Sources of guidance on right and wrong among adults who say religion is somewhat important

% of adults who say religion is somewhat important 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 = 8,311. 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.
2014 13% 14% 61% 10% 2% 8,311
2007 9% 12% 70% 7% 3% 9,092

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Sources of guidance on right and wrong among adults who say religion is somewhat important by religious group

% of adults who say religion is somewhat important 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 15% 12% 61% 12% 1% 2,225
Evangelical Protestant 23% 11% 59% 6% 2% 1,382
Historically Black Protestant 15% 9% 66% 9% 1% 228
Jewish 7% 19% 56% 15% 3% 313
Mainline Protestant 11% 13% 66% 9% 2% 1,990
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 8% 16% 62% 11% 2% 1,498

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DemographicInformation

Age distribution among adults who say religion is somewhat important by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who say religion is somewhat important who are ages…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 1,036. 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 21% 33% 30% 16% 1,036
Philosophy/reason 34% 36% 21% 9% 1,185
Common sense 24% 35% 26% 15% 4,946
Science 28% 40% 23% 10% 827
Don't know 18% 27% 30% 25% 180

Generational cohort among adults who say religion is somewhat important by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who say religion is somewhat important who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 1,036. 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% 11% 28% 37% 9% 1% 1,036
Philosophy/reason 22% 20% 28% 24% 6% < 1% 1,185
Common sense 15% 16% 28% 31% 9% 1% 4,946
Science 18% 16% 33% 26% 6% < 1% 827
Don't know 9% 16% 21% 34% 20% < 1% 180

Gender composition among adults who say religion is somewhat important by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who say religion is somewhat important who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 1,053. 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% 51% 1,053
Philosophy/reason 55% 45% 1,202
Common sense 50% 50% 5,028
Science 55% 45% 839
Don't know 58% 42% 189

Racial and ethnic composition among adults who say religion is somewhat important by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who say religion is somewhat important who identify as…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 1,038. 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% 8% 3% 20% 5% 1,038
Philosophy/reason 68% 6% 7% 15% 3% 1,187
Common sense 72% 8% 4% 12% 4% 4,971
Science 58% 6% 8% 25% 3% 831
Don't know 68% 5% 6% 15% 7% 181

Immigrant status among adults who say religion is somewhat important by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who say religion is somewhat important who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 1,034. 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 16% 9% 75% 1,034
Philosophy/reason 16% 16% 68% 1,190
Common sense 11% 11% 78% 4,967
Science 27% 12% 60% 828
Don't know 18% 3% 79% 185

Income distribution among adults who say religion is somewhat important by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who say religion is somewhat important 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 = 940. 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% 21% 23% 17% 940
Philosophy/reason 29% 18% 28% 25% 1,092
Common sense 32% 21% 28% 20% 4,461
Science 36% 20% 24% 21% 744
Don't know 40% 23% 23% 14% 142

Educational distribution among adults who say religion is somewhat important by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who say religion is somewhat important who have completed…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 1,046. 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% 30% 14% 7% 1,046
Philosophy/reason 27% 34% 23% 16% 1,198
Common sense 42% 32% 16% 9% 5,007
Science 40% 25% 19% 16% 831
Don't know 43% 33% 14% 11% 188

Marital status among adults who say religion is somewhat important by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who say religion is somewhat important who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 1,049. 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.
Religion 46% 9% 15% 5% 25% 1,049
Philosophy/reason 41% 10% 12% 3% 34% 1,199
Common sense 46% 10% 12% 5% 25% 5,011
Science 43% 10% 12% 3% 32% 836
Don't know 37% 8% 11% 14% 31% 185

Parent of children under 18 among adults who say religion is somewhat important by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who say religion is somewhat important who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 1,046. 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% 72% 1,046
Philosophy/reason 29% 71% 1,197
Common sense 30% 70% 5,019
Science 31% 69% 835
Don't know 21% 79% 187

BeliefsandPractices

Belief in God among adults who say religion is somewhat important by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who say religion is somewhat important 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 = 1,053. 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 70% 26% 2% 1% 1% 1% 1,053
Philosophy/reason 42% 39% 11% 1% 5% 2% 1,202
Common sense 51% 38% 6% 1% 3% 2% 5,028
Science 39% 41% 12% < 1% 6% 2% 839
Don't know 46% 33% 8% 8% 2% 4% 189

Attendance at religious services among adults who say religion is somewhat important by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who say religion is somewhat important 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 = 1,053. 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 21% 53% 25% 1% 1,053
Philosophy/reason 13% 58% 28% 1% 1,202
Common sense 12% 55% 33% < 1% 5,028
Science 12% 53% 35% < 1% 839
Don't know 15% 44% 38% 3% 189

Frequency of prayer among adults who say religion is somewhat important by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who say religion is somewhat important who pray…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,053. 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% 28% 9% 11% < 1% 1,053
Philosophy/reason 32% 29% 15% 23% 1% 1,202
Common sense 36% 28% 13% 22% 1% 5,028
Science 29% 30% 13% 28% < 1% 839
Don't know 42% 21% 9% 25% 3% 189

Frequency of participation in prayer, scripture study or religious education groups among adults who say religion is somewhat important by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who say religion is somewhat important 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 = 1,053. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 13% 11% 9% 66% < 1% 1,053
Philosophy/reason 6% 9% 9% 75% < 1% 1,202
Common sense 6% 7% 9% 78% < 1% 5,028
Science 6% 8% 11% 75% < 1% 839
Don't know 4% 8% 10% 76% 2% 189

Frequency of meditation among adults who say religion is somewhat important by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who say religion is somewhat important 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 = 1,053. 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% 11% 6% 52% 1% 1,053
Philosophy/reason 35% 13% 6% 45% 1% 1,202
Common sense 25% 9% 6% 60% 1% 5,028
Science 27% 10% 7% 55% 1% 839
Don't know 36% 14% 7% 36% 7% 189

Frequency of feeling spiritual peace and wellbeing among adults who say religion is somewhat important by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who say religion is somewhat important 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 = 1,053. 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% 21% 13% 14% 1% 1,053
Philosophy/reason 48% 21% 12% 18% 1% 1,202
Common sense 39% 23% 16% 21% 1% 5,028
Science 41% 18% 17% 22% 2% 839
Don't know 50% 15% 10% 18% 6% 189

Frequency of feeling wonder about the universe among adults who say religion is somewhat important by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who say religion is somewhat important 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 = 1,053. 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 35% 17% 15% 31% 1% 1,053
Philosophy/reason 53% 17% 14% 16% 1% 1,202
Common sense 36% 17% 16% 30% 1% 5,028
Science 43% 17% 16% 23% < 1% 839
Don't know 44% 12% 13% 25% 7% 189

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong among adults who say religion is somewhat important by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who say religion is somewhat important 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 = 1,053. 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 38% 61% < 1% 1% 1,053
Philosophy/reason 25% 72% 2% 1% 1,202
Common sense 25% 73% 1% 1% 5,028
Science 20% 78% 1% < 1% 839
Don't know 19% 66% 7% 8% 189

Frequency of reading scripture among adults who say religion is somewhat important by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who say religion is somewhat important 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 = 1,053. 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% 14% 12% 47% 1% 1,053
Philosophy/reason 13% 14% 14% 59% < 1% 1,202
Common sense 11% 11% 13% 65% 1% 5,028
Science 9% 9% 14% 67% < 1% 839
Don't know 10% 11% 16% 61% 2% 189

Interpreting scripture among adults who say religion is somewhat important by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who say religion is somewhat important 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 = 1,053. 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% 41% 3% 19% 6% 1,053
Philosophy/reason 7% 26% 1% 55% 11% 1,202
Common sense 14% 35% 1% 41% 9% 5,028
Science 13% 26% 1% 52% 8% 839
Don't know 12% 26% 8% 31% 22% 189

Belief in Heaven among adults who say religion is somewhat important by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who say religion is somewhat important who …in heaven

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,053. 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 86% 8% 5% 1,053
Philosophy/reason 64% 25% 11% 1,202
Common sense 77% 15% 8% 5,028
Science 66% 27% 7% 839
Don't know 65% 16% 19% 189

Belief in Hell among adults who say religion is somewhat important by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who say religion is somewhat important who …in hell

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,053. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 73% 21% 6% 1,053
Philosophy/reason 44% 47% 9% 1,202
Common sense 56% 35% 9% 5,028
Science 50% 44% 6% 839
Don't know 44% 26% 30% 189

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among adults who say religion is somewhat important by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who say religion is somewhat important who identify as…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 1,053. 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% 20% 38% 1,053
Philosophy/reason 31% 15% 54% 1,202
Common sense 37% 19% 44% 5,028
Science 28% 18% 54% 839
Don't know 30% 31% 39% 189

Political ideology among adults who say religion is somewhat important by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who say religion is somewhat important who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,053. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 40% 32% 21% 7% 1,053
Philosophy/reason 22% 40% 35% 3% 1,202
Common sense 29% 42% 24% 6% 5,028
Science 25% 36% 36% 3% 839
Don't know 27% 31% 26% 16% 189

Views about size of government among adults who say religion is somewhat important by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who say religion is somewhat important 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 = 1,053. 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% 44% 2% 2% 1,053
Philosophy/reason 49% 45% 3% 3% 1,202
Common sense 55% 39% 3% 3% 5,028
Science 41% 53% 2% 3% 839
Don't know 43% 32% 9% 15% 189

Views about government aid to the poor among adults who say religion is somewhat important by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who say religion is somewhat important 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 = 1,053. 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% 2% 1,053
Philosophy/reason 33% 62% 4% 1% 1,202
Common sense 48% 47% 3% 1% 5,028
Science 38% 58% 2% 1% 839
Don't know 27% 47% 15% 11% 189

Views about abortion among adults who say religion is somewhat important by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who say religion is somewhat important 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 = 1,053. 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% 46% 4% 1,053
Philosophy/reason 70% 27% 3% 1,202
Common sense 67% 29% 4% 5,028
Science 66% 31% 3% 839
Don't know 57% 29% 14% 189

Views about homosexuality among adults who say religion is somewhat important by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who say religion is somewhat important 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 = 1,053. 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 60% 31% 5% 4% 1,053
Philosophy/reason 84% 11% 4% 2% 1,202
Common sense 76% 18% 3% 3% 5,028
Science 80% 16% 2% 2% 839
Don't know 61% 17% 11% 11% 189

Views about same-sex marriage among adults who say religion is somewhat important by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who say religion is somewhat important who …same-sex marriage

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,053. 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% 42% 9% 1,053
Philosophy/reason 78% 16% 6% 1,202
Common sense 67% 25% 8% 5,028
Science 72% 23% 5% 839
Don't know 53% 26% 20% 189

Views about environmental regulation among adults who say religion is somewhat important by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who say religion is somewhat important 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 = 1,053. 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 43% 50% 2% 5% 1,053
Philosophy/reason 26% 70% 2% 2% 1,202
Common sense 38% 58% 2% 2% 5,028
Science 31% 66% 2% 1% 839
Don't know 31% 49% 7% 13% 189

Views about human evolution among adults who say religion is somewhat important by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who say religion is somewhat important 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 = 1,053. 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% 31% 4% 42% 4% 1,053
Philosophy/reason 49% 30% 5% 13% 2% 1,202
Common sense 38% 30% 5% 23% 3% 5,028
Science 55% 22% 3% 19% 1% 839
Don't know 30% 17% 21% 16% 17% 189