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

% of adults who say religion 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 = 11,754. 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 50% 47% 1% 1% 11,754

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

% of adults who say religion 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 = 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 40% 57% 1% 2% 2,203
Evangelical Protestant 61% 37% 1% 1% 5,299
Historically Black Protestant 38% 60% 2% 1% 929
Jehovah's Witness 62% 33% 2% 3% 194
Jewish 41% 55% 4% < 1% 126
Mainline Protestant 43% 54% 1% 1% 1,825
Mormon 67% 31% 2% < 1% 428
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 34% 63% 2% 1% 441

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DemographicInformation

Age distribution among adults who say religion 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 religion 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 = 6,124. 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% 33% 33% 21% 6,124
Right or wrong depends on the situation 19% 33% 27% 21% 5,065
Neither/both equally 13% 32% 28% 27% 178
Don't know 16% 29% 15% 41% 116

Generational cohort among adults who say religion 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 religion 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 = 6,124. 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% 10% 28% 39% 14% 1% 6,124
Right or wrong depends on the situation 12% 13% 27% 32% 14% 2% 5,065
Neither/both equally 8% 11% 26% 34% 19% 1% 178
Don't know 12% 7% 25% 23% 28% 5% 116

Gender composition among adults who say religion 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 religion 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 = 6,271. 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% 55% 6,271
Right or wrong depends on the situation 38% 62% 5,177
Neither/both equally 48% 52% 184
Don't know 39% 61% 122

Racial and ethnic composition among adults who say religion 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 religion 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 = 6,178. 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% 11% 2% 11% 3% 6,178
Right or wrong depends on the situation 54% 19% 3% 20% 4% 5,123
Neither/both equally 65% 12% < 1% 19% 4% 180
Don't know 52% 8% 1% 37% 2% 117

Immigrant status among adults who say religion 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 religion 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 = 6,214. 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% 7% 83% 6,214
Right or wrong depends on the situation 19% 9% 73% 5,092
Neither/both equally 17% 7% 76% 180
Don't know 33% 10% 56% 117

Income distribution among adults who say religion 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 religion 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 = 5,420. 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% 21% 32% 18% 5,420
Right or wrong depends on the situation 44% 21% 23% 12% 4,451
Neither/both equally 41% 16% 28% 15% 133

Educational distribution among adults who say religion 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 religion 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 = 6,236. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
There are clear standards for what is right and wrong 37% 34% 18% 10% 6,236
Right or wrong depends on the situation 50% 30% 12% 8% 5,149
Neither/both equally 38% 32% 16% 13% 182
Don't know 78% 17% 4% 1% 118

Marital status among adults who say religion 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 religion 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 = 6,246. 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 65% 2% 11% 6% 15% 6,246
Right or wrong depends on the situation 47% 6% 15% 9% 23% 5,151
Neither/both equally 51% 5% 15% 9% 20% 181
Don't know 35% 6% 13% 23% 22% 119

Parent of children under 18 among adults who say religion 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 religion 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 = 6,240. 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% 6,240
Right or wrong depends on the situation 30% 70% 5,153
Neither/both equally 29% 71% 184
Don't know 26% 74% 120

BeliefsandPractices

Belief in God among adults who say religion 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 religion 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 = 6,271. 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 93% 6% < 1% < 1% < 1% < 1% 6,271
Right or wrong depends on the situation 86% 11% 1% 1% 1% < 1% 5,177
Neither/both equally 89% 10% < 1% < 1% < 1% 1% 184
Don't know 78% 18% < 1% 2% < 1% 1% 122

Importance of religion in one's life among adults who say religion 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 religion 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 = 6,271. 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 91% 7% 1% < 1% 1% 6,271
Right or wrong depends on the situation 84% 13% 2% 1% < 1% 5,177
Neither/both equally 97% 1% < 1% 2% < 1% 184
Don't know 88% 7% < 1% 2% 4% 122

Attendance at religious services among adults who say religion 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 religion 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 = 6,271. 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% 20% 7% < 1% 6,271
Right or wrong depends on the situation 59% 28% 12% 1% 5,177
Neither/both equally 63% 25% 9% 3% 184
Don't know 66% 20% 13% 1% 122

Frequency of prayer among adults who say religion 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 religion 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 = 6,271. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
There are clear standards for what is right and wrong 88% 8% 2% 2% 1% 6,271
Right or wrong depends on the situation 78% 14% 2% 5% 1% 5,177
Neither/both equally 89% 8% 1% 1% 1% 184
Don't know 84% 8% 1% 5% 2% 122

Frequency of participation in prayer, scripture study or religious education groups among adults who say religion 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 religion 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 = 6,271. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
There are clear standards for what is right and wrong 54% 13% 9% 24% 1% 6,271
Right or wrong depends on the situation 42% 13% 10% 35% 1% 5,177
Neither/both equally 48% 9% 11% 31% < 1% 184
Don't know 53% 10% 6% 29% 3% 122

Frequency of meditation among adults who say religion 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 religion 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 = 6,271. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
There are clear standards for what is right and wrong 56% 6% 3% 33% 3% 6,271
Right or wrong depends on the situation 51% 8% 3% 35% 2% 5,177
Neither/both equally 63% 4% 2% 28% 2% 184
Don't know 72% 2% 2% 19% 4% 122

Frequency of feeling spiritual peace and wellbeing among adults who say religion 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 religion 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 = 6,271. 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 83% 9% 4% 3% 1% 6,271
Right or wrong depends on the situation 73% 12% 6% 7% 1% 5,177
Neither/both equally 82% 7% 2% 7% 3% 184
Don't know 75% 12% 8% 3% 3% 122

Frequency of feeling wonder about the universe among adults who say religion 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 religion 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 = 6,271. 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% 16% 9% 21% 2% 6,271
Right or wrong depends on the situation 46% 14% 12% 26% 2% 5,177
Neither/both equally 59% 15% 7% 13% 6% 184
Don't know 51% 10% 11% 16% 11% 122

Frequency of reading scripture among adults who say religion 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 religion 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 = 6,271. 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% 5% 11% 1% 6,271
Right or wrong depends on the situation 58% 13% 7% 22% 1% 5,177
Neither/both equally 71% 8% 2% 17% 2% 184
Don't know 66% 10% 3% 19% 2% 122

Interpreting scripture among adults who say religion 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 religion 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 = 6,271. 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% 29% 4% 4% 3% 6,271
Right or wrong depends on the situation 50% 32% 3% 8% 5% 5,177
Neither/both equally 47% 26% 12% 2% 13% 184
Don't know 59% 13% 7% 15% 6% 122

Belief in Heaven among adults who say religion 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 religion 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 = 6,271. 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% 6,271
Right or wrong depends on the situation 90% 5% 4% 5,177
Neither/both equally 86% 5% 9% 184
Don't know 86% 8% 6% 122

Belief in Hell among adults who say religion 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 religion 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 = 6,271. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
There are clear standards for what is right and wrong 82% 12% 7% 6,271
Right or wrong depends on the situation 76% 17% 7% 5,177
Neither/both equally 76% 14% 10% 184
Don't know 71% 17% 12% 122

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among adults who say religion 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 religion 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 = 6,271. 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% 14% 23% 6,271
Right or wrong depends on the situation 35% 20% 45% 5,177
Neither/both equally 45% 28% 27% 184
Don't know 26% 37% 37% 122

Political ideology among adults who say religion 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 religion 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 = 6,271. 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 66% 21% 8% 6% 6,271
Right or wrong depends on the situation 41% 32% 19% 8% 5,177
Neither/both equally 46% 25% 11% 19% 184
Don't know 45% 17% 19% 19% 122

Views about size of government among adults who say religion 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 religion 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 = 6,271. 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% 25% 2% 3% 6,271
Right or wrong depends on the situation 43% 50% 3% 3% 5,177
Neither/both equally 51% 30% 13% 6% 184
Don't know 47% 40% 5% 8% 122

Views about government aid to the poor among adults who say religion 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 religion 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 = 6,271. 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% 33% 4% 2% 6,271
Right or wrong depends on the situation 40% 54% 4% 2% 5,177
Neither/both equally 43% 38% 15% 3% 184
Don't know 41% 48% 3% 7% 122

Views about abortion among adults who say religion 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 religion 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 = 6,271. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
There are clear standards for what is right and wrong 22% 75% 3% 6,271
Right or wrong depends on the situation 37% 58% 4% 5,177
Neither/both equally 22% 68% 10% 184
Don't know 21% 65% 14% 122

Views about homosexuality among adults who say religion 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 religion 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 = 6,271. 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% 65% 4% 4% 6,271
Right or wrong depends on the situation 48% 43% 5% 4% 5,177
Neither/both equally 26% 52% 13% 9% 184
Don't know 34% 45% 9% 12% 122

Views about same-sex marriage among adults who say religion 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 religion 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 = 6,271. 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 18% 76% 6% 6,271
Right or wrong depends on the situation 38% 54% 8% 5,177
Neither/both equally 27% 60% 13% 184
Don't know 21% 63% 16% 122

Views about environmental regulation among adults who say religion 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 religion 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 = 6,271. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
There are clear standards for what is right and wrong 54% 41% 3% 2% 6,271
Right or wrong depends on the situation 38% 55% 2% 4% 5,177
Neither/both equally 37% 44% 12% 7% 184
Don't know 37% 25% 4% 33% 122

Views about human evolution among adults who say religion 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 religion 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 = 6,271. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
There are clear standards for what is right and wrong 6% 23% 1% 66% 4% 6,271
Right or wrong depends on the situation 13% 31% 3% 46% 6% 5,177
Neither/both equally 7% 20% 6% 53% 14% 184
Don't know 15% 12% 9% 45% 19% 122