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

% of adults in the West 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 = 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 30% 13% 44% 11% 3% 8,498
2007 25% 12% 52% 7% 4% 7,279

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

% of adults in the West 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 = 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 9% 27% 52% 10% 2% 113
Catholic 30% 10% 46% 12% 3% 1,660
Evangelical Protestant 60% 5% 29% 3% 2% 1,819
Historically Black Protestant 46% 9% 40% 2% 2% 143
Jewish 12% 14% 51% 19% 5% 181
Mainline Protestant 26% 12% 51% 8% 3% 1,141
Mormon 64% 3% 27% 3% 3% 480
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 4% 21% 55% 18% 2% 2,388

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DemographicInformation

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

% of adults in the West who are ages…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 2,462. 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 18% 34% 28% 19% 2,462
Philosophy/reason 33% 33% 22% 12% 1,075
Common sense 23% 36% 25% 16% 3,629
Science 30% 38% 21% 12% 891
Don't know 12% 28% 30% 30% 269

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

% of adults in the West who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 2,462. 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% 13% 28% 34% 13% 1% 2,462
Philosophy/reason 22% 16% 28% 27% 7% < 1% 1,075
Common sense 14% 17% 28% 30% 11% 1% 3,629
Science 19% 19% 29% 24% 8% 1% 891
Don't know 6% 9% 25% 35% 23% 2% 269

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

% of adults in the West who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 2,518. 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% 2,518
Philosophy/reason 57% 43% 1,094
Common sense 50% 50% 3,697
Science 58% 42% 902
Don't know 53% 47% 287

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

% of adults in the West who identify as…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 2,483. 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 54% 6% 6% 30% 5% 2,483
Philosophy/reason 59% 3% 12% 20% 5% 1,077
Common sense 58% 4% 9% 23% 5% 3,634
Science 49% 3% 14% 30% 4% 893
Don't know 58% 3% 5% 27% 7% 269

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

% of adults in the West who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 2,479. 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 25% 12% 64% 2,479
Philosophy/reason 20% 16% 64% 1,081
Common sense 20% 14% 66% 3,658
Science 35% 14% 51% 890
Don't know 26% 10% 64% 279

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

% of adults in the West 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 = 2,187. 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% 21% 26% 16% 2,187
Philosophy/reason 29% 16% 27% 28% 989
Common sense 34% 22% 25% 19% 3,280
Science 32% 18% 23% 27% 803
Don't know 37% 23% 21% 19% 212

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

% of adults in the West who have completed…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 2,505. 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 41% 35% 15% 9% 2,505
Philosophy/reason 27% 35% 22% 16% 1,086
Common sense 40% 35% 17% 9% 3,679
Science 35% 25% 21% 19% 897
Don't know 38% 27% 24% 11% 282

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

% of adults in the West who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 2,504. 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% 5% 13% 6% 20% 2,504
Philosophy/reason 39% 10% 14% 3% 34% 1,086
Common sense 45% 11% 13% 6% 25% 3,686
Science 43% 13% 11% 2% 31% 900
Don't know 49% 4% 13% 15% 19% 280

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

% of adults in the West who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 2,504. 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% 67% 2,504
Philosophy/reason 23% 77% 1,089
Common sense 29% 71% 3,685
Science 30% 70% 899
Don't know 20% 80% 283

BeliefsandPractices

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

% of adults in the West 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 = 2,518. 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 86% 11% 2% 1% 1% < 1% 2,518
Philosophy/reason 35% 28% 11% 1% 20% 5% 1,094
Common sense 49% 25% 9% 1% 13% 3% 3,697
Science 29% 26% 12% 1% 29% 4% 902
Don't know 63% 20% 3% 3% 7% 4% 287

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

% of adults in the West 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 = 2,518. 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% 12% 1% 1% 1% 2,518
Philosophy/reason 25% 31% 20% 23% 1% 1,094
Common sense 33% 33% 18% 16% 1% 3,697
Science 25% 26% 18% 30% < 1% 902
Don't know 54% 21% 8% 10% 6% 287

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

% of adults in the West 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 = 2,518. 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% 9% 1% 2,518
Philosophy/reason 15% 35% 50% < 1% 1,094
Common sense 19% 38% 44% < 1% 3,697
Science 13% 36% 50% < 1% 902
Don't know 39% 23% 34% 4% 287

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

% of adults in the West who pray…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,518. 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% 10% 2% 3% 1% 2,518
Philosophy/reason 34% 15% 8% 43% 1% 1,094
Common sense 39% 17% 8% 35% 1% 3,697
Science 27% 14% 8% 51% < 1% 902
Don't know 58% 16% 4% 19% 2% 287

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

% of adults in the West 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 = 2,518. 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% 13% 8% 28% < 1% 2,518
Philosophy/reason 10% 7% 6% 76% 1% 1,094
Common sense 11% 7% 8% 74% 1% 3,697
Science 7% 7% 8% 77% < 1% 902
Don't know 26% 10% 6% 57% 2% 287

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

% of adults in the West 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 = 2,518. 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% 8% 3% 31% 3% 2,518
Philosophy/reason 41% 12% 5% 41% 1% 1,094
Common sense 32% 10% 5% 52% 1% 3,697
Science 32% 10% 5% 51% 1% 902
Don't know 52% 8% 2% 30% 8% 287

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

% of adults in the West 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 = 2,518. 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 81% 10% 4% 5% 1% 2,518
Philosophy/reason 52% 18% 9% 19% 1% 1,094
Common sense 46% 17% 13% 22% 2% 3,697
Science 45% 15% 14% 23% 2% 902
Don't know 66% 11% 4% 14% 5% 287

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

% of adults in the West 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 = 2,518. 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 54% 14% 10% 19% 2% 2,518
Philosophy/reason 57% 17% 12% 13% 1% 1,094
Common sense 42% 17% 15% 25% 1% 3,697
Science 50% 15% 15% 19% 1% 902
Don't know 56% 10% 8% 17% 9% 287

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

% of adults in the West 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 = 2,518. 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% 45% 2% 2% 2,518
Philosophy/reason 22% 75% 2% 1% 1,094
Common sense 25% 73% 1% 1% 3,697
Science 22% 75% 1% 2% 902
Don't know 27% 57% 8% 8% 287

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

% of adults in the West 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 = 2,518. 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 67% 11% 5% 17% 1% 2,518
Philosophy/reason 16% 10% 11% 63% < 1% 1,094
Common sense 17% 9% 9% 64% 1% 3,697
Science 11% 7% 10% 70% 1% 902
Don't know 36% 9% 6% 45% 4% 287

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

% of adults in the West 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 = 2,518. 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% 33% 4% 7% 5% 2,518
Philosophy/reason 8% 19% < 1% 63% 9% 1,094
Common sense 16% 25% 1% 48% 9% 3,697
Science 15% 14% 1% 64% 5% 902
Don't know 19% 26% 14% 22% 20% 287

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

% of adults in the West who …in heaven

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,518. 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% 7% 6% 2,518
Philosophy/reason 45% 44% 11% 1,094
Common sense 61% 30% 9% 3,697
Science 45% 50% 6% 902
Don't know 64% 20% 16% 287

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

% of adults in the West who …in hell

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,518. 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 74% 19% 8% 2,518
Philosophy/reason 28% 63% 9% 1,094
Common sense 45% 46% 9% 3,697
Science 32% 62% 6% 902
Don't know 43% 35% 22% 287

SocialandPoliticalViews

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

% of adults in the West who identify as…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 2,518. 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% 20% 33% 2,518
Philosophy/reason 24% 17% 59% 1,094
Common sense 32% 21% 47% 3,697
Science 23% 18% 59% 902
Don't know 25% 35% 39% 287

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

% of adults in the West who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,518. 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 52% 27% 14% 7% 2,518
Philosophy/reason 17% 39% 42% 3% 1,094
Common sense 27% 38% 29% 6% 3,697
Science 20% 32% 43% 5% 902
Don't know 30% 27% 25% 17% 287

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

% of adults in the West 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 = 2,518. 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% 2,518
Philosophy/reason 44% 48% 4% 4% 1,094
Common sense 51% 43% 3% 3% 3,697
Science 39% 55% 4% 2% 902
Don't know 34% 44% 9% 13% 287

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

% of adults in the West 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 = 2,518. 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% 44% 3% 2% 2,518
Philosophy/reason 29% 65% 4% 2% 1,094
Common sense 42% 53% 4% 2% 3,697
Science 33% 63% 2% 2% 902
Don't know 28% 50% 11% 11% 287

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

% of adults in the West 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 = 2,518. 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 27% 68% 4% 2,518
Philosophy/reason 77% 19% 4% 1,094
Common sense 69% 28% 4% 3,697
Science 70% 26% 4% 902
Don't know 50% 32% 18% 287

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

% of adults in the West 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 = 2,518. 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 40% 51% 5% 5% 2,518
Philosophy/reason 85% 10% 3% 2% 1,094
Common sense 76% 17% 4% 3% 3,697
Science 84% 13% 1% 2% 902
Don't know 55% 24% 6% 15% 287

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

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

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,518. 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% 62% 7% 2,518
Philosophy/reason 82% 14% 4% 1,094
Common sense 68% 24% 7% 3,697
Science 78% 17% 5% 902
Don't know 50% 32% 18% 287

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

% of adults in the West 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 = 2,518. 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% 3% 4% 2,518
Philosophy/reason 25% 70% 3% 2% 1,094
Common sense 35% 59% 2% 3% 3,697
Science 25% 71% 1% 3% 902
Don't know 28% 49% 7% 16% 287

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

% of adults in the West 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 = 2,518. 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% 27% 2% 55% 5% 2,518
Philosophy/reason 61% 20% 5% 12% 2% 1,094
Common sense 44% 23% 5% 24% 4% 3,697
Science 65% 15% 4% 14% 2% 902
Don't know 23% 25% 16% 18% 19% 287