Sources of guidance on right and wrong among adults ages 65 and older

% of adults ages 65 and older 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 = 9,327. 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 40% 7% 43% 7% 3% 9,327
2007 34% 6% 51% 4% 5% 8,146

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Sources of guidance on right and wrong among adults ages 65 and older by religious group

% of adults ages 65 and older 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 38% 8% 45% 6% 4% 2,131
Evangelical Protestant 62% 3% 30% 2% 3% 2,399
Historically Black Protestant 50% 3% 39% 5% 3% 401
Jewish 17% 13% 49% 15% 7% 320
Mainline Protestant 31% 7% 52% 6% 3% 2,272
Mormon 60% 3% 25% 8% 4% 146
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 8% 16% 58% 16% 2% 1,225

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DemographicInformation

Generational cohort among adults ages 65 and older by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults ages 65 and older who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 3,546. 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% 27% 67% 7% 3,546
Philosophy/reason < 1% < 1% < 1% 30% 64% 6% 830
Common sense < 1% < 1% < 1% 30% 63% 7% 3,922
Science < 1% < 1% < 1% 29% 64% 7% 687
Don't know < 1% < 1% < 1% 21% 72% 8% 342

Gender composition among adults ages 65 and older by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults ages 65 and older who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 3,546. 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% 64% 3,546
Philosophy/reason 52% 48% 830
Common sense 48% 52% 3,922
Science 62% 38% 687
Don't know 43% 57% 342

Racial and ethnic composition among adults ages 65 and older by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults ages 65 and older who identify as…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 3,513. 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 79% 10% 1% 8% 2% 3,513
Philosophy/reason 86% 4% 2% 7% 2% 826
Common sense 84% 8% 2% 5% 2% 3,868
Science 78% 5% 2% 12% 3% 677
Don't know 79% 6% 1% 9% 4% 329

Immigrant status among adults ages 65 and older by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults ages 65 and older who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 3,505. 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% 8% 84% 3,505
Philosophy/reason 12% 12% 76% 826
Common sense 7% 12% 81% 3,885
Science 17% 14% 69% 678
Don't know 13% 15% 72% 335

Income distribution among adults ages 65 and older by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults ages 65 and older 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 = 2,880. 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% 25% 22% 10% 2,880
Philosophy/reason 31% 19% 26% 24% 708
Common sense 40% 23% 24% 13% 3,232
Science 36% 17% 26% 21% 584
Don't know 36% 23% 27% 13% 234

Educational distribution among adults ages 65 and older by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults ages 65 and older who have completed…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 3,531. 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% 27% 12% 9% 3,531
Philosophy/reason 30% 20% 24% 26% 830
Common sense 52% 26% 13% 10% 3,913
Science 35% 21% 22% 22% 684
Don't know 45% 22% 15% 17% 340

Marital status among adults ages 65 and older by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults ages 65 and older who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 3,536. 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% 2% 12% 28% 4% 3,536
Philosophy/reason 54% 3% 14% 23% 6% 829
Common sense 54% 3% 14% 26% 3% 3,908
Science 61% 4% 12% 20% 4% 684
Don't know 51% 2% 15% 30% 3% 338

Parent of children under 18 among adults ages 65 and older by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults ages 65 and older who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 3,542. 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 4% 96% 3,542
Philosophy/reason 2% 98% 830
Common sense 2% 98% 3,917
Science 2% 98% 687
Don't know 1% 99% 340

BeliefsandPractices

Belief in God among adults ages 65 and older by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults ages 65 and older 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 = 3,546. 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% 3,546
Philosophy/reason 46% 25% 7% 1% 16% 4% 830
Common sense 60% 22% 6% 2% 7% 3% 3,922
Science 39% 24% 7% 1% 24% 4% 687
Don't know 66% 17% 4% 7% 4% 2% 342

Importance of religion in one's life among adults ages 65 and older by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults ages 65 and older 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 = 3,546. 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 91% 8% 1% < 1% 1% 3,546
Philosophy/reason 42% 24% 13% 19% 2% 830
Common sense 49% 30% 10% 10% 1% 3,922
Science 34% 22% 18% 25% 1% 687
Don't know 66% 20% 6% 4% 5% 342

Attendance at religious services among adults ages 65 and older by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults ages 65 and older 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 = 3,546. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 73% 16% 10% 1% 3,546
Philosophy/reason 30% 25% 43% 1% 830
Common sense 32% 33% 35% 1% 3,922
Science 26% 27% 45% 1% 687
Don't know 51% 22% 25% 1% 342

Frequency of prayer among adults ages 65 and older by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults ages 65 and older who pray…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,546. 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% 8% 1% 2% 1% 3,546
Philosophy/reason 46% 16% 5% 33% 1% 830
Common sense 51% 17% 6% 24% 2% 3,922
Science 36% 13% 6% 44% 1% 687
Don't know 65% 13% 2% 12% 7% 342

Frequency of participation in prayer, scripture study or religious education groups among adults ages 65 and older by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults ages 65 and older 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 = 3,546. 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% 9% 9% 31% 2% 3,546
Philosophy/reason 17% 6% 7% 69% 1% 830
Common sense 17% 6% 7% 69% 1% 3,922
Science 14% 6% 8% 71% 1% 687
Don't know 29% 8% 9% 50% 3% 342

Frequency of meditation among adults ages 65 and older by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults ages 65 and older 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 = 3,546. 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 68% 5% 2% 21% 4% 3,546
Philosophy/reason 47% 11% 5% 35% 2% 830
Common sense 43% 9% 5% 41% 2% 3,922
Science 41% 8% 5% 43% 2% 687
Don't know 50% 8% 3% 29% 10% 342

Frequency of feeling spiritual peace and wellbeing among adults ages 65 and older by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults ages 65 and older 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 = 3,546. 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% 8% 3% 4% 2% 3,546
Philosophy/reason 55% 13% 9% 20% 3% 830
Common sense 54% 13% 9% 22% 2% 3,922
Science 46% 12% 12% 27% 3% 687
Don't know 60% 11% 5% 13% 11% 342

Frequency of feeling wonder about the universe among adults ages 65 and older by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults ages 65 and older 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 = 3,546. 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% 11% 9% 22% 4% 3,546
Philosophy/reason 52% 11% 13% 21% 2% 830
Common sense 38% 13% 15% 33% 2% 3,922
Science 46% 15% 12% 25% 3% 687
Don't know 49% 7% 10% 21% 12% 342

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong among adults ages 65 and older by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults ages 65 and older 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 = 3,546. 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% 46% 2% 2% 3,546
Philosophy/reason 26% 70% 1% 2% 830
Common sense 29% 68% 1% 2% 3,922
Science 24% 73% 1% 2% 687
Don't know 27% 61% 5% 6% 342

Frequency of reading scripture among adults ages 65 and older by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults ages 65 and older 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 = 3,546. 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% 9% 5% 18% 2% 3,546
Philosophy/reason 27% 8% 7% 57% 1% 830
Common sense 25% 9% 9% 56% 1% 3,922
Science 20% 8% 8% 64% 1% 687
Don't know 42% 8% 8% 36% 7% 342

Interpreting scripture among adults ages 65 and older by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults ages 65 and older 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 = 3,546. 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% 5% 5% 5% 3,546
Philosophy/reason 16% 23% 2% 54% 6% 830
Common sense 25% 28% 3% 33% 11% 3,922
Science 17% 18% 1% 58% 6% 687
Don't know 27% 21% 15% 21% 16% 342

Belief in Heaven among adults ages 65 and older by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults ages 65 and older who …in heaven

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,546. 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% 5% 6% 3,546
Philosophy/reason 52% 36% 12% 830
Common sense 69% 22% 9% 3,922
Science 45% 46% 9% 687
Don't know 68% 17% 14% 342

Belief in Hell among adults ages 65 and older by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults ages 65 and older who …in hell

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,546. 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% 15% 9% 3,546
Philosophy/reason 36% 55% 8% 830
Common sense 47% 42% 12% 3,922
Science 28% 63% 9% 687
Don't know 42% 34% 24% 342

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among adults ages 65 and older by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults ages 65 and older who identify as…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 3,546. 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% 13% 34% 3,546
Philosophy/reason 31% 9% 59% 830
Common sense 38% 14% 47% 3,922
Science 23% 13% 63% 687
Don't know 34% 21% 46% 342

Political ideology among adults ages 65 and older by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults ages 65 and older who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,546. 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 60% 23% 10% 6% 3,546
Philosophy/reason 30% 30% 37% 2% 830
Common sense 37% 36% 21% 5% 3,922
Science 27% 31% 37% 4% 687
Don't know 35% 25% 25% 15% 342

Views about size of government among adults ages 65 and older by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults ages 65 and older 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 = 3,546. 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% 28% 3% 5% 3,546
Philosophy/reason 48% 42% 5% 5% 830
Common sense 58% 33% 4% 6% 3,922
Science 43% 49% 4% 3% 687
Don't know 39% 36% 7% 18% 342

Views about government aid to the poor among adults ages 65 and older by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults ages 65 and older 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 = 3,546. 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% 39% 5% 3% 3,546
Philosophy/reason 34% 61% 3% 2% 830
Common sense 46% 48% 3% 3% 3,922
Science 32% 62% 2% 4% 687
Don't know 25% 47% 12% 16% 342

Views about abortion among adults ages 65 and older by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults ages 65 and older 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 = 3,546. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 28% 67% 5% 3,546
Philosophy/reason 67% 27% 5% 830
Common sense 61% 32% 7% 3,922
Science 71% 24% 5% 687
Don't know 46% 35% 19% 342

Views about homosexuality among adults ages 65 and older by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults ages 65 and older 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 = 3,546. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 30% 61% 5% 4% 3,546
Philosophy/reason 73% 22% 3% 2% 830
Common sense 59% 33% 4% 5% 3,922
Science 71% 24% 2% 2% 687
Don't know 43% 34% 7% 16% 342

Views about same-sex marriage among adults ages 65 and older by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults ages 65 and older who …same-sex marriage

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,546. 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% 72% 8% 3,546
Philosophy/reason 62% 28% 9% 830
Common sense 46% 43% 11% 3,922
Science 63% 30% 7% 687
Don't know 35% 46% 19% 342

Views about environmental regulation among adults ages 65 and older by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults ages 65 and older 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 = 3,546. 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% 40% 3% 7% 3,546
Philosophy/reason 27% 66% 3% 4% 830
Common sense 41% 51% 3% 5% 3,922
Science 27% 67% 2% 3% 687
Don't know 26% 42% 6% 25% 342

Views about human evolution among adults ages 65 and older by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults ages 65 and older 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 = 3,546. 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 9% 23% 4% 56% 9% 3,546
Philosophy/reason 49% 20% 6% 22% 4% 830
Common sense 31% 24% 6% 31% 9% 3,922
Science 57% 15% 3% 22% 4% 687
Don't know 19% 21% 10% 23% 27% 342