Sources of guidance on right and wrong among 30-49 year olds

% of 30-49 year olds 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 = 9,178. 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.
2014 32% 10% 45% 10% 2% 9,178
2007 29% 9% 53% 6% 3% 11,823

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Sources of guidance on right and wrong among 30-49 year olds by religious group

% of 30-49 year olds who say they look to…most for guidance on right and wrong

Religious tradition Religion Philosophy/reason Common sense Science Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 0. 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.
Catholic 29% 10% 47% 13% 2% 1,763
Evangelical Protestant 59% 5% 30% 4% 2% 2,168
Hindu 4% 16% 49% 30% < 1% 109
Historically Black Protestant 51% 4% 37% 5% 3% 552
Jewish 15% 20% 45% 18% 2% 165
Mainline Protestant 27% 12% 53% 6% 2% 1,269
Mormon 61% 2% 29% 6% 2% 223
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 7% 16% 59% 16% 2% 2,371

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DemographicInformation

Generational cohort among 30-49 year olds by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of 30-49 year olds who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 2,848. 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 < 1% 17% 83% < 1% < 1% < 1% 2,848
Philosophy/reason < 1% 21% 79% < 1% < 1% < 1% 1,064
Common sense < 1% 19% 81% < 1% < 1% < 1% 4,056
Science < 1% 19% 81% < 1% < 1% < 1% 988
Don't know < 1% 15% 85% < 1% < 1% < 1% 222

Gender composition among 30-49 year olds by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of 30-49 year olds who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 2,848. 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% 56% 2,848
Philosophy/reason 56% 44% 1,064
Common sense 51% 49% 4,056
Science 54% 46% 988
Don't know 57% 43% 222

Racial and ethnic composition among 30-49 year olds by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of 30-49 year olds who identify as…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 2,820. 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% 17% 2% 22% 4% 2,820
Philosophy/reason 67% 7% 6% 17% 4% 1,055
Common sense 65% 11% 4% 16% 4% 4,007
Science 55% 6% 9% 26% 4% 977
Don't know 63% 12% 3% 17% 6% 210

Immigrant status among 30-49 year olds by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of 30-49 year olds who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 2,818. 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 20% 7% 73% 2,818
Philosophy/reason 19% 10% 71% 1,054
Common sense 17% 8% 75% 4,007
Science 33% 10% 57% 973
Don't know 21% 7% 72% 213

Income distribution among 30-49 year olds by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of 30-49 year olds who have a household income of…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Less than $30,000 $30,000-$49,999 $50,000-$99,999 $100,000 or more Sample Size
Sample size = 2,618. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 33% 21% 28% 18% 2,618
Philosophy/reason 25% 16% 29% 30% 999
Common sense 29% 20% 29% 22% 3,753
Science 27% 19% 27% 27% 931
Don't know 33% 25% 21% 20% 188

Educational distribution among 30-49 year olds by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of 30-49 year olds who have completed…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 2,839. 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% 33% 18% 11% 2,839
Philosophy/reason 23% 29% 26% 22% 1,062
Common sense 38% 32% 18% 12% 4,049
Science 31% 22% 24% 23% 984
Don't know 32% 33% 22% 13% 221

Marital status among 30-49 year olds by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of 30-49 year olds who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 2,840. 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 63% 6% 14% 1% 16% 2,840
Philosophy/reason 54% 11% 15% 1% 20% 1,062
Common sense 54% 11% 13% 1% 21% 4,052
Science 55% 11% 12% 1% 22% 985
Don't know 54% 7% 8% 4% 27% 219

Parent of children under 18 among 30-49 year olds by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of 30-49 year olds who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 2,836. 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 64% 36% 2,836
Philosophy/reason 50% 50% 1,060
Common sense 56% 44% 4,046
Science 56% 44% 986
Don't know 55% 45% 218

BeliefsandPractices

Belief in God among 30-49 year olds by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of 30-49 year olds 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 = 2,848. 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 89% 9% 1% < 1% < 1% < 1% 2,848
Philosophy/reason 43% 26% 10% 1% 17% 4% 1,064
Common sense 53% 26% 7% < 1% 11% 3% 4,056
Science 33% 29% 9% 1% 25% 3% 988
Don't know 73% 12% 2% 2% 5% 5% 222

Importance of religion in one's life among 30-49 year olds by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of 30-49 year olds 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 = 2,848. 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 88% 10% 1% 1% < 1% 2,848
Philosophy/reason 30% 33% 18% 18% < 1% 1,064
Common sense 35% 34% 16% 15% 1% 4,056
Science 27% 29% 15% 28% < 1% 988
Don't know 61% 18% 6% 9% 7% 222

Attendance at religious services among 30-49 year olds by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of 30-49 year olds 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 = 2,848. 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 63% 27% 9% < 1% 2,848
Philosophy/reason 17% 42% 41% < 1% 1,064
Common sense 19% 39% 42% < 1% 4,056
Science 16% 36% 48% < 1% 988
Don't know 40% 32% 26% 2% 222

Frequency of prayer among 30-49 year olds by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of 30-49 year olds who pray…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,848. 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% 11% 2% 4% 1% 2,848
Philosophy/reason 36% 20% 9% 34% < 1% 1,064
Common sense 43% 18% 9% 30% 1% 4,056
Science 30% 18% 7% 44% < 1% 988
Don't know 64% 11% 5% 17% 2% 222

Frequency of participation in prayer, scripture study or religious education groups among 30-49 year olds by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of 30-49 year olds 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 = 2,848. 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% 14% 9% 28% < 1% 2,848
Philosophy/reason 11% 9% 8% 72% < 1% 1,064
Common sense 12% 8% 8% 72% < 1% 4,056
Science 11% 7% 8% 75% < 1% 988
Don't know 29% 12% 6% 48% 4% 222

Frequency of meditation among 30-49 year olds by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of 30-49 year olds 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 = 2,848. 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% 7% 3% 38% 2% 2,848
Philosophy/reason 42% 13% 6% 39% < 1% 1,064
Common sense 30% 9% 5% 56% 1% 4,056
Science 30% 11% 5% 52% 1% 988
Don't know 48% 9% 5% 32% 7% 222

Frequency of feeling spiritual peace and wellbeing among 30-49 year olds by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of 30-49 year olds 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 = 2,848. 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 76% 12% 6% 5% 1% 2,848
Philosophy/reason 52% 19% 12% 17% < 1% 1,064
Common sense 47% 18% 13% 21% 1% 4,056
Science 46% 15% 13% 25% 2% 988
Don't know 72% 9% 4% 10% 5% 222

Frequency of feeling wonder about the universe among 30-49 year olds by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of 30-49 year olds 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 = 2,848. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 45% 17% 11% 25% 2% 2,848
Philosophy/reason 51% 18% 15% 15% < 1% 1,064
Common sense 37% 16% 15% 30% 1% 4,056
Science 47% 15% 17% 21% 1% 988
Don't know 50% 12% 12% 22% 4% 222

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong among 30-49 year olds by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of 30-49 year olds 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 = 2,848. 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% 47% 1% 1% 2,848
Philosophy/reason 27% 71% 2% 1% 1,064
Common sense 26% 72% 1% < 1% 4,056
Science 23% 74% 1% 1% 988
Don't know 31% 56% 6% 6% 222

Frequency of reading scripture among 30-49 year olds by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of 30-49 year olds 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 = 2,848. 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 66% 11% 7% 16% < 1% 2,848
Philosophy/reason 18% 12% 12% 58% 1% 1,064
Common sense 20% 10% 10% 60% 1% 4,056
Science 14% 8% 10% 67% 1% 988
Don't know 38% 17% 8% 35% 2% 222

Interpreting scripture among 30-49 year olds by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of 30-49 year olds 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 = 2,848. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 56% 31% 4% 6% 4% 2,848
Philosophy/reason 12% 21% 1% 57% 9% 1,064
Common sense 20% 27% 2% 44% 8% 4,056
Science 17% 16% 1% 61% 5% 988
Don't know 21% 26% 9% 24% 20% 222

Belief in Heaven among 30-49 year olds by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of 30-49 year olds who …in heaven

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,848. 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 88% 6% 6% 2,848
Philosophy/reason 53% 38% 9% 1,064
Common sense 69% 24% 7% 4,056
Science 50% 44% 5% 988
Don't know 63% 13% 23% 222

Belief in Hell among 30-49 year olds by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of 30-49 year olds who …in hell

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,848. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 81% 13% 6% 2,848
Philosophy/reason 37% 54% 8% 1,064
Common sense 53% 40% 8% 4,056
Science 39% 55% 5% 988
Don't know 52% 21% 27% 222

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among 30-49 year olds by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of 30-49 year olds who identify as…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 2,848. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 47% 20% 33% 2,848
Philosophy/reason 27% 19% 54% 1,064
Common sense 34% 21% 45% 4,056
Science 23% 18% 59% 988
Don't know 33% 35% 33% 222

Political ideology among 30-49 year olds by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of 30-49 year olds who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,848. 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 53% 26% 15% 7% 2,848
Philosophy/reason 20% 39% 38% 3% 1,064
Common sense 27% 39% 27% 7% 4,056
Science 20% 34% 41% 4% 988
Don't know 36% 31% 20% 14% 222

Views about size of government among 30-49 year olds by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of 30-49 year olds 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 = 2,848. 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% 40% 3% 2% 2,848
Philosophy/reason 47% 48% 4% 2% 1,064
Common sense 52% 41% 3% 4% 4,056
Science 38% 56% 3% 3% 988
Don't know 43% 27% 15% 15% 222

Views about government aid to the poor among 30-49 year olds by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of 30-49 year olds 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 = 2,848. 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% 45% 4% 2% 2,848
Philosophy/reason 30% 64% 5% 1% 1,064
Common sense 48% 48% 4% 1% 4,056
Science 36% 59% 4% 2% 988
Don't know 34% 38% 20% 9% 222

Views about abortion among 30-49 year olds by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of 30-49 year olds 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 = 2,848. 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 29% 67% 4% 2,848
Philosophy/reason 72% 26% 2% 1,064
Common sense 64% 32% 4% 4,056
Science 71% 26% 3% 988
Don't know 39% 40% 21% 222

Views about homosexuality among 30-49 year olds by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of 30-49 year olds 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 = 2,848. 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 37% 53% 5% 4% 2,848
Philosophy/reason 83% 11% 4% 2% 1,064
Common sense 74% 19% 4% 3% 4,056
Science 80% 15% 3% 2% 988
Don't know 52% 27% 12% 9% 222

Views about same-sex marriage among 30-49 year olds by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of 30-49 year olds who …same-sex marriage

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,848. 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 29% 64% 8% 2,848
Philosophy/reason 78% 17% 5% 1,064
Common sense 66% 26% 8% 4,056
Science 74% 20% 6% 988
Don't know 45% 33% 23% 222

Views about environmental regulation among 30-49 year olds by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of 30-49 year olds 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 = 2,848. 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 43% 51% 3% 3% 2,848
Philosophy/reason 25% 71% 3% 1% 1,064
Common sense 35% 61% 2% 2% 4,056
Science 25% 72% 1% 2% 988
Don't know 31% 53% 9% 8% 222

Views about human evolution among 30-49 year olds by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of 30-49 year olds 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 = 2,848. 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 10% 27% 2% 57% 4% 2,848
Philosophy/reason 54% 24% 5% 15% 2% 1,064
Common sense 42% 26% 4% 25% 3% 4,056
Science 62% 16% 4% 18% 1% 988
Don't know 19% 17% 19% 28% 18% 222