mormon 40% 60% < 1% < 1% 162
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 20% 78% 1% 1% 4,142

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DemographicInformation

Age distribution among adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who are ages…

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 3,901. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
There are clear standards for what is right and wrong 16% 36% 29% 19% 3,901
Right or wrong depends on the situation 26% 34% 24% 16% 10,705
Neither/both equally 16% 31% 32% 21% 185
Don't know 15% 20% 25% 40% 123

Generational cohort among adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who are…

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 3,901. 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% 13% 30% 34% 12% 1% 3,901
Right or wrong depends on the situation 16% 16% 27% 29% 10% 1% 10,705
Neither/both equally 10% 15% 22% 40% 12% 1% 185
Don't know 9% 7% 19% 30% 27% 8% 123

Gender composition among adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who are…

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 3,989. 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.
There are clear standards for what is right and wrong 57% 43% 3,989
Right or wrong depends on the situation 48% 52% 10,882
Neither/both equally 61% 39% 193
Don't know 43% 57% 126

Racial and ethnic composition among adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who identify as…

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 3,914. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
There are clear standards for what is right and wrong 74% 9% 2% 10% 4% 3,914
Right or wrong depends on the situation 67% 12% 4% 13% 4% 10,763
Neither/both equally 63% 9% 4% 20% 4% 184
Don't know 53% 16% < 1% 23% 8% 122

Immigrant status among adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who are…

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 3,944. 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 10% 9% 81% 3,944
Right or wrong depends on the situation 13% 11% 76% 10,736
Neither/both equally 18% 9% 73% 187
Don't know 23% 10% 68% 121

Income distribution among adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong 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 = 3,502. 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% 29% 20% 3,502
Right or wrong depends on the situation 35% 21% 26% 18% 9,563
Neither/both equally 41% 18% 24% 17% 150

Educational distribution among adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who have completed…

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 3,966. 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% 33% 15% 8% 3,966
Right or wrong depends on the situation 43% 32% 16% 9% 10,831
Neither/both equally 41% 36% 13% 11% 190
Don't know 66% 18% 13% 4% 124

Marital status among adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who are…

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 3,972. 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% 8% 13% 6% 20% 3,972
Right or wrong depends on the situation 43% 10% 13% 6% 28% 10,843
Neither/both equally 42% 7% 16% 6% 30% 188
Don't know 36% 6% 19% 17% 22% 126

Parent of children under 18 among adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who are…

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 3,977. 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 29% 71% 3,977
Right or wrong depends on the situation 28% 72% 10,853
Neither/both equally 19% 81% 190
Don't know 22% 78% 126

BeliefsandPractices

Belief in God among adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who say they…

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong Believe in God; absolutely certain Believe in God; fairly certain Believe in God; not too/not at all certain Believe in God; don't know Do not believe in God Other/don't know if they believe in God Sample Size
Sample size = 3,989. 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.
There are clear standards for what is right and wrong 62% 23% 6% 1% 7% 2% 3,989
Right or wrong depends on the situation 51% 26% 7% 1% 12% 3% 10,882
Neither/both equally 56% 22% 7% 3% 7% 5% 193
Don't know 57% 17% 8% 7% 8% 3% 126

Importance of religion in one's life among adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who say religion is…

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,989. 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.
There are clear standards for what is right and wrong 45% 34% 12% 9% < 1% 3,989
Right or wrong depends on the situation 35% 34% 16% 15% 1% 10,882
Neither/both equally 46% 26% 17% 9% 1% 193
Don't know 59% 22% 7% 8% 4% 126

Attendance at religious services among adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who attend religious services…

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong At least once a week Once or twice a month/a few times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,989. 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.
There are clear standards for what is right and wrong 26% 40% 34% < 1% 3,989
Right or wrong depends on the situation 20% 39% 41% < 1% 10,882
Neither/both equally 25% 31% 44% < 1% 193
Don't know 34% 27% 34% 5% 126

Frequency of prayer among adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who pray…

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,989. 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.
There are clear standards for what is right and wrong 49% 20% 8% 23% 1% 3,989
Right or wrong depends on the situation 41% 18% 8% 32% 1% 10,882
Neither/both equally 52% 16% 6% 25% 2% 193
Don't know 57% 12% 3% 22% 7% 126

Frequency of participation in prayer, scripture study or religious education groups among adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who attend prayer group…

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,989. 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.
There are clear standards for what is right and wrong 16% 8% 8% 67% < 1% 3,989
Right or wrong depends on the situation 12% 7% 7% 73% 1% 10,882
Neither/both equally 15% 6% 8% 69% 2% 193
Don't know 20% 7% 5% 65% 3% 126

Frequency of meditation among adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who meditate…

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,989. 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.
There are clear standards for what is right and wrong 34% 8% 4% 53% 1% 3,989
Right or wrong depends on the situation 32% 9% 5% 54% 1% 10,882
Neither/both equally 37% 7% 3% 50% 3% 193
Don't know 44% 4% 7% 40% 5% 126

Frequency of feeling spiritual peace and wellbeing among adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who feel a sense of spiritual peace and wellbeing…

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,989. 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.
There are clear standards for what is right and wrong 52% 17% 11% 19% 1% 3,989
Right or wrong depends on the situation 47% 17% 12% 22% 1% 10,882
Neither/both equally 54% 16% 8% 18% 5% 193
Don't know 46% 9% 12% 25% 7% 126

Frequency of feeling wonder about the universe among adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who feel a sense of wonder about the universe…

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,989. 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.
There are clear standards for what is right and wrong 39% 16% 15% 29% 1% 3,989
Right or wrong depends on the situation 40% 17% 14% 28% 1% 10,882
Neither/both equally 47% 9% 14% 27% 3% 193
Don't know 48% 15% 4% 25% 9% 126

Frequency of reading scripture among adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who read scripture…

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,989. 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.
There are clear standards for what is right and wrong 25% 11% 9% 54% 1% 3,989
Right or wrong depends on the situation 19% 10% 10% 61% 1% 10,882
Neither/both equally 29% 7% 6% 56% 3% 193
Don't know 39% 8% 5% 46% 1% 126

Interpreting scripture among adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who say the holy scripture is…

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong Word of God; should be taken literally Word of God; not everything taken literally Word of God; other/don't know Not the word of God Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,989. 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.
There are clear standards for what is right and wrong 25% 31% 2% 34% 8% 3,989
Right or wrong depends on the situation 18% 26% 2% 46% 8% 10,882
Neither/both equally 20% 19% 5% 41% 15% 193
Don't know 44% 13% 7% 22% 15% 126

Belief in Heaven among adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who …in heaven

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,989. 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.
There are clear standards for what is right and wrong 76% 18% 7% 3,989
Right or wrong depends on the situation 66% 26% 8% 10,882
Neither/both equally 65% 23% 12% 193
Don't know 65% 22% 12% 126

Belief in Hell among adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who …in hell

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,989. 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.
There are clear standards for what is right and wrong 60% 31% 8% 3,989
Right or wrong depends on the situation 49% 43% 9% 10,882
Neither/both equally 52% 35% 13% 193
Don't know 46% 32% 22% 126

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who identify as…

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 3,989. 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.
There are clear standards for what is right and wrong 46% 18% 35% 3,989
Right or wrong depends on the situation 30% 19% 51% 10,882
Neither/both equally 30% 25% 45% 193
Don't know 33% 30% 38% 126

Political ideology among adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who are…

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,989. 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.
There are clear standards for what is right and wrong 42% 34% 18% 7% 3,989
Right or wrong depends on the situation 25% 39% 29% 7% 10,882
Neither/both equally 34% 29% 22% 15% 193
Don't know 31% 20% 23% 26% 126

Views about size of government among adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who would rather have…

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong Smaller government; fewer services Bigger government; more services Depends Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,989. 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.
There are clear standards for what is right and wrong 64% 31% 3% 3% 3,989
Right or wrong depends on the situation 48% 46% 3% 4% 10,882
Neither/both equally 52% 26% 17% 5% 193
Don't know 39% 46% 5% 10% 126

Views about government aid to the poor among adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who say government aid to the poor…

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong Does more harm than good Does more good than harm Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,989. 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.
There are clear standards for what is right and wrong 57% 38% 3% 1% 3,989
Right or wrong depends on the situation 41% 54% 4% 2% 10,882
Neither/both equally 35% 49% 15% 1% 193
Don't know 39% 30% 5% 25% 126

Views about abortion among adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who say abortion should be…

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong Legal in all/most cases Illegal in all/most cases Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,989. 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.
There are clear standards for what is right and wrong 55% 41% 4% 3,989
Right or wrong depends on the situation 67% 29% 4% 10,882
Neither/both equally 51% 36% 13% 193
Don't know 31% 36% 33% 126

Views about homosexuality among adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who say homosexuality…

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong Should be accepted Should be discouraged Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,989. 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.
There are clear standards for what is right and wrong 63% 29% 4% 4% 3,989
Right or wrong depends on the situation 75% 19% 3% 3% 10,882
Neither/both equally 61% 20% 14% 4% 193
Don't know 49% 27% 6% 18% 126

Views about same-sex marriage among adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who …same-sex marriage

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,989. 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.
There are clear standards for what is right and wrong 52% 39% 9% 3,989
Right or wrong depends on the situation 67% 25% 7% 10,882
Neither/both equally 55% 28% 17% 193
Don't know 41% 35% 24% 126

Views about environmental regulation among adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who say…

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong Stricter environmental laws and regulations cost too many jobs and hurt the economy Stricter environmental laws and regulations are worth the cost Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,989. 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.
There are clear standards for what is right and wrong 45% 50% 2% 3% 3,989
Right or wrong depends on the situation 34% 61% 2% 2% 10,882
Neither/both equally 34% 48% 10% 8% 193
Don't know 31% 39% 2% 28% 126

Views about human evolution among adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who say humans…

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong Evolved; due to natural processes Evolved; due to God's design Evolved; don't know how Always existed in present form Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,989. 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.
There are clear standards for what is right and wrong 32% 28% 4% 32% 4% 3,989
Right or wrong depends on the situation 43% 25% 4% 24% 3% 10,882
Neither/both equally 27% 27% 8% 27% 11% 193
Don't know 22% 17% 12% 17% 32% 126