Views about size of government among adults in the West

% of adults in the West who would rather have…

Survey year Smaller government; fewer services Bigger government; more services Depends 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 50% 43% 3% 3% 8,498
2007 43% 46% 5% 7% 7,279

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Views about size of government among adults in the West by religious group

% of adults in the West who would rather have…

Religious tradition Smaller government; fewer services Bigger government; more services Depends 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 41% 51% 3% 5% 113
Catholic 38% 57% 3% 2% 1,660
Evangelical Protestant 62% 32% 3% 3% 1,819
Historically Black Protestant 29% 64% 3% 4% 143
Jewish 42% 47% 4% 6% 181
Mainline Protestant 58% 35% 3% 3% 1,141
Mormon 79% 17% 2% 2% 480
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 46% 46% 4% 4% 2,388

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DemographicInformation

Age distribution among adults in the West by views about size of government

% of adults in the West who are ages…

Views about size of government 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 4,547. 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.
Smaller government; fewer services 20% 35% 26% 19% 4,547
Bigger government; more services 28% 36% 24% 13% 3,188
Depends 12% 34% 35% 19% 286
Don't know 22% 30% 23% 25% 305

Generational cohort among adults in the West by views about size of government

% of adults in the West who are…

Views about size of government Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 4,547. 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.
Smaller government; fewer services 13% 13% 29% 31% 13% 1% 4,547
Bigger government; more services 17% 18% 29% 28% 8% < 1% 3,188
Depends 7% 11% 28% 39% 13% 1% 286
Don't know 9% 19% 24% 28% 18% 2% 305

Gender composition among adults in the West by views about size of government

% of adults in the West who are…

Views about size of government Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 4,652. 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.
Smaller government; fewer services 55% 45% 4,652
Bigger government; more services 43% 57% 3,236
Depends 56% 44% 293
Don't know 44% 56% 317

Racial and ethnic composition among adults in the West by views about size of government

% of adults in the West who identify as…

Views about size of government White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 4,557. 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.
Smaller government; fewer services 69% 2% 8% 16% 5% 4,557
Bigger government; more services 40% 7% 11% 37% 5% 3,207
Depends 63% 4% 6% 20% 8% 288
Don't know 65% 5% 4% 20% 6% 304

Immigrant status among adults in the West by views about size of government

% of adults in the West who are…

Views about size of government Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 4,592. 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.
Smaller government; fewer services 14% 13% 73% 4,592
Bigger government; more services 34% 15% 51% 3,192
Depends 19% 10% 71% 291
Don't know 16% 11% 73% 312

Income distribution among adults in the West by views about size of government

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

Views about size of government Less than $30,000 $30,000-$49,999 $50,000-$99,999 $100,000 or more Sample Size
Sample size = 4,103. 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.
Smaller government; fewer services 25% 21% 29% 24% 4,103
Bigger government; more services 43% 20% 21% 16% 2,876
Depends 36% 20% 24% 20% 247
Don't know 38% 21% 24% 17% 245

Educational distribution among adults in the West by views about size of government

% of adults in the West who have completed…

Views about size of government High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 4,630. 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.
Smaller government; fewer services 32% 38% 19% 11% 4,630
Bigger government; more services 45% 29% 15% 11% 3,217
Depends 40% 31% 16% 13% 291
Don't know 34% 42% 18% 5% 311

Marital status among adults in the West by views about size of government

% of adults in the West who are…

Views about size of government Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 4,632. 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.
Smaller government; fewer services 53% 7% 12% 5% 22% 4,632
Bigger government; more services 41% 11% 14% 5% 29% 3,219
Depends 50% 11% 11% 9% 19% 292
Don't know 43% 10% 14% 9% 24% 313

Parent of children under 18 among adults in the West by views about size of government

% of adults in the West who are…

Views about size of government Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 4,628. 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.
Smaller government; fewer services 27% 73% 4,628
Bigger government; more services 32% 68% 3,224
Depends 28% 72% 292
Don't know 26% 74% 316

BeliefsandPractices

Belief in God among adults in the West by views about size of government

% of adults in the West who say they…

Views about size of government Believe in God; absolutely certain Believe in God; fairly certain Believe in God; not too/not at all certain Believe in God; don't know Do not believe in God Other/don't know if they believe in God Sample Size
Sample size = 4,652. 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.
Smaller government; fewer services 62% 19% 6% 1% 10% 2% 4,652
Bigger government; more services 50% 25% 8% 1% 14% 2% 3,236
Depends 53% 17% 9% 2% 15% 5% 293
Don't know 55% 18% 8% 2% 10% 8% 317

Importance of religion in one's life among adults in the West by views about size of government

% of adults in the West who say religion is…

Views about size of government Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,652. 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.
Smaller government; fewer services 48% 26% 13% 12% 1% 4,652
Bigger government; more services 46% 25% 14% 15% 1% 3,236
Depends 52% 16% 10% 20% 2% 293
Don't know 46% 22% 13% 14% 5% 317

Attendance at religious services among adults in the West by views about size of government

% of adults in the West who attend religious services…

Views about size of government At least once a week Once or twice a month/a few times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,652. 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.
Smaller government; fewer services 34% 31% 34% < 1% 4,652
Bigger government; more services 29% 35% 35% < 1% 3,236
Depends 30% 31% 38% 1% 293
Don't know 32% 25% 41% 1% 317

Frequency of prayer among adults in the West by views about size of government

% of adults in the West who pray…

Views about size of government At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,652. 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.
Smaller government; fewer services 53% 14% 6% 26% 1% 4,652
Bigger government; more services 49% 15% 6% 29% < 1% 3,236
Depends 46% 14% 4% 32% 3% 293
Don't know 52% 11% 5% 28% 4% 317

Frequency of participation in prayer, scripture study or religious education groups among adults in the West by views about size of government

% of adults in the West who attend prayer group…

Views about size of government At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,652. 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.
Smaller government; fewer services 26% 8% 7% 59% < 1% 4,652
Bigger government; more services 20% 10% 9% 61% < 1% 3,236
Depends 17% 9% 6% 66% 2% 293
Don't know 24% 8% 6% 57% 5% 317

Frequency of meditation among adults in the West by views about size of government

% of adults in the West who meditate…

Views about size of government At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,652. 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.
Smaller government; fewer services 40% 9% 4% 45% 2% 4,652
Bigger government; more services 41% 10% 5% 43% 2% 3,236
Depends 47% 11% 6% 34% 2% 293
Don't know 46% 7% 5% 38% 3% 317

Frequency of feeling spiritual peace and wellbeing among adults in the West by views about size of government

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

Views about size of government At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,652. 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.
Smaller government; fewer services 58% 14% 10% 17% 1% 4,652
Bigger government; more services 56% 16% 11% 16% 2% 3,236
Depends 66% 8% 9% 17% 1% 293
Don't know 60% 11% 10% 15% 4% 317

Frequency of feeling wonder about the universe among adults in the West by views about size of government

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

Views about size of government At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,652. 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.
Smaller government; fewer services 48% 16% 13% 21% 1% 4,652
Bigger government; more services 48% 16% 13% 22% 2% 3,236
Depends 60% 9% 10% 17% 4% 293
Don't know 53% 14% 8% 22% 3% 317

Sources of guidance on right and wrong among adults in the West by views about size of government

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

Views about size of government Religion Philosophy/reason Common sense Science Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,652. 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.
Smaller government; fewer services 33% 11% 45% 9% 2% 4,652
Bigger government; more services 26% 14% 43% 14% 3% 3,236
Depends 29% 13% 38% 12% 7% 293
Don't know 26% 15% 43% 6% 10% 317

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong among adults in the West by views about size of government

% of adults in the West who say…

Views about size of government There are clear standards for what is right and wrong Right or wrong depends on the situation Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,652. 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.
Smaller government; fewer services 41% 56% 2% 1% 4,652
Bigger government; more services 23% 74% 1% 2% 3,236
Depends 28% 63% 5% 4% 293
Don't know 23% 69% 5% 3% 317

Frequency of reading scripture among adults in the West by views about size of government

% of adults in the West who read scripture…

Views about size of government At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,652. 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.
Smaller government; fewer services 35% 8% 9% 47% 1% 4,652
Bigger government; more services 28% 11% 8% 53% 1% 3,236
Depends 31% 7% 6% 55% 1% 293
Don't know 35% 7% 7% 47% 3% 317

Interpreting scripture among adults in the West by views about size of government

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

Views about size of government Word of God; should be taken literally Word of God; not everything taken literally Word of God; other/don't know Not the word of God Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,652. 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.
Smaller government; fewer services 24% 29% 2% 37% 7% 4,652
Bigger government; more services 28% 22% 2% 41% 7% 3,236
Depends 14% 16% 6% 44% 20% 293
Don't know 18% 18% 4% 39% 21% 317

Belief in Heaven among adults in the West by views about size of government

% of adults in the West who …in heaven

Views about size of government Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,652. 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.
Smaller government; fewer services 68% 25% 8% 4,652
Bigger government; more services 64% 29% 7% 3,236
Depends 49% 35% 16% 293
Don't know 58% 22% 20% 317

Belief in Hell among adults in the West by views about size of government

% of adults in the West who …in hell

Views about size of government Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,652. 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.
Smaller government; fewer services 52% 39% 9% 4,652
Bigger government; more services 49% 44% 7% 3,236
Depends 35% 46% 19% 293
Don't know 43% 42% 14% 317

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among adults in the West by views about size of government

% of adults in the West who identify as…

Views about size of government Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 4,652. 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.
Smaller government; fewer services 53% 18% 29% 4,652
Bigger government; more services 16% 22% 63% 3,236
Depends 17% 23% 60% 293
Don't know 15% 31% 53% 317

Political ideology among adults in the West by views about size of government

% of adults in the West who are…

Views about size of government Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,652. 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.
Smaller government; fewer services 44% 35% 15% 5% 4,652
Bigger government; more services 21% 32% 41% 6% 3,236
Depends 19% 37% 34% 10% 293
Don't know 20% 35% 28% 17% 317

Views about government aid to the poor among adults in the West by views about size of government

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

Views about size of government Does more harm than good Does more good than harm Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,652. 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.
Smaller government; fewer services 60% 36% 3% 1% 4,652
Bigger government; more services 24% 72% 3% 2% 3,236
Depends 25% 54% 16% 4% 293
Don't know 23% 53% 7% 16% 317

Views about abortion among adults in the West by views about size of government

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

Views about size of government Legal in all/most cases Illegal in all/most cases Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,652. 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.
Smaller government; fewer services 52% 43% 4% 4,652
Bigger government; more services 61% 35% 3% 3,236
Depends 67% 25% 9% 293
Don't know 57% 29% 14% 317

Views about homosexuality among adults in the West by views about size of government

% of adults in the West who say homosexuality…

Views about size of government Should be accepted Should be discouraged Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,652. 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.
Smaller government; fewer services 60% 32% 5% 4% 4,652
Bigger government; more services 75% 20% 3% 3% 3,236
Depends 72% 21% 4% 3% 293
Don't know 61% 19% 10% 10% 317

Views about same-sex marriage among adults in the West by views about size of government

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

Views about size of government Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,652. 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.
Smaller government; fewer services 52% 41% 7% 4,652
Bigger government; more services 68% 26% 6% 3,236
Depends 64% 27% 9% 293
Don't know 57% 24% 18% 317

Views about environmental regulation among adults in the West by views about size of government

% of adults in the West who say…

Views about size of government Stricter environmental laws and regulations cost too many jobs and hurt the economy Stricter environmental laws and regulations are worth the cost Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,652. 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.
Smaller government; fewer services 48% 46% 3% 3% 4,652
Bigger government; more services 24% 71% 2% 4% 3,236
Depends 15% 72% 9% 4% 293
Don't know 19% 60% 9% 12% 317

Views about human evolution among adults in the West by views about size of government

% of adults in the West who say humans…

Views about size of government Evolved; due to natural processes Evolved; due to God's design Evolved; don't know how Always existed in present form Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,652. 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.
Smaller government; fewer services 33% 24% 4% 34% 4% 4,652
Bigger government; more services 44% 22% 3% 27% 4% 3,236
Depends 41% 19% 10% 20% 11% 293
Don't know 32% 18% 16% 24% 11% 317