Views about size of government among who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by state (2014) Switch to: State among who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by views about size of government

% of who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who would rather have…

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Alabama 52% 45% 3% 1% 180
Alaska 53% 45% 1% 1% 146
Arizona 60% 36% 1% 3% 286
Arkansas 58% 38% < 1% 3% 114
California 46% 48% 3% 4% 1,596
Colorado 53% 40% 4% 4% 209
Connecticut 58% 36% 3% 4% 197
Delaware 55% 42% < 1% 2% 141
District of Columbia 19% 76% 3% 3% 118
Florida 47% 46% 3% 4% 933
Georgia 51% 40% 4% 5% 360
Hawaii 54% 37% 6% 3% 158
Idaho 67% 26% 3% 5% 150
Illinois 53% 41% 3% 3% 596
Indiana 57% 35% 3% 4% 282
Iowa 55% 37% 3% 6% 148
Kansas 56% 31% 4% 9% 139
Kentucky 54% 37% 5% 4% 175
Louisiana 50% 43% 3% 4% 172
Maine 64% 31% 1% 4% 167
Maryland 55% 39% 1% 5% 282
Massachusetts 50% 43% 3% 4% 366
Michigan 53% 39% 3% 5% 447
Minnesota 56% 39% 3% 2% 261
Missouri 55% 39% 1% 5% 267
Montana 66% 29% < 1% 5% 138
Nebraska 66% 29% 2% 3% 134
Nevada 60% 35% 4% 1% 162
New Hampshire 70% 26% 2% 2% 168
New Jersey 45% 47% 5% 4% 421
New Mexico 38% 59% 1% 2% 115
New York 45% 50% 3% 2% 935
North Carolina 50% 41% 4% 5% 391
North Dakota 68% 29% 2% 1% 160
Ohio 54% 38% 3% 5% 527
Oklahoma 60% 34% 2% 3% 163
Oregon 53% 42% 2% 3% 185
Pennsylvania 57% 38% 2% 3% 590
Rhode Island 47% 42% 5% 7% 156
South Carolina 51% 42% 2% 5% 177
South Dakota 62% 34% 3% < 1% 140
Tennessee 55% 40% 2% 3% 231
Texas 45% 47% 3% 4% 953
Utah 55% 37% 3% 6% 119
Vermont 44% 46% 3% 8% 162
Virginia 57% 38% 2% 2% 350
Washington 57% 37% 3% 2% 308
West Virginia 53% 38% 4% 5% 125
Wisconsin 62% 33% 3% 2% 267
Wyoming 70% 20% 2% 8% 125

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