Belief in God 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 they…

Survey year 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 = 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 54% 25% 7% 1% 11% 3% 15,190
2007 65% 22% 4% 1% 5% 3% 18,234

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Belief in God 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 they…

Religious tradition 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 = 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 27% 32% 12% < 1% 25% 2% 111
Catholic 61% 29% 5% 1% 2% 1% 3,428
Evangelical Protestant 78% 18% 3% < 1% < 1% 1% 2,407
Historically Black Protestant 84% 13% 1% 1% < 1% < 1% 751
Jewish 32% 29% 15% 1% 17% 6% 414
Mainline Protestant 59% 31% 5% 1% 2% 1% 2,990
Mormon 76% 18% 4% < 1% < 1% 1% 162
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 27% 25% 11% 1% 30% 6% 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 God

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

Belief in God 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 7,903. 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.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 19% 34% 29% 19% 7,903
Believe in God; fairly certain 24% 36% 25% 15% 3,814
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 33% 33% 20% 15% 1,003
Believe in God; don't know 17% 20% 23% 40% 128
Do not believe in God 36% 35% 17% 12% 1,626
Other/don't know if they believe in God 28% 34% 22% 16% 440

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

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

Belief in God Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 7,903. 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.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 11% 13% 28% 34% 12% 1% 7,903
Believe in God; fairly certain 15% 16% 29% 29% 10% 1% 3,814
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 21% 18% 26% 24% 9% 1% 1,003
Believe in God; don't know 8% 15% 13% 26% 31% 6% 128
Do not believe in God 24% 21% 26% 21% 7% 1% 1,626
Other/don't know if they believe in God 14% 21% 27% 27% 9% 1% 440

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

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

Belief in God Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 8,052. 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.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 45% 55% 8,052
Believe in God; fairly certain 51% 49% 3,886
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 61% 39% 1,020
Believe in God; don't know 51% 49% 132
Do not believe in God 64% 36% 1,638
Other/don't know if they believe in God 63% 37% 462

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 God

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

Belief in God White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 7,921. 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.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 63% 16% 3% 14% 4% 7,921
Believe in God; fairly certain 73% 7% 4% 12% 3% 3,857
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 72% 4% 6% 15% 3% 1,008
Believe in God; don't know 70% 8% 1% 18% 3% 126
Do not believe in God 79% 2% 6% 9% 3% 1,623
Other/don't know if they believe in God 82% 6% 4% 4% 5% 448

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

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

Belief in God Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 7,942. 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.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 13% 10% 78% 7,942
Believe in God; fairly certain 12% 10% 78% 3,839
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 16% 14% 70% 1,011
Believe in God; don't know 14% 13% 73% 130
Do not believe in God 10% 14% 76% 1,618
Other/don't know if they believe in God 8% 10% 82% 448

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

% 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 God Less than $30,000 $30,000-$49,999 $50,000-$99,999 $100,000 or more Sample Size
Sample size = 6,968. 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.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 38% 21% 25% 16% 6,968
Believe in God; fairly certain 31% 21% 27% 21% 3,454
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 34% 16% 26% 24% 918
Do not believe in God 25% 19% 31% 25% 1,497
Other/don't know if they believe in God 28% 19% 28% 25% 375

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

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

Belief in God High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 8,002. 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.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 47% 33% 13% 7% 8,002
Believe in God; fairly certain 41% 33% 16% 11% 3,871
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 41% 29% 18% 12% 1,015
Believe in God; don't know 49% 30% 12% 10% 132
Do not believe in God 34% 31% 23% 12% 1,635
Other/don't know if they believe in God 35% 32% 19% 15% 456

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

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

Belief in God Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 8,023. 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.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 47% 8% 15% 8% 23% 8,023
Believe in God; fairly certain 47% 11% 12% 5% 25% 3,874
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 41% 10% 9% 5% 34% 1,018
Believe in God; don't know 31% 10% 21% 21% 17% 129
Do not believe in God 38% 12% 9% 3% 39% 1,636
Other/don't know if they believe in God 43% 9% 13% 5% 29% 449

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 God

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

Belief in God Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 8,030. 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.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 30% 70% 8,030
Believe in God; fairly certain 30% 70% 3,878
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 25% 75% 1,015
Believe in God; don't know 15% 85% 131
Do not believe in God 22% 78% 1,632
Other/don't know if they believe in God 25% 75% 460

BeliefsandPractices

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 God

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

Belief in God Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 8,052. 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.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 59% 31% 5% 4% 1% 8,052
Believe in God; fairly certain 18% 51% 23% 7% 1% 3,886
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 7% 29% 40% 23% < 1% 1,020
Believe in God; don't know 47% 26% 11% 12% 4% 132
Do not believe in God 2% 8% 25% 64% 1% 1,638
Other/don't know if they believe in God 6% 21% 35% 36% 2% 462

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 God

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

Belief in God At least once a week Once or twice a month/a few times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 8,052. 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.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 31% 43% 26% < 1% 8,052
Believe in God; fairly certain 14% 43% 43% < 1% 3,886
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 6% 34% 59% < 1% 1,020
Believe in God; don't know 29% 31% 38% 3% 132
Do not believe in God 2% 17% 82% < 1% 1,638
Other/don't know if they believe in God 4% 24% 69% 3% 462

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

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

Belief in God At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 8,052. 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.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 64% 20% 6% 9% 1% 8,052
Believe in God; fairly certain 29% 25% 13% 33% 1% 3,886
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 14% 12% 11% 62% < 1% 1,020
Believe in God; don't know 37% 12% 9% 30% 11% 132
Do not believe in God 2% 1% 3% 93% < 1% 1,638
Other/don't know if they believe in God 9% 5% 6% 74% 5% 462

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 God

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

Belief in God At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 8,052. 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.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 20% 10% 10% 59% 1% 8,052
Believe in God; fairly certain 6% 6% 7% 81% < 1% 3,886
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 3% 3% 4% 90% < 1% 1,020
Believe in God; don't know 13% 4% 7% 64% 12% 132
Do not believe in God 1% 1% 2% 96% < 1% 1,638
Other/don't know if they believe in God 2% 1% 4% 91% 2% 462

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

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

Belief in God At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 8,052. 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.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 41% 8% 4% 46% 1% 8,052
Believe in God; fairly certain 24% 11% 6% 59% 1% 3,886
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 20% 11% 6% 63% < 1% 1,020
Believe in God; don't know 41% 9% < 1% 47% 3% 132
Do not believe in God 17% 8% 5% 69% 1% 1,638
Other/don't know if they believe in God 22% 7% 5% 63% 3% 462

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 God

% 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 God At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 8,052. 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.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 61% 17% 10% 11% 1% 8,052
Believe in God; fairly certain 37% 20% 16% 25% 1% 3,886
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 29% 17% 14% 39% 1% 1,020
Believe in God; don't know 49% 10% 8% 21% 12% 132
Do not believe in God 28% 13% 9% 48% 2% 1,638
Other/don't know if they believe in God 34% 12% 10% 39% 5% 462

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 God

% 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 God At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 8,052. 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.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 42% 16% 13% 29% 1% 8,052
Believe in God; fairly certain 36% 18% 18% 28% 1% 3,886
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 39% 16% 16% 29% < 1% 1,020
Believe in God; don't know 38% 9% 10% 35% 8% 132
Do not believe in God 41% 16% 14% 27% 1% 1,638
Other/don't know if they believe in God 43% 16% 15% 24% 2% 462

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 belief in God

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

Belief in God 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 = 8,052. 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.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 29% 69% 1% 1% 8,052
Believe in God; fairly certain 23% 75% 1% 1% 3,886
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 21% 77% 1% 1% 1,020
Believe in God; don't know 24% 66% 4% 7% 132
Do not believe in God 16% 83% 1% 1% 1,638
Other/don't know if they believe in God 16% 81% 2% 1% 462

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 God

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

Belief in God At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 8,052. 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.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 32% 13% 11% 43% 1% 8,052
Believe in God; fairly certain 9% 9% 10% 72% < 1% 3,886
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 4% 6% 5% 84% < 1% 1,020
Believe in God; don't know 28% 9% 11% 46% 7% 132
Do not believe in God 2% 2% 4% 92% < 1% 1,638
Other/don't know if they believe in God 6% 2% 6% 84% 2% 462

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

% 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 God Word of God; should be taken literally Word of God; not everything taken literally Word of God; other/don't know Not the word of God Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 8,052. 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.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 32% 35% 3% 22% 9% 8,052
Believe in God; fairly certain 10% 29% 1% 51% 9% 3,886
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 5% 10% < 1% 78% 7% 1,020
Believe in God; don't know 27% 15% 7% 27% 23% 132
Do not believe in God 1% 2% < 1% 94% 3% 1,638
Other/don't know if they believe in God 2% 5% 1% 76% 17% 462

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

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

Belief in God Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 8,052. 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.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 86% 8% 5% 8,052
Believe in God; fairly certain 70% 21% 9% 3,886
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 40% 46% 14% 1,020
Believe in God; don't know 62% 21% 16% 132
Do not believe in God 6% 90% 3% 1,638
Other/don't know if they believe in God 19% 45% 36% 462

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

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

Belief in God Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 8,052. 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.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 68% 25% 7% 8,052
Believe in God; fairly certain 47% 43% 10% 3,886
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 30% 59% 11% 1,020
Believe in God; don't know 42% 32% 25% 132
Do not believe in God 5% 92% 3% 1,638
Other/don't know if they believe in God 15% 56% 29% 462

SocialandPoliticalViews

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

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

Belief in God Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 8,052. 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.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 37% 19% 44% 8,052
Believe in God; fairly certain 35% 18% 46% 3,886
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 28% 18% 53% 1,020
Believe in God; don't know 25% 29% 45% 132
Do not believe in God 22% 18% 60% 1,638
Other/don't know if they believe in God 25% 28% 47% 462

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

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

Belief in God Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 8,052. 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.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 35% 36% 21% 7% 8,052
Believe in God; fairly certain 27% 41% 26% 5% 3,886
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 20% 41% 33% 6% 1,020
Believe in God; don't know 36% 26% 25% 13% 132
Do not believe in God 16% 32% 45% 7% 1,638
Other/don't know if they believe in God 16% 38% 31% 14% 462

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 God

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

Belief in God Smaller government; fewer services Bigger government; more services Depends Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 8,052. 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.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 52% 42% 3% 4% 8,052
Believe in God; fairly certain 54% 40% 3% 3% 3,886
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 49% 44% 4% 3% 1,020
Believe in God; don't know 36% 42% 8% 15% 132
Do not believe in God 48% 46% 3% 3% 1,638
Other/don't know if they believe in God 55% 32% 5% 8% 462

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 God

% 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 God Does more harm than good Does more good than harm Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 8,052. 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.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 47% 47% 4% 2% 8,052
Believe in God; fairly certain 47% 49% 3% 2% 3,886
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 41% 54% 3% 2% 1,020
Believe in God; don't know 39% 43% 7% 10% 132
Do not believe in God 34% 61% 3% 1% 1,638
Other/don't know if they believe in God 41% 49% 7% 3% 462

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

% 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 God Legal in all/most cases Illegal in all/most cases Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 8,052. 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.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 55% 40% 5% 8,052
Believe in God; fairly certain 68% 28% 4% 3,886
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 79% 18% 3% 1,020
Believe in God; don't know 44% 32% 24% 132
Do not believe in God 85% 12% 2% 1,638
Other/don't know if they believe in God 77% 14% 9% 462

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

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

Belief in God Should be accepted Should be discouraged Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 8,052. 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.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 64% 28% 4% 4% 8,052
Believe in God; fairly certain 79% 15% 3% 2% 3,886
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 82% 13% 2% 3% 1,020
Believe in God; don't know 50% 24% 16% 9% 132
Do not believe in God 89% 8% 2% 1% 1,638
Other/don't know if they believe in God 79% 12% 5% 4% 462

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 God

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

Belief in God Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 8,052. 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.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 53% 38% 9% 8,052
Believe in God; fairly certain 70% 22% 7% 3,886
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 75% 18% 6% 1,020
Believe in God; don't know 46% 27% 28% 132
Do not believe in God 87% 9% 5% 1,638
Other/don't know if they believe in God 76% 16% 8% 462

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 God

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

Belief in God Stricter environmental laws and regulations cost too many jobs and hurt the economy Stricter environmental laws and regulations are worth the cost Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 8,052. 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.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 41% 54% 2% 3% 8,052
Believe in God; fairly certain 37% 59% 2% 2% 3,886
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 32% 65% 2% 2% 1,020
Believe in God; don't know 34% 46% 5% 15% 132
Do not believe in God 23% 74% 1% 2% 1,638
Other/don't know if they believe in God 29% 63% 3% 5% 462

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 God

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

Belief in God Evolved; due to natural processes Evolved; due to God's design Evolved; don't know how Always existed in present form Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 8,052. 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.
Believe in God; absolutely certain 23% 33% 4% 35% 5% 8,052
Believe in God; fairly certain 48% 25% 5% 19% 3% 3,886
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain 65% 13% 5% 14% 3% 1,020
Believe in God; don't know 36% 12% 12% 27% 13% 132
Do not believe in God 85% 4% 2% 7% 1% 1,638
Other/don't know if they believe in God 69% 7% 12% 8% 4% 462