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

% of moderates 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 45% 3% 41% 6% 5% 144
Alaska 23% 6% 52% 12% 7% 100
Arizona 29% 10% 50% 8% 2% 213
Arkansas 39% 7% 46% 7% < 1% 118
California 24% 15% 48% 11% 2% 1,257
Colorado 21% 18% 50% 9% 1% 167
Connecticut 21% 13% 59% 7% < 1% 139
Delaware 27% 9% 56% 6% 2% 116
District of Columbia 29% 17% 43% 8% 4% 112
Florida 23% 10% 56% 9% 2% 662
Georgia 41% 8% 42% 7% 3% 308
Hawaii 9% 17% 59% 13% 2% 122
Idaho 20% 9% 60% 9% 2% 104
Illinois 24% 12% 50% 12% 2% 441
Indiana 26% 12% 48% 10% 4% 217
Iowa 30% 7% 56% 5% 2% 101
Kansas 32% 12% 49% 3% 4% 102
Kentucky 33% 10% 47% 7% 3% 130
Louisiana 33% 17% 42% 7% 1% 131
Maryland 32% 12% 46% 8% 2% 244
Massachusetts 13% 11% 60% 15% 1% 248
Michigan 22% 8% 54% 12% 4% 324
Minnesota 21% 11% 57% 9% 2% 191
Missouri 24% 12% 52% 8% 4% 206
Nevada 18% 15% 55% 11% 1% 108
New Hampshire 9% 14% 62% 13% 2% 105
New Jersey 25% 10% 54% 9% 2% 329
New Mexico 26% 8% 50% 13% 3% 106
New York 22% 14% 55% 8% 2% 641
North Carolina 31% 11% 48% 8% 2% 331
Ohio 25% 12% 52% 9% 2% 395
Oklahoma 30% 6% 56% 6% 2% 138
Oregon 25% 14% 49% 9% 2% 137
Pennsylvania 22% 9% 56% 10% 3% 462
Rhode Island 22% 11% 56% 10% 1% 112
South Carolina 35% 12% 43% 6% 4% 170
South Dakota 24% 11% 56% 9% 1% 103
Tennessee 37% 10% 48% 3% 1% 179
Texas 31% 13% 43% 11% 1% 815
Virginia 25% 14% 51% 7% 3% 323
Washington 25% 17% 45% 10% 2% 230
Wisconsin 20% 8% 59% 9% 3% 211

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