Sources of guidance on right and wrong by metro area (2014) Switch to: Metro area by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who say they look to…most for guidance on right and wrong

Metro area Religion Philosophy/reason Common sense Science Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 510. 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.
Atlanta Metro Area 44% 10% 36% 8% 2% 510
Baltimore Metro Area 30% 11% 47% 8% 4% 250
Boston Metro Area 16% 10% 55% 17% 3% 498
Chicago Metro Area 27% 12% 47% 12% 2% 867
Dallas/Fort Worth Metro Area 43% 9% 39% 8% 2% 659
Detroit Metro Area 29% 7% 51% 10% 3% 374
Houston Metro Area 40% 9% 40% 9% 1% 514
Los Angeles Metro Area 28% 14% 42% 13% 3% 1,076
Miami Metro Area 29% 12% 48% 10% 1% 483
Minneapolis/St. Paul Metro Area 25% 14% 49% 9% 3% 342
New York City Metro Area 26% 15% 47% 10% 3% 1,786
Philadelphia Metro Area 26% 12% 47% 14% 2% 722
Phoenix Metro Area 32% 12% 44% 11% 2% 397
Pittsburgh Metro Area 25% 8% 54% 11% 3% 252
Providence Metro Area 23% 10% 53% 12% 2% 351
Riverside, CA Metro Area 38% 9% 43% 8% 2% 373
San Diego Metro Area 31% 18% 41% 10% 1% 321
San Francisco Metro Area 18% 19% 46% 13% 4% 485
Seattle Metro Area 23% 16% 45% 14% 2% 333
St. Louis Metro Area 32% 12% 45% 6% 4% 274
Tampa Metro Area 24% 11% 53% 10% 2% 320
Washington, DC Metro Area 32% 12% 39% 13% 3% 913

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