Sources of guidance on right and wrong among adults who say that there are clear standards for what is right and wrong by state (2014) Switch to: State among adults who say that there are clear standards for what is right and wrong by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who say that there are clear standards for what is right and wrong 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 61% 4% 29% 3% 2% 231
Alaska 44% 5% 35% 12% 4% 106
Arizona 50% 9% 34% 5% 3% 252
Arkansas 64% 6% 29% < 1% 1% 126
California 45% 9% 34% 9% 2% 1,154
Colorado 50% 10% 34% 2% 3% 193
Connecticut 30% 10% 47% 11% 1% 113
Florida 48% 8% 38% 5% 2% 671
Georgia 61% 6% 26% 5% 2% 377
Idaho 54% 3% 39% 2% 2% 137
Illinois 48% 10% 34% 5% 3% 430
Indiana 55% 7% 32% 3% 3% 243
Iowa 53% 3% 39% 2% 2% 113
Kansas 55% 4% 36% 4% 1% 120
Kentucky 59% 4% 32% 4% 1% 172
Louisiana 55% 10% 30% 3% 2% 183
Maryland 47% 7% 37% 7% 2% 207
Massachusetts 20% 16% 50% 13% < 1% 177
Michigan 48% 5% 39% 6% 2% 352
Minnesota 45% 9% 37% 5% 3% 196
Mississippi 66% 3% 28% 3% 1% 121
Missouri 52% 7% 32% 4% 5% 239
Montana 45% 7% 40% 3% 5% 134
Nebraska 53% 7% 33% 4% 2% 128
New Hampshire 27% 14% 44% 13% 2% 100
New Jersey 41% 9% 38% 9% 4% 266
New Mexico 57% 9% 24% 6% 3% 103
New York 42% 11% 37% 7% 2% 544
North Carolina 53% 6% 34% 5% 2% 377
North Dakota 46% 5% 40% 7% 1% 139
Ohio 49% 8% 37% 5% 1% 385
Oklahoma 62% 4% 26% 4% 4% 134
Oregon 53% 7% 34% 5% 1% 140
Pennsylvania 49% 6% 36% 7% 1% 501
South Carolina 66% 6% 25% 2% 1% 197
South Dakota 49% 10% 38% 2% < 1% 113
Tennessee 64% 5% 28% 1% 2% 292
Texas 55% 6% 31% 6% 2% 949
Utah 65% 5% 26% 3% 2% 126
Virginia 59% 7% 28% 4% 2% 328
Washington 44% 9% 34% 9% 4% 243
West Virginia 60% 4% 34% 1% 1% 136
Wisconsin 51% 3% 39% 5% 2% 199
Wyoming 54% 6% 34% 2% 4% 147

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