Importance of religion in one's life among adults who say that government aid to the poor does more good than harm

% of adults who say that government aid to the poor does more good than harm who say religion is…

Survey year Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 17,359. 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 49% 25% 12% 13% 1% 17,359

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Importance of religion in one's life among adults who say that government aid to the poor does more good than harm by religious group

% of adults who say that government aid to the poor does more good than harm who say religion is…

Religious tradition Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 195. 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 31% 40% 15% 11% 3% 195
Catholic 58% 32% 7% 3% < 1% 3,406
Evangelical Protestant 76% 20% 2% 1% < 1% 3,065
Hindu 21% 59% 13% 6% < 1% 114
Historically Black Protestant 86% 12% 1% 1% < 1% 1,285
Jehovah's Witness 92% 7% < 1% < 1% 1% 142
Jewish 30% 39% 21% 10% < 1% 567
Mainline Protestant 52% 35% 11% 3% 1% 2,890
Mormon 73% 19% 5% 2% < 1% 209
Muslim 68% 21% 10% 1% 1% 146
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 12% 19% 26% 42% 1% 4,566

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DemographicInformation

Age distribution among adults who say that government aid to the poor does more good than harm by importance of religion

% of adults who say that government aid to the poor does more good than harm who are ages…

Importance of religion in one's life 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 8,082. 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 18% 33% 29% 20% 8,082
Somewhat important 28% 34% 25% 13% 4,115
Not too important 34% 35% 20% 12% 2,196
Not at all important 32% 35% 20% 12% 2,526
Don't know 16% 32% 24% 28% 107

Generational cohort among adults who say that government aid to the poor does more good than harm by importance of religion

% of adults who say that government aid to the poor does more good than harm who are…

Importance of religion in one's life Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 8,082. 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 11% 13% 27% 34% 13% 2% 8,082
Somewhat important 19% 17% 26% 29% 8% 1% 4,115
Not too important 23% 19% 27% 24% 6% 1% 2,196
Not at all important 21% 20% 27% 25% 7% 1% 2,526
Don't know 9% 10% 29% 28% 22% 2% 107

Gender composition among adults who say that government aid to the poor does more good than harm by importance of religion

% of adults who say that government aid to the poor does more good than harm who are…

Importance of religion in one's life Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 8,279. 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% 61% 8,279
Somewhat important 46% 54% 4,182
Not too important 51% 49% 2,223
Not at all important 60% 40% 2,558
Don't know 48% 52% 117

Racial and ethnic composition among adults who say that government aid to the poor does more good than harm by importance of religion

% of adults who say that government aid to the poor does more good than harm who identify as…

Importance of religion in one's life White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 8,178. 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% 24% 3% 19% 5% 8,178
Somewhat important 65% 9% 5% 17% 4% 4,147
Not too important 75% 6% 6% 9% 4% 2,200
Not at all important 77% 5% 5% 9% 4% 2,522
Don't know 61% 10% 3% 24% 2% 107

Immigrant status among adults who say that government aid to the poor does more good than harm by importance of religion

% of adults who say that government aid to the poor does more good than harm who are…

Importance of religion in one's life Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 8,143. 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% 9% 72% 8,143
Somewhat important 16% 12% 72% 4,133
Not too important 12% 14% 74% 2,197
Not at all important 12% 13% 75% 2,529
Don't know 21% 17% 62% 107

Income distribution among adults who say that government aid to the poor does more good than harm by importance of religion

% of adults who say that government aid to the poor does more good than harm 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 = 7,147. 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% 20% 21% 12% 7,147
Somewhat important 39% 19% 23% 18% 3,757
Not too important 29% 20% 26% 25% 1,998
Not at all important 27% 18% 27% 28% 2,346

Educational distribution among adults who say that government aid to the poor does more good than harm by importance of religion

% of adults who say that government aid to the poor does more good than harm who have completed…

Importance of religion in one's life High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 8,223. 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% 30% 13% 10% 8,223
Somewhat important 40% 30% 17% 13% 4,160
Not too important 28% 32% 23% 17% 2,215
Not at all important 27% 31% 25% 18% 2,550
Don't know 38% 34% 18% 10% 109

Marital status among adults who say that government aid to the poor does more good than harm by importance of religion

% of adults who say that government aid to the poor does more good than harm who are…

Importance of religion in one's life Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 8,236. 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 46% 6% 16% 9% 23% 8,236
Somewhat important 40% 11% 13% 5% 31% 4,172
Not too important 41% 9% 10% 3% 37% 2,217
Not at all important 37% 12% 13% 3% 34% 2,549
Don't know 46% 3% 17% 12% 22% 106

Parent of children under 18 among adults who say that government aid to the poor does more good than harm by importance of religion

% of adults who say that government aid to the poor does more good than harm who are…

Importance of religion in one's life Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 8,247. 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 31% 69% 8,247
Somewhat important 28% 72% 4,171
Not too important 25% 75% 2,217
Not at all important 22% 78% 2,549
Don't know 26% 74% 113

BeliefsandPractices

Belief in God among adults who say that government aid to the poor does more good than harm by importance of religion

% of adults who say that government aid to the poor does more good than harm 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 = 8,279. 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 85% 12% 1% 1% 1% < 1% 8,279
Somewhat important 48% 38% 8% 1% 4% 2% 4,182
Not too important 17% 33% 20% < 1% 23% 7% 2,223
Not at all important 11% 12% 10% < 1% 60% 6% 2,558
Don't know 49% 22% 6% 6% 7% 10% 117

Attendance at religious services among adults who say that government aid to the poor does more good than harm by importance of religion

% of adults who say that government aid to the poor does more good than harm 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 = 8,279. 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 57% 30% 12% 1% 8,279
Somewhat important 13% 55% 31% < 1% 4,182
Not too important 3% 34% 63% < 1% 2,223
Not at all important 1% 9% 90% < 1% 2,558
Don't know 24% 17% 46% 14% 117

Frequency of prayer among adults who say that government aid to the poor does more good than harm by importance of religion

% of adults who say that government aid to the poor does more good than harm who pray…

Importance of religion in one's life At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 8,279. 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 80% 13% 2% 3% 1% 8,279
Somewhat important 38% 27% 12% 22% 1% 4,182
Not too important 13% 13% 10% 64% < 1% 2,223
Not at all important 7% 4% 3% 85% < 1% 2,558
Don't know 50% 7% 6% 22% 15% 117

Frequency of participation in prayer, scripture study or religious education groups among adults who say that government aid to the poor does more good than harm by importance of religion

% of adults who say that government aid to the poor does more good than harm 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 = 8,279. 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 40% 13% 10% 36% 1% 8,279
Somewhat important 7% 8% 10% 75% < 1% 4,182
Not too important 2% 2% 3% 93% < 1% 2,223
Not at all important 2% 1% 1% 96% < 1% 2,558
Don't know 15% 11% 7% 57% 11% 117

Frequency of meditation among adults who say that government aid to the poor does more good than harm by importance of religion

% of adults who say that government aid to the poor does more good than harm 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 = 8,279. 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 55% 9% 3% 32% 2% 8,279
Somewhat important 30% 11% 6% 52% 1% 4,182
Not too important 24% 12% 7% 57% 1% 2,223
Not at all important 24% 9% 5% 61% 1% 2,558
Don't know 57% 6% 2% 23% 12% 117

Frequency of feeling spiritual peace and wellbeing among adults who say that government aid to the poor does more good than harm by importance of religion

% of adults who say that government aid to the poor does more good than harm 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 = 8,279. 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% 12% 6% 6% 1% 8,279
Somewhat important 43% 21% 15% 19% 1% 4,182
Not too important 33% 18% 16% 31% 1% 2,223
Not at all important 36% 15% 9% 38% 2% 2,558
Don't know 63% 6% 6% 15% 9% 117

Frequency of feeling wonder about the universe among adults who say that government aid to the poor does more good than harm by importance of religion

% of adults who say that government aid to the poor does more good than harm 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 = 8,279. 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 51% 15% 11% 22% 2% 8,279
Somewhat important 42% 18% 15% 24% 1% 4,182
Not too important 43% 19% 17% 20% 1% 2,223
Not at all important 50% 15% 14% 20% 1% 2,558
Don't know 60% 11% 8% 10% 11% 117

Sources of guidance on right and wrong among adults who say that government aid to the poor does more good than harm by importance of religion

% of adults who say that government aid to the poor does more good than harm who say they look to…most for guidance on right and wrong

Importance of religion in one's life Religion Philosophy/reason Common sense Science Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 8,279. 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 51% 7% 34% 5% 3% 8,279
Somewhat important 12% 17% 58% 12% 2% 4,182
Not too important 3% 21% 57% 17% 1% 2,223
Not at all important 1% 21% 49% 26% 2% 2,558
Don't know 24% 19% 37% 5% 15% 117

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong among adults who say that government aid to the poor does more good than harm by importance of religion

% of adults who say that government aid to the poor does more good than harm 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 = 8,279. 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 32% 66% 2% 1% 8,279
Somewhat important 21% 78% 1% 1% 4,182
Not too important 16% 82% 1% < 1% 2,223
Not at all important 14% 85% 1% < 1% 2,558
Don't know 19% 75% 1% 4% 117

Frequency of reading scripture among adults who say that government aid to the poor does more good than harm by importance of religion

% of adults who say that government aid to the poor does more good than harm 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 = 8,279. 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 57% 13% 8% 21% 1% 8,279
Somewhat important 13% 13% 13% 61% 1% 4,182
Not too important 4% 5% 7% 84% < 1% 2,223
Not at all important 3% 3% 4% 90% < 1% 2,558
Don't know 26% 8% 5% 46% 14% 117

Interpreting scripture among adults who say that government aid to the poor does more good than harm by importance of religion

% of adults who say that government aid to the poor does more good than harm 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 = 8,279. 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% 30% 3% 13% 6% 8,279
Somewhat important 13% 31% 1% 46% 9% 4,182
Not too important 4% 11% < 1% 78% 6% 2,223
Not at all important 2% 3% < 1% 91% 3% 2,558
Don't know 15% 14% 1% 49% 21% 117

Belief in Heaven among adults who say that government aid to the poor does more good than harm by importance of religion

% of adults who say that government aid to the poor does more good than harm who …in heaven

Importance of religion in one's life Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 8,279. 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 87% 8% 5% 8,279
Somewhat important 71% 21% 8% 4,182
Not too important 39% 50% 11% 2,223
Not at all important 14% 80% 6% 2,558
Don't know 49% 28% 23% 117

Belief in Hell among adults who say that government aid to the poor does more good than harm by importance of religion

% of adults who say that government aid to the poor does more good than harm who …in hell

Importance of religion in one's life Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 8,279. 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 71% 21% 8% 8,279
Somewhat important 50% 41% 8% 4,182
Not too important 25% 67% 8% 2,223
Not at all important 10% 86% 5% 2,558
Don't know 30% 51% 19% 117

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among adults who say that government aid to the poor does more good than harm by importance of religion

% of adults who say that government aid to the poor does more good than harm who identify as…

Importance of religion in one's life Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 8,279. 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 25% 19% 57% 8,279
Somewhat important 20% 18% 62% 4,182
Not too important 13% 16% 71% 2,223
Not at all important 9% 15% 77% 2,558
Don't know 9% 31% 60% 117

Political ideology among adults who say that government aid to the poor does more good than harm by importance of religion

% of adults who say that government aid to the poor does more good than harm who are…

Importance of religion in one's life Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 8,279. 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 33% 35% 24% 7% 8,279
Somewhat important 18% 41% 36% 5% 4,182
Not too important 10% 38% 48% 4% 2,223
Not at all important 6% 27% 61% 5% 2,558
Don't know 14% 30% 41% 15% 117

Views about size of government among adults who say that government aid to the poor does more good than harm by importance of religion

% of adults who say that government aid to the poor does more good than harm 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 = 8,279. 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 33% 60% 3% 4% 8,279
Somewhat important 35% 58% 3% 4% 4,182
Not too important 35% 57% 3% 4% 2,223
Not at all important 32% 61% 4% 4% 2,558
Don't know 27% 56% 8% 10% 117

Views about abortion among adults who say that government aid to the poor does more good than harm by importance of religion

% of adults who say that government aid to the poor does more good than harm 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 = 8,279. 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 46% 49% 5% 8,279
Somewhat important 72% 26% 3% 4,182
Not too important 84% 14% 2% 2,223
Not at all important 86% 12% 2% 2,558
Don't know 62% 26% 11% 117

Views about homosexuality among adults who say that government aid to the poor does more good than harm by importance of religion

% of adults who say that government aid to the poor does more good than harm 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 = 8,279. 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 54% 38% 4% 4% 8,279
Somewhat important 82% 13% 2% 2% 4,182
Not too important 90% 7% 1% 2% 2,223
Not at all important 92% 6% 1% 1% 2,558
Don't know 73% 11% 5% 11% 117

Views about same-sex marriage among adults who say that government aid to the poor does more good than harm by importance of religion

% of adults who say that government aid to the poor does more good than harm who …same-sex marriage

Importance of religion in one's life Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 8,279. 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 46% 47% 8% 8,279
Somewhat important 77% 18% 6% 4,182
Not too important 87% 10% 3% 2,223
Not at all important 90% 6% 3% 2,558
Don't know 71% 19% 9% 117

Views about environmental regulation among adults who say that government aid to the poor does more good than harm by importance of religion

% of adults who say that government aid to the poor does more good than harm 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 = 8,279. 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 31% 63% 2% 4% 8,279
Somewhat important 24% 72% 1% 2% 4,182
Not too important 18% 80% 1% 1% 2,223
Not at all important 13% 84% 1% 1% 2,558
Don't know 19% 63% 7% 11% 117

Views about human evolution among adults who say that government aid to the poor does more good than harm by importance of religion

% of adults who say that government aid to the poor does more good than harm 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 = 8,279. 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 18% 31% 4% 43% 5% 8,279
Somewhat important 44% 28% 5% 21% 3% 4,182
Not too important 73% 13% 4% 9% 1% 2,223
Not at all important 82% 7% 3% 7% 1% 2,558
Don't know 39% 23% 11% 19% 9% 117