Sources of guidance on right and wrong among adults who say religion is very important by state (2014) Switch to: State among adults who say religion is very important by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who say religion is very important 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 62% 3% 30% 2% 3% 397
Alaska 57% 3% 27% 6% 7% 124
Arizona 55% 6% 32% 5% 3% 335
Arkansas 64% 4% 27% 3% 1% 217
California 52% 7% 31% 7% 3% 1,666
Colorado 53% 9% 31% 2% 5% 230
Connecticut 40% 12% 40% 8% 1% 156
Delaware 59% 6% 26% 5% 3% 147
District of Columbia 50% 5% 34% 5% 6% 140
Florida 52% 7% 35% 4% 2% 1,058
Georgia 62% 5% 27% 3% 2% 626
Hawaii 40% 10% 45% 4% 1% 134
Idaho 59% 5% 31% 1% 4% 168
Illinois 50% 8% 35% 6% 2% 696
Indiana 59% 5% 29% 3% 3% 381
Iowa 58% 7% 31% 2% 2% 184
Kansas 68% 3% 28% 1% < 1% 165
Kentucky 59% 4% 31% 2% 3% 289
Louisiana 55% 6% 35% 2% 2% 328
Maine 44% 8% 42% 4% 2% 108
Maryland 54% 5% 32% 5% 4% 327
Massachusetts 37% 6% 49% 6% 2% 251
Michigan 55% 5% 32% 5% 3% 513
Minnesota 51% 8% 33% 5% 4% 281
Mississippi 64% 6% 25% 4% 1% 233
Missouri 56% 3% 30% 4% 6% 356
Montana 57% 8% 30% 4% 1% 139
Nebraska 53% 6% 34% 5% 3% 179
Nevada 47% 5% 36% 8% 3% 133
New Hampshire 38% 11% 44% 5% 2% 107
New Jersey 48% 6% 35% 8% 3% 434
New Mexico 58% 4% 26% 7% 5% 169
New York 47% 10% 36% 4% 3% 882
North Carolina 59% 5% 31% 3% 3% 639
North Dakota 52% 3% 35% 7% 3% 197
Ohio 51% 6% 35% 4% 3% 673
Oklahoma 52% 7% 35% 3% 2% 251
Oregon 57% 8% 26% 5% 3% 174
Pennsylvania 59% 5% 29% 4% 2% 739
Rhode Island 45% 8% 41% 2% 4% 149
South Carolina 61% 4% 29% 2% 3% 346
South Dakota 54% 6% 36% 3% 1% 175
Tennessee 59% 4% 30% 4% 3% 475
Texas 58% 6% 29% 5% 2% 1,611
Utah 65% 2% 24% 6% 3% 191
Virginia 57% 5% 31% 4% 3% 503
Washington 57% 7% 29% 3% 3% 312
West Virginia 70% 2% 24% 2% 2% 197
Wisconsin 56% 8% 27% 5% 4% 279
Wyoming 62% 4% 27% 1% 6% 166

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