Sources of guidance on right and wrong among who oppose or strongly oppose gay marriage by state (2014) Switch to: State among who oppose or strongly oppose gay marriage by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of who oppose or strongly oppose gay marriage 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 61% 2% 32% 1% 3% 303
Alaska 46% 2% 44% 5% 2% 112
Arizona 56% 3% 33% 5% 1% 244
Arkansas 62% 3% 31% 2% 2% 173
California 53% 6% 32% 6% 3% 1,121
Colorado 62% 5% 26% 2% 4% 163
Florida 51% 5% 36% 5% 2% 778
Georgia 65% 4% 26% 4% 2% 474
Idaho 60% 1% 34% 1% 4% 135
Illinois 49% 5% 39% 6% 2% 461
Indiana 55% 4% 35% 4% 2% 292
Iowa 56% 5% 36% 2% 1% 149
Kansas 58% 1% 39% 1% 1% 143
Kentucky 56% 3% 38% 2% 1% 239
Louisiana 58% 8% 30% 2% 2% 234
Maryland 58% 3% 33% 3% 3% 203
Massachusetts 27% 10% 51% 9% 2% 134
Michigan 55% 4% 35% 3% 2% 399
Minnesota 50% 4% 41% 3% 2% 200
Mississippi 67% 2% 27% 3% 1% 193
Missouri 57% 6% 29% 4% 5% 276
Montana 51% 3% 42% 3% 2% 123
Nebraska 54% 5% 36% 3% 2% 140
Nevada 40% 5% 43% 12% 1% 115
New Jersey 49% 6% 32% 10% 4% 290
New Mexico 63% 3% 26% 6% 3% 125
New York 47% 8% 36% 6% 2% 574
North Carolina 60% 5% 28% 5% 2% 465
North Dakota 45% 3% 46% 6% < 1% 166
Ohio 52% 6% 35% 4% 2% 492
Oklahoma 57% 6% 32% 3% 2% 208
Oregon 54% 7% 31% 5% 3% 145
Pennsylvania 56% 4% 35% 4% 2% 515
South Carolina 64% 4% 27% 2% 3% 265
South Dakota 45% 4% 43% 7% 1% 137
Tennessee 60% 2% 31% 3% 4% 392
Texas 60% 5% 27% 6% 2% 1,202
Utah 67% 2% 24% 3% 4% 155
Virginia 61% 3% 30% 3% 2% 371
Washington 61% 5% 29% 2% 3% 211
West Virginia 64% 2% 30% 2% 1% 155
Wisconsin 56% 2% 36% 3% 3% 233
Wyoming 58% 1% 36% 2% 3% 142

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