Views about size of government among adults who say that right or wrong depends on the situation by state (2014) Switch to: State among adults who say that right or wrong depends on the situation by views about size of government

% of adults who say that right or wrong depends on the situation who would rather have…

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Alabama 48% 46% 2% 3% 268
Alaska 41% 53% 3% 3% 193
Arizona 51% 43% 2% 4% 374
Arkansas 44% 49% 2% 5% 180
California 39% 54% 4% 4% 2,431
Colorado 42% 49% 4% 5% 299
Connecticut 44% 49% 3% 3% 257
Delaware 45% 50% 3% 3% 199
District of Columbia 19% 76% 3% 2% 222
Florida 41% 52% 3% 4% 1,303
Georgia 41% 51% 4% 4% 571
Hawaii 47% 44% 5% 4% 215
Idaho 55% 37% 5% 4% 178
Illinois 46% 47% 3% 3% 860
Indiana 47% 44% 4% 5% 398
Iowa 51% 42% 2% 4% 213
Kansas 57% 35% 3% 5% 187
Kentucky 46% 46% 4% 4% 251
Louisiana 43% 51% 3% 3% 268
Maine 53% 38% 5% 5% 213
Maryland 42% 51% 1% 6% 417
Massachusetts 43% 50% 3% 5% 506
Michigan 49% 43% 4% 4% 601
Minnesota 52% 40% 4% 4% 357
Mississippi 46% 47% 3% 4% 181
Missouri 55% 39% 2% 4% 394
Montana 57% 34% 3% 6% 170
Nebraska 58% 37% 2% 3% 180
Nevada 50% 45% 3% 2% 210
New Hampshire 59% 37% 2% 2% 192
New Jersey 39% 53% 4% 4% 596
New Mexico 35% 61% 2% 2% 194
New York 37% 57% 3% 4% 1,357
North Carolina 41% 52% 3% 5% 624
North Dakota 62% 33% 2% 3% 196
Ohio 49% 42% 3% 5% 728
Oklahoma 51% 42% 4% 3% 244
Oregon 48% 45% 2% 5% 270
Pennsylvania 51% 43% 2% 4% 836
Rhode Island 50% 45% 2% 3% 195
South Carolina 46% 48% 1% 5% 282
South Dakota 63% 32% 3% 2% 187
Tennessee 46% 45% 4% 5% 354
Texas 41% 52% 3% 4% 1,509
Utah 56% 37% 3% 3% 179
Vermont 41% 48% 4% 7% 217
Virginia 45% 49% 3% 3% 529
Washington 45% 48% 4% 3% 454
West Virginia 49% 38% 6% 6% 165
Wisconsin 53% 42% 2% 3% 389
Wyoming 69% 22% 2% 8% 162

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