Sources of guidance on right and wrong among adults who seldom or never attend prayer groups

% of adults who seldom or never attend prayer groups 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 = 20,395. 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 17% 13% 56% 12% 2% 20,395
2007 15% 11% 63% 7% 3% 20,841

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

% of adults who seldom or never attend prayer groups 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 = 160. 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.
Buddhist 2% 29% 48% 17% 6% 160
Catholic 22% 10% 55% 11% 2% 4,669
Evangelical Protestant 39% 8% 47% 4% 2% 2,790
Hindu 5% 23% 47% 24% 1% 119
Historically Black Protestant 33% 7% 52% 6% 2% 572
Jewish 6% 17% 58% 16% 3% 548
Mainline Protestant 18% 11% 61% 7% 3% 3,642
Mormon 25% 8% 52% 10% 5% 116
Orthodox Christian 12% 20% 55% 9% 4% 109
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 4% 18% 58% 18% 2% 6,810

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DemographicInformation

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

% of adults who seldom or never attend prayer groups who are ages…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 3,373. 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 15% 31% 31% 22% 3,373
Philosophy/reason 33% 34% 22% 11% 2,820
Common sense 24% 34% 26% 16% 10,848
Science 31% 37% 20% 12% 2,492
Don't know 18% 28% 30% 24% 517

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

% of adults who seldom or never attend prayer groups who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 3,373. 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% 12% 26% 37% 14% 2% 3,373
Philosophy/reason 22% 19% 25% 26% 7% 1% 2,820
Common sense 14% 16% 28% 31% 10% 1% 10,848
Science 20% 18% 29% 24% 8% 1% 2,492
Don't know 11% 12% 23% 35% 16% 2% 517

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

% of adults who seldom or never attend prayer groups who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 3,425. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 44% 56% 3,425
Philosophy/reason 57% 43% 2,862
Common sense 52% 48% 11,028
Science 58% 42% 2,530
Don't know 54% 46% 550

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

% of adults who seldom or never attend prayer groups who identify as…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 3,382. 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% 11% 2% 16% 4% 3,382
Philosophy/reason 72% 6% 6% 13% 4% 2,828
Common sense 74% 8% 3% 11% 4% 10,900
Science 67% 5% 7% 17% 4% 2,497
Don't know 72% 6% 3% 14% 5% 520

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

% of adults who seldom or never attend prayer groups who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 3,365. 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% 9% 77% 3,365
Philosophy/reason 13% 15% 72% 2,835
Common sense 10% 11% 79% 10,902
Science 21% 13% 65% 2,495
Don't know 14% 10% 76% 539

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

% of adults who seldom or never attend prayer groups 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 = 2,949. 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 39% 22% 23% 15% 2,949
Philosophy/reason 28% 18% 27% 27% 2,581
Common sense 32% 21% 27% 20% 9,702
Science 29% 19% 26% 27% 2,260
Don't know 33% 23% 24% 20% 408

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

% of adults who seldom or never attend prayer groups who have completed…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 3,412. 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% 31% 13% 8% 3,412
Philosophy/reason 26% 33% 23% 18% 2,853
Common sense 41% 33% 16% 9% 10,977
Science 30% 27% 24% 19% 2,513
Don't know 35% 33% 19% 14% 543

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

% of adults who seldom or never attend prayer groups who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 3,410. 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% 6% 15% 9% 21% 3,410
Philosophy/reason 40% 10% 12% 4% 35% 2,853
Common sense 45% 10% 13% 6% 26% 10,993
Science 44% 10% 10% 3% 33% 2,510
Don't know 43% 6% 14% 10% 28% 536

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

% of adults who seldom or never attend prayer groups who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 3,413. 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 27% 73% 3,413
Philosophy/reason 23% 77% 2,855
Common sense 27% 73% 10,999
Science 28% 72% 2,522
Don't know 22% 78% 545

BeliefsandPractices

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

% of adults who seldom or never attend prayer groups 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 = 3,425. 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% 13% 2% < 1% 1% 1% 3,425
Philosophy/reason 33% 28% 12% 1% 22% 5% 2,862
Common sense 45% 28% 8% 1% 14% 3% 11,028
Science 26% 24% 11% < 1% 35% 4% 2,530
Don't know 54% 22% 5% 3% 9% 6% 550

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

% of adults who seldom or never attend prayer groups 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 = 3,425. 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% 22% 3% 1% < 1% 3,425
Philosophy/reason 18% 33% 24% 25% 1% 2,862
Common sense 25% 37% 20% 18% 1% 11,028
Science 15% 27% 22% 36% < 1% 2,530
Don't know 44% 28% 11% 13% 4% 550

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

% of adults who seldom or never attend prayer groups 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 = 3,425. 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% 42% 25% 1% 3,425
Philosophy/reason 7% 37% 56% < 1% 2,862
Common sense 9% 38% 52% < 1% 11,028
Science 6% 33% 61% < 1% 2,530
Don't know 18% 37% 43% 2% 550

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

% of adults who seldom or never attend prayer groups who pray…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,425. 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% 18% 5% 8% 1% 3,425
Philosophy/reason 26% 18% 9% 47% 1% 2,862
Common sense 32% 19% 9% 39% 1% 11,028
Science 18% 14% 7% 60% < 1% 2,530
Don't know 46% 15% 6% 29% 3% 550

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

% of adults who seldom or never attend prayer groups 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 = 3,425. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 37% 7% 4% 50% 2% 3,425
Philosophy/reason 33% 12% 6% 49% < 1% 2,862
Common sense 26% 8% 5% 60% 1% 11,028
Science 23% 9% 6% 61% 1% 2,530
Don't know 36% 8% 3% 48% 5% 550

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

% of adults who seldom or never attend prayer groups 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 = 3,425. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 63% 15% 9% 12% 1% 3,425
Philosophy/reason 44% 20% 12% 23% 1% 2,862
Common sense 41% 17% 13% 27% 1% 11,028
Science 39% 16% 12% 31% 2% 2,530
Don't know 56% 11% 6% 19% 7% 550

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

% of adults who seldom or never attend prayer groups 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 = 3,425. 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 40% 13% 13% 31% 2% 3,425
Philosophy/reason 54% 17% 13% 16% 1% 2,862
Common sense 38% 16% 15% 30% 1% 11,028
Science 46% 16% 14% 23% 1% 2,530
Don't know 49% 10% 11% 24% 7% 550

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

% of adults who seldom or never attend prayer groups 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 = 3,425. 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 41% 56% 2% 1% 3,425
Philosophy/reason 22% 76% 2% 1% 2,862
Common sense 24% 74% 1% 1% 11,028
Science 20% 79% 1% 1% 2,530
Don't know 22% 63% 7% 8% 550

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

% of adults who seldom or never attend prayer groups 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 = 3,425. 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% 13% 10% 43% 1% 3,425
Philosophy/reason 8% 8% 9% 74% < 1% 2,862
Common sense 9% 7% 8% 75% < 1% 11,028
Science 5% 5% 7% 83% < 1% 2,530
Don't know 16% 10% 9% 62% 3% 550

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

% of adults who seldom or never attend prayer groups 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 = 3,425. 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% 36% 4% 12% 6% 3,425
Philosophy/reason 7% 16% 1% 69% 7% 2,862
Common sense 13% 25% 2% 52% 9% 11,028
Science 8% 14% 1% 71% 6% 2,530
Don't know 15% 18% 8% 35% 23% 550

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

% of adults who seldom or never attend prayer groups who …in heaven

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,425. 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% 3,425
Philosophy/reason 46% 45% 10% 2,862
Common sense 62% 30% 8% 11,028
Science 41% 53% 7% 2,530
Don't know 62% 21% 17% 550

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

% of adults who seldom or never attend prayer groups who …in hell

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,425. 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% 18% 7% 3,425
Philosophy/reason 31% 61% 8% 2,862
Common sense 45% 46% 9% 11,028
Science 29% 65% 6% 2,530
Don't know 43% 35% 22% 550

SocialandPoliticalViews

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

% of adults who seldom or never attend prayer groups who identify as…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 3,425. 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% 18% 38% 3,425
Philosophy/reason 27% 15% 58% 2,862
Common sense 33% 19% 47% 11,028
Science 22% 18% 61% 2,530
Don't know 27% 31% 42% 550

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

% of adults who seldom or never attend prayer groups who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,425. 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% 29% 18% 8% 3,425
Philosophy/reason 17% 37% 42% 4% 2,862
Common sense 27% 38% 28% 7% 11,028
Science 18% 35% 43% 4% 2,530
Don't know 24% 35% 23% 18% 550

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

% of adults who seldom or never attend prayer groups 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 = 3,425. 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% 39% 3% 4% 3,425
Philosophy/reason 47% 47% 3% 3% 2,862
Common sense 53% 40% 3% 4% 11,028
Science 40% 54% 3% 3% 2,530
Don't know 40% 32% 10% 18% 550

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

% of adults who seldom or never attend prayer groups 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 = 3,425. 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% 45% 4% 2% 3,425
Philosophy/reason 32% 63% 4% 1% 2,862
Common sense 45% 50% 3% 2% 11,028
Science 32% 64% 3% 1% 2,530
Don't know 29% 49% 11% 12% 550

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

% of adults who seldom or never attend prayer groups 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 = 3,425. 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 39% 57% 4% 3,425
Philosophy/reason 75% 22% 3% 2,862
Common sense 69% 27% 4% 11,028
Science 75% 22% 3% 2,530
Don't know 54% 27% 19% 550

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

% of adults who seldom or never attend prayer groups 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 = 3,425. 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% 38% 5% 5% 3,425
Philosophy/reason 89% 8% 2% 1% 2,862
Common sense 78% 16% 3% 3% 11,028
Science 85% 11% 2% 2% 2,530
Don't know 62% 18% 8% 12% 550

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

% of adults who seldom or never attend prayer groups who …same-sex marriage

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,425. 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 40% 51% 8% 3,425
Philosophy/reason 84% 13% 4% 2,862
Common sense 69% 23% 7% 11,028
Science 81% 15% 4% 2,530
Don't know 57% 22% 21% 550

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

% of adults who seldom or never attend prayer groups 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 = 3,425. 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% 48% 3% 4% 3,425
Philosophy/reason 23% 73% 2% 2% 2,862
Common sense 35% 60% 2% 3% 11,028
Science 24% 73% 1% 2% 2,530
Don't know 23% 56% 8% 13% 550

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

% of adults who seldom or never attend prayer groups 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 = 3,425. 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 14% 33% 3% 44% 5% 3,425
Philosophy/reason 61% 21% 5% 12% 2% 2,862
Common sense 47% 24% 5% 21% 4% 11,028
Science 70% 14% 3% 12% 2% 2,530
Don't know 30% 21% 17% 15% 16% 550