Sources of guidance on right and wrong by state (2014) Switch to: State by sources of guidance on right and wrong

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

State Religion Philosophy/reason Common sense Science Don't know Sample Size
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Alabama 50% 4% 39% 4% 3% 511
Alaska 28% 7% 47% 13% 5% 310
Arizona 33% 10% 44% 10% 3% 653
Arkansas 48% 7% 39% 5% 1% 311
California 29% 13% 43% 12% 3% 3,697
Colorado 29% 15% 43% 9% 3% 504
Connecticut 20% 14% 53% 12% 1% 377
Delaware 30% 9% 51% 7% 2% 301
District of Columbia 27% 15% 42% 12% 4% 303
Florida 31% 11% 48% 8% 2% 2,020
Georgia 45% 9% 37% 7% 2% 968
Hawaii 21% 13% 55% 8% 3% 312
Idaho 33% 8% 51% 7% 2% 320
Illinois 29% 12% 46% 11% 2% 1,326
Indiana 36% 8% 44% 9% 3% 654
Iowa 34% 11% 48% 4% 3% 330
Kansas 37% 9% 46% 6% 2% 307
Kentucky 40% 9% 43% 5% 2% 439
Louisiana 43% 9% 41% 5% 2% 465
Maine 18% 13% 57% 10% 2% 303
Maryland 33% 9% 45% 11% 3% 644
Massachusetts 15% 12% 56% 16% 2% 704
Michigan 32% 8% 49% 8% 3% 982
Minnesota 26% 12% 50% 9% 3% 563
Mississippi 50% 8% 33% 7% 2% 309
Missouri 37% 10% 42% 7% 4% 642
Montana 29% 12% 48% 9% 3% 312
Nebraska 34% 10% 46% 8% 2% 312
Nevada 26% 10% 50% 11% 2% 314
New Hampshire 15% 13% 58% 11% 3% 303
New Jersey 27% 11% 49% 10% 3% 886
New Mexico 40% 9% 35% 11% 5% 312
New York 25% 14% 49% 9% 3% 1,966
North Carolina 41% 9% 41% 8% 2% 1,022
North Dakota 31% 6% 50% 11% 3% 338
Ohio 33% 10% 47% 7% 2% 1,132
Oklahoma 36% 9% 46% 7% 2% 391
Oregon 29% 12% 45% 11% 2% 419
Pennsylvania 34% 9% 45% 10% 2% 1,366
Rhode Island 27% 11% 48% 10% 4% 305
South Carolina 46% 8% 37% 5% 3% 495
South Dakota 34% 11% 47% 7% 1% 305
Tennessee 45% 7% 41% 4% 3% 661
Texas 41% 9% 39% 9% 2% 2,535
Utah 42% 8% 41% 7% 2% 315
Vermont 17% 14% 54% 13% 2% 306
Virginia 37% 11% 42% 7% 3% 882
Washington 28% 14% 45% 11% 3% 714
West Virginia 50% 5% 40% 2% 2% 309
Wisconsin 32% 11% 45% 9% 3% 600
Wyoming 36% 10% 42% 7% 5% 316

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