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

% of Christians 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 55% 4% 36% 2% 3% 443
Alaska 44% 4% 38% 8% 6% 187
Arizona 45% 7% 38% 7% 3% 448
Arkansas 56% 7% 32% 4% 1% 247
California 42% 8% 39% 8% 3% 2,289
Colorado 43% 7% 42% 5% 3% 323
Connecticut 26% 13% 50% 10% 1% 251
Delaware 37% 9% 48% 4% 2% 209
District of Columbia 36% 12% 43% 5% 3% 188
Florida 40% 9% 43% 6% 2% 1,415
Georgia 53% 7% 33% 4% 2% 781
Hawaii 29% 13% 49% 7% 2% 185
Idaho 47% 4% 43% 3% 2% 222
Illinois 37% 10% 43% 8% 2% 977
Indiana 45% 7% 41% 5% 2% 492
Iowa 44% 6% 45% 2% 3% 261
Kansas 47% 7% 42% 3% 1% 241
Kentucky 51% 5% 39% 3% 2% 345
Louisiana 48% 7% 39% 3% 2% 387
Maine 29% 10% 50% 8% 2% 191
Maryland 43% 5% 41% 7% 3% 433
Massachusetts 23% 9% 54% 12% 2% 412
Michigan 42% 7% 43% 5% 3% 717
Minnesota 33% 10% 49% 6% 3% 433
Mississippi 58% 6% 29% 5% 1% 269
Missouri 45% 8% 39% 4% 4% 486
Montana 41% 8% 43% 6% 1% 202
Nebraska 44% 7% 42% 6% 2% 243
Nevada 37% 7% 43% 10% 3% 207
New Hampshire 25% 10% 57% 6% 1% 188
New Jersey 34% 7% 48% 8% 3% 611
New Mexico 49% 5% 33% 11% 3% 222
New York 34% 10% 47% 6% 3% 1,222
North Carolina 50% 7% 37% 4% 2% 796
North Dakota 37% 5% 48% 7% 2% 276
Ohio 42% 8% 43% 4% 3% 863
Oklahoma 43% 6% 45% 4% 2% 312
Oregon 44% 8% 42% 4% 2% 244
Pennsylvania 42% 6% 42% 7% 2% 1,037
Rhode Island 36% 5% 48% 6% 5% 239
South Carolina 53% 5% 35% 3% 4% 394
South Dakota 42% 11% 42% 4% 1% 242
Tennessee 53% 5% 36% 4% 2% 552
Texas 49% 7% 35% 7% 2% 1,979
Utah 56% 4% 30% 7% 3% 234
Vermont 28% 14% 51% 5% 2% 156
Virginia 47% 7% 38% 5% 2% 644
Washington 41% 12% 37% 7% 4% 444
West Virginia 58% 2% 35% 2% 2% 245
Wisconsin 41% 8% 43% 5% 3% 439
Wyoming 46% 9% 37% 3% 5% 225

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