Importance of religion in one's life among adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong

% of adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who say religion is…

Survey year Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 15,190. 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.
2014 38% 33% 15% 13% 1% 15,190
2007 43% 35% 12% 9% 1% 18,234

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Importance of religion in one's life among adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by religious group

% of adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who say religion is…

Religious tradition Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 111. 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.
Buddhist 20% 51% 13% 15% 1% 111
Catholic 46% 40% 10% 3% < 1% 3,428
Evangelical Protestant 60% 34% 4% 2% 1% 2,407
Historically Black Protestant 77% 20% 2% 1% < 1% 751
Jewish 26% 41% 23% 10% < 1% 414
Mainline Protestant 40% 44% 13% 3% 1% 2,990
Mormon 62% 27% 10% 1% < 1% 162
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 10% 24% 28% 37% 1% 4,142

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DemographicInformation

Age distribution among adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by importance of religion

% of adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who are ages…

Importance of religion in one's life 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 5,579. 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.
Very important 17% 32% 29% 22% 5,579
Somewhat important 24% 35% 26% 15% 4,946
Not too important 30% 37% 22% 12% 2,252
Not at all important 29% 38% 20% 13% 2,034
Don't know 11% 33% 30% 25% 103

Generational cohort among adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by importance of religion

% of adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who are…

Importance of religion in one's life Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 5,579. 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.
Very important 10% 12% 27% 34% 15% 2% 5,579
Somewhat important 15% 16% 28% 31% 9% 1% 4,946
Not too important 19% 19% 29% 26% 7% 1% 2,252
Not at all important 19% 20% 29% 24% 8% 1% 2,034
Don't know 5% 13% 27% 37% 17% 1% 103

Gender composition among adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by importance of religion

% of adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who are…

Importance of religion in one's life Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 5,706. 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.
Very important 44% 56% 5,706
Somewhat important 50% 50% 5,028
Not too important 56% 44% 2,284
Not at all important 62% 38% 2,061
Don't know 54% 46% 111

Racial and ethnic composition among adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by importance of religion

% of adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who identify as…

Importance of religion in one's life White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 5,620. 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.
Very important 58% 18% 3% 16% 4% 5,620
Somewhat important 72% 8% 4% 12% 4% 4,971
Not too important 77% 5% 6% 9% 3% 2,259
Not at all important 79% 5% 4% 9% 4% 2,032
Don't know 76% 6% 2% 8% 8% 101

Immigrant status among adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by importance of religion

% of adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who are…

Importance of religion in one's life Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 5,625. 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.
Very important 16% 9% 76% 5,625
Somewhat important 11% 11% 78% 4,967
Not too important 11% 12% 77% 2,255
Not at all important 9% 12% 79% 2,037
Don't know 8% 16% 76% 104

Income distribution among adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by importance of religion

% of adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who have a household income of…

Importance of religion in one's life Less than $30,000 $30,000-$49,999 $50,000-$99,999 $100,000 or more Sample Size
Sample size = 4,852. 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.
Very important 42% 21% 23% 14% 4,852
Somewhat important 32% 21% 28% 20% 4,461
Not too important 27% 21% 29% 23% 2,046
Not at all important 29% 19% 28% 24% 1,863

Educational distribution among adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by importance of religion

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

Importance of religion in one's life High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 5,667. 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.
Very important 50% 31% 12% 7% 5,667
Somewhat important 42% 32% 16% 9% 5,007
Not too important 34% 35% 18% 12% 2,276
Not at all important 39% 31% 20% 11% 2,056
Don't know 31% 45% 13% 11% 105

Marital status among adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by importance of religion

% of adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who are…

Importance of religion in one's life Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 5,680. 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.
Very important 48% 7% 15% 9% 21% 5,680
Somewhat important 46% 10% 12% 5% 25% 5,011
Not too important 44% 9% 11% 3% 32% 2,277
Not at all important 38% 12% 11% 4% 35% 2,055
Don't know 38% 10% 15% 11% 25% 106

Parent of children under 18 among adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by importance of religion

% of adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who are…

Importance of religion in one's life Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 5,688. 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.
Very important 30% 70% 5,688
Somewhat important 30% 70% 5,019
Not too important 27% 73% 2,275
Not at all important 23% 77% 2,054
Don't know 12% 88% 110

BeliefsandPractices

Belief in God among adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by importance of religion

% of adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who say they…

Importance of religion in one's life Believe in God; absolutely certain Believe in God; fairly certain Believe in God; not too/not at all certain Believe in God; don't know Do not believe in God Other/don't know if they believe in God Sample Size
Sample size = 5,706. 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.
Very important 84% 12% 1% 1% 1% < 1% 5,706
Somewhat important 51% 38% 6% 1% 3% 2% 5,028
Not too important 19% 38% 18% 1% 17% 6% 2,284
Not at all important 15% 13% 12% 1% 52% 7% 2,061
Don't know 50% 21% 5% 6% 8% 9% 111

Attendance at religious services among adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by importance of religion

% of adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who attend religious services…

Importance of religion in one's life At least once a week Once or twice a month/a few times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 5,706. 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.
Very important 45% 38% 17% 1% 5,706
Somewhat important 12% 55% 33% < 1% 5,028
Not too important 2% 33% 65% < 1% 2,284
Not at all important 1% 9% 90% < 1% 2,061
Don't know 7% 26% 56% 12% 111

Frequency of prayer among adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by importance of religion

% of adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who pray…

Importance of religion in one's life At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 5,706. 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.
Very important 75% 17% 4% 4% 1% 5,706
Somewhat important 36% 28% 13% 22% 1% 5,028
Not too important 12% 13% 11% 64% < 1% 2,284
Not at all important 8% 4% 4% 83% < 1% 2,061
Don't know 46% 17% 3% 21% 14% 111

Frequency of participation in prayer, scripture study or religious education groups among adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by importance of religion

% of adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who attend prayer group…

Importance of religion in one's life At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 5,706. 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.
Very important 28% 13% 11% 48% 1% 5,706
Somewhat important 6% 7% 9% 78% < 1% 5,028
Not too important 1% 1% 3% 95% < 1% 2,284
Not at all important 2% < 1% 1% 96% < 1% 2,061
Don't know 7% 7% 6% 71% 10% 111

Frequency of meditation among adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by importance of religion

% of adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who meditate…

Importance of religion in one's life At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 5,706. 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.
Very important 47% 8% 4% 39% 2% 5,706
Somewhat important 25% 9% 6% 60% 1% 5,028
Not too important 19% 10% 5% 65% 1% 2,284
Not at all important 22% 7% 5% 65% 1% 2,061
Don't know 48% 7% 2% 31% 11% 111

Frequency of feeling spiritual peace and wellbeing among adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by importance of religion

% of adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who feel a sense of spiritual peace and wellbeing…

Importance of religion in one's life At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 5,706. 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.
Very important 69% 14% 8% 8% 2% 5,706
Somewhat important 39% 23% 16% 21% 1% 5,028
Not too important 31% 17% 16% 35% 1% 2,284
Not at all important 34% 12% 8% 44% 2% 2,061
Don't know 59% 11% 6% 17% 8% 111

Frequency of feeling wonder about the universe among adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by importance of religion

% of adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who feel a sense of wonder about the universe…

Importance of religion in one's life At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 5,706. 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.
Very important 45% 16% 12% 26% 2% 5,706
Somewhat important 36% 17% 16% 30% 1% 5,028
Not too important 36% 18% 17% 29% < 1% 2,284
Not at all important 42% 14% 13% 30% < 1% 2,061
Don't know 44% 20% 4% 21% 10% 111

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong among adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by importance of religion

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

Importance of religion in one's life There are clear standards for what is right and wrong Right or wrong depends on the situation Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 5,706. 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.
Very important 30% 67% 1% 1% 5,706
Somewhat important 25% 73% 1% 1% 5,028
Not too important 20% 78% 1% < 1% 2,284
Not at all important 18% 81% 1% 1% 2,061
Don't know 15% 77% 3% 5% 111

Frequency of reading scripture among adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by importance of religion

% of adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who read scripture…

Importance of religion in one's life At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 5,706. 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.
Very important 42% 15% 11% 32% 1% 5,706
Somewhat important 11% 11% 13% 65% 1% 5,028
Not too important 3% 4% 5% 87% < 1% 2,284
Not at all important 3% 2% 3% 91% < 1% 2,061
Don't know 15% 6% 10% 58% 11% 111

Interpreting scripture among adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by importance of religion

% of adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who say the holy scripture is…

Importance of religion in one's life Word of God; should be taken literally Word of God; not everything taken literally Word of God; other/don't know Not the word of God Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 5,706. 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.
Very important 39% 33% 4% 16% 9% 5,706
Somewhat important 14% 35% 1% 41% 9% 5,028
Not too important 5% 14% < 1% 73% 8% 2,284
Not at all important 3% 4% < 1% 88% 5% 2,061
Don't know 10% 12% 2% 52% 24% 111

Belief in Heaven among adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by importance of religion

% of adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who …in heaven

Importance of religion in one's life Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 5,706. 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.
Very important 88% 7% 5% 5,706
Somewhat important 77% 15% 8% 5,028
Not too important 45% 43% 11% 2,284
Not at all important 19% 73% 8% 2,061
Don't know 39% 24% 37% 111

Belief in Hell among adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by importance of religion

% of adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who …in hell

Importance of religion in one's life Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 5,706. 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.
Very important 70% 22% 8% 5,706
Somewhat important 56% 35% 9% 5,028
Not too important 33% 58% 9% 2,284
Not at all important 13% 80% 7% 2,061
Don't know 21% 44% 36% 111

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by importance of religion

% of adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who identify as…

Importance of religion in one's life Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 5,706. 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.
Very important 35% 18% 46% 5,706
Somewhat important 37% 19% 44% 5,028
Not too important 33% 18% 50% 2,284
Not at all important 24% 22% 54% 2,061
Don't know 25% 30% 45% 111

Political ideology among adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by importance of religion

% of adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who are…

Importance of religion in one's life Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 5,706. 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.
Very important 38% 34% 21% 7% 5,706
Somewhat important 29% 42% 24% 6% 5,028
Not too important 22% 41% 32% 5% 2,284
Not at all important 16% 33% 41% 9% 2,061
Don't know 32% 26% 28% 14% 111

Views about size of government among adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by importance of religion

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

Importance of religion in one's life Smaller government; fewer services Bigger government; more services Depends Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 5,706. 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.
Very important 48% 46% 3% 4% 5,706
Somewhat important 55% 39% 3% 3% 5,028
Not too important 56% 38% 2% 3% 2,284
Not at all important 51% 42% 3% 4% 2,061
Don't know 51% 26% 5% 19% 111

Views about government aid to the poor among adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by importance of religion

% of adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who say government aid to the poor…

Importance of religion in one's life Does more harm than good Does more good than harm Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 5,706. 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.
Very important 45% 49% 4% 2% 5,706
Somewhat important 48% 47% 3% 1% 5,028
Not too important 44% 52% 3% 1% 2,284
Not at all important 38% 56% 4% 2% 2,061
Don't know 34% 41% 10% 15% 111

Views about abortion among adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by importance of religion

% of adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who say abortion should be…

Importance of religion in one's life Legal in all/most cases Illegal in all/most cases Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 5,706. 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.
Very important 49% 45% 5% 5,706
Somewhat important 67% 29% 4% 5,028
Not too important 78% 19% 3% 2,284
Not at all important 82% 16% 3% 2,061
Don't know 59% 20% 21% 111

Views about homosexuality among adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by importance of religion

% of adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who say homosexuality…

Importance of religion in one's life Should be accepted Should be discouraged Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 5,706. 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.
Very important 59% 32% 5% 4% 5,706
Somewhat important 76% 18% 3% 3% 5,028
Not too important 83% 13% 2% 2% 2,284
Not at all important 86% 9% 2% 2% 2,061
Don't know 59% 17% 7% 17% 111

Views about same-sex marriage among adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by importance of religion

% of adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who …same-sex marriage

Importance of religion in one's life Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 5,706. 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.
Very important 47% 43% 10% 5,706
Somewhat important 67% 25% 8% 5,028
Not too important 78% 17% 5% 2,284
Not at all important 83% 11% 6% 2,061
Don't know 51% 20% 29% 111

Views about environmental regulation among adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by importance of religion

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

Importance of religion in one's life Stricter environmental laws and regulations cost too many jobs and hurt the economy Stricter environmental laws and regulations are worth the cost Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 5,706. 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.
Very important 41% 52% 2% 4% 5,706
Somewhat important 38% 58% 2% 2% 5,028
Not too important 32% 65% 1% 2% 2,284
Not at all important 28% 68% 2% 2% 2,061
Don't know 37% 44% 6% 13% 111

Views about human evolution among adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by importance of religion

% of adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who say humans…

Importance of religion in one's life Evolved; due to natural processes Evolved; due to God's design Evolved; don't know how Always existed in present form Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 5,706. 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.
Very important 19% 32% 4% 40% 6% 5,706
Somewhat important 38% 30% 5% 23% 3% 5,028
Not too important 65% 16% 5% 12% 2% 2,284
Not at all important 75% 9% 4% 10% 3% 2,061
Don't know 34% 16% 19% 22% 9% 111