Sources of guidance on right and wrong among adults in Generation X

% of adults in Generation X 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 = 7,303. 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 33% 10% 45% 10% 2% 7,303
2007 28% 9% 54% 6% 3% 8,092

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Sources of guidance on right and wrong among adults in Generation X by religious group

% of adults in Generation X who say they look to…most for guidance on right and wrong

Religious tradition Religion Philosophy/reason Common sense Science Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 0. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Catholic 30% 10% 47% 12% 2% 1,472
Evangelical Protestant 59% 5% 30% 4% 2% 1,751
Historically Black Protestant 51% 4% 37% 5% 3% 450
Jewish 15% 20% 45% 18% 2% 140
Mainline Protestant 27% 12% 52% 6% 2% 1,044
Mormon 62% 2% 27% 8% 2% 166
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 6% 15% 60% 16% 2% 1,764

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DemographicInformation

Age distribution among adults in Generation X by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in Generation X who are ages…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 2,316. 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% 100% < 1% < 1% 2,316
Philosophy/reason < 1% 100% < 1% < 1% 821
Common sense < 1% 100% < 1% < 1% 3,205
Science < 1% 100% < 1% < 1% 776
Don't know < 1% 100% < 1% < 1% 185

Gender composition among adults in Generation X by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in Generation X who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 2,316. 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% 2,316
Philosophy/reason 55% 45% 821
Common sense 51% 49% 3,205
Science 52% 48% 776
Don't know 55% 45% 185

Racial and ethnic composition among adults in Generation X by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in Generation X who identify as…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 2,294. 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% 17% 2% 21% 4% 2,294
Philosophy/reason 67% 6% 6% 17% 4% 813
Common sense 67% 11% 4% 15% 3% 3,163
Science 56% 7% 9% 25% 4% 767
Don't know 63% 13% 3% 16% 5% 178

Immigrant status among adults in Generation X by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in Generation X who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 2,294. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 20% 7% 73% 2,294
Philosophy/reason 19% 9% 72% 814
Common sense 17% 8% 75% 3,166
Science 32% 10% 58% 766
Don't know 20% 7% 73% 178

Income distribution among adults in Generation X by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in Generation X 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 = 2,131. 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% 21% 28% 19% 2,131
Philosophy/reason 23% 15% 28% 33% 769
Common sense 28% 19% 30% 24% 2,949
Science 25% 19% 27% 30% 728
Don't know 32% 25% 19% 24% 156

Educational distribution among adults in Generation X by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in Generation X who have completed…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 2,307. 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% 32% 18% 11% 2,307
Philosophy/reason 24% 27% 26% 24% 819
Common sense 40% 31% 18% 11% 3,201
Science 32% 22% 23% 22% 772
Don't know 31% 33% 22% 14% 184

Marital status among adults in Generation X by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in Generation X who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 2,311. 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% 5% 15% 1% 14% 2,311
Philosophy/reason 56% 10% 17% 1% 16% 819
Common sense 56% 10% 15% 2% 18% 3,202
Science 58% 9% 14% < 1% 18% 774
Don't know 58% 6% 7% 4% 24% 183

Parent of children under 18 among adults in Generation X by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in Generation X who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 2,305. 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% 37% 2,305
Philosophy/reason 54% 46% 818
Common sense 56% 44% 3,198
Science 57% 43% 774
Don't know 58% 42% 181

BeliefsandPractices

Belief in God among adults in Generation X by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in Generation X 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 = 2,316. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 89% 9% 1% < 1% < 1% < 1% 2,316
Philosophy/reason 45% 26% 9% 1% 16% 3% 821
Common sense 55% 26% 6% < 1% 10% 3% 3,205
Science 35% 28% 9% 1% 24% 3% 776
Don't know 74% 13% 2% 2% 5% 4% 185

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

% of adults in Generation X 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 = 2,316. 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% 2,316
Philosophy/reason 32% 33% 18% 17% < 1% 821
Common sense 37% 34% 16% 14% 1% 3,205
Science 27% 30% 15% 28% < 1% 776
Don't know 64% 16% 5% 9% 6% 185

Attendance at religious services among adults in Generation X by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in Generation X 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 = 2,316. 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% 27% 9% < 1% 2,316
Philosophy/reason 18% 42% 39% < 1% 821
Common sense 19% 39% 41% < 1% 3,205
Science 17% 34% 48% < 1% 776
Don't know 43% 31% 25% 1% 185

Frequency of prayer among adults in Generation X by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in Generation X who pray…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,316. 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% 11% 2% 4% 1% 2,316
Philosophy/reason 38% 20% 9% 32% 1% 821
Common sense 45% 18% 8% 28% 1% 3,205
Science 30% 19% 6% 44% < 1% 776
Don't know 68% 11% 4% 15% 2% 185

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

% of adults in Generation X 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 = 2,316. 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% 14% 9% 28% < 1% 2,316
Philosophy/reason 12% 9% 9% 70% < 1% 821
Common sense 12% 8% 8% 71% < 1% 3,205
Science 12% 6% 7% 74% < 1% 776
Don't know 30% 13% 4% 48% 5% 185

Frequency of meditation among adults in Generation X by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in Generation X 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 = 2,316. 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% 7% 3% 37% 2% 2,316
Philosophy/reason 43% 12% 6% 39% < 1% 821
Common sense 31% 8% 5% 55% 1% 3,205
Science 32% 10% 5% 51% 2% 776
Don't know 49% 7% 4% 32% 7% 185

Frequency of feeling spiritual peace and wellbeing among adults in Generation X by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in Generation X 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 = 2,316. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 76% 12% 6% 5% 1% 2,316
Philosophy/reason 52% 19% 12% 17% < 1% 821
Common sense 48% 17% 13% 21% 1% 3,205
Science 48% 14% 13% 24% 2% 776
Don't know 70% 10% 3% 10% 6% 185

Frequency of feeling wonder about the universe among adults in Generation X by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in Generation X 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 = 2,316. 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% 17% 11% 24% 2% 2,316
Philosophy/reason 52% 17% 14% 16% < 1% 821
Common sense 37% 16% 15% 31% 1% 3,205
Science 47% 14% 16% 22% 1% 776
Don't know 47% 13% 12% 24% 5% 185

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong among adults in Generation X by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in Generation X 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 = 2,316. 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% 46% 1% 1% 2,316
Philosophy/reason 27% 70% 2% < 1% 821
Common sense 27% 72% 1% 1% 3,205
Science 23% 74% 1% 2% 776
Don't know 33% 56% 6% 6% 185

Frequency of reading scripture among adults in Generation X by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in Generation X 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 = 2,316. 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% 12% 7% 15% < 1% 2,316
Philosophy/reason 20% 11% 12% 56% 1% 821
Common sense 21% 10% 10% 58% 1% 3,205
Science 15% 8% 11% 65% 1% 776
Don't know 40% 16% 7% 34% 2% 185

Interpreting scripture among adults in Generation X by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in Generation X 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 = 2,316. 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% 29% 4% 6% 4% 2,316
Philosophy/reason 13% 21% 1% 56% 9% 821
Common sense 21% 28% 2% 41% 8% 3,205
Science 17% 16% 1% 61% 5% 776
Don't know 22% 27% 10% 23% 18% 185

Belief in Heaven among adults in Generation X by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in Generation X who …in heaven

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,316. 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% 6% 6% 2,316
Philosophy/reason 54% 38% 8% 821
Common sense 70% 23% 7% 3,205
Science 52% 42% 6% 776
Don't know 65% 13% 22% 185

Belief in Hell among adults in Generation X by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in Generation X who …in hell

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,316. 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% 12% 7% 2,316
Philosophy/reason 37% 55% 8% 821
Common sense 54% 39% 8% 3,205
Science 39% 55% 6% 776
Don't know 53% 22% 25% 185

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among adults in Generation X by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in Generation X who identify as…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 2,316. 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% 20% 33% 2,316
Philosophy/reason 27% 18% 55% 821
Common sense 34% 21% 45% 3,205
Science 23% 18% 59% 776
Don't know 33% 33% 34% 185

Political ideology among adults in Generation X by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in Generation X who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,316. 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% 26% 14% 6% 2,316
Philosophy/reason 21% 39% 37% 3% 821
Common sense 29% 38% 26% 7% 3,205
Science 20% 36% 40% 4% 776
Don't know 39% 29% 21% 12% 185

Views about size of government among adults in Generation X by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in Generation X 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 = 2,316. 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% 39% 3% 2% 2,316
Philosophy/reason 48% 47% 4% 2% 821
Common sense 53% 41% 3% 4% 3,205
Science 40% 54% 2% 3% 776
Don't know 43% 28% 14% 15% 185

Views about government aid to the poor among adults in Generation X by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in Generation X 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 = 2,316. 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% 44% 4% 2% 2,316
Philosophy/reason 31% 63% 5% 1% 821
Common sense 48% 47% 4% 1% 3,205
Science 36% 58% 4% 2% 776
Don't know 35% 39% 21% 5% 185

Views about abortion among adults in Generation X by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in Generation X 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 = 2,316. 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 29% 67% 4% 2,316
Philosophy/reason 73% 25% 2% 821
Common sense 64% 31% 4% 3,205
Science 71% 25% 3% 776
Don't know 39% 42% 19% 185

Views about homosexuality among adults in Generation X by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in Generation X 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 = 2,316. 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% 53% 5% 4% 2,316
Philosophy/reason 83% 11% 4% 2% 821
Common sense 73% 20% 4% 3% 3,205
Science 80% 15% 3% 2% 776
Don't know 49% 28% 12% 11% 185

Views about same-sex marriage among adults in Generation X by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in Generation X who …same-sex marriage

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,316. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 28% 64% 8% 2,316
Philosophy/reason 77% 17% 6% 821
Common sense 64% 27% 9% 3,205
Science 72% 22% 6% 776
Don't know 43% 36% 21% 185

Views about environmental regulation among adults in Generation X by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in Generation X 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 = 2,316. 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% 50% 3% 3% 2,316
Philosophy/reason 26% 70% 3% 1% 821
Common sense 36% 60% 2% 2% 3,205
Science 24% 73% 2% 2% 776
Don't know 32% 54% 9% 6% 185

Views about human evolution among adults in Generation X by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in Generation X 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 = 2,316. 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% 26% 2% 58% 4% 2,316
Philosophy/reason 53% 23% 5% 17% 2% 821
Common sense 40% 26% 4% 27% 3% 3,205
Science 60% 16% 4% 18% 2% 776
Don't know 16% 17% 20% 29% 18% 185