Sources of guidance on right and wrong among adults who believe in God with absolute certainty by state (2014) Switch to: State among adults who believe in God with absolute certainty by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who believe in God with absolute certainty who say they look to…most for guidance on right and wrong

State Religion Philosophy/reason Common sense Science Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 419. 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.
Alabama 56% 2% 36% 2% 3% 419
Alaska 48% 4% 37% 5% 6% 167
Arizona 48% 6% 37% 6% 3% 412
Arkansas 58% 5% 33% 2% 2% 234
California 43% 8% 40% 6% 3% 1,965
Colorado 46% 9% 38% 4% 3% 270
Connecticut 31% 13% 48% 8% < 1% 192
Delaware 43% 6% 43% 5% 3% 183
District of Columbia 40% 9% 43% 5% 3% 155
Florida 43% 8% 43% 5% 2% 1,285
Georgia 57% 6% 31% 3% 2% 713
Hawaii 31% 11% 48% 6% 3% 181
Idaho 49% 5% 40% 3% 3% 208
Illinois 41% 8% 42% 7% 2% 818
Indiana 52% 5% 38% 2% 3% 425
Iowa 47% 6% 41% 4% 2% 219
Kansas 51% 5% 41% 3% 1% 206
Kentucky 52% 6% 36% 3% 3% 329
Louisiana 51% 7% 38% 2% 2% 342
Maine 33% 11% 49% 6% 2% 154
Maryland 48% 5% 39% 5% 3% 388
Massachusetts 32% 8% 48% 9% 2% 282
Michigan 46% 5% 42% 5% 3% 624
Minnesota 44% 5% 42% 5% 4% 340
Mississippi 57% 6% 30% 5% 3% 254
Missouri 50% 7% 35% 3% 4% 444
Montana 43% 3% 46% 4% 4% 192
Nebraska 46% 5% 44% 3% 2% 213
Nevada 40% 8% 40% 9% 3% 177
New Hampshire 31% 10% 50% 7% 2% 132
New Jersey 39% 10% 41% 8% 3% 500
New Mexico 59% 6% 26% 3% 6% 188
New York 36% 10% 46% 4% 3% 1,060
North Carolina 52% 6% 35% 4% 2% 732
North Dakota 45% 5% 41% 7% 2% 229
Ohio 44% 9% 41% 4% 3% 771
Oklahoma 47% 6% 41% 4% 3% 289
Oregon 49% 5% 37% 6% 2% 218
Pennsylvania 51% 6% 36% 5% 2% 865
Rhode Island 43% 8% 42% 3% 3% 180
South Carolina 58% 5% 32% 1% 4% 376
South Dakota 45% 9% 43% 2% 1% 213
Tennessee 54% 5% 35% 3% 3% 524
Texas 51% 6% 35% 5% 3% 1,774
Utah 63% 3% 27% 5% 3% 202
Vermont 36% 13% 44% 4% 3% 121
Virginia 51% 7% 36% 3% 2% 555
Washington 46% 11% 35% 5% 4% 382
West Virginia 62% 2% 32% 2% 2% 234
Wisconsin 49% 8% 36% 4% 3% 349
Wyoming 47% 7% 38% 3% 5% 219

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