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

% of adults who say that government aid to the poor does more harm than good 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 53% 5% 36% 2% 4% 262
Alaska 34% 5% 48% 8% 4% 135
Arizona 39% 7% 41% 13% < 1% 325
Arkansas 53% 6% 38% 2% 1% 155
California 34% 10% 45% 9% 2% 1,423
Colorado 41% 11% 40% 5% 2% 227
Connecticut 17% 10% 60% 13% < 1% 147
Delaware 34% 9% 49% 4% 3% 121
Florida 34% 9% 50% 6% 1% 953
Georgia 49% 6% 38% 5% 2% 460
Hawaii 23% 11% 55% 10% 2% 123
Idaho 42% 6% 49% 2% 1% 150
Illinois 34% 9% 47% 8% 2% 566
Indiana 38% 5% 47% 7% 2% 343
Iowa 34% 8% 53% 3% 2% 158
Kansas 50% 3% 43% 3% < 1% 154
Kentucky 43% 6% 47% 2% 2% 216
Louisiana 48% 8% 37% 5% 3% 235
Maine 21% 7% 65% 5% 2% 125
Maryland 37% 7% 47% 6% 3% 254
Massachusetts 18% 12% 56% 13% 1% 248
Michigan 37% 8% 48% 6% 1% 425
Minnesota 33% 7% 53% 5% 2% 231
Mississippi 54% 8% 30% 7% 1% 157
Missouri 42% 9% 42% 4% 2% 312
Montana 36% 8% 49% 4% 3% 171
Nebraska 41% 7% 46% 5% 1% 156
Nevada 32% 7% 49% 10% 3% 143
New Hampshire 18% 9% 63% 9% 2% 108
New Jersey 26% 10% 52% 11% 2% 362
New Mexico 52% 2% 34% 11% 1% 131
New York 27% 9% 55% 7% 2% 748
North Carolina 45% 5% 43% 5% 2% 451
North Dakota 35% 6% 52% 6% 1% 179
Ohio 36% 10% 47% 5% 2% 526
Oklahoma 41% 8% 45% 4% 2% 190
Oregon 34% 8% 52% 4% 1% 158
Pennsylvania 38% 5% 47% 8% 2% 640
Rhode Island 28% 8% 44% 16% 4% 116
South Carolina 56% 5% 32% 4% 3% 227
South Dakota 35% 13% 47% 5% < 1% 164
Tennessee 50% 5% 39% 4% 2% 339
Texas 44% 7% 38% 8% 2% 1,231
Utah 50% 6% 36% 6% 2% 164
Virginia 41% 6% 45% 7% 1% 412
Washington 36% 10% 44% 8% 1% 276
West Virginia 53% 6% 38% 2% < 1% 144
Wisconsin 40% 7% 47% 4% 2% 299
Wyoming 43% 8% 43% 3% 4% 195

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