Sources of guidance on right and wrong among 50-64 year olds

% of 50-64 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 = 10,296. 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 38% 9% 44% 7% 3% 10,296
2007 31% 9% 52% 5% 4% 10,484

Learn More: Religion, Philosophy/reason, Common sense, Science

Sources of guidance on right and wrong among 50-64 year olds by religious group

% of 50-64 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 31% 8% 50% 8% 2% 2,277
Evangelical Protestant 64% 4% 28% 3% 2% 2,758
Historically Black Protestant 44% 7% 44% 3% 2% 622
Jewish 18% 17% 48% 13% 4% 236
Mainline Protestant 33% 10% 50% 5% 3% 1,819
Mormon 66% 2% 25% < 1% 7% 168
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 8% 16% 58% 15% 3% 1,838

Learn More: Religion, Philosophy/reason, Common sense, Science

DemographicInformation

Generational cohort among 50-64 year olds by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of 50-64 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 = 3,781. 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% < 1% < 1% 100% < 1% < 1% 3,781
Philosophy/reason < 1% < 1% < 1% 100% < 1% < 1% 1,041
Common sense < 1% < 1% < 1% 100% < 1% < 1% 4,374
Science < 1% < 1% < 1% 100% < 1% < 1% 807
Don't know < 1% < 1% < 1% 100% < 1% < 1% 293

Gender composition among 50-64 year olds by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of 50-64 year olds who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 3,781. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 42% 58% 3,781
Philosophy/reason 51% 49% 1,041
Common sense 51% 49% 4,374
Science 58% 42% 807
Don't know 50% 50% 293

Racial and ethnic composition among 50-64 year olds by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of 50-64 year olds who identify as…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 3,725. 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 69% 13% 2% 12% 4% 3,725
Philosophy/reason 76% 8% 2% 11% 3% 1,026
Common sense 74% 11% 2% 9% 4% 4,316
Science 67% 8% 4% 19% 2% 798
Don't know 71% 8% 1% 14% 5% 270

Immigrant status among 50-64 year olds by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of 50-64 year olds who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 3,743. 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% 5% 83% 3,743
Philosophy/reason 13% 9% 78% 1,029
Common sense 10% 7% 83% 4,340
Science 25% 9% 66% 802
Don't know 14% 3% 83% 288

Income distribution among 50-64 year olds by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of 50-64 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 = 3,346. 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% 19% 30% 18% 3,346
Philosophy/reason 25% 13% 30% 32% 960
Common sense 32% 19% 27% 22% 3,945
Science 27% 14% 25% 33% 719
Don't know 27% 20% 30% 23% 225

Educational distribution among 50-64 year olds by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of 50-64 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 = 3,775. 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% 31% 15% 9% 3,775
Philosophy/reason 26% 28% 24% 22% 1,036
Common sense 45% 31% 15% 10% 4,356
Science 34% 21% 24% 20% 804
Don't know 34% 31% 21% 14% 290

Marital status among 50-64 year olds by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of 50-64 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 = 3,768. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 65% 3% 18% 5% 9% 3,768
Philosophy/reason 58% 7% 21% 4% 10% 1,036
Common sense 57% 6% 21% 6% 10% 4,364
Science 58% 6% 21% 3% 11% 799
Don't know 57% 3% 19% 8% 13% 287

Parent of children under 18 among 50-64 year olds by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of 50-64 year olds who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 3,771. 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% 84% 3,771
Philosophy/reason 16% 84% 1,041
Common sense 14% 86% 4,368
Science 17% 83% 803
Don't know 14% 86% 293

BeliefsandPractices

Belief in God among 50-64 year olds by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of 50-64 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 = 3,781. 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 90% 8% 1% < 1% < 1% < 1% 3,781
Philosophy/reason 48% 27% 8% 1% 13% 3% 1,041
Common sense 60% 24% 5% 1% 7% 2% 4,374
Science 38% 31% 9% 1% 18% 4% 807
Don't know 65% 19% 2% 3% 5% 6% 293

Importance of religion in one's life among 50-64 year olds by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of 50-64 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 = 3,781. 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% 3,781
Philosophy/reason 36% 31% 16% 16% 1% 1,041
Common sense 43% 34% 13% 10% 1% 4,374
Science 31% 30% 14% 23% < 1% 807
Don't know 58% 21% 8% 7% 6% 293

Attendance at religious services among 50-64 year olds by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of 50-64 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 = 3,781. 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% 26% 10% < 1% 3,781
Philosophy/reason 19% 38% 43% < 1% 1,041
Common sense 22% 39% 38% < 1% 4,374
Science 18% 38% 44% 1% 807
Don't know 33% 32% 28% 6% 293

Frequency of prayer among 50-64 year olds by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of 50-64 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 = 3,781. 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 84% 11% 2% 3% 1% 3,781
Philosophy/reason 44% 19% 7% 29% 1% 1,041
Common sense 49% 19% 7% 24% 1% 4,374
Science 36% 17% 8% 38% 1% 807
Don't know 60% 13% 6% 17% 4% 293

Frequency of participation in prayer, scripture study or religious education groups among 50-64 year olds by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of 50-64 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 = 3,781. 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% 12% 9% 30% < 1% 3,781
Philosophy/reason 11% 7% 9% 73% < 1% 1,041
Common sense 14% 6% 7% 72% < 1% 4,374
Science 11% 7% 6% 76% < 1% 807
Don't know 24% 8% 8% 57% 3% 293

Frequency of meditation among 50-64 year olds by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of 50-64 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 = 3,781. 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% 3% 34% 2% 3,781
Philosophy/reason 46% 9% 5% 38% 1% 1,041
Common sense 36% 8% 4% 51% 1% 4,374
Science 35% 10% 5% 48% 1% 807
Don't know 53% 5% 2% 34% 6% 293

Frequency of feeling spiritual peace and wellbeing among 50-64 year olds by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of 50-64 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 = 3,781. 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% 9% 5% 5% 1% 3,781
Philosophy/reason 53% 18% 11% 17% 1% 1,041
Common sense 51% 15% 12% 21% 1% 4,374
Science 48% 16% 11% 24% 1% 807
Don't know 66% 10% 7% 11% 7% 293

Frequency of feeling wonder about the universe among 50-64 year olds by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of 50-64 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 = 3,781. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 52% 15% 9% 22% 2% 3,781
Philosophy/reason 55% 14% 12% 17% 1% 1,041
Common sense 41% 15% 14% 28% 1% 4,374
Science 50% 16% 15% 19% 1% 807
Don't know 52% 12% 12% 15% 9% 293

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong among 50-64 year olds by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of 50-64 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 = 3,781. 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% 43% 1% 1% 3,781
Philosophy/reason 25% 71% 3% 1% 1,041
Common sense 29% 69% 1% 1% 4,374
Science 25% 72% 2% 1% 807
Don't know 32% 53% 7% 8% 293

Frequency of reading scripture among 50-64 year olds by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of 50-64 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 = 3,781. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 67% 10% 6% 17% 1% 3,781
Philosophy/reason 20% 11% 11% 58% < 1% 1,041
Common sense 22% 10% 9% 59% 1% 4,374
Science 16% 6% 10% 67% 1% 807
Don't know 40% 8% 7% 41% 3% 293

Interpreting scripture among 50-64 year olds by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of 50-64 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 = 3,781. 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 58% 27% 4% 6% 4% 3,781
Philosophy/reason 16% 20% 1% 57% 7% 1,041
Common sense 23% 27% 2% 39% 8% 4,374
Science 17% 18% 2% 55% 8% 807
Don't know 23% 22% 11% 19% 25% 293

Belief in Heaven among 50-64 year olds by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of 50-64 year olds who …in heaven

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,781. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 87% 7% 7% 3,781
Philosophy/reason 54% 37% 9% 1,041
Common sense 71% 21% 8% 4,374
Science 54% 40% 7% 807
Don't know 69% 16% 14% 293

Belief in Hell among 50-64 year olds by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of 50-64 year olds who …in hell

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,781. 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% 15% 7% 3,781
Philosophy/reason 35% 56% 9% 1,041
Common sense 53% 37% 10% 4,374
Science 37% 57% 6% 807
Don't know 53% 30% 17% 293

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among 50-64 year olds by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of 50-64 year olds who identify as…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 3,781. 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% 15% 34% 3,781
Philosophy/reason 29% 12% 59% 1,041
Common sense 35% 17% 48% 4,374
Science 26% 14% 61% 807
Don't know 27% 31% 42% 293

Political ideology among 50-64 year olds by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of 50-64 year olds who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,781. 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% 25% 13% 6% 3,781
Philosophy/reason 22% 37% 37% 5% 1,041
Common sense 34% 36% 25% 5% 4,374
Science 27% 34% 36% 4% 807
Don't know 28% 34% 24% 14% 293

Views about size of government among 50-64 year olds by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of 50-64 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 = 3,781. 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% 33% 3% 3% 3,781
Philosophy/reason 47% 46% 4% 3% 1,041
Common sense 54% 39% 4% 3% 4,374
Science 42% 53% 2% 3% 807
Don't know 39% 32% 10% 19% 293

Views about government aid to the poor among 50-64 year olds by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of 50-64 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 = 3,781. 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% 42% 4% 2% 3,781
Philosophy/reason 35% 61% 3% 2% 1,041
Common sense 44% 51% 4% 2% 4,374
Science 36% 60% 3% 2% 807
Don't know 33% 46% 11% 10% 293

Views about abortion among 50-64 year olds by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of 50-64 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 = 3,781. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 31% 65% 4% 3,781
Philosophy/reason 71% 25% 4% 1,041
Common sense 66% 29% 4% 4,374
Science 73% 23% 4% 807
Don't know 51% 36% 13% 293

Views about homosexuality among 50-64 year olds by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of 50-64 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 = 3,781. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 36% 56% 5% 4% 3,781
Philosophy/reason 78% 16% 3% 2% 1,041
Common sense 68% 24% 4% 3% 4,374
Science 78% 17% 3% 2% 807
Don't know 53% 25% 10% 12% 293

Views about same-sex marriage among 50-64 year olds by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of 50-64 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 = 3,781. 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 26% 67% 7% 3,781
Philosophy/reason 72% 22% 6% 1,041
Common sense 57% 33% 9% 4,374
Science 70% 24% 6% 807
Don't know 44% 37% 19% 293

Views about environmental regulation among 50-64 year olds by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of 50-64 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 = 3,781. 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% 3% 2% 3,781
Philosophy/reason 26% 70% 2% 2% 1,041
Common sense 40% 56% 2% 2% 4,374
Science 29% 66% 2% 3% 807
Don't know 29% 49% 10% 12% 293

Views about human evolution among 50-64 year olds by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of 50-64 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 = 3,781. 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 8% 26% 2% 59% 4% 3,781
Philosophy/reason 48% 27% 6% 15% 3% 1,041
Common sense 35% 29% 4% 28% 4% 4,374
Science 55% 20% 4% 18% 3% 807
Don't know 17% 28% 17% 20% 19% 293