Sources of guidance on right and wrong among baby Boomers

% of baby Boomers 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 = 13,049. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
2014 38% 9% 44% 7% 3% 13,049
2007 31% 9% 52% 5% 3% 13,662

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Sources of guidance on right and wrong among baby Boomers by religious group

% of baby Boomers 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 = 107. 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% 32% 35% 13% 7% 107
Catholic 31% 8% 50% 8% 2% 2,905
Evangelical Protestant 64% 3% 28% 2% 2% 3,416
Historically Black Protestant 45% 6% 44% 3% 2% 749
Jewish 18% 16% 48% 14% 4% 330
Mainline Protestant 32% 9% 50% 6% 3% 2,435
Mormon 65% 2% 27% < 1% 6% 214
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 8% 16% 59% 14% 3% 2,281

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DemographicInformation

Age distribution among baby Boomers by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of baby Boomers who are ages…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 4,762. 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 < 1% < 1% 84% 16% 4,762
Philosophy/reason < 1% < 1% 86% 14% 1,311
Common sense < 1% < 1% 84% 16% 5,581
Science < 1% < 1% 85% 15% 1,021
Don't know < 1% < 1% 84% 16% 374

Gender composition among baby Boomers by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of baby Boomers who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 4,762. 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% 58% 4,762
Philosophy/reason 52% 48% 1,311
Common sense 52% 48% 5,581
Science 59% 41% 1,021
Don't know 48% 52% 374

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

% of baby Boomers who identify as…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 4,699. 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 71% 13% 2% 12% 3% 4,699
Philosophy/reason 77% 8% 2% 10% 3% 1,296
Common sense 75% 11% 2% 8% 4% 5,500
Science 69% 7% 4% 18% 2% 1,011
Don't know 74% 7% 1% 13% 5% 345

Immigrant status among baby Boomers by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of baby Boomers who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 4,715. 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% 5% 84% 4,715
Philosophy/reason 13% 9% 78% 1,297
Common sense 10% 7% 83% 5,535
Science 24% 9% 68% 1,013
Don't know 14% 5% 81% 369

Income distribution among baby Boomers by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of baby Boomers 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 = 4,196. 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% 20% 29% 17% 4,196
Philosophy/reason 25% 13% 30% 32% 1,199
Common sense 32% 20% 27% 21% 4,980
Science 28% 15% 25% 33% 906
Don't know 27% 20% 31% 23% 289

Educational distribution among baby Boomers by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of baby Boomers who have completed…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 4,752. 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% 30% 15% 9% 4,752
Philosophy/reason 26% 27% 24% 23% 1,306
Common sense 45% 31% 15% 10% 5,563
Science 34% 21% 24% 21% 1,018
Don't know 33% 30% 20% 16% 371

Marital status among baby Boomers by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of baby Boomers who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 4,746. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 65% 3% 18% 6% 9% 4,746
Philosophy/reason 58% 7% 21% 5% 10% 1,306
Common sense 58% 6% 20% 7% 9% 5,568
Science 59% 6% 21% 4% 11% 1,012
Don't know 57% 2% 20% 9% 12% 367

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

% of baby Boomers who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 4,752. 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% 86% 4,752
Philosophy/reason 15% 85% 1,311
Common sense 12% 88% 5,574
Science 15% 85% 1,017
Don't know 12% 88% 373

BeliefsandPractices

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

% of baby Boomers 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 = 4,762. 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% 8% 1% < 1% < 1% < 1% 4,762
Philosophy/reason 47% 27% 8% 1% 14% 3% 1,311
Common sense 60% 24% 5% 1% 7% 2% 5,581
Science 38% 30% 8% 1% 19% 4% 1,021
Don't know 65% 19% 2% 4% 5% 6% 374

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

% of baby Boomers 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 = 4,762. 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 88% 10% 1% 1% < 1% 4,762
Philosophy/reason 36% 30% 17% 17% 1% 1,311
Common sense 42% 34% 13% 11% 1% 5,581
Science 31% 29% 15% 24% 1% 1,021
Don't know 58% 20% 8% 7% 7% 374

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

% of baby Boomers 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 = 4,762. 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 65% 25% 10% < 1% 4,762
Philosophy/reason 20% 37% 43% < 1% 1,311
Common sense 23% 39% 38% < 1% 5,581
Science 19% 36% 45% 1% 1,021
Don't know 36% 30% 28% 6% 374

Frequency of prayer among baby Boomers by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of baby Boomers who pray…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,762. 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 84% 11% 2% 3% 1% 4,762
Philosophy/reason 44% 19% 7% 30% 1% 1,311
Common sense 48% 19% 7% 24% 1% 5,581
Science 37% 16% 8% 39% 1% 1,021
Don't know 60% 14% 5% 17% 4% 374

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

% of baby Boomers 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 = 4,762. 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% 12% 9% 31% 1% 4,762
Philosophy/reason 11% 6% 9% 73% 1% 1,311
Common sense 14% 6% 7% 73% < 1% 5,581
Science 12% 6% 6% 75% 1% 1,021
Don't know 24% 8% 8% 56% 3% 374

Frequency of meditation among baby Boomers by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of baby Boomers 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 = 4,762. 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% 2% 4,762
Philosophy/reason 46% 9% 5% 38% 1% 1,311
Common sense 37% 8% 4% 50% 1% 5,581
Science 35% 9% 5% 48% 2% 1,021
Don't know 52% 5% 2% 35% 6% 374

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

% of baby Boomers 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 = 4,762. 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% 5% 5% 1% 4,762
Philosophy/reason 53% 17% 11% 17% 2% 1,311
Common sense 51% 15% 11% 21% 1% 5,581
Science 48% 16% 12% 23% 1% 1,021
Don't know 65% 11% 6% 11% 7% 374

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

% of baby Boomers 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 = 4,762. 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% 15% 9% 22% 2% 4,762
Philosophy/reason 56% 14% 12% 17% 2% 1,311
Common sense 41% 15% 14% 29% 1% 5,581
Science 50% 16% 15% 19% 1% 1,021
Don't know 52% 12% 12% 16% 9% 374

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

% of baby Boomers 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 = 4,762. 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% 43% 1% 1% 4,762
Philosophy/reason 26% 70% 3% 1% 1,311
Common sense 28% 69% 2% 1% 5,581
Science 24% 73% 1% 1% 1,021
Don't know 32% 54% 7% 7% 374

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

% of baby Boomers 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 = 4,762. 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 66% 10% 6% 17% 1% 4,762
Philosophy/reason 20% 11% 10% 59% < 1% 1,311
Common sense 22% 9% 9% 59% 1% 5,581
Science 16% 6% 9% 68% 1% 1,021
Don't know 39% 9% 7% 42% 4% 374

Interpreting scripture among baby Boomers by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of baby Boomers 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 = 4,762. 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 57% 28% 4% 6% 5% 4,762
Philosophy/reason 15% 20% 1% 58% 7% 1,311
Common sense 23% 27% 2% 39% 9% 5,581
Science 17% 18% 2% 56% 8% 1,021
Don't know 22% 22% 11% 22% 24% 374

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

% of baby Boomers who …in heaven

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,762. 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% 7% 7% 4,762
Philosophy/reason 53% 37% 10% 1,311
Common sense 71% 21% 8% 5,581
Science 52% 41% 6% 1,021
Don't know 69% 16% 15% 374

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

% of baby Boomers who …in hell

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,762. 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% 16% 7% 4,762
Philosophy/reason 34% 57% 9% 1,311
Common sense 52% 38% 10% 5,581
Science 36% 58% 7% 1,021
Don't know 51% 30% 19% 374

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among baby Boomers by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of baby Boomers who identify as…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 4,762. 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% 15% 34% 4,762
Philosophy/reason 28% 12% 60% 1,311
Common sense 35% 17% 48% 5,581
Science 25% 14% 61% 1,021
Don't know 28% 29% 44% 374

Political ideology among baby Boomers by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of baby Boomers who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,762. 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 57% 25% 13% 6% 4,762
Philosophy/reason 22% 36% 38% 4% 1,311
Common sense 34% 36% 24% 5% 5,581
Science 27% 33% 36% 4% 1,021
Don't know 29% 32% 25% 14% 374

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

% of baby Boomers 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 = 4,762. 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 61% 33% 3% 3% 4,762
Philosophy/reason 46% 46% 4% 3% 1,311
Common sense 54% 39% 4% 4% 5,581
Science 42% 53% 2% 3% 1,021
Don't know 40% 32% 10% 18% 374

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

% of baby Boomers 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 = 4,762. 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 53% 41% 4% 2% 4,762
Philosophy/reason 34% 61% 3% 2% 1,311
Common sense 43% 51% 4% 2% 5,581
Science 35% 61% 3% 2% 1,021
Don't know 31% 46% 12% 10% 374

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

% of baby Boomers 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 = 4,762. 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% 4,762
Philosophy/reason 71% 25% 4% 1,311
Common sense 66% 29% 5% 5,581
Science 73% 22% 4% 1,021
Don't know 51% 36% 13% 374

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

% of baby Boomers 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 = 4,762. 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 36% 56% 4% 4% 4,762
Philosophy/reason 78% 16% 3% 2% 1,311
Common sense 67% 25% 4% 3% 5,581
Science 78% 17% 2% 2% 1,021
Don't know 52% 26% 10% 11% 374

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

% of baby Boomers who …same-sex marriage

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 4,762. 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 26% 68% 7% 4,762
Philosophy/reason 72% 22% 6% 1,311
Common sense 57% 34% 9% 5,581
Science 70% 24% 6% 1,021
Don't know 44% 37% 19% 374

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

% of baby Boomers 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 = 4,762. 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 50% 45% 3% 3% 4,762
Philosophy/reason 26% 70% 2% 2% 1,311
Common sense 40% 56% 2% 3% 5,581
Science 28% 67% 2% 3% 1,021
Don't know 27% 52% 10% 12% 374

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

% of baby Boomers 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 = 4,762. 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 9% 26% 3% 58% 4% 4,762
Philosophy/reason 49% 26% 6% 16% 3% 1,311
Common sense 35% 28% 4% 28% 4% 5,581
Science 56% 19% 4% 18% 3% 1,021
Don't know 19% 27% 16% 20% 18% 374