Sources of guidance on right and wrong among adults who say that government aid to the poor does more good than harm by state (2014) Switch to: State among adults who say that government aid to the poor does more good than harm by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who say that government aid to the poor does more good than harm 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 49% 4% 41% 6% 1% 214
Alaska 20% 8% 50% 17% 5% 150
Arizona 27% 13% 48% 9% 4% 287
Arkansas 45% 7% 40% 8% < 1% 138
California 25% 16% 42% 14% 2% 2,042
Colorado 21% 19% 45% 12% 3% 250
Connecticut 21% 18% 48% 12% 1% 210
Delaware 27% 11% 50% 10% 2% 160
District of Columbia 25% 17% 40% 14% 4% 227
Florida 29% 12% 47% 10% 2% 952
Georgia 41% 10% 37% 10% 2% 449
Hawaii 22% 13% 53% 9% 4% 171
Idaho 25% 10% 51% 12% 2% 148
Illinois 24% 15% 47% 13% 1% 687
Indiana 31% 13% 42% 11% 3% 269
Iowa 35% 13% 45% 6% 1% 156
Kansas 25% 15% 50% 9% 1% 136
Kentucky 37% 13% 37% 10% 2% 183
Louisiana 37% 12% 44% 6% 1% 197
Maine 15% 17% 52% 15% 1% 160
Maryland 30% 10% 45% 14% 1% 357
Massachusetts 12% 11% 56% 18% 2% 419
Michigan 28% 9% 50% 11% 3% 494
Minnesota 21% 15% 49% 12% 4% 303
Mississippi 45% 9% 37% 8% 1% 132
Missouri 29% 13% 45% 8% 6% 300
Montana 17% 17% 50% 15% 1% 130
Nebraska 23% 16% 47% 12% 2% 146
Nevada 21% 14% 52% 12% 1% 155
New Hampshire 15% 16% 55% 12% 2% 175
New Jersey 27% 12% 49% 10% 2% 470
New Mexico 32% 13% 39% 10% 6% 161
New York 23% 18% 46% 11% 2% 1,083
North Carolina 37% 12% 40% 10% 1% 509
North Dakota 27% 8% 44% 17% 4% 137
Ohio 30% 11% 49% 9% 2% 543
Oklahoma 31% 10% 47% 10% 2% 174
Oregon 25% 15% 42% 17% 2% 242
Pennsylvania 28% 12% 45% 13% 1% 631
Rhode Island 27% 13% 49% 7% 4% 173
South Carolina 36% 11% 43% 7% 3% 234
South Dakota 31% 9% 47% 10% 2% 129
Tennessee 41% 9% 42% 5% 2% 282
Texas 37% 12% 39% 10% 2% 1,137
Utah 32% 10% 48% 9% 1% 141
Vermont 12% 18% 55% 15% < 1% 189
Virginia 33% 16% 39% 9% 3% 412
Washington 22% 17% 45% 14% 3% 400
West Virginia 48% 6% 41% 3% 2% 145
Wisconsin 23% 16% 45% 14% 3% 275

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