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

% of adults who say religion is very 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 = 18,725. 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 55% 6% 32% 4% 3% 18,725
2007 47% 6% 40% 3% 4% 20,547

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

% of adults who say religion is very 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 43% 8% 39% 8% 3% 4,220
Evangelical Protestant 70% 3% 22% 2% 2% 6,904
Historically Black Protestant 53% 5% 37% 3% 2% 1,641
Jehovah's Witness 82% < 1% 11% 2% 5% 224
Jewish 40% 11% 37% 7% 4% 279
Mainline Protestant 47% 7% 39% 4% 3% 3,317
Mormon 73% 1% 18% 3% 4% 559
Muslim 51% 5% 34% 7% 3% 154
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 31% 13% 45% 6% 4% 826

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DemographicInformation

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

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

Sources of guidance on right and wrong 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 10,194. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 15% 33% 30% 22% 10,194
Philosophy/reason 25% 33% 26% 16% 1,146
Common sense 17% 32% 29% 22% 5,579
Science 19% 39% 25% 17% 767
Don't know 16% 30% 27% 27% 586

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

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

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 10,194. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 9% 11% 28% 36% 15% 2% 10,194
Philosophy/reason 15% 15% 28% 30% 11% 1% 1,146
Common sense 10% 12% 27% 34% 15% 2% 5,579
Science 11% 16% 31% 29% 12% 1% 767
Don't know 9% 10% 27% 32% 20% 2% 586

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

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

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 10,442. 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% 60% 10,442
Philosophy/reason 45% 55% 1,169
Common sense 44% 56% 5,706
Science 49% 51% 785
Don't know 50% 50% 623

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

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

Sources of guidance on right and wrong White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 10,308. 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% 16% 2% 15% 4% 10,308
Philosophy/reason 57% 15% 4% 20% 4% 1,152
Common sense 58% 18% 3% 16% 4% 5,620
Science 42% 13% 5% 37% 4% 777
Don't know 66% 13% 2% 15% 5% 585

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

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

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 10,314. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 14% 8% 78% 10,314
Philosophy/reason 20% 11% 70% 1,152
Common sense 16% 9% 76% 5,625
Science 38% 10% 52% 770
Don't know 16% 8% 77% 604

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

% of adults who say religion is very 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 = 8,926. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 36% 21% 27% 15% 8,926
Philosophy/reason 41% 16% 24% 19% 1,017
Common sense 42% 21% 23% 14% 4,852
Science 44% 22% 18% 15% 685
Don't know 35% 23% 25% 17% 460

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

% of adults who say religion is very 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 = 10,387. 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% 33% 15% 9% 10,387
Philosophy/reason 37% 28% 20% 15% 1,166
Common sense 50% 31% 12% 7% 5,667
Science 47% 23% 15% 14% 778
Don't know 34% 34% 18% 14% 613

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

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

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 10,394. 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% 3% 13% 8% 18% 10,394
Philosophy/reason 46% 9% 13% 6% 26% 1,163
Common sense 48% 7% 15% 9% 21% 5,680
Science 45% 8% 15% 6% 26% 781
Don't know 55% 3% 13% 11% 18% 613

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

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

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 10,397. 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% 69% 10,397
Philosophy/reason 30% 70% 1,168
Common sense 30% 70% 5,688
Science 35% 65% 782
Don't know 27% 73% 613

BeliefsandPractices

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

% of adults who say religion is very 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 = 10,442. 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% 7% < 1% < 1% < 1% < 1% 10,442
Philosophy/reason 76% 17% 3% 1% 1% 1% 1,169
Common sense 84% 12% 1% 1% 1% < 1% 5,706
Science 66% 28% 2% 1% 2% < 1% 785
Don't know 86% 9% < 1% 2% 1% 2% 623

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

% of adults who say religion is very 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 = 10,442. 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 72% 21% 7% 1% 10,442
Philosophy/reason 45% 36% 18% < 1% 1,169
Common sense 45% 38% 17% 1% 5,706
Science 45% 40% 15% 1% 785
Don't know 55% 30% 12% 3% 623

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

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

Sources of guidance on right and wrong At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 10,442. 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% 9% 1% 2% 1% 10,442
Philosophy/reason 72% 19% 2% 5% 1% 1,169
Common sense 75% 17% 4% 4% 1% 5,706
Science 66% 21% 6% 7% < 1% 785
Don't know 79% 12% 3% 3% 4% 623

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

% of adults who say religion is very 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 = 10,442. 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% 9% 24% 1% 10,442
Philosophy/reason 28% 15% 14% 43% 1% 1,169
Common sense 28% 13% 11% 48% 1% 5,706
Science 29% 15% 12% 44% < 1% 785
Don't know 38% 12% 8% 38% 4% 623

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

% of adults who say religion is very 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 = 10,442. 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% 7% 3% 31% 3% 10,442
Philosophy/reason 57% 8% 4% 30% 1% 1,169
Common sense 47% 8% 4% 39% 2% 5,706
Science 49% 13% 3% 32% 3% 785
Don't know 55% 4% 3% 32% 6% 623

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

% of adults who say religion is very 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 = 10,442. 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 82% 9% 4% 4% 1% 10,442
Philosophy/reason 69% 17% 7% 7% 1% 1,169
Common sense 69% 14% 8% 8% 2% 5,706
Science 64% 15% 9% 11% 1% 785
Don't know 77% 8% 4% 4% 6% 623

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

% of adults who say religion is very 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 = 10,442. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 51% 15% 10% 22% 2% 10,442
Philosophy/reason 60% 13% 9% 17% 1% 1,169
Common sense 45% 16% 12% 26% 2% 5,706
Science 49% 15% 14% 21% 1% 785
Don't know 54% 11% 11% 17% 6% 623

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

% of adults who say religion is very 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 = 10,442. 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% 45% 2% 1% 10,442
Philosophy/reason 29% 69% 2% 1% 1,169
Common sense 30% 67% 1% 1% 5,706
Science 27% 69% 1% 3% 785
Don't know 34% 53% 7% 7% 623

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

% of adults who say religion is very 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 = 10,442. 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% 10% 5% 12% 1% 10,442
Philosophy/reason 45% 17% 10% 28% 1% 1,169
Common sense 42% 15% 11% 32% 1% 5,706
Science 36% 17% 12% 34% 1% 785
Don't know 56% 12% 7% 21% 4% 623

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

% of adults who say religion is very 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 = 10,442. 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% 29% 4% 4% 4% 10,442
Philosophy/reason 29% 36% 2% 25% 8% 1,169
Common sense 39% 33% 4% 16% 9% 5,706
Science 42% 27% 2% 24% 6% 785
Don't know 31% 26% 15% 12% 17% 623

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

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

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 10,442. 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% 5% 6% 10,442
Philosophy/reason 80% 12% 8% 1,169
Common sense 88% 7% 5% 5,706
Science 83% 14% 4% 785
Don't know 78% 8% 14% 623

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

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

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 10,442. 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% 13% 7% 10,442
Philosophy/reason 59% 33% 8% 1,169
Common sense 70% 22% 8% 5,706
Science 63% 30% 7% 785
Don't know 62% 21% 17% 623

SocialandPoliticalViews

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

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

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 10,442. 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% 17% 33% 10,442
Philosophy/reason 33% 17% 50% 1,169
Common sense 35% 18% 46% 5,706
Science 27% 18% 56% 785
Don't know 33% 30% 38% 623

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

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

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 10,442. 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% 26% 12% 7% 10,442
Philosophy/reason 31% 36% 29% 5% 1,169
Common sense 38% 34% 21% 7% 5,706
Science 34% 33% 28% 5% 785
Don't know 40% 29% 18% 14% 623

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

% of adults who say religion is very 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 = 10,442. 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% 36% 3% 3% 10,442
Philosophy/reason 45% 48% 4% 3% 1,169
Common sense 48% 46% 3% 4% 5,706
Science 33% 64% 1% 2% 785
Don't know 44% 30% 10% 16% 623

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

% of adults who say religion is very 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 = 10,442. 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% 43% 4% 2% 10,442
Philosophy/reason 39% 56% 4% 1% 1,169
Common sense 45% 49% 4% 2% 5,706
Science 40% 55% 2% 3% 785
Don't know 37% 40% 13% 9% 623

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

% of adults who say religion is very 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 = 10,442. 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% 69% 4% 10,442
Philosophy/reason 54% 42% 4% 1,169
Common sense 49% 45% 5% 5,706
Science 52% 44% 4% 785
Don't know 37% 46% 17% 623

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

% of adults who say religion is very 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 = 10,442. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 34% 57% 5% 4% 10,442
Philosophy/reason 70% 25% 3% 2% 1,169
Common sense 59% 32% 5% 4% 5,706
Science 68% 27% 2% 3% 785
Don't know 43% 35% 9% 13% 623

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

% of adults who say religion is very 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 = 10,442. 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 25% 68% 7% 10,442
Philosophy/reason 61% 33% 6% 1,169
Common sense 47% 43% 10% 5,706
Science 58% 34% 8% 785
Don't know 35% 46% 19% 623

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

% of adults who say religion is very 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 = 10,442. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 47% 47% 3% 3% 10,442
Philosophy/reason 32% 64% 2% 2% 1,169
Common sense 41% 52% 2% 4% 5,706
Science 35% 59% 2% 4% 785
Don't know 31% 49% 7% 13% 623

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

% of adults who say religion is very 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 = 10,442. 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% 26% 2% 59% 5% 10,442
Philosophy/reason 27% 35% 6% 28% 3% 1,169
Common sense 19% 32% 4% 40% 6% 5,706
Science 35% 27% 3% 31% 4% 785
Don't know 8% 28% 14% 29% 22% 623