Sources of guidance on right and wrong among adults who say abortion should be legal in all or most cases by state (2014) Switch to: State among adults who say abortion should be legal in all or most cases by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who say abortion should be legal in all or most cases 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 37% 5% 51% 6% 1% 194
Alaska 11% 9% 59% 16% 5% 191
Arizona 17% 13% 53% 14% 3% 337
Arkansas 31% 8% 52% 9% < 1% 122
California 14% 18% 52% 13% 3% 2,288
Colorado 15% 23% 50% 11% 1% 311
Connecticut 13% 17% 59% 10% 2% 262
Delaware 19% 9% 62% 9% 2% 176
District of Columbia 19% 18% 47% 13% 3% 223
Florida 18% 13% 56% 11% 2% 1,153
Georgia 29% 13% 48% 9% 2% 469
Hawaii 13% 15% 58% 12% 2% 213
Idaho 11% 10% 67% 10% 2% 154
Illinois 15% 14% 54% 14% 2% 760
Indiana 16% 10% 58% 14% 2% 301
Iowa 20% 15% 57% 6% 3% 164
Kansas 20% 15% 52% 10% 3% 148
Kentucky 25% 17% 49% 7% 2% 164
Louisiana 25% 14% 51% 8% 1% 190
Maine 9% 13% 64% 11% 2% 199
Maryland 23% 9% 51% 15% 2% 424
Massachusetts 11% 12% 57% 19% 2% 524
Michigan 19% 10% 57% 12% 2% 537
Minnesota 10% 16% 59% 12% 3% 303
Mississippi 25% 13% 45% 14% 3% 110
Missouri 18% 12% 57% 10% 2% 305
Montana 11% 13% 61% 13% 1% 169
Nebraska 17% 17% 53% 12% 1% 144
Nevada 14% 13% 58% 15% 1% 198
New Hampshire 6% 17% 64% 12% 1% 195
New Jersey 19% 11% 57% 11% 2% 539
New Mexico 23% 13% 44% 15% 5% 173
New York 15% 16% 57% 10% 3% 1,287
North Carolina 27% 11% 50% 11% 1% 525
North Dakota 21% 8% 55% 12% 3% 157
Ohio 17% 14% 57% 11% 1% 558
Oklahoma 20% 13% 54% 10% 3% 192
Oregon 17% 15% 51% 15% 2% 266
Pennsylvania 17% 12% 53% 15% 1% 713
Rhode Island 15% 12% 58% 13% 2% 198
South Carolina 32% 13% 42% 9% 5% 219
South Dakota 20% 13% 55% 10% 1% 149
Tennessee 28% 10% 54% 5% 3% 267
Texas 24% 13% 49% 13% 2% 1,164
Utah 18% 15% 56% 11% 1% 140
Vermont 7% 18% 60% 14% 1% 218
Virginia 24% 13% 48% 11% 4% 502
Washington 9% 18% 56% 15% 2% 437
West Virginia 35% 9% 50% 5% 1% 118
Wisconsin 19% 16% 51% 11% 3% 311
Wyoming 19% 16% 47% 13% 5% 151

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