Sources of guidance on right and wrong among adults who say that right or wrong depends on the situation by state (2014) Switch to: State among adults who say that right or wrong depends on the situation by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who say that right or wrong depends on the situation 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 41% 4% 47% 5% 3% 268
Alaska 16% 9% 56% 13% 7% 193
Arizona 21% 11% 53% 13% 2% 374
Arkansas 38% 7% 45% 9% 1% 180
California 21% 15% 48% 13% 3% 2,431
Colorado 17% 18% 50% 13% 2% 299
Connecticut 15% 16% 55% 12% 1% 257
Delaware 23% 10% 57% 8% 2% 199
District of Columbia 22% 14% 45% 14% 4% 222
Florida 23% 12% 53% 10% 2% 1,303
Georgia 35% 11% 44% 8% 2% 571
Hawaii 16% 13% 62% 8% 1% 215
Idaho 18% 11% 59% 10% 2% 178
Illinois 20% 12% 53% 13% 2% 860
Indiana 26% 9% 51% 12% 2% 398
Iowa 25% 15% 52% 5% 3% 213
Kansas 27% 12% 52% 8% 2% 187
Kentucky 28% 13% 50% 6% 3% 251
Louisiana 37% 10% 46% 7% 1% 268
Maine 13% 15% 60% 10% 2% 213
Maryland 27% 9% 49% 13% 3% 417
Massachusetts 13% 11% 58% 16% 3% 506
Michigan 22% 9% 56% 10% 3% 601
Minnesota 17% 14% 56% 10% 2% 357
Mississippi 41% 12% 35% 9% 2% 181
Missouri 28% 12% 49% 8% 3% 394
Montana 17% 16% 54% 12% 1% 170
Nebraska 21% 12% 54% 10% 2% 180
Nevada 20% 13% 53% 12% 3% 210
New Hampshire 10% 13% 65% 11% 2% 192
New Jersey 22% 12% 54% 11% 2% 596
New Mexico 30% 9% 43% 13% 4% 194
New York 18% 15% 54% 10% 3% 1,357
North Carolina 33% 11% 45% 9% 1% 624
North Dakota 22% 7% 55% 13% 4% 196
Ohio 25% 12% 53% 8% 2% 728
Oklahoma 24% 11% 56% 8% 1% 244
Oregon 16% 15% 52% 15% 2% 270
Pennsylvania 25% 10% 51% 12% 2% 836
Rhode Island 23% 9% 55% 12% < 1% 195
South Carolina 33% 10% 46% 7% 4% 282
South Dakota 25% 11% 52% 10% 2% 187
Tennessee 32% 9% 50% 6% 2% 354
Texas 33% 11% 44% 11% 2% 1,509
Utah 27% 10% 52% 10% 1% 179
Vermont 7% 16% 59% 17% 2% 217
Virginia 25% 13% 50% 9% 3% 529
Washington 19% 17% 50% 12% 2% 454
West Virginia 42% 7% 45% 4% 2% 165
Wisconsin 23% 15% 48% 11% 3% 389
Wyoming 23% 13% 50% 10% 5% 162

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