Sources of guidance on right and wrong among adults who would rather have a bigger government with more services by state (2014) Switch to: State among adults who would rather have a bigger government with more services by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who would rather have a bigger government with more services who say they look to…most for guidance on right and wrong

State Religion Philosophy/reason Common sense Science Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 166. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Alabama 44% 4% 46% 3% 3% 166
Alaska 18% 6% 53% 20% 3% 108
Arizona 27% 10% 43% 15% 5% 209
Arkansas 50% 8% 36% 6% < 1% 124
California 28% 14% 42% 13% 3% 1,638
Colorado 21% 21% 43% 10% 4% 185
Connecticut 19% 19% 45% 17% < 1% 151
Delaware 32% 9% 49% 10% < 1% 126
District of Columbia 24% 18% 44% 11% 3% 210
Florida 29% 11% 48% 11% 1% 830
Georgia 44% 9% 35% 9% 2% 370
Hawaii 24% 15% 48% 10% 3% 123
Illinois 28% 14% 45% 12% 1% 514
Indiana 33% 10% 43% 12% 2% 228
Iowa 27% 15% 47% 9% 2% 110
Kentucky 35% 15% 42% 8% 1% 157
Louisiana 42% 9% 42% 8% < 1% 176
Maryland 31% 11% 39% 17% 2% 301
Massachusetts 15% 10% 52% 22% 1% 314
Michigan 25% 9% 52% 11% 3% 354
Minnesota 18% 13% 56% 12% 2% 196
Mississippi 46% 8% 38% 8% < 1% 115
Missouri 24% 13% 51% 7% 5% 201
Nevada 23% 8% 46% 20% 2% 104
New Hampshire 17% 17% 47% 18% 1% 103
New Jersey 28% 10% 47% 14% 1% 382
New Mexico 31% 12% 42% 11% 4% 134
New York 25% 16% 46% 11% 2% 946
North Carolina 36% 12% 40% 11% 2% 381
Ohio 26% 10% 52% 10% 2% 363
Oklahoma 31% 7% 46% 13% 2% 121
Oregon 20% 15% 49% 15% 1% 158
Pennsylvania 28% 10% 46% 15% 1% 472
Rhode Island 22% 12% 49% 13% 4% 124
South Carolina 41% 11% 40% 6% 1% 184
Tennessee 38% 9% 45% 5% 2% 206
Texas 38% 10% 40% 11% 1% 1,016
Vermont 12% 13% 54% 18% 3% 134
Virginia 34% 12% 41% 10% 3% 309
Washington 22% 16% 42% 18% 2% 274
Wisconsin 22% 18% 43% 15% 3% 201

Learn More: Religion, Philosophy/reason, Common sense, Science