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

% of adults in the South 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 = 12,566. 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 40% 9% 41% 7% 2% 12,566
2007 36% 7% 48% 5% 3% 12,643

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

% of adults in the South 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 33% 9% 46% 10% 2% 1,885
Evangelical Protestant 61% 5% 30% 2% 2% 4,078
Historically Black Protestant 49% 5% 40% 4% 2% 1,191
Jewish 15% 15% 53% 13% 3% 229
Mainline Protestant 34% 11% 47% 6% 2% 2,174
Mormon 69% 4% 16% 8% 2% 112
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 11% 16% 57% 15% 2% 2,214

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DemographicInformation

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

% of adults in the South who are ages…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 4,938. 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 16% 33% 30% 21% 4,938
Philosophy/reason 34% 33% 22% 11% 1,213
Common sense 25% 35% 24% 16% 4,876
Science 28% 39% 19% 14% 967
Don't know 19% 35% 25% 21% 308

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

% of adults in the South who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 4,938. 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 10% 12% 28% 35% 14% 1% 4,938
Philosophy/reason 22% 21% 25% 26% 7% < 1% 1,213
Common sense 15% 16% 28% 29% 10% 1% 4,876
Science 17% 19% 31% 23% 9% 1% 967
Don't know 12% 13% 30% 29% 16% 1% 308

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

% of adults in the South who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 5,054. 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 42% 58% 5,054
Philosophy/reason 55% 45% 1,233
Common sense 52% 48% 4,963
Science 53% 47% 986
Don't know 53% 47% 330

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

% of adults in the South who identify as…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 4,992. 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 62% 21% 1% 13% 4% 4,992
Philosophy/reason 63% 13% 2% 18% 4% 1,218
Common sense 64% 18% 2% 13% 4% 4,903
Science 57% 11% 3% 26% 4% 977
Don't know 66% 12% 2% 15% 4% 313

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

% of adults in the South who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 4,987. 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 11% 5% 84% 4,987
Philosophy/reason 15% 10% 74% 1,215
Common sense 11% 9% 80% 4,890
Science 25% 12% 62% 971
Don't know 15% 5% 79% 319

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

% of adults in the South 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 = 4,328. 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% 20% 26% 15% 4,328
Philosophy/reason 35% 18% 25% 22% 1,120
Common sense 36% 21% 26% 17% 4,359
Science 35% 20% 25% 20% 872
Don't know 34% 27% 25% 14% 247

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

% of adults in the South who have completed…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 5,018. 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% 32% 15% 8% 5,018
Philosophy/reason 32% 31% 21% 16% 1,231
Common sense 46% 31% 14% 8% 4,934
Science 34% 26% 21% 20% 979
Don't know 37% 35% 15% 13% 324

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

% of adults in the South who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 5,031. 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 56% 4% 14% 8% 18% 5,031
Philosophy/reason 41% 9% 13% 4% 34% 1,231
Common sense 45% 8% 15% 6% 26% 4,943
Science 45% 9% 13% 4% 28% 977
Don't know 52% 4% 13% 10% 20% 324

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

% of adults in the South who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 5,032. 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 31% 69% 5,032
Philosophy/reason 26% 74% 1,231
Common sense 30% 70% 4,948
Science 31% 69% 981
Don't know 31% 69% 322

BeliefsandPractices

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

% of adults in the South 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 = 5,054. 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 91% 7% 1% < 1% < 1% < 1% 5,054
Philosophy/reason 48% 24% 10% < 1% 15% 3% 1,233
Common sense 62% 22% 5% 1% 8% 2% 4,963
Science 38% 26% 8% < 1% 25% 3% 986
Don't know 78% 9% 1% 3% 3% 5% 330

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

% of adults in the South 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 = 5,054. 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 90% 8% 1% < 1% < 1% 5,054
Philosophy/reason 37% 31% 15% 17% < 1% 1,233
Common sense 46% 31% 12% 11% 1% 4,963
Science 30% 27% 17% 25% 1% 986
Don't know 70% 15% 4% 6% 5% 330

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

% of adults in the South 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 = 5,054. 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 66% 24% 9% 1% 5,054
Philosophy/reason 21% 40% 38% 1% 1,233
Common sense 26% 39% 35% < 1% 4,963
Science 18% 33% 48% 1% 986
Don't know 45% 30% 20% 5% 330

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

% of adults in the South who pray…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 5,054. 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 85% 10% 2% 2% 1% 5,054
Philosophy/reason 43% 19% 7% 30% < 1% 1,233
Common sense 50% 18% 7% 24% 1% 4,963
Science 32% 18% 6% 42% 1% 986
Don't know 70% 11% 3% 12% 5% 330

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

% of adults in the South 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 = 5,054. 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% 13% 9% 27% 1% 5,054
Philosophy/reason 15% 8% 9% 67% 1% 1,233
Common sense 18% 9% 8% 65% < 1% 4,963
Science 14% 7% 7% 71% 1% 986
Don't know 33% 14% 9% 40% 4% 330

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

% of adults in the South 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 = 5,054. 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 55% 7% 3% 33% 3% 5,054
Philosophy/reason 42% 10% 5% 42% 1% 1,233
Common sense 35% 8% 4% 51% 1% 4,963
Science 33% 11% 6% 49% 2% 986
Don't know 49% 6% 3% 34% 7% 330

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

% of adults in the South 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 = 5,054. 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 80% 10% 5% 5% 1% 5,054
Philosophy/reason 53% 17% 12% 17% 1% 1,233
Common sense 53% 16% 10% 18% 2% 4,963
Science 47% 16% 12% 25% 1% 986
Don't know 74% 11% 4% 6% 5% 330

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

% of adults in the South 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 = 5,054. 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% 15% 10% 25% 2% 5,054
Philosophy/reason 57% 14% 11% 16% 1% 1,233
Common sense 41% 16% 13% 29% 1% 4,963
Science 48% 15% 15% 20% 1% 986
Don't know 50% 11% 12% 21% 5% 330

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

% of adults in the South 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 = 5,054. 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% 47% 1% 1% 5,054
Philosophy/reason 24% 73% 2% 1% 1,233
Common sense 27% 71% 2% 1% 4,963
Science 21% 77% 1% 1% 986
Don't know 32% 54% 7% 7% 330

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

% of adults in the South 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 = 5,054. 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 69% 11% 5% 14% 1% 5,054
Philosophy/reason 25% 13% 10% 52% 1% 1,233
Common sense 28% 12% 10% 50% 1% 4,963
Science 17% 11% 7% 63% 1% 986
Don't know 50% 14% 9% 23% 5% 330

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

% of adults in the South 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 = 5,054. 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% 26% 4% 5% 4% 5,054
Philosophy/reason 16% 24% 1% 51% 7% 1,233
Common sense 27% 27% 2% 37% 8% 4,963
Science 17% 18% 1% 57% 7% 986
Don't know 29% 21% 13% 20% 17% 330

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

% of adults in the South who …in heaven

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 5,054. 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 90% 5% 5% 5,054
Philosophy/reason 57% 33% 10% 1,233
Common sense 73% 20% 7% 4,963
Science 53% 40% 7% 986
Don't know 71% 12% 17% 330

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

% of adults in the South who …in hell

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 5,054. 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 83% 11% 6% 5,054
Philosophy/reason 43% 49% 8% 1,233
Common sense 58% 34% 8% 4,963
Science 41% 53% 6% 986
Don't know 59% 20% 21% 330

SocialandPoliticalViews

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

% of adults in the South who identify as…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 5,054. 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% 16% 34% 5,054
Philosophy/reason 30% 17% 53% 1,233
Common sense 37% 18% 45% 4,963
Science 26% 18% 57% 986
Don't know 30% 36% 34% 330

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

% of adults in the South who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 5,054. 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 56% 26% 12% 7% 5,054
Philosophy/reason 22% 39% 34% 5% 1,233
Common sense 32% 37% 24% 7% 4,963
Science 23% 36% 37% 5% 986
Don't know 37% 29% 20% 15% 330

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

% of adults in the South 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 = 5,054. 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 55% 38% 3% 3% 5,054
Philosophy/reason 46% 48% 3% 3% 1,233
Common sense 50% 43% 3% 4% 4,963
Science 38% 57% 1% 4% 986
Don't know 44% 27% 13% 16% 330

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

% of adults in the South 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 = 5,054. 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% 43% 4% 2% 5,054
Philosophy/reason 36% 59% 4% 1% 1,233
Common sense 46% 47% 4% 3% 4,963
Science 35% 61% 3% 1% 986
Don't know 38% 38% 15% 10% 330

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

% of adults in the South 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 = 5,054. 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 29% 67% 4% 5,054
Philosophy/reason 64% 33% 3% 1,233
Common sense 58% 36% 5% 4,963
Science 69% 28% 3% 986
Don't know 42% 43% 15% 330

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

% of adults in the South 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 = 5,054. 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 34% 58% 5% 4% 5,054
Philosophy/reason 78% 17% 3% 1% 1,233
Common sense 67% 26% 4% 3% 4,963
Science 79% 16% 2% 2% 986
Don't know 44% 37% 11% 8% 330

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

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

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 5,054. 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 24% 69% 7% 5,054
Philosophy/reason 72% 22% 6% 1,233
Common sense 57% 34% 9% 4,963
Science 71% 25% 4% 986
Don't know 34% 43% 23% 330

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

% of adults in the South 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 = 5,054. 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% 47% 2% 4% 5,054
Philosophy/reason 26% 70% 2% 2% 1,233
Common sense 39% 55% 2% 3% 4,963
Science 27% 70% 1% 1% 986
Don't know 33% 50% 8% 9% 330

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

% of adults in the South 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 = 5,054. 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% 27% 2% 58% 5% 5,054
Philosophy/reason 46% 26% 5% 19% 3% 1,233
Common sense 35% 28% 4% 29% 4% 4,963
Science 58% 17% 3% 19% 2% 986
Don't know 14% 22% 13% 32% 20% 330