Sources of guidance on right and wrong among adults who seldom or never read scripture by state (2014) Switch to: State among adults who seldom or never read scripture by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who seldom or never read scripture 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 22% 7% 67% 2% 2% 109
Alaska 9% 9% 61% 16% 4% 166
Arizona 11% 12% 56% 16% 4% 299
California 10% 16% 55% 16% 2% 1,943
Colorado 14% 21% 50% 12% 3% 271
Connecticut 7% 14% 64% 13% 1% 232
Delaware 13% 13% 64% 8% 2% 150
District of Columbia 10% 22% 47% 18% 3% 158
Florida 13% 13% 60% 12% 1% 912
Georgia 16% 13% 58% 12% 2% 300
Hawaii 10% 12% 64% 12% 3% 165
Idaho 8% 11% 71% 10% < 1% 130
Illinois 13% 14% 57% 14% 2% 638
Indiana 14% 10% 58% 15% 3% 284
Iowa 15% 13% 61% 6% 4% 161
Kansas 12% 13% 60% 12% 3% 133
Kentucky 15% 15% 59% 10% 1% 162
Louisiana 20% 13% 57% 9% 1% 152
Maine 6% 14% 67% 12% 2% 196
Maryland 9% 11% 60% 19% 1% 303
Massachusetts 6% 13% 60% 19% 2% 476
Michigan 11% 10% 65% 11% 2% 457
Minnesota 6% 15% 64% 11% 4% 276
Missouri 16% 18% 54% 9% 3% 258
Montana 8% 16% 63% 11% 1% 156
Nebraska 19% 8% 63% 9% 1% 152
Nevada 8% 16% 63% 10% 3% 162
New Hampshire 6% 15% 66% 11% 3% 193
New Jersey 12% 12% 63% 12% 2% 498
New Mexico 18% 11% 47% 20% 4% 140
New York 9% 16% 59% 13% 3% 1,103
North Carolina 16% 12% 55% 15% 2% 347
North Dakota 13% 8% 62% 12% 4% 171
Ohio 16% 10% 61% 12% 1% 503
Oklahoma 20% 14% 54% 10% 2% 126
Oregon 9% 15% 62% 14% < 1% 226
Pennsylvania 13% 10% 59% 16% 2% 672
Rhode Island 12% 11% 61% 14% 2% 189
South Carolina 14% 18% 56% 11% 1% 151
South Dakota 19% 12% 61% 8% 1% 139
Tennessee 13% 11% 67% 8% 1% 162
Texas 17% 13% 54% 16% 1% 900
Utah 2% 13% 76% 9% < 1% 104
Vermont 6% 15% 60% 17% 2% 215
Virginia 15% 16% 56% 11% 2% 359
Washington 7% 16% 59% 17% 2% 375
West Virginia 22% 12% 60% 3% 2% 111
Wisconsin 14% 14% 57% 13% 2% 324
Wyoming 17% 14% 52% 11% 6% 133

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