Sources of guidance on right and wrong among adults in the Silent generation

% of adults in the Silent generation 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 = 5,989. 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 41% 7% 42% 6% 4% 5,989
2007 34% 7% 51% 4% 5% 7,853

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Sources of guidance on right and wrong among adults in the Silent generation by religious group

% of adults in the Silent generation 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 39% 8% 44% 5% 4% 1,361
Evangelical Protestant 61% 4% 31% 2% 3% 1,611
Historically Black Protestant 48% 2% 38% 6% 5% 249
Jewish 18% 15% 49% 11% 7% 195
Mainline Protestant 34% 7% 50% 6% 3% 1,478
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 8% 15% 57% 18% 3% 731

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DemographicInformation

Age distribution among adults in the Silent generation by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in the Silent generation who are ages…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 2,347. 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% < 1% 100% 2,347
Philosophy/reason < 1% < 1% < 1% 100% 521
Common sense < 1% < 1% < 1% 100% 2,458
Science < 1% < 1% < 1% 100% 432
Don't know < 1% < 1% < 1% 100% 231

Gender composition among adults in the Silent generation by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in the Silent generation who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 2,347. 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 33% 67% 2,347
Philosophy/reason 50% 50% 521
Common sense 47% 53% 2,458
Science 61% 39% 432
Don't know 45% 55% 231

Racial and ethnic composition among adults in the Silent generation by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in the Silent generation who identify as…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 2,324. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 80% 9% 1% 7% 2% 2,324
Philosophy/reason 86% 3% 1% 9% 2% 518
Common sense 84% 8% 1% 4% 2% 2,430
Science 76% 6% 2% 12% 4% 425
Don't know 75% 7% 2% 12% 5% 226

Immigrant status among adults in the Silent generation by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in the Silent generation who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 2,318. 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 8% 8% 84% 2,318
Philosophy/reason 12% 11% 76% 520
Common sense 7% 12% 81% 2,436
Science 19% 15% 66% 426
Don't know 12% 13% 75% 227

Income distribution among adults in the Silent generation by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in the Silent generation 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 = 1,867. 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% 25% 20% 8% 1,867
Philosophy/reason 34% 21% 24% 21% 443
Common sense 43% 24% 22% 11% 2,006
Science 36% 17% 30% 17% 369
Don't know 42% 25% 24% 9% 155

Educational distribution among adults in the Silent generation by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in the Silent generation who have completed…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 2,338. 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% 26% 10% 9% 2,338
Philosophy/reason 32% 20% 23% 25% 521
Common sense 54% 25% 12% 9% 2,451
Science 36% 21% 22% 21% 430
Don't know 50% 21% 14% 15% 230

Marital status among adults in the Silent generation by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in the Silent generation who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 2,341. 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% 1% 11% 30% 3% 2,341
Philosophy/reason 51% 3% 14% 28% 5% 520
Common sense 52% 3% 14% 29% 3% 2,448
Science 62% 3% 10% 22% 3% 430
Don't know 49% 3% 14% 32% 3% 229

Parent of children under 18 among adults in the Silent generation by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in the Silent generation who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 2,343. 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 4% 96% 2,343
Philosophy/reason 1% 99% 521
Common sense 2% 98% 2,455
Science 3% 97% 432
Don't know 2% 98% 230

BeliefsandPractices

Belief in God among adults in the Silent generation by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in the Silent generation 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 = 2,347. 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% 2,347
Philosophy/reason 49% 24% 6% 1% 15% 5% 521
Common sense 61% 22% 5% 2% 7% 2% 2,458
Science 39% 22% 9% 1% 25% 5% 432
Don't know 70% 16% 4% 6% 2% 1% 231

Importance of religion in one's life among adults in the Silent generation by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in the Silent generation 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 = 2,347. 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 92% 6% 1% < 1% 1% 2,347
Philosophy/reason 42% 26% 11% 19% 2% 521
Common sense 52% 28% 10% 9% 1% 2,458
Science 37% 21% 16% 25% < 1% 432
Don't know 67% 22% 5% 3% 3% 231

Attendance at religious services among adults in the Silent generation by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in the Silent generation 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 = 2,347. 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% 14% 9% 1% 2,347
Philosophy/reason 34% 24% 41% 2% 521
Common sense 34% 32% 33% < 1% 2,458
Science 27% 25% 46% 2% 432
Don't know 51% 24% 24% 1% 231

Frequency of prayer among adults in the Silent generation by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in the Silent generation who pray…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,347. 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% 8% 1% 2% 1% 2,347
Philosophy/reason 49% 16% 4% 30% 1% 521
Common sense 53% 17% 6% 23% 2% 2,458
Science 35% 13% 6% 45% 1% 432
Don't know 68% 13% 2% 9% 7% 231

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

% of adults in the Silent generation 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 = 2,347. 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% 9% 9% 29% 2% 2,347
Philosophy/reason 18% 6% 6% 68% 1% 521
Common sense 18% 6% 8% 67% 1% 2,458
Science 15% 6% 8% 70% 1% 432
Don't know 31% 8% 10% 49% 2% 231

Frequency of meditation among adults in the Silent generation by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in the Silent generation 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 = 2,347. 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% 5% 2% 18% 3% 2,347
Philosophy/reason 49% 11% 5% 33% 2% 521
Common sense 45% 9% 5% 39% 2% 2,458
Science 44% 8% 5% 42% 1% 432
Don't know 51% 8% 4% 26% 11% 231

Frequency of feeling spiritual peace and wellbeing among adults in the Silent generation by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in the Silent generation 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 = 2,347. 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% 8% 3% 4% 2% 2,347
Philosophy/reason 56% 12% 8% 22% 2% 521
Common sense 55% 12% 9% 21% 2% 2,458
Science 46% 12% 10% 29% 4% 432
Don't know 60% 10% 6% 13% 11% 231

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

% of adults in the Silent generation 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 = 2,347. 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% 11% 9% 22% 4% 2,347
Philosophy/reason 50% 12% 14% 22% 2% 521
Common sense 36% 13% 15% 34% 2% 2,458
Science 46% 16% 11% 25% 2% 432
Don't know 47% 7% 9% 23% 13% 231

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong among adults in the Silent generation by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in the Silent generation 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 = 2,347. 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% 47% 2% 2% 2,347
Philosophy/reason 26% 71% 1% 2% 521
Common sense 29% 67% 1% 2% 2,458
Science 25% 71% 2% 2% 432
Don't know 27% 62% 5% 6% 231

Frequency of reading scripture among adults in the Silent generation by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in the Silent generation 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 = 2,347. 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 69% 8% 5% 17% 2% 2,347
Philosophy/reason 29% 7% 8% 55% 1% 521
Common sense 27% 9% 10% 53% 1% 2,458
Science 21% 8% 8% 62% 2% 432
Don't know 45% 7% 10% 31% 7% 231

Interpreting scripture among adults in the Silent generation by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in the Silent generation 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 = 2,347. 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 58% 26% 5% 5% 5% 2,347
Philosophy/reason 16% 25% 3% 50% 6% 521
Common sense 27% 28% 3% 31% 11% 2,458
Science 17% 17% 1% 58% 7% 432
Don't know 29% 22% 17% 16% 16% 231

Belief in Heaven among adults in the Silent generation by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in the Silent generation who …in heaven

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,347. 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% 4% 6% 2,347
Philosophy/reason 54% 33% 12% 521
Common sense 70% 22% 9% 2,458
Science 47% 43% 10% 432
Don't know 71% 17% 12% 231

Belief in Hell among adults in the Silent generation by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in the Silent generation who …in hell

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,347. 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% 14% 9% 2,347
Philosophy/reason 38% 53% 9% 521
Common sense 46% 41% 12% 2,458
Science 27% 64% 9% 432
Don't know 46% 32% 22% 231

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among adults in the Silent generation by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in the Silent generation who identify as…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 2,347. 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% 13% 34% 2,347
Philosophy/reason 35% 9% 56% 521
Common sense 39% 13% 47% 2,458
Science 24% 12% 64% 432
Don't know 34% 21% 45% 231

Political ideology among adults in the Silent generation by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in the Silent generation who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,347. 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% 22% 10% 7% 2,347
Philosophy/reason 33% 32% 33% 2% 521
Common sense 39% 36% 21% 5% 2,458
Science 27% 30% 38% 4% 432
Don't know 34% 25% 23% 18% 231

Views about size of government among adults in the Silent generation by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in the Silent generation 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 = 2,347. 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% 27% 3% 5% 2,347
Philosophy/reason 49% 40% 5% 5% 521
Common sense 59% 32% 4% 5% 2,458
Science 43% 48% 4% 4% 432
Don't know 35% 41% 5% 19% 231

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

% of adults in the Silent generation 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 = 2,347. 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% 39% 4% 4% 2,347
Philosophy/reason 36% 59% 3% 2% 521
Common sense 50% 44% 3% 3% 2,458
Science 34% 60% 2% 4% 432
Don't know 25% 47% 10% 18% 231

Views about abortion among adults in the Silent generation by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in the Silent generation 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 = 2,347. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 27% 68% 5% 2,347
Philosophy/reason 65% 29% 6% 521
Common sense 58% 35% 7% 2,458
Science 69% 26% 5% 432
Don't know 43% 37% 21% 231

Views about homosexuality among adults in the Silent generation by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in the Silent generation 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 = 2,347. 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% 62% 5% 5% 2,347
Philosophy/reason 72% 23% 4% 2% 521
Common sense 57% 34% 4% 5% 2,458
Science 69% 26% 3% 3% 432
Don't know 40% 36% 6% 18% 231

Views about same-sex marriage among adults in the Silent generation by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in the Silent generation who …same-sex marriage

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,347. 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 18% 73% 9% 2,347
Philosophy/reason 57% 31% 11% 521
Common sense 44% 44% 11% 2,458
Science 62% 31% 7% 432
Don't know 34% 50% 16% 231

Views about environmental regulation among adults in the Silent generation by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in the Silent generation 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 = 2,347. 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% 38% 4% 8% 2,347
Philosophy/reason 29% 63% 4% 4% 521
Common sense 42% 50% 3% 5% 2,458
Science 29% 65% 3% 4% 432
Don't know 27% 37% 6% 30% 231

Views about human evolution among adults in the Silent generation by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in the Silent generation 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 = 2,347. 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 8% 22% 3% 57% 9% 2,347
Philosophy/reason 45% 21% 6% 23% 5% 521
Common sense 29% 23% 6% 32% 10% 2,458
Science 56% 15% 3% 23% 4% 432
Don't know 16% 22% 10% 26% 28% 231