Views about size of government among Catholics

% of Catholics who would rather have…

Survey year Smaller government; fewer services Bigger government; more services Depends 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 48% 47% 3% 3% 7,202
2007 39% 51% 4% 6% 8,054

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DemographicInformation

Age distribution among Catholics by views about size of government

% of Catholics who are ages…

Views about size of government 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 3,786. 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% 31% 32% 24% 3,786
Bigger government; more services 22% 37% 26% 16% 2,839
Depends 9% 28% 43% 21% 201
Don't know 10% 27% 29% 34% 235

Generational cohort among Catholics by views about size of government

% of Catholics who are…

Views about size of government Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 3,786. 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 9% 8% 27% 38% 16% 2% 3,786
Bigger government; more services 14% 15% 30% 30% 10% 1% 2,839
Depends 2% 10% 25% 48% 14% 2% 201
Don't know 5% 9% 22% 38% 23% 2% 235

Gender composition among Catholics by views about size of government

% of Catholics who are…

Views about size of government Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 3,868. 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 51% 49% 3,868
Bigger government; more services 42% 58% 2,884
Depends 44% 56% 207
Don't know 39% 61% 243

Racial and ethnic composition among Catholics by views about size of government

% of Catholics who identify as…

Views about size of government White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 3,807. 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 79% 1% 2% 16% 2% 3,807
Bigger government; more services 38% 4% 4% 52% 2% 2,863
Depends 56% 3% 1% 36% 4% 203
Don't know 69% 2% < 1% 25% 4% 240

Immigrant status among Catholics by views about size of government

% of Catholics who are…

Views about size of government Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 3,841. 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% 15% 72% 3,841
Bigger government; more services 43% 15% 42% 2,841
Depends 32% 17% 51% 205
Don't know 19% 11% 70% 240

Income distribution among Catholics by views about size of government

% of Catholics 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 = 3,321. 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 21% 19% 33% 26% 3,321
Bigger government; more services 52% 19% 18% 11% 2,472
Depends 37% 18% 25% 19% 164
Don't know 34% 24% 28% 14% 180

Educational distribution among Catholics by views about size of government

% of Catholics who have completed…

Views about size of government High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 3,853. 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% 31% 21% 13% 3,853
Bigger government; more services 58% 22% 12% 7% 2,857
Depends 41% 35% 14% 10% 206
Don't know 42% 34% 14% 9% 241

Marital status among Catholics by views about size of government

% of Catholics who are…

Views about size of government Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 3,855. 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% 6% 11% 8% 17% 3,855
Bigger government; more services 44% 11% 13% 6% 26% 2,876
Depends 57% 10% 16% 8% 10% 204
Don't know 56% 6% 10% 11% 18% 241

Parent of children under 18 among Catholics by views about size of government

% of Catholics who are…

Views about size of government Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 3,854. 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% 74% 3,854
Bigger government; more services 36% 64% 2,871
Depends 28% 72% 205
Don't know 19% 81% 242

BeliefsandPractices

Belief in God among Catholics by views about size of government

% of Catholics 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 = 3,868. 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% 24% 4% 1% 1% 1% 3,868
Bigger government; more services 59% 32% 6% 1% 2% 1% 2,884
Depends 65% 22% 6% 2% 1% 3% 207
Don't know 69% 22% 5% 2% 1% 1% 243

Importance of religion in one's life among Catholics by views about size of government

% of Catholics 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 = 3,868. 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 56% 33% 9% 2% < 1% 3,868
Bigger government; more services 59% 31% 7% 2% < 1% 2,884
Depends 63% 30% 5% 1% < 1% 207
Don't know 57% 29% 7% 3% 3% 243

Attendance at religious services among Catholics by views about size of government

% of Catholics 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 = 3,868. 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 42% 38% 20% < 1% 3,868
Bigger government; more services 37% 43% 20% 1% 2,884
Depends 42% 41% 17% < 1% 207
Don't know 38% 34% 26% 2% 243

Frequency of prayer among Catholics by views about size of government

% of Catholics who pray…

Views about size of government At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,868. 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% 21% 7% 13% < 1% 3,868
Bigger government; more services 59% 20% 7% 13% 1% 2,884
Depends 64% 22% 4% 9% 2% 207
Don't know 57% 20% 5% 14% 4% 243

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

% of Catholics 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 = 3,868. 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 15% 8% 10% 66% < 1% 3,868
Bigger government; more services 19% 11% 10% 59% 1% 2,884
Depends 18% 10% 9% 61% 2% 207
Don't know 16% 6% 6% 71% 2% 243

Frequency of meditation among Catholics by views about size of government

% of Catholics 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 = 3,868. 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 38% 8% 5% 49% 1% 3,868
Bigger government; more services 42% 10% 5% 41% 2% 2,884
Depends 52% 8% 5% 35% 1% 207
Don't know 40% 7% 2% 48% 3% 243

Frequency of feeling spiritual peace and wellbeing among Catholics by views about size of government

% of Catholics 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 = 3,868. 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% 18% 11% 14% 1% 3,868
Bigger government; more services 57% 16% 11% 14% 1% 2,884
Depends 66% 14% 10% 9% 1% 207
Don't know 58% 16% 7% 12% 7% 243

Frequency of feeling wonder about the universe among Catholics by views about size of government

% of Catholics 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 = 3,868. 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% 16% 15% 28% 1% 3,868
Bigger government; more services 44% 15% 14% 26% 1% 2,884
Depends 42% 12% 15% 25% 6% 207
Don't know 40% 13% 12% 32% 4% 243

Sources of guidance on right and wrong among Catholics by views about size of government

% of Catholics 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 = 3,868. 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 31% 10% 50% 7% 2% 3,868
Bigger government; more services 30% 9% 46% 14% 2% 2,884
Depends 31% 10% 47% 5% 7% 207
Don't know 17% 9% 55% 9% 11% 243

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong among Catholics by views about size of government

% of Catholics 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 = 3,868. 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 38% 60% 1% 1% 3,868
Bigger government; more services 23% 74% 1% 2% 2,884
Depends 24% 68% 7% 1% 207
Don't know 25% 72% 2% 2% 243

Frequency of reading scripture among Catholics by views about size of government

% of Catholics 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 = 3,868. 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% 11% 11% 54% 1% 3,868
Bigger government; more services 26% 12% 10% 50% 1% 2,884
Depends 25% 14% 7% 54% < 1% 207
Don't know 29% 7% 8% 53% 3% 243

Interpreting scripture among Catholics by views about size of government

% of Catholics 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 = 3,868. 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 19% 43% 2% 29% 7% 3,868
Bigger government; more services 34% 30% 2% 27% 7% 2,884
Depends 18% 27% 7% 26% 23% 207
Don't know 16% 28% 10% 29% 17% 243

Belief in Heaven among Catholics by views about size of government

% of Catholics who …in heaven

Views about size of government Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,868. 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 87% 9% 4% 3,868
Bigger government; more services 84% 11% 5% 2,884
Depends 80% 9% 11% 207
Don't know 80% 6% 13% 243

Belief in Hell among Catholics by views about size of government

% of Catholics who …in hell

Views about size of government Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,868. 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 65% 27% 7% 3,868
Bigger government; more services 62% 30% 8% 2,884
Depends 51% 32% 17% 207
Don't know 57% 26% 17% 243

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among Catholics by views about size of government

% of Catholics who identify as…

Views about size of government Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 3,868. 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 57% 14% 29% 3,868
Bigger government; more services 20% 23% 58% 2,884
Depends 18% 26% 56% 207
Don't know 15% 28% 56% 243

Political ideology among Catholics by views about size of government

% of Catholics who are…

Views about size of government Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,868. 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 49% 36% 12% 3% 3,868
Bigger government; more services 28% 35% 32% 6% 2,884
Depends 18% 43% 27% 12% 207
Don't know 18% 44% 24% 14% 243

Views about government aid to the poor among Catholics by views about size of government

% of Catholics 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 = 3,868. 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 64% 31% 3% 1% 3,868
Bigger government; more services 30% 65% 3% 2% 2,884
Depends 28% 51% 18% 3% 207
Don't know 31% 52% 8% 9% 243

Views about abortion among Catholics by views about size of government

% of Catholics 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 = 3,868. 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% 52% 3% 3,868
Bigger government; more services 51% 44% 5% 2,884
Depends 51% 36% 14% 207
Don't know 55% 27% 18% 243

Views about homosexuality among Catholics by views about size of government

% of Catholics who say homosexuality…

Views about size of government Should be accepted Should be discouraged Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,868. 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 64% 28% 4% 4% 3,868
Bigger government; more services 76% 19% 2% 3% 2,884
Depends 68% 12% 13% 7% 207
Don't know 61% 18% 6% 15% 243

Views about same-sex marriage among Catholics by views about size of government

% of Catholics who …same-sex marriage

Views about size of government Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,868. 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 50% 42% 9% 3,868
Bigger government; more services 64% 28% 8% 2,884
Depends 56% 21% 23% 207
Don't know 54% 25% 21% 243

Views about environmental regulation among Catholics by views about size of government

% of Catholics 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 = 3,868. 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 50% 46% 2% 2% 3,868
Bigger government; more services 31% 64% 1% 4% 2,884
Depends 21% 59% 10% 10% 207
Don't know 23% 60% 6% 11% 243

Views about human evolution among Catholics by views about size of government

% of Catholics 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 = 3,868. 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 28% 36% 4% 29% 4% 3,868
Bigger government; more services 33% 28% 4% 31% 4% 2,884
Depends 29% 27% 11% 23% 10% 207
Don't know 29% 25% 13% 19% 14% 243