Sources of guidance on right and wrong among women

% of women 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 = 17,557. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
2014 38% 9% 43% 8% 2% 17,557
2007 34% 8% 50% 4% 4% 19,265

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Sources of guidance on right and wrong among women by religious group

% of women 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 = 126. 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 13% 25% 48% 10% 5% 126
Catholic 33% 9% 47% 8% 2% 3,776
Evangelical Protestant 63% 4% 28% 3% 2% 4,532
Historically Black Protestant 49% 6% 39% 4% 2% 1,098
Jehovah's Witness 80% < 1% 14% 3% 3% 158
Jewish 19% 14% 50% 13% 4% 419
Mainline Protestant 33% 10% 49% 6% 3% 3,305
Mormon 66% 3% 24% 4% 3% 317
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 8% 16% 59% 15% 2% 3,085

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DemographicInformation

Age distribution among women by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of women who are ages…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 6,578. 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% 32% 30% 23% 6,578
Philosophy/reason 32% 32% 23% 13% 1,656
Common sense 23% 34% 25% 18% 7,160
Science 29% 40% 20% 11% 1,265
Don't know 11% 28% 30% 31% 464

Generational cohort among women by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of women who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 6,578. 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% 11% 26% 35% 16% 2% 6,578
Philosophy/reason 20% 18% 26% 26% 8% 1% 1,656
Common sense 14% 15% 28% 30% 11% 1% 7,160
Science 19% 17% 33% 23% 7% 1% 1,265
Don't know 7% 8% 25% 37% 21% 3% 464

Racial and ethnic composition among women by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of women who identify as…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 6,689. 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% 15% 2% 15% 4% 6,689
Philosophy/reason 66% 9% 6% 15% 3% 1,673
Common sense 68% 12% 3% 13% 4% 7,225
Science 61% 7% 6% 21% 4% 1,280
Don't know 69% 9% 2% 15% 5% 475

Immigrant status among women by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of women who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 6,671. 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% 8% 78% 6,671
Philosophy/reason 19% 14% 68% 1,672
Common sense 12% 11% 77% 7,198
Science 25% 12% 63% 1,268
Don't know 15% 8% 77% 486

Income distribution among women by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of women 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 = 5,654. 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% 21% 26% 13% 5,654
Philosophy/reason 36% 17% 26% 21% 1,485
Common sense 40% 21% 23% 16% 6,253
Science 35% 19% 24% 22% 1,135
Don't know 38% 23% 24% 15% 354

Educational distribution among women by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of women who have completed…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 6,724. 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% 34% 15% 8% 6,724
Philosophy/reason 26% 33% 23% 18% 1,685
Common sense 41% 33% 16% 9% 7,271
Science 33% 27% 22% 18% 1,282
Don't know 36% 27% 20% 16% 493

Marital status among women by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of women who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 6,726. 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% 4% 14% 11% 17% 6,726
Philosophy/reason 41% 10% 13% 6% 30% 1,683
Common sense 44% 9% 14% 9% 23% 7,281
Science 42% 10% 13% 5% 30% 1,280
Don't know 49% 4% 14% 17% 16% 492

Parent of children under 18 among women by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of women who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 6,730. 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% 68% 6,730
Philosophy/reason 28% 72% 1,689
Common sense 32% 68% 7,301
Science 35% 65% 1,286
Don't know 27% 73% 495

BeliefsandPractices

Belief in God among women by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of women 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 = 6,762. 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% < 1% 6,762
Philosophy/reason 48% 26% 9% 1% 11% 4% 1,692
Common sense 60% 25% 5% 1% 8% 2% 7,309
Science 38% 27% 9% 1% 22% 3% 1,291
Don't know 71% 16% 2% 3% 4% 5% 503

Importance of religion in one's life among women by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of women 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 = 6,762. 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% 9% 1% < 1% < 1% 6,762
Philosophy/reason 37% 31% 17% 14% < 1% 1,692
Common sense 42% 33% 13% 10% 1% 7,309
Science 31% 29% 16% 24% < 1% 1,291
Don't know 65% 18% 7% 6% 5% 503

Attendance at religious services among women by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of women 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 = 6,762. 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% 24% 9% 1% 6,762
Philosophy/reason 21% 39% 39% < 1% 1,692
Common sense 24% 40% 36% < 1% 7,309
Science 18% 37% 44% 1% 1,291
Don't know 40% 32% 23% 5% 503

Frequency of prayer among women by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of women who pray…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,762. 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% 9% 1% 2% 1% 6,762
Philosophy/reason 45% 21% 7% 26% < 1% 1,692
Common sense 52% 19% 7% 22% 1% 7,309
Science 36% 17% 6% 40% < 1% 1,291
Don't know 66% 11% 4% 14% 6% 503

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

% of women 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 = 6,762. 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% 9% 28% 1% 6,762
Philosophy/reason 14% 8% 9% 68% < 1% 1,692
Common sense 14% 8% 8% 69% 1% 7,309
Science 11% 9% 6% 74% < 1% 1,291
Don't know 23% 10% 10% 51% 5% 503

Frequency of meditation among women by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of women 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 = 6,762. 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% 7% 3% 33% 3% 6,762
Philosophy/reason 43% 10% 5% 42% 1% 1,692
Common sense 35% 9% 5% 50% 1% 7,309
Science 33% 11% 6% 49% 1% 1,291
Don't know 48% 6% 4% 37% 5% 503

Frequency of feeling spiritual peace and wellbeing among women by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of women 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 = 6,762. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 81% 9% 4% 4% 1% 6,762
Philosophy/reason 54% 19% 11% 15% 1% 1,692
Common sense 53% 17% 12% 16% 1% 7,309
Science 50% 16% 13% 20% 1% 1,291
Don't know 69% 10% 5% 8% 8% 503

Frequency of feeling wonder about the universe among women by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of women 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 = 6,762. 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% 15% 11% 23% 2% 6,762
Philosophy/reason 55% 16% 12% 16% 1% 1,692
Common sense 39% 17% 14% 29% 1% 7,309
Science 45% 17% 14% 23% 1% 1,291
Don't know 47% 13% 11% 20% 8% 503

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong among women by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of women 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 = 6,762. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 47% 50% 1% 1% 6,762
Philosophy/reason 21% 77% 2% < 1% 1,692
Common sense 22% 76% 1% 1% 7,309
Science 17% 81% 1% 1% 1,291
Don't know 25% 63% 4% 7% 503

Frequency of reading scripture among women by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of women 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 = 6,762. 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% 10% 6% 16% 1% 6,762
Philosophy/reason 23% 10% 10% 57% 1% 1,692
Common sense 23% 11% 9% 56% 1% 7,309
Science 16% 9% 10% 65% < 1% 1,291
Don't know 37% 12% 7% 38% 6% 503

Interpreting scripture among women by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of women 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 = 6,762. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 56% 30% 4% 5% 5% 6,762
Philosophy/reason 14% 25% 1% 53% 6% 1,692
Common sense 23% 28% 2% 38% 9% 7,309
Science 17% 20% 1% 56% 6% 1,291
Don't know 24% 21% 12% 24% 19% 503

Belief in Heaven among women by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of women who …in heaven

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,762. 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% 6% 6,762
Philosophy/reason 59% 31% 10% 1,692
Common sense 73% 20% 7% 7,309
Science 54% 39% 7% 1,291
Don't know 69% 14% 17% 503

Belief in Hell among women by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of women who …in hell

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,762. 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 77% 15% 7% 6,762
Philosophy/reason 39% 52% 9% 1,692
Common sense 52% 39% 9% 7,309
Science 39% 54% 6% 1,291
Don't know 47% 30% 23% 503

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among women by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of women who identify as…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 6,762. 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 46% 18% 36% 6,762
Philosophy/reason 24% 15% 62% 1,692
Common sense 29% 19% 53% 7,309
Science 20% 15% 65% 1,291
Don't know 26% 30% 45% 503

Political ideology among women by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of women who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,762. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 51% 28% 13% 8% 6,762
Philosophy/reason 18% 34% 44% 3% 1,692
Common sense 25% 38% 30% 7% 7,309
Science 20% 31% 45% 4% 1,291
Don't know 28% 30% 28% 15% 503

Views about size of government among women by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of women 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 = 6,762. 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% 41% 3% 4% 6,762
Philosophy/reason 38% 56% 3% 3% 1,692
Common sense 43% 50% 3% 4% 7,309
Science 31% 64% 2% 3% 1,291
Don't know 34% 37% 11% 18% 503

Views about government aid to the poor among women by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of women 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 = 6,762. 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% 46% 4% 2% 6,762
Philosophy/reason 29% 67% 3% 1% 1,692
Common sense 40% 54% 4% 2% 7,309
Science 30% 66% 3% 1% 1,291
Don't know 30% 46% 14% 10% 503

Views about abortion among women by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of women 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 = 6,762. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 31% 65% 4% 6,762
Philosophy/reason 71% 26% 3% 1,692
Common sense 66% 30% 4% 7,309
Science 72% 25% 3% 1,291
Don't know 52% 33% 15% 503

Views about homosexuality among women by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of women 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 = 6,762. 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% 49% 5% 4% 6,762
Philosophy/reason 86% 11% 2% 1% 1,692
Common sense 79% 15% 3% 3% 7,309
Science 87% 10% 1% 2% 1,291
Don't know 57% 23% 8% 12% 503

Views about same-sex marriage among women by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of women who …same-sex marriage

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,762. 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% 62% 8% 6,762
Philosophy/reason 81% 15% 4% 1,692
Common sense 70% 23% 8% 7,309
Science 79% 16% 5% 1,291
Don't know 51% 30% 19% 503

Views about environmental regulation among women by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of women 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 = 6,762. 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% 51% 3% 5% 6,762
Philosophy/reason 21% 75% 2% 2% 1,692
Common sense 33% 62% 2% 3% 7,309
Science 24% 71% 2% 3% 1,291
Don't know 24% 53% 7% 16% 503

Views about human evolution among women by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of women 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 = 6,762. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 10% 25% 2% 57% 5% 6,762
Philosophy/reason 50% 25% 4% 19% 2% 1,692
Common sense 38% 26% 4% 28% 5% 7,309
Science 59% 18% 3% 18% 2% 1,291
Don't know 18% 24% 15% 23% 21% 503