Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong among adults in the West

% of adults in the West who say…

Survey year There are clear standards for what is right and wrong Right or wrong depends on the situation Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 8,498. 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 32% 65% 2% 2% 8,498

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Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong among adults in the West by religious group

% of adults in the West who say…

Religious tradition 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 = 113. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Buddhist 20% 75% 4% < 1% 113
Catholic 28% 68% 1% 2% 1,660
Evangelical Protestant 51% 46% 2% 1% 1,819
Historically Black Protestant 39% 58% 3% < 1% 143
Jewish 23% 76% 1% < 1% 181
Mainline Protestant 32% 65% 1% 2% 1,141
Mormon 57% 41% 2% < 1% 480
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 19% 78% 2% 1% 2,388

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DemographicInformation

Age distribution among adults in the West by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults in the West who are ages…

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 2,857. 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.
There are clear standards for what is right and wrong 17% 36% 28% 18% 2,857
Right or wrong depends on the situation 27% 34% 24% 15% 5,231
Neither/both equally 6% 42% 35% 18% 136
Don't know 10% 40% 25% 26% 102

Generational cohort among adults in the West by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults in the West who are…

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 2,857. 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.
There are clear standards for what is right and wrong 10% 13% 31% 34% 12% 1% 2,857
Right or wrong depends on the situation 17% 17% 27% 28% 10% 1% 5,231
Neither/both equally 3% 11% 34% 40% 13% < 1% 136
Don't know 7% 7% 35% 32% 15% 3% 102

Gender composition among adults in the West by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults in the West who are…

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 2,918. 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.
There are clear standards for what is right and wrong 52% 48% 2,918
Right or wrong depends on the situation 48% 52% 5,329
Neither/both equally 67% 33% 144
Don't know 43% 57% 107

Racial and ethnic composition among adults in the West by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults in the West who identify as…

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 2,864. 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.
There are clear standards for what is right and wrong 62% 5% 6% 23% 4% 2,864
Right or wrong depends on the situation 53% 4% 11% 26% 5% 5,255
Neither/both equally 57% 5% 7% 25% 6% 133
Don't know 38% 1% 2% 52% 7% 104

Immigrant status among adults in the West by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults in the West who are…

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 2,884. 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.
There are clear standards for what is right and wrong 18% 11% 70% 2,884
Right or wrong depends on the situation 25% 15% 60% 5,258
Neither/both equally 25% 10% 64% 140
Don't know 41% 12% 48% 105

Income distribution among adults in the West by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

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

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong Less than $30,000 $30,000-$49,999 $50,000-$99,999 $100,000 or more Sample Size
Sample size = 2,578. 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.
There are clear standards for what is right and wrong 29% 21% 29% 21% 2,578
Right or wrong depends on the situation 36% 20% 24% 20% 4,705
Neither/both equally 43% 23% 19% 15% 111

Educational distribution among adults in the West by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults in the West who have completed…

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 2,899. 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.
There are clear standards for what is right and wrong 33% 38% 18% 10% 2,899
Right or wrong depends on the situation 39% 32% 17% 11% 5,302
Neither/both equally 39% 36% 14% 11% 144
Don't know 70% 16% 11% 3% 104

Marital status among adults in the West by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults in the West who are…

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 2,905. 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.
There are clear standards for what is right and wrong 57% 6% 12% 5% 20% 2,905
Right or wrong depends on the situation 43% 11% 13% 6% 28% 5,305
Neither/both equally 47% 10% 15% 5% 23% 140
Don't know 43% 6% 19% 13% 19% 106

Parent of children under 18 among adults in the West by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults in the West who are…

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 2,902. 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.
There are clear standards for what is right and wrong 32% 68% 2,902
Right or wrong depends on the situation 28% 72% 5,311
Neither/both equally 27% 73% 143
Don't know 30% 70% 104

BeliefsandPractices

Belief in God among adults in the West by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults in the West who say they…

Belief in absolute standards for 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 = 2,918. 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.
There are clear standards for what is right and wrong 72% 17% 4% 1% 6% 1% 2,918
Right or wrong depends on the situation 49% 24% 9% 1% 15% 3% 5,329
Neither/both equally 62% 17% 8% 3% 6% 4% 144
Don't know 55% 28% 8% 3% 4% 1% 107

Importance of religion in one's life among adults in the West by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults in the West who say religion is…

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,918. 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.
There are clear standards for what is right and wrong 63% 20% 8% 8% 1% 2,918
Right or wrong depends on the situation 39% 28% 16% 17% 1% 5,329
Neither/both equally 60% 20% 8% 10% 1% 144
Don't know 62% 19% 5% 8% 7% 107

Attendance at religious services among adults in the West by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults in the West who attend religious services…

Belief in absolute standards for 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 = 2,918. 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.
There are clear standards for what is right and wrong 47% 29% 24% < 1% 2,918
Right or wrong depends on the situation 24% 35% 40% < 1% 5,329
Neither/both equally 36% 25% 37% 2% 144
Don't know 43% 28% 28% 2% 107

Frequency of prayer among adults in the West by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults in the West who pray…

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,918. 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.
There are clear standards for what is right and wrong 67% 12% 4% 17% 1% 2,918
Right or wrong depends on the situation 43% 15% 7% 34% 1% 5,329
Neither/both equally 49% 15% 6% 24% 6% 144
Don't know 57% 14% 5% 22% 2% 107

Frequency of participation in prayer, scripture study or religious education groups among adults in the West by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults in the West who attend prayer group…

Belief in absolute standards for 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 = 2,918. 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.
There are clear standards for what is right and wrong 35% 10% 7% 47% < 1% 2,918
Right or wrong depends on the situation 16% 8% 8% 67% 1% 5,329
Neither/both equally 27% 7% 9% 54% 2% 144
Don't know 32% 7% 5% 53% 3% 107

Frequency of meditation among adults in the West by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults in the West who meditate…

Belief in absolute standards for 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 = 2,918. 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.
There are clear standards for what is right and wrong 48% 7% 4% 38% 2% 2,918
Right or wrong depends on the situation 36% 11% 5% 47% 1% 5,329
Neither/both equally 49% 8% 2% 39% 3% 144
Don't know 58% 5% 6% 26% 5% 107

Frequency of feeling spiritual peace and wellbeing among adults in the West by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

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

Belief in absolute standards for 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 = 2,918. 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.
There are clear standards for what is right and wrong 70% 12% 7% 10% 1% 2,918
Right or wrong depends on the situation 51% 16% 11% 20% 1% 5,329
Neither/both equally 61% 11% 6% 17% 4% 144
Don't know 63% 11% 7% 11% 7% 107

Frequency of feeling wonder about the universe among adults in the West by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

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

Belief in absolute standards for 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 = 2,918. 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.
There are clear standards for what is right and wrong 52% 16% 11% 20% 1% 2,918
Right or wrong depends on the situation 47% 16% 14% 22% 1% 5,329
Neither/both equally 57% 10% 14% 14% 5% 144
Don't know 47% 8% 14% 14% 16% 107

Sources of guidance on right and wrong among adults in the West by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

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

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong Religion Philosophy/reason Common sense Science Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,918. 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.
There are clear standards for what is right and wrong 48% 9% 34% 7% 2% 2,918
Right or wrong depends on the situation 21% 15% 50% 13% 2% 5,329
Neither/both equally 36% 15% 30% 5% 14% 144
Don't know 37% 5% 30% 14% 14% 107

Frequency of reading scripture among adults in the West by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults in the West who read scripture…

Belief in absolute standards for 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 = 2,918. 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.
There are clear standards for what is right and wrong 49% 9% 7% 35% < 1% 2,918
Right or wrong depends on the situation 23% 10% 9% 58% 1% 5,329
Neither/both equally 38% 7% 7% 45% 4% 144
Don't know 45% 5% 3% 42% 5% 107

Interpreting scripture among adults in the West by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

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

Belief in absolute standards for 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 = 2,918. 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.
There are clear standards for what is right and wrong 36% 31% 3% 24% 6% 2,918
Right or wrong depends on the situation 20% 23% 2% 47% 9% 5,329
Neither/both equally 26% 20% 6% 29% 20% 144
Don't know 37% 18% 7% 27% 11% 107

Belief in Heaven among adults in the West by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults in the West who …in heaven

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,918. 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.
There are clear standards for what is right and wrong 75% 18% 7% 2,918
Right or wrong depends on the situation 61% 31% 8% 5,329
Neither/both equally 62% 19% 19% 144
Don't know 66% 18% 15% 107

Belief in Hell among adults in the West by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults in the West who …in hell

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,918. 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.
There are clear standards for what is right and wrong 63% 30% 8% 2,918
Right or wrong depends on the situation 44% 48% 8% 5,329
Neither/both equally 54% 22% 24% 144
Don't know 50% 32% 18% 107

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among adults in the West by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults in the West who identify as…

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 2,918. 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.
There are clear standards for what is right and wrong 50% 18% 31% 2,918
Right or wrong depends on the situation 27% 20% 53% 5,329
Neither/both equally 27% 40% 33% 144
Don't know 24% 32% 43% 107

Political ideology among adults in the West by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults in the West who are…

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,918. 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.
There are clear standards for what is right and wrong 49% 28% 16% 6% 2,918
Right or wrong depends on the situation 24% 37% 33% 6% 5,329
Neither/both equally 39% 31% 16% 14% 144
Don't know 32% 23% 32% 13% 107

Views about size of government among adults in the West by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults in the West who would rather have…

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong Smaller government; fewer services Bigger government; more services Depends Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,918. 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.
There are clear standards for what is right and wrong 63% 31% 3% 2% 2,918
Right or wrong depends on the situation 43% 50% 3% 4% 5,329
Neither/both equally 49% 32% 10% 10% 144
Don't know 44% 42% 8% 6% 107

Views about government aid to the poor among adults in the West by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

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

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong Does more harm than good Does more good than harm Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,918. 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.
There are clear standards for what is right and wrong 55% 40% 3% 2% 2,918
Right or wrong depends on the situation 35% 59% 4% 2% 5,329
Neither/both equally 32% 40% 22% 6% 144
Don't know 43% 43% 2% 13% 107

Views about abortion among adults in the West by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

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

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong Legal in all/most cases Illegal in all/most cases Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,918. 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.
There are clear standards for what is right and wrong 43% 54% 4% 2,918
Right or wrong depends on the situation 65% 31% 4% 5,329
Neither/both equally 41% 41% 18% 144
Don't know 31% 46% 23% 107

Views about homosexuality among adults in the West by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults in the West who say homosexuality…

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong Should be accepted Should be discouraged Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,918. 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.
There are clear standards for what is right and wrong 50% 42% 4% 3% 2,918
Right or wrong depends on the situation 76% 18% 3% 3% 5,329
Neither/both equally 48% 27% 14% 12% 144
Don't know 55% 29% 4% 12% 107

Views about same-sex marriage among adults in the West by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

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

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,918. 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.
There are clear standards for what is right and wrong 42% 51% 7% 2,918
Right or wrong depends on the situation 69% 25% 7% 5,329
Neither/both equally 43% 40% 17% 144
Don't know 44% 38% 18% 107

Views about environmental regulation among adults in the West by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults in the West who say…

Belief in absolute standards for 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 = 2,918. 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.
There are clear standards for what is right and wrong 46% 48% 3% 3% 2,918
Right or wrong depends on the situation 31% 64% 2% 3% 5,329
Neither/both equally 29% 55% 8% 8% 144
Don't know 35% 32% 3% 30% 107

Views about human evolution among adults in the West by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of adults in the West who say humans…

Belief in absolute standards for 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 = 2,918. 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.
There are clear standards for what is right and wrong 24% 25% 3% 44% 3% 2,918
Right or wrong depends on the situation 46% 22% 5% 23% 4% 5,329
Neither/both equally 23% 18% 15% 30% 14% 144
Don't know 23% 17% 9% 27% 23% 107