Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong among adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer services by state (2014) Switch to: State among adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer services by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer services 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
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Alabama 50% 48% 2% 1% 314
Alaska 52% 46% 1% 1% 183
Arizona 44% 50% 2% 4% 410
Arkansas 52% 47% < 1% < 1% 172
California 37% 60% 2% 1% 1,784
Colorado 48% 47% 1% 4% 278
Connecticut 40% 58% 1% < 1% 196
Delaware 35% 65% < 1% < 1% 146
Florida 41% 57% 2% 1% 1,035
Georgia 49% 49% 2% < 1% 528
Hawaii 32% 67% < 1% < 1% 160
Idaho 51% 48% < 1% < 1% 209
Illinois 36% 61% 1% 1% 721
Indiana 46% 52% 2% 1% 383
Iowa 39% 60% 1% < 1% 201
Kansas 43% 57% < 1% < 1% 204
Kentucky 48% 51% 1% 1% 245
Louisiana 48% 48% 2% 2% 262
Maine 36% 61% 3% < 1% 180
Maryland 38% 59% 1% 1% 298
Massachusetts 33% 66% 1% < 1% 325
Michigan 44% 54% 1% 1% 545
Minnesota 39% 60% 1% < 1% 331
Mississippi 49% 50% < 1% < 1% 178
Missouri 43% 56% < 1% < 1% 402
Montana 50% 48% 1% 1% 215
Nebraska 47% 53% < 1% 1% 202
Nevada 38% 60% < 1% 1% 194
New Hampshire 37% 61% 2% < 1% 180
New Jersey 35% 63% 1% 1% 437
New Mexico 47% 48% 5% 1% 153
New York 33% 65% 1% 1% 882
North Carolina 49% 49% 1% 1% 559
North Dakota 43% 57% < 1% < 1% 233
Ohio 43% 56% 1% < 1% 682
Oklahoma 40% 56% 3% 1% 240
Oregon 43% 55% 1% 1% 228
Pennsylvania 42% 56% 1% < 1% 793
Rhode Island 32% 64% 2% 2% 155
South Carolina 47% 50% 2% 1% 271
South Dakota 45% 55% < 1% < 1% 212
Tennessee 52% 46% 2% < 1% 407
Texas 43% 54% 2% 1% 1,330
Utah 47% 51% 2% < 1% 222
Vermont 35% 62% 2% 1% 143
Virginia 49% 49% 1% 2% 516
Washington 45% 54% 1% < 1% 386
West Virginia 50% 45% 3% 2% 188
Wisconsin 38% 60% 1% 1% 369
Wyoming 45% 54% 1% 1% 230

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