Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong by state (2014) Switch to: State by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults who say…

State 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 = 511. 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.
Alabama 43% 55% 1% 1% 511
Alaska 35% 61% 2% 2% 310
Arizona 38% 57% 2% 3% 653
Arkansas 39% 59% 1% < 1% 311
California 29% 68% 1% 2% 3,697
Colorado 37% 59% 2% 3% 504
Connecticut 31% 68% 1% 1% 377
Delaware 30% 68% < 1% 1% 301
District of Columbia 22% 75% 2% 1% 303
Florida 32% 66% 1% 1% 2,020
Georgia 38% 60% 1% 1% 968
Hawaii 27% 71% 1% 1% 312
Idaho 42% 57% 1% < 1% 320
Illinois 30% 68% 1% 1% 1,326
Indiana 35% 63% 1% 1% 654
Iowa 32% 67% 1% < 1% 330
Kansas 37% 63% < 1% < 1% 307
Kentucky 37% 59% 2% 1% 439
Louisiana 38% 59% 1% 2% 465
Maine 28% 69% 2% 1% 303
Maryland 30% 68% 1% 1% 644
Massachusetts 24% 72% 2% 1% 704
Michigan 36% 62% 2% 1% 982
Minnesota 32% 67% 1% 1% 563
Mississippi 38% 60% 1% 2% 309
Missouri 36% 62% 1% < 1% 642
Montana 42% 56% 2% < 1% 312
Nebraska 39% 60% < 1% 1% 312
Nevada 30% 68% 1% 1% 314
New Hampshire 32% 66% 2% 1% 303
New Jersey 28% 70% 1% 1% 886
New Mexico 34% 60% 3% 2% 312
New York 26% 72% 1% 1% 1,966
North Carolina 36% 62% 1% 1% 1,022
North Dakota 37% 62% < 1% 1% 338
Ohio 32% 66% 1% 1% 1,132
Oklahoma 32% 65% 2% 1% 391
Oregon 35% 63% 1% 1% 419
Pennsylvania 36% 62% 1% 1% 1,366
Rhode Island 34% 62% 3% 1% 305
South Carolina 38% 59% 2% 1% 495
South Dakota 39% 60% 1% < 1% 305
Tennessee 40% 57% 2% 1% 661
Texas 34% 62% 2% 1% 2,535
Utah 39% 59% 2% < 1% 315
Vermont 27% 69% 1% 2% 306
Virginia 36% 61% 1% 1% 882
Washington 34% 65% 1% 1% 714
West Virginia 43% 53% 2% 1% 309
Wisconsin 30% 68% 2% < 1% 600
Wyoming 42% 56% 1% 1% 316

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