Sources of guidance on right and wrong among adults who seldom or never meditate

% of adults who seldom or never meditate 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 = 15,172. 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 25% 10% 53% 11% 2% 15,172
2007 21% 8% 61% 6% 3% 15,447

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Sources of guidance on right and wrong among adults who seldom or never meditate by religious group

% of adults who seldom or never meditate 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 23% 9% 56% 10% 2% 3,119
Evangelical Protestant 51% 5% 38% 4% 2% 3,202
Historically Black Protestant 38% 8% 48% 5% 2% 538
Jewish 15% 15% 52% 14% 3% 487
Mainline Protestant 23% 9% 59% 6% 2% 2,679
Mormon 55% 3% 36% 3% 3% 175
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 5% 15% 60% 18% 2% 4,330

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DemographicInformation

Age distribution among adults who seldom or never meditate by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who seldom or never meditate who are ages…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 3,666. 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% 37% 30% 13% 3,666
Philosophy/reason 40% 31% 19% 10% 1,572
Common sense 27% 36% 24% 13% 7,661
Science 35% 36% 19% 10% 1,685
Don't know 24% 28% 27% 21% 319

Generational cohort among adults who seldom or never meditate by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who seldom or never meditate who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 3,666. 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 13% 14% 30% 34% 8% 1% 3,666
Philosophy/reason 27% 20% 24% 23% 6% 1% 1,572
Common sense 17% 17% 29% 29% 8% 1% 7,661
Science 23% 20% 28% 22% 6% 1% 1,685
Don't know 12% 16% 24% 33% 13% 1% 319

Gender composition among adults who seldom or never meditate by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who seldom or never meditate who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 3,729. 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% 3,729
Philosophy/reason 55% 45% 1,596
Common sense 53% 47% 7,792
Science 60% 40% 1,712
Don't know 51% 49% 343

Racial and ethnic composition among adults who seldom or never meditate by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who seldom or never meditate who identify as…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 3,684. 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% 11% 2% 11% 3% 3,684
Philosophy/reason 69% 8% 7% 13% 3% 1,581
Common sense 74% 9% 4% 10% 3% 7,713
Science 67% 6% 8% 16% 4% 1,692
Don't know 71% 8% 3% 11% 6% 328

Immigrant status among adults who seldom or never meditate by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who seldom or never meditate who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 3,677. 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% 8% 83% 3,677
Philosophy/reason 14% 13% 72% 1,579
Common sense 10% 10% 80% 7,699
Science 19% 15% 65% 1,686
Don't know 13% 12% 75% 335

Income distribution among adults who seldom or never meditate by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who seldom or never meditate 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 = 3,258. 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% 22% 29% 18% 3,258
Philosophy/reason 29% 18% 28% 25% 1,432
Common sense 30% 21% 28% 20% 6,849
Science 28% 19% 26% 27% 1,528
Don't know 33% 20% 27% 20% 252

Educational distribution among adults who seldom or never meditate by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who seldom or never meditate who have completed…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 3,705. 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% 33% 16% 8% 3,705
Philosophy/reason 31% 33% 22% 14% 1,590
Common sense 45% 32% 15% 8% 7,763
Science 33% 27% 22% 18% 1,700
Don't know 37% 33% 18% 12% 336

Marital status among adults who seldom or never meditate by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who seldom or never meditate who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 3,716. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 57% 4% 12% 5% 23% 3,716
Philosophy/reason 40% 9% 10% 3% 37% 1,595
Common sense 46% 9% 11% 5% 28% 7,771
Science 44% 9% 9% 2% 36% 1,703
Don't know 49% 3% 12% 10% 26% 337

Parent of children under 18 among adults who seldom or never meditate by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who seldom or never meditate who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 3,710. 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 34% 66% 3,710
Philosophy/reason 26% 74% 1,594
Common sense 30% 70% 7,768
Science 29% 71% 1,708
Don't know 31% 69% 338

BeliefsandPractices

Belief in God among adults who seldom or never meditate by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who seldom or never meditate 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 = 3,729. 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% 3,729
Philosophy/reason 33% 27% 12% 1% 23% 5% 1,596
Common sense 47% 28% 8% 1% 14% 3% 7,792
Science 26% 22% 11% < 1% 37% 4% 1,712
Don't know 60% 19% 4% 3% 7% 7% 343

Importance of religion in one's life among adults who seldom or never meditate by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who seldom or never meditate 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 = 3,729. 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 82% 15% 2% 1% < 1% 3,729
Philosophy/reason 21% 33% 22% 24% 1% 1,596
Common sense 28% 37% 18% 16% < 1% 7,792
Science 16% 28% 21% 35% < 1% 1,712
Don't know 54% 20% 11% 12% 3% 343

Attendance at religious services among adults who seldom or never meditate by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who seldom or never meditate 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 = 3,729. 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% 32% 13% < 1% 3,729
Philosophy/reason 12% 37% 51% < 1% 1,596
Common sense 15% 39% 46% < 1% 7,792
Science 8% 33% 59% < 1% 1,712
Don't know 29% 33% 34% 3% 343

Frequency of prayer among adults who seldom or never meditate by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who seldom or never meditate who pray…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,729. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 74% 16% 3% 7% < 1% 3,729
Philosophy/reason 23% 18% 9% 50% < 1% 1,596
Common sense 32% 19% 9% 40% 1% 7,792
Science 17% 14% 6% 63% < 1% 1,712
Don't know 48% 16% 6% 26% 4% 343

Frequency of participation in prayer, scripture study or religious education groups among adults who seldom or never meditate by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who seldom or never meditate 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 = 3,729. 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 34% 12% 10% 43% < 1% 3,729
Philosophy/reason 6% 5% 7% 82% < 1% 1,596
Common sense 7% 6% 6% 81% < 1% 7,792
Science 4% 4% 5% 87% < 1% 1,712
Don't know 13% 6% 6% 71% 3% 343

Frequency of feeling spiritual peace and wellbeing among adults who seldom or never meditate by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who seldom or never meditate 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 = 3,729. 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% 14% 9% 9% 1% 3,729
Philosophy/reason 35% 21% 13% 30% 1% 1,596
Common sense 36% 18% 14% 31% 1% 7,792
Science 31% 16% 13% 38% 2% 1,712
Don't know 56% 10% 7% 20% 7% 343

Frequency of feeling wonder about the universe among adults who seldom or never meditate by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who seldom or never meditate 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 = 3,729. 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% 16% 14% 33% 1% 3,729
Philosophy/reason 43% 18% 15% 23% 1% 1,596
Common sense 30% 17% 16% 37% 1% 7,792
Science 38% 17% 14% 29% 1% 1,712
Don't know 38% 11% 17% 30% 5% 343

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong among adults who seldom or never meditate by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who seldom or never meditate 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 = 3,729. 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% 49% 1% 1% 3,729
Philosophy/reason 23% 75% 2% < 1% 1,596
Common sense 25% 73% 1% 1% 7,792
Science 21% 78% 1% < 1% 1,712
Don't know 31% 57% 7% 5% 343

Frequency of reading scripture among adults who seldom or never meditate by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who seldom or never meditate 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 = 3,729. 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% 13% 8% 29% < 1% 3,729
Philosophy/reason 10% 9% 8% 73% < 1% 1,596
Common sense 12% 8% 8% 71% < 1% 7,792
Science 6% 6% 7% 81% < 1% 1,712
Don't know 23% 12% 8% 53% 4% 343

Interpreting scripture among adults who seldom or never meditate by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who seldom or never meditate 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 = 3,729. 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% 35% 4% 7% 4% 3,729
Philosophy/reason 12% 21% 1% 61% 6% 1,596
Common sense 16% 28% 2% 46% 8% 7,792
Science 10% 17% 1% 66% 6% 1,712
Don't know 19% 24% 9% 28% 20% 343

Belief in Heaven among adults who seldom or never meditate by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who seldom or never meditate who …in heaven

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,729. 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% 6% 5% 3,729
Philosophy/reason 53% 38% 9% 1,596
Common sense 67% 26% 7% 7,792
Science 45% 49% 6% 1,712
Don't know 66% 16% 17% 343

Belief in Hell among adults who seldom or never meditate by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who seldom or never meditate who …in hell

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,729. 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 80% 14% 6% 3,729
Philosophy/reason 38% 54% 8% 1,596
Common sense 52% 40% 8% 7,792
Science 34% 60% 6% 1,712
Don't know 56% 26% 18% 343

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among adults who seldom or never meditate by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who seldom or never meditate who identify as…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 3,729. 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% 15% 31% 3,729
Philosophy/reason 30% 17% 54% 1,596
Common sense 37% 19% 44% 7,792
Science 24% 17% 59% 1,712
Don't know 27% 33% 40% 343

Political ideology among adults who seldom or never meditate by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who seldom or never meditate who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,729. 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% 28% 13% 6% 3,729
Philosophy/reason 22% 37% 37% 4% 1,596
Common sense 30% 38% 24% 7% 7,792
Science 19% 36% 41% 4% 1,712
Don't know 30% 29% 22% 18% 343

Views about size of government among adults who seldom or never meditate by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who seldom or never meditate 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 = 3,729. 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% 35% 2% 3% 3,729
Philosophy/reason 47% 48% 2% 3% 1,596
Common sense 54% 40% 3% 3% 7,792
Science 41% 54% 2% 3% 1,712
Don't know 45% 32% 8% 15% 343

Views about government aid to the poor among adults who seldom or never meditate by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who seldom or never meditate 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 = 3,729. 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% 4% 2% 3,729
Philosophy/reason 35% 60% 3% 1% 1,596
Common sense 48% 47% 3% 1% 7,792
Science 35% 61% 3% 1% 1,712
Don't know 34% 46% 10% 10% 343

Views about abortion among adults who seldom or never meditate by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who seldom or never meditate 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 = 3,729. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 32% 64% 3% 3,729
Philosophy/reason 69% 28% 2% 1,596
Common sense 65% 31% 4% 7,792
Science 73% 24% 3% 1,712
Don't know 46% 38% 16% 343

Views about homosexuality among adults who seldom or never meditate by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who seldom or never meditate 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 = 3,729. 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% 48% 5% 4% 3,729
Philosophy/reason 86% 10% 3% 1% 1,596
Common sense 74% 20% 3% 3% 7,792
Science 85% 13% 2% 1% 1,712
Don't know 53% 27% 11% 9% 343

Views about same-sex marriage among adults who seldom or never meditate by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who seldom or never meditate who …same-sex marriage

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,729. 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 34% 60% 6% 3,729
Philosophy/reason 80% 15% 5% 1,596
Common sense 66% 27% 7% 7,792
Science 79% 17% 4% 1,712
Don't know 49% 33% 18% 343

Views about environmental regulation among adults who seldom or never meditate by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who seldom or never meditate 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 = 3,729. 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 48% 48% 2% 2% 3,729
Philosophy/reason 28% 67% 3% 2% 1,596
Common sense 38% 57% 2% 2% 7,792
Science 25% 72% 1% 2% 1,712
Don't know 29% 51% 8% 12% 343

Views about human evolution among adults who seldom or never meditate by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who seldom or never meditate 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 = 3,729. 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 11% 28% 2% 55% 4% 3,729
Philosophy/reason 58% 20% 4% 16% 2% 1,596
Common sense 44% 25% 4% 24% 3% 7,792
Science 69% 14% 2% 13% 2% 1,712
Don't know 26% 22% 14% 21% 17% 343