Sources of guidance on right and wrong among adults in the Northeast

% of adults in the Northeast who say they look to…most for guidance on right and wrong

Survey year Religion Philosophy/reason Common sense Science Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,516. 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 25% 12% 50% 11% 2% 6,516
2007 23% 11% 57% 6% 3% 6,556

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Sources of guidance on right and wrong among adults in the Northeast by religious group

% of adults in the Northeast who say they look to…most for guidance on right and wrong

Religious tradition Religion Philosophy/reason Common sense Science Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 0. 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.
Catholic 25% 10% 53% 10% 2% 2,023
Evangelical Protestant 60% 6% 28% 4% 2% 759
Historically Black Protestant 43% 4% 40% 9% 4% 247
Jewish 21% 18% 48% 10% 3% 350
Mainline Protestant 23% 10% 57% 7% 3% 1,131
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 5% 18% 57% 18% 2% 1,499

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DemographicInformation

Age distribution among adults in the Northeast by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in the Northeast who are ages…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 1,605. 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.
Religion 15% 31% 31% 23% 1,605
Philosophy/reason 31% 34% 21% 15% 807
Common sense 21% 33% 27% 18% 3,094
Science 27% 38% 23% 12% 678
Don't know 10% 26% 36% 29% 176

Generational cohort among adults in the Northeast by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in the Northeast who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 1,605. 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.
Religion 9% 12% 26% 36% 15% 2% 1,605
Philosophy/reason 20% 19% 25% 24% 10% 2% 807
Common sense 14% 13% 28% 33% 11% 1% 3,094
Science 19% 14% 32% 26% 8% 1% 678
Don't know 2% 11% 22% 40% 20% 5% 176

Gender composition among adults in the Northeast by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in the Northeast who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 1,646. 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.
Religion 39% 61% 1,646
Philosophy/reason 52% 48% 820
Common sense 48% 52% 3,162
Science 61% 39% 694
Don't know 46% 54% 194

Racial and ethnic composition among adults in the Northeast by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in the Northeast who identify as…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 1,623. 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.
Religion 64% 15% 3% 14% 4% 1,623
Philosophy/reason 71% 8% 6% 12% 3% 810
Common sense 75% 9% 4% 9% 3% 3,113
Science 67% 7% 6% 17% 3% 681
Don't know 69% 12% < 1% 12% 7% 179

Immigrant status among adults in the Northeast by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in the Northeast who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 1,616. 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.
Religion 21% 14% 65% 1,616
Philosophy/reason 16% 20% 65% 813
Common sense 14% 13% 73% 3,107
Science 26% 15% 59% 682
Don't know 14% 15% 71% 188

Income distribution among adults in the Northeast by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in the Northeast who have a household income of…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Less than $30,000 $30,000-$49,999 $50,000-$99,999 $100,000 or more Sample Size
Sample size = 1,368. 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.
Religion 38% 21% 25% 15% 1,368
Philosophy/reason 25% 17% 29% 30% 708
Common sense 31% 19% 27% 23% 2,695
Science 29% 16% 27% 28% 612
Don't know 26% 24% 28% 23% 130

Educational distribution among adults in the Northeast by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in the Northeast who have completed…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 1,639. 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.
Religion 46% 28% 15% 11% 1,639
Philosophy/reason 25% 27% 27% 21% 816
Common sense 42% 29% 17% 12% 3,142
Science 37% 22% 23% 18% 687
Don't know 33% 28% 22% 16% 191

Marital status among adults in the Northeast by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in the Northeast who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 1,639. 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.
Religion 51% 5% 13% 9% 22% 1,639
Philosophy/reason 43% 10% 10% 4% 33% 818
Common sense 45% 9% 11% 7% 28% 3,144
Science 45% 8% 10% 4% 33% 684
Don't know 52% 2% 13% 6% 27% 187

Parent of children under 18 among adults in the Northeast by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in the Northeast who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 1,635. 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.
Religion 28% 72% 1,635
Philosophy/reason 27% 73% 819
Common sense 25% 75% 3,154
Science 28% 72% 691
Don't know 24% 76% 191

BeliefsandPractices

Belief in God among adults in the Northeast by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in the Northeast who say they…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong 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 = 1,646. 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.
Religion 87% 11% 1% 1% 1% < 1% 1,646
Philosophy/reason 42% 24% 13% 1% 16% 4% 820
Common sense 47% 28% 8% 1% 12% 3% 3,162
Science 29% 24% 10% < 1% 32% 4% 694
Don't know 57% 18% 4% 5% 8% 8% 194

Importance of religion in one's life among adults in the Northeast by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in the Northeast who say religion is…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,646. 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.
Religion 87% 10% 1% 1% 1% 1,646
Philosophy/reason 29% 31% 18% 20% 1% 820
Common sense 32% 35% 17% 16% 1% 3,162
Science 22% 29% 18% 31% < 1% 694
Don't know 49% 24% 9% 10% 8% 194

Attendance at religious services among adults in the Northeast by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in the Northeast who attend religious services…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong At least once a week Once or twice a month/a few times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,646. 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.
Religion 65% 25% 10% < 1% 1,646
Philosophy/reason 19% 36% 45% < 1% 820
Common sense 18% 38% 43% < 1% 3,162
Science 15% 36% 48% 1% 694
Don't know 26% 40% 28% 5% 194

Frequency of prayer among adults in the Northeast by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in the Northeast who pray…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,646. 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.
Religion 82% 12% 3% 4% 1% 1,646
Philosophy/reason 33% 20% 6% 39% 1% 820
Common sense 39% 17% 9% 34% 1% 3,162
Science 26% 15% 7% 52% 1% 694
Don't know 51% 16% 5% 23% 6% 194

Frequency of participation in prayer, scripture study or religious education groups among adults in the Northeast by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in the Northeast who attend prayer group…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,646. 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.
Religion 43% 10% 10% 35% 1% 1,646
Philosophy/reason 7% 9% 7% 77% < 1% 820
Common sense 9% 6% 6% 78% 1% 3,162
Science 8% 6% 6% 81% < 1% 694
Don't know 16% 6% 10% 63% 4% 194

Frequency of meditation among adults in the Northeast by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in the Northeast who meditate…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,646. 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.
Religion 53% 7% 4% 34% 3% 1,646
Philosophy/reason 39% 14% 6% 41% < 1% 820
Common sense 31% 9% 5% 54% 1% 3,162
Science 26% 9% 6% 58% 1% 694
Don't know 41% 8% 2% 42% 7% 194

Frequency of feeling spiritual peace and wellbeing among adults in the Northeast by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in the Northeast who feel a sense of spiritual peace and wellbeing…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,646. 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.
Religion 75% 13% 5% 6% 1% 1,646
Philosophy/reason 46% 23% 9% 21% 1% 820
Common sense 46% 16% 13% 24% 1% 3,162
Science 38% 15% 13% 30% 3% 694
Don't know 51% 10% 11% 17% 12% 194

Frequency of feeling wonder about the universe among adults in the Northeast by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in the Northeast who feel a sense of wonder about the universe…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,646. 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.
Religion 51% 16% 10% 21% 2% 1,646
Philosophy/reason 56% 16% 12% 15% 1% 820
Common sense 38% 17% 16% 28% 1% 3,162
Science 47% 17% 12% 24% < 1% 694
Don't know 47% 12% 8% 22% 11% 194

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong among adults in the Northeast by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in the Northeast who say…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong 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 = 1,646. 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.
Religion 46% 52% 2% 1% 1,646
Philosophy/reason 24% 74% 1% < 1% 820
Common sense 23% 75% 1% 1% 3,162
Science 23% 75% 1% 1% 694
Don't know 23% 63% 5% 9% 194

Frequency of reading scripture among adults in the Northeast by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in the Northeast who read scripture…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,646. 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.
Religion 61% 10% 7% 21% 1% 1,646
Philosophy/reason 17% 9% 9% 64% 1% 820
Common sense 14% 8% 9% 68% 1% 3,162
Science 12% 4% 10% 74% < 1% 694
Don't know 22% 12% 11% 52% 4% 194

Interpreting scripture among adults in the Northeast by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in the Northeast who say the holy scripture is…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong 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 = 1,646. 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.
Religion 47% 36% 4% 10% 4% 1,646
Philosophy/reason 13% 21% 1% 60% 5% 820
Common sense 16% 24% 2% 49% 8% 3,162
Science 13% 13% 1% 65% 8% 694
Don't know 16% 16% 10% 32% 26% 194

Belief in Heaven among adults in the Northeast by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in the Northeast who …in heaven

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,646. 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.
Religion 87% 6% 6% 1,646
Philosophy/reason 52% 38% 9% 820
Common sense 65% 27% 8% 3,162
Science 44% 49% 7% 694
Don't know 60% 23% 17% 194

Belief in Hell among adults in the Northeast by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in the Northeast who …in hell

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,646. 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.
Religion 72% 20% 8% 1,646
Philosophy/reason 36% 57% 8% 820
Common sense 45% 45% 10% 3,162
Science 34% 59% 6% 694
Don't know 42% 37% 21% 194

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among adults in the Northeast by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in the Northeast who identify as…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 1,646. 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.
Religion 44% 17% 39% 1,646
Philosophy/reason 25% 14% 61% 820
Common sense 29% 19% 52% 3,162
Science 22% 17% 61% 694
Don't know 28% 26% 46% 194

Political ideology among adults in the Northeast by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in the Northeast who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,646. 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.
Religion 48% 28% 16% 8% 1,646
Philosophy/reason 19% 34% 45% 3% 820
Common sense 26% 39% 29% 6% 3,162
Science 22% 31% 42% 5% 694
Don't know 29% 28% 21% 22% 194

Views about size of government among adults in the Northeast by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in the Northeast who would rather have…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Smaller government; fewer services Bigger government; more services Depends Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,646. 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.
Religion 50% 44% 2% 4% 1,646
Philosophy/reason 42% 51% 4% 3% 820
Common sense 50% 43% 3% 3% 3,162
Science 37% 59% 2% 2% 694
Don't know 35% 26% 13% 25% 194

Views about government aid to the poor among adults in the Northeast by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in the Northeast who say government aid to the poor…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Does more harm than good Does more good than harm Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,646. 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.
Religion 45% 48% 4% 3% 1,646
Philosophy/reason 29% 66% 3% 1% 820
Common sense 43% 52% 4% 1% 3,162
Science 35% 61% 2% 2% 694
Don't know 26% 41% 16% 16% 194

Views about abortion among adults in the Northeast by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in the Northeast who say abortion should be…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Legal in all/most cases Illegal in all/most cases Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,646. 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.
Religion 36% 59% 4% 1,646
Philosophy/reason 73% 24% 3% 820
Common sense 71% 25% 4% 3,162
Science 72% 25% 3% 694
Don't know 52% 26% 22% 194

Views about homosexuality among adults in the Northeast by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in the Northeast who say homosexuality…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Should be accepted Should be discouraged Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,646. 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.
Religion 45% 46% 4% 4% 1,646
Philosophy/reason 86% 10% 3% 1% 820
Common sense 78% 16% 3% 3% 3,162
Science 81% 14% 2% 2% 694
Don't know 58% 14% 11% 17% 194

Views about same-sex marriage among adults in the Northeast by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in the Northeast who …same-sex marriage

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,646. 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.
Religion 33% 57% 10% 1,646
Philosophy/reason 80% 17% 4% 820
Common sense 70% 23% 7% 3,162
Science 75% 20% 6% 694
Don't know 50% 27% 23% 194

Views about environmental regulation among adults in the Northeast by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in the Northeast who say…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong 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 = 1,646. 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.
Religion 44% 50% 2% 4% 1,646
Philosophy/reason 21% 77% 2% 1% 820
Common sense 33% 63% 2% 3% 3,162
Science 23% 73% 2% 2% 694
Don't know 21% 51% 9% 18% 194

Views about human evolution among adults in the Northeast by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in the Northeast who say humans…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong 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 = 1,646. 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.
Religion 12% 27% 3% 53% 5% 1,646
Philosophy/reason 52% 25% 4% 16% 3% 820
Common sense 45% 23% 5% 24% 3% 3,162
Science 66% 14% 2% 16% 2% 694
Don't know 26% 16% 21% 17% 21% 194