Political ideology 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 are…

Survey year Conservative Moderate Liberal 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 30% 38% 26% 7% 15,190
2007 32% 40% 22% 6% 18,234

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Political ideology 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 are…

Religious tradition Conservative Moderate Liberal 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 19% 33% 44% 4% 111
Catholic 33% 40% 22% 5% 3,428
Evangelical Protestant 41% 34% 18% 7% 2,407
Historically Black Protestant 32% 35% 26% 7% 751
Jewish 21% 34% 42% 3% 414
Mainline Protestant 34% 40% 20% 6% 2,990
Mormon 46% 31% 18% 5% 162
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 20% 38% 34% 8% 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 political ideology

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

Political ideology 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 4,548. 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.
Conservative 17% 32% 29% 21% 4,548
Moderate 24% 35% 25% 16% 5,660
Liberal 27% 35% 24% 14% 3,897
Don't know 29% 39% 19% 14% 809

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

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

Political ideology Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 4,548. 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.
Conservative 11% 11% 27% 35% 14% 1% 4,548
Moderate 14% 16% 28% 30% 10% 1% 5,660
Liberal 17% 18% 27% 29% 8% 1% 3,897
Don't know 15% 23% 30% 23% 8% 1% 809

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

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

Political ideology Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 4,612. 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.
Conservative 58% 42% 4,612
Moderate 50% 50% 5,763
Liberal 44% 56% 3,947
Don't know 48% 52% 868

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

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

Political ideology White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 4,543. 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.
Conservative 73% 10% 3% 11% 3% 4,543
Moderate 70% 10% 4% 12% 4% 5,701
Liberal 64% 12% 5% 15% 4% 3,903
Don't know 63% 14% 4% 13% 6% 836

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

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

Political ideology Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 4,568. 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.
Conservative 10% 9% 80% 4,568
Moderate 11% 10% 78% 5,716
Liberal 15% 13% 72% 3,892
Don't know 15% 8% 77% 812

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

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

Political ideology Less than $30,000 $30,000-$49,999 $50,000-$99,999 $100,000 or more Sample Size
Sample size = 4,006. 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.
Conservative 32% 21% 29% 19% 4,006
Moderate 33% 21% 27% 19% 5,103
Liberal 35% 21% 25% 19% 3,596
Don't know 56% 19% 15% 10% 598

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

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

Political ideology High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 4,596. 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.
Conservative 49% 32% 13% 6% 4,596
Moderate 40% 34% 17% 10% 5,744
Liberal 39% 30% 19% 12% 3,933
Don't know 58% 32% 7% 3% 838

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

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

Political ideology Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 4,597. 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.
Conservative 53% 8% 13% 7% 19% 4,597
Moderate 45% 9% 13% 7% 26% 5,744
Liberal 40% 11% 13% 5% 31% 3,937
Don't know 35% 9% 15% 7% 34% 851

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

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

Political ideology Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 4,600. 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.
Conservative 29% 71% 4,600
Moderate 29% 71% 5,744
Liberal 27% 73% 3,939
Don't know 31% 69% 863

BeliefsandPractices

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

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

Political ideology 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 = 4,612. 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.
Conservative 65% 23% 5% 1% 6% 1% 4,612
Moderate 52% 28% 7% 1% 9% 3% 5,763
Liberal 44% 25% 8% 1% 18% 3% 3,947
Don't know 56% 19% 6% 2% 11% 6% 868

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 political ideology

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

Political ideology Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,612. 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.
Conservative 48% 33% 11% 7% 1% 4,612
Moderate 35% 37% 16% 12% < 1% 5,763
Liberal 30% 30% 18% 21% 1% 3,947
Don't know 40% 29% 12% 18% 1% 868

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

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

Political ideology At least once a week Once or twice a month/a few times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,612. 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.
Conservative 28% 40% 32% < 1% 4,612
Moderate 20% 42% 38% < 1% 5,763
Liberal 16% 35% 49% < 1% 3,947
Don't know 19% 31% 48% 2% 868

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

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

Political ideology At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,612. 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.
Conservative 51% 20% 7% 21% 1% 4,612
Moderate 42% 19% 9% 30% 1% 5,763
Liberal 37% 16% 8% 39% 1% 3,947
Don't know 43% 16% 6% 31% 3% 868

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 political ideology

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

Political ideology At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,612. 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.
Conservative 18% 8% 9% 65% < 1% 4,612
Moderate 11% 8% 8% 73% < 1% 5,763
Liberal 10% 6% 5% 77% < 1% 3,947
Don't know 14% 6% 7% 71% 2% 868

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

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

Political ideology At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,612. 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.
Conservative 33% 8% 3% 54% 1% 4,612
Moderate 31% 9% 6% 54% 1% 5,763
Liberal 34% 10% 6% 50% 1% 3,947
Don't know 29% 7% 3% 57% 3% 868

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 political ideology

% 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…

Political ideology At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,612. 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.
Conservative 52% 18% 10% 19% 1% 4,612
Moderate 48% 17% 14% 20% 1% 5,763
Liberal 47% 17% 12% 23% 1% 3,947
Don't know 43% 14% 9% 29% 6% 868

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 political ideology

% 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…

Political ideology At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,612. 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.
Conservative 39% 16% 13% 31% 1% 4,612
Moderate 38% 18% 16% 27% 1% 5,763
Liberal 45% 17% 13% 24% 1% 3,947
Don't know 36% 12% 11% 38% 3% 868

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 political ideology

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

Political ideology 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 = 4,612. 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.
Conservative 36% 62% 1% 1% 4,612
Moderate 23% 76% 1% < 1% 5,763
Liberal 17% 81% 1% 1% 3,947
Don't know 24% 70% 3% 3% 868

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

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

Political ideology At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,612. 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.
Conservative 27% 12% 10% 51% 1% 4,612
Moderate 18% 11% 10% 61% 1% 5,763
Liberal 17% 8% 9% 66% < 1% 3,947
Don't know 21% 7% 7% 62% 2% 868

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

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

Political ideology 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 = 4,612. 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.
Conservative 28% 33% 3% 29% 8% 4,612
Moderate 17% 29% 1% 44% 9% 5,763
Liberal 15% 20% 1% 58% 6% 3,947
Don't know 26% 17% 5% 36% 16% 868

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

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

Political ideology Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,612. 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.
Conservative 79% 14% 7% 4,612
Moderate 70% 23% 7% 5,763
Liberal 56% 37% 7% 3,947
Don't know 66% 21% 14% 868

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

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

Political ideology Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,612. 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.
Conservative 63% 28% 9% 4,612
Moderate 51% 40% 8% 5,763
Liberal 40% 53% 7% 3,947
Don't know 51% 35% 14% 868

SocialandPoliticalViews

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

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

Political ideology Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 4,612. 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.
Conservative 59% 13% 28% 4,612
Moderate 33% 19% 48% 5,763
Liberal 13% 15% 72% 3,947
Don't know 13% 58% 29% 868

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

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

Political ideology Smaller government; fewer services Bigger government; more services Depends Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,612. 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.
Conservative 68% 28% 2% 2% 4,612
Moderate 55% 39% 3% 4% 5,763
Liberal 32% 61% 3% 4% 3,947
Don't know 40% 43% 5% 12% 868

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 political ideology

% 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…

Political ideology Does more harm than good Does more good than harm Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,612. 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.
Conservative 63% 32% 3% 2% 4,612
Moderate 44% 51% 4% 2% 5,763
Liberal 27% 69% 3% 1% 3,947
Don't know 44% 42% 7% 7% 868

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

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

Political ideology Legal in all/most cases Illegal in all/most cases Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,612. 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.
Conservative 50% 46% 5% 4,612
Moderate 69% 28% 3% 5,763
Liberal 75% 22% 3% 3,947
Don't know 54% 34% 13% 868

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

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

Political ideology Should be accepted Should be discouraged Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,612. 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.
Conservative 56% 36% 5% 4% 4,612
Moderate 78% 16% 3% 3% 5,763
Liberal 84% 12% 2% 2% 3,947
Don't know 62% 23% 7% 8% 868

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

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

Political ideology Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,612. 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.
Conservative 44% 47% 9% 4,612
Moderate 69% 24% 7% 5,763
Liberal 80% 16% 5% 3,947
Don't know 54% 26% 20% 868

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

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

Political ideology 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 = 4,612. 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.
Conservative 54% 42% 2% 3% 4,612
Moderate 33% 62% 2% 2% 5,763
Liberal 23% 74% 1% 2% 3,947
Don't know 37% 49% 4% 10% 868

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

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

Political ideology 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 = 4,612. 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.
Conservative 28% 29% 4% 35% 4% 4,612
Moderate 42% 27% 4% 24% 3% 5,763
Liberal 53% 22% 4% 18% 3% 3,947
Don't know 30% 19% 9% 29% 12% 868