Sources of guidance on right and wrong among Catholics

% of Catholics 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 = 7,202. 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% 10% 48% 10% 2% 7,202
2007 22% 10% 57% 7% 5% 8,054

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DemographicInformation

Age distribution among Catholics by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of Catholics who are ages…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 2,154. 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% 32% 30% 26% 2,154
Philosophy/reason 25% 34% 25% 16% 726
Common sense 18% 33% 31% 19% 3,365
Science 22% 42% 24% 12% 618
Don't know 16% 28% 26% 31% 198

Generational cohort among Catholics by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of Catholics who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 2,154. 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 7% 9% 28% 37% 17% 2% 2,154
Philosophy/reason 18% 12% 29% 29% 11% 1% 726
Common sense 11% 11% 28% 36% 12% 1% 3,365
Science 14% 17% 33% 28% 7% 1% 618
Don't know 9% 8% 26% 33% 22% 2% 198

Gender composition among Catholics by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of Catholics who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 2,203. 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% 59% 2,203
Philosophy/reason 49% 51% 738
Common sense 47% 53% 3,428
Science 56% 44% 626
Don't know 49% 51% 207

Racial and ethnic composition among Catholics by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of Catholics who identify as…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 2,178. 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% 3% 3% 37% 2% 2,178
Philosophy/reason 60% 2% 3% 33% 2% 728
Common sense 65% 3% 3% 28% 2% 3,384
Science 41% 2% 3% 51% 2% 622
Don't know 55% < 1% 2% 38% 5% 201

Immigrant status among Catholics by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of Catholics who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 2,178. 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 32% 13% 55% 2,178
Philosophy/reason 27% 17% 56% 723
Common sense 21% 16% 63% 3,401
Science 45% 15% 40% 623
Don't know 30% 12% 59% 202

Income distribution among Catholics by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of Catholics who have a household income of…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Less than $30,000 $30,000-$49,999 $50,000-$99,999 $100,000 or more Sample Size
Sample size = 1,872. 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% 20% 24% 16% 1,872
Philosophy/reason 34% 16% 27% 23% 637
Common sense 33% 20% 27% 20% 2,929
Science 40% 19% 24% 17% 544
Don't know 34% 19% 29% 19% 155

Educational distribution among Catholics by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of Catholics who have completed…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 2,190. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 50% 26% 14% 10% 2,190
Philosophy/reason 37% 27% 21% 15% 732
Common sense 46% 29% 16% 9% 3,410
Science 50% 21% 18% 11% 621
Don't know 42% 26% 18% 14% 204

Marital status among Catholics by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of Catholics who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 2,194. 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% 7% 12% 10% 17% 2,194
Philosophy/reason 47% 8% 13% 5% 27% 735
Common sense 52% 9% 12% 6% 21% 3,418
Science 45% 11% 13% 3% 27% 624
Don't know 52% 3% 8% 13% 24% 205

Parent of children under 18 among Catholics by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of Catholics who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 2,189. 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 30% 70% 2,189
Philosophy/reason 31% 69% 737
Common sense 30% 70% 3,417
Science 37% 63% 624
Don't know 19% 81% 205

BeliefsandPractices

Belief in God among Catholics by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of Catholics 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 = 2,203. 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 77% 19% 2% 1% < 1% < 1% 2,203
Philosophy/reason 60% 28% 7% 2% 1% 2% 738
Common sense 61% 29% 5% 1% 2% 1% 3,428
Science 42% 41% 10% 1% 5% 1% 626
Don't know 70% 22% 2% 4% 1% 1% 207

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

% of Catholics 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 = 2,203. 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% 16% 1% < 1% < 1% 2,203
Philosophy/reason 47% 39% 11% 3% 1% 738
Common sense 46% 40% 10% 3% < 1% 3,428
Science 45% 38% 12% 5% < 1% 626
Don't know 67% 19% 5% 3% 7% 207

Attendance at religious services among Catholics by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of Catholics 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 = 2,203. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 61% 28% 10% < 1% 2,203
Philosophy/reason 33% 45% 22% 1% 738
Common sense 29% 46% 25% < 1% 3,428
Science 28% 47% 25% < 1% 626
Don't know 48% 34% 14% 4% 207

Frequency of prayer among Catholics by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of Catholics who pray…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,203. 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 78% 14% 3% 5% 1% 2,203
Philosophy/reason 50% 25% 9% 15% < 1% 738
Common sense 52% 22% 9% 16% 1% 3,428
Science 41% 25% 9% 25% < 1% 626
Don't know 62% 23% 4% 6% 6% 207

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

% of Catholics 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 = 2,203. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 28% 12% 13% 46% 1% 2,203
Philosophy/reason 15% 12% 8% 65% < 1% 738
Common sense 11% 7% 9% 73% < 1% 3,428
Science 13% 11% 9% 67% < 1% 626
Don't know 20% 9% 12% 54% 5% 207

Frequency of meditation among Catholics by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of Catholics 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 = 2,203. 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% 8% 5% 34% 2% 2,203
Philosophy/reason 43% 10% 5% 41% 1% 738
Common sense 33% 9% 5% 52% 1% 3,428
Science 36% 11% 6% 46% 1% 626
Don't know 49% 8% 4% 31% 8% 207

Frequency of feeling spiritual peace and wellbeing among Catholics by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of Catholics 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 = 2,203. 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 73% 13% 7% 6% 1% 2,203
Philosophy/reason 52% 20% 12% 15% 1% 738
Common sense 49% 19% 13% 18% 1% 3,428
Science 49% 14% 15% 20% 1% 626
Don't know 62% 13% 6% 10% 8% 207

Frequency of feeling wonder about the universe among Catholics by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of Catholics 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 = 2,203. 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% 15% 13% 23% 2% 2,203
Philosophy/reason 50% 15% 12% 22% 1% 738
Common sense 37% 15% 16% 31% 1% 3,428
Science 42% 16% 17% 25% 1% 626
Don't know 52% 9% 11% 19% 9% 207

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong among Catholics by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of Catholics 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 = 2,203. 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% 57% 1% 2% 2,203
Philosophy/reason 28% 69% 2% 1% 738
Common sense 26% 73% 1% 1% 3,428
Science 24% 72% 1% 3% 626
Don't know 29% 58% 4% 8% 207

Frequency of reading scripture among Catholics by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of Catholics 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 = 2,203. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 44% 13% 9% 33% 1% 2,203
Philosophy/reason 24% 12% 12% 53% 1% 738
Common sense 16% 10% 11% 62% 1% 3,428
Science 16% 11% 12% 60% 1% 626
Don't know 30% 11% 8% 47% 5% 207

Interpreting scripture among Catholics by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of Catholics 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 = 2,203. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 38% 41% 4% 11% 6% 2,203
Philosophy/reason 21% 32% 1% 38% 8% 738
Common sense 19% 36% 3% 34% 9% 3,428
Science 27% 27% 1% 40% 5% 626
Don't know 16% 34% 12% 21% 16% 207

Belief in Heaven among Catholics by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of Catholics who …in heaven

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,203. 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 93% 4% 3% 2,203
Philosophy/reason 80% 12% 8% 738
Common sense 83% 11% 6% 3,428
Science 74% 21% 5% 626
Don't know 81% 8% 11% 207

Belief in Hell among Catholics by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of Catholics who …in hell

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,203. 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% 7% 2,203
Philosophy/reason 59% 34% 7% 738
Common sense 60% 32% 9% 3,428
Science 56% 39% 5% 626
Don't know 52% 22% 26% 207

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among Catholics by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of Catholics who identify as…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 2,203. 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% 19% 40% 2,203
Philosophy/reason 36% 20% 43% 738
Common sense 37% 18% 45% 3,428
Science 28% 18% 54% 626
Don't know 35% 26% 39% 207

Political ideology among Catholics by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of Catholics who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,203. 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 49% 28% 18% 5% 2,203
Philosophy/reason 29% 39% 29% 3% 738
Common sense 33% 40% 22% 5% 3,428
Science 29% 37% 30% 4% 626
Don't know 31% 34% 16% 20% 207

Views about size of government among Catholics by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of Catholics 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 = 2,203. 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 49% 46% 3% 2% 2,203
Philosophy/reason 50% 44% 3% 3% 738
Common sense 49% 44% 3% 4% 3,428
Science 33% 63% 1% 3% 626
Don't know 40% 39% 8% 14% 207

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

% of Catholics 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 = 2,203. 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% 47% 3% 2% 2,203
Philosophy/reason 40% 55% 4% 1% 738
Common sense 48% 47% 3% 1% 3,428
Science 42% 53% 3% 2% 626
Don't know 35% 36% 17% 12% 207

Views about abortion among Catholics by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of Catholics 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 = 2,203. 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 30% 67% 4% 2,203
Philosophy/reason 53% 43% 3% 738
Common sense 57% 37% 5% 3,428
Science 55% 41% 3% 626
Don't know 36% 47% 17% 207

Views about homosexuality among Catholics by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of Catholics 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 = 2,203. 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 57% 35% 4% 4% 2,203
Philosophy/reason 78% 15% 4% 3% 738
Common sense 75% 18% 3% 4% 3,428
Science 77% 19% 2% 2% 626
Don't know 53% 21% 8% 18% 207

Views about same-sex marriage among Catholics by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of Catholics who …same-sex marriage

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,203. 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% 49% 9% 2,203
Philosophy/reason 65% 26% 9% 738
Common sense 63% 28% 9% 3,428
Science 64% 28% 8% 626
Don't know 46% 32% 22% 207

Views about environmental regulation among Catholics by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of Catholics 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 = 2,203. 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% 52% 2% 4% 2,203
Philosophy/reason 34% 62% 2% 2% 738
Common sense 39% 56% 2% 3% 3,428
Science 37% 59% 1% 3% 626
Don't know 25% 55% 9% 11% 207

Views about human evolution among Catholics by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of Catholics 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 = 2,203. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 16% 36% 3% 38% 6% 2,203
Philosophy/reason 40% 31% 4% 23% 2% 738
Common sense 35% 31% 4% 27% 4% 3,428
Science 48% 23% 4% 24% 2% 626
Don't know 14% 29% 18% 13% 26% 207