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

% of adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer 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
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Alabama 53% 5% 36% 3% 3% 314
Alaska 34% 7% 45% 7% 6% 183
Arizona 38% 8% 46% 7% 1% 410
Arkansas 48% 4% 41% 4% 1% 172
California 29% 13% 45% 10% 2% 1,784
Colorado 38% 9% 44% 7% 1% 278
Connecticut 21% 11% 60% 8% 1% 196
Delaware 27% 7% 60% 5% 1% 146
Florida 34% 10% 47% 7% 2% 1,035
Georgia 47% 8% 38% 5% 2% 528
Hawaii 20% 11% 60% 8% 1% 160
Idaho 38% 3% 52% 5% 2% 209
Illinois 31% 10% 48% 9% 2% 721
Indiana 38% 7% 45% 7% 3% 383
Iowa 41% 8% 46% 1% 3% 201
Kansas 46% 8% 40% 4% 2% 204
Kentucky 46% 7% 43% 4% 1% 245
Louisiana 44% 10% 39% 4% 3% 262
Maine 19% 12% 60% 8% 1% 180
Maryland 35% 6% 51% 4% 2% 298
Massachusetts 15% 13% 59% 11% 2% 325
Michigan 37% 8% 47% 6% 2% 545
Minnesota 31% 11% 48% 7% 3% 331
Mississippi 55% 7% 30% 7% 1% 178
Missouri 44% 9% 38% 6% 3% 402
Montana 33% 10% 48% 6% 3% 215
Nebraska 41% 6% 46% 5% 2% 202
Nevada 27% 11% 53% 7% 2% 194
New Hampshire 15% 11% 63% 8% 3% 180
New Jersey 29% 12% 50% 7% 2% 437
New Mexico 48% 6% 30% 13% 3% 153
New York 24% 11% 55% 8% 3% 882
North Carolina 46% 8% 40% 5% 2% 559
North Dakota 34% 6% 50% 9% 1% 233
Ohio 37% 11% 44% 6% 2% 682
Oklahoma 38% 10% 47% 3% 1% 240
Oregon 36% 9% 44% 10% 1% 228
Pennsylvania 37% 7% 46% 8% 1% 793
Rhode Island 32% 11% 47% 6% 4% 155
South Carolina 51% 6% 35% 5% 3% 271
South Dakota 38% 13% 43% 6% < 1% 212
Tennessee 49% 6% 39% 3% 3% 407
Texas 44% 9% 37% 7% 2% 1,330
Utah 50% 9% 34% 5% 1% 222
Vermont 23% 17% 52% 7% 2% 143
Virginia 40% 10% 43% 6% 1% 516
Washington 32% 12% 47% 7% 2% 386
West Virginia 55% 4% 37% 2% 1% 188
Wisconsin 38% 8% 46% 6% 2% 369
Wyoming 37% 12% 42% 6% 3% 230

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