Sources of guidance on right and wrong among married adults

% of married adults 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 = 17,827. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
2014 38% 9% 42% 8% 2% 17,827
2007 32% 8% 51% 5% 4% 20,430

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Sources of guidance on right and wrong among married adults by religious group

% of married adults 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 = 103. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Buddhist 11% 24% 46% 14% 5% 103
Catholic 31% 9% 49% 9% 2% 3,810
Evangelical Protestant 66% 4% 26% 2% 2% 4,853
Hindu 2% 16% 52% 29% < 1% 131
Historically Black Protestant 48% 5% 40% 4% 3% 626
Jehovah's Witness 83% 1% 10% 2% 5% 124
Jewish 21% 15% 45% 14% 4% 498
Mainline Protestant 32% 9% 50% 6% 3% 3,444
Mormon 69% 2% 23% 2% 4% 454
Muslim 38% 5% 40% 14% 3% 110
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 7% 16% 57% 18% 2% 3,150

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DemographicInformation

Age distribution among married adults by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of married adults who are ages…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 6,539. 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 7% 37% 35% 21% 6,539
Philosophy/reason 8% 45% 31% 16% 1,733
Common sense 7% 41% 32% 20% 7,146
Science 8% 47% 27% 18% 1,556
Don't know 7% 34% 33% 26% 476

Generational cohort among married adults by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of married adults who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 6,539. 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 2% 10% 32% 41% 14% 1% 6,539
Philosophy/reason 2% 14% 37% 37% 10% 1% 1,733
Common sense 2% 12% 34% 39% 12% 1% 7,146
Science 3% 12% 40% 33% 12% 1% 1,556
Don't know 2% 8% 31% 39% 18% 2% 476

Gender composition among married adults by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of married adults who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 6,684. 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% 57% 6,684
Philosophy/reason 54% 46% 1,759
Common sense 52% 48% 7,285
Science 58% 42% 1,587
Don't know 53% 47% 512

Racial and ethnic composition among married adults by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of married adults who identify as…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 6,598. 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% 9% 2% 13% 3% 6,598
Philosophy/reason 74% 4% 6% 14% 3% 1,743
Common sense 76% 7% 4% 10% 3% 7,182
Science 67% 4% 8% 18% 3% 1,566
Don't know 75% 6% 1% 12% 6% 483

Immigrant status among married adults by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of married adults who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 6,622. 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% 6% 80% 6,622
Philosophy/reason 19% 9% 72% 1,742
Common sense 14% 8% 78% 7,217
Science 28% 9% 63% 1,571
Don't know 15% 8% 77% 499

Income distribution among married adults by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of married adults 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 = 5,760. 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 23% 21% 35% 21% 5,760
Philosophy/reason 16% 14% 31% 39% 1,575
Common sense 19% 19% 34% 28% 6,364
Science 17% 15% 30% 39% 1,401
Don't know 16% 24% 33% 27% 384

Educational distribution among married adults by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of married adults who have completed…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 6,648. 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% 31% 19% 11% 6,648
Philosophy/reason 22% 25% 28% 26% 1,752
Common sense 38% 30% 19% 13% 7,249
Science 25% 21% 28% 26% 1,577
Don't know 28% 29% 24% 19% 505

Parent of children under 18 among married adults by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of married adults who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 6,645. 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% 61% 6,645
Philosophy/reason 42% 58% 1,754
Common sense 39% 61% 7,259
Science 43% 57% 1,576
Don't know 37% 63% 503

BeliefsandPractices

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

% of married adults 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 = 6,684. 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% 6,684
Philosophy/reason 45% 27% 8% 1% 16% 3% 1,759
Common sense 56% 26% 6% 1% 9% 3% 7,285
Science 33% 28% 10% < 1% 24% 4% 1,587
Don't know 71% 15% 2% 2% 5% 5% 512

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

% of married adults 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 = 6,684. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 90% 8% 1% < 1% 1% 6,684
Philosophy/reason 35% 32% 16% 16% 1% 1,759
Common sense 40% 34% 15% 11% 1% 7,285
Science 27% 27% 18% 27% 1% 1,587
Don't know 69% 14% 6% 6% 5% 512

Attendance at religious services among married adults by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of married adults 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 = 6,684. 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% 6,684
Philosophy/reason 24% 38% 38% < 1% 1,759
Common sense 25% 39% 36% < 1% 7,285
Science 17% 36% 46% 1% 1,587
Don't know 50% 26% 21% 3% 512

Frequency of prayer among married adults by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of married adults who pray…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,684. 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% 9% 2% 2% 1% 6,684
Philosophy/reason 39% 20% 8% 33% < 1% 1,759
Common sense 45% 19% 8% 27% 1% 7,285
Science 30% 17% 7% 46% < 1% 1,587
Don't know 64% 12% 5% 14% 5% 512

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

% of married adults 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 = 6,684. 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% 13% 9% 26% < 1% 6,684
Philosophy/reason 13% 8% 9% 70% < 1% 1,759
Common sense 14% 7% 8% 71% < 1% 7,285
Science 9% 6% 7% 77% < 1% 1,587
Don't know 31% 11% 9% 46% 3% 512

Frequency of meditation among married adults by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of married adults 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 = 6,684. 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% 6% 3% 34% 2% 6,684
Philosophy/reason 40% 11% 6% 43% 1% 1,759
Common sense 32% 8% 5% 54% 1% 7,285
Science 30% 10% 5% 54% 2% 1,587
Don't know 47% 8% 3% 36% 6% 512

Frequency of feeling spiritual peace and wellbeing among married adults by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of married adults 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 = 6,684. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 81% 10% 5% 4% 1% 6,684
Philosophy/reason 53% 19% 11% 16% 1% 1,759
Common sense 50% 17% 13% 20% 1% 7,285
Science 46% 15% 14% 23% 2% 1,587
Don't know 69% 11% 5% 8% 7% 512

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

% of married adults 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 = 6,684. 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% 15% 10% 23% 2% 6,684
Philosophy/reason 51% 17% 15% 17% 1% 1,759
Common sense 37% 17% 16% 30% 1% 7,285
Science 47% 16% 16% 21% 1% 1,587
Don't know 50% 14% 11% 19% 7% 512

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

% of married adults 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 = 6,684. 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 59% 39% 1% 1% 6,684
Philosophy/reason 27% 71% 1% 1% 1,759
Common sense 29% 69% 1% 1% 7,285
Science 24% 74% 1% 1% 1,587
Don't know 33% 53% 7% 7% 512

Frequency of reading scripture among married adults by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of married adults 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 = 6,684. 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 68% 10% 6% 15% 1% 6,684
Philosophy/reason 20% 11% 11% 58% < 1% 1,759
Common sense 20% 9% 10% 61% 1% 7,285
Science 12% 6% 12% 68% 1% 1,587
Don't know 42% 13% 8% 34% 3% 512

Interpreting scripture among married adults by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of married adults 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 = 6,684. 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% 31% 4% 5% 4% 6,684
Philosophy/reason 11% 24% 1% 57% 7% 1,759
Common sense 20% 29% 2% 41% 8% 7,285
Science 13% 17% 1% 63% 6% 1,587
Don't know 19% 26% 13% 22% 19% 512

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

% of married adults who …in heaven

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,684. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 87% 6% 7% 6,684
Philosophy/reason 53% 38% 10% 1,759
Common sense 70% 23% 7% 7,285
Science 48% 46% 7% 1,587
Don't know 65% 16% 19% 512

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

% of married adults who …in hell

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,684. 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 79% 14% 8% 6,684
Philosophy/reason 35% 57% 8% 1,759
Common sense 52% 40% 8% 7,285
Science 33% 60% 7% 1,587
Don't know 49% 29% 22% 512

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among married adults by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of married adults who identify as…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 6,684. 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% 16% 26% 6,684
Philosophy/reason 32% 16% 52% 1,759
Common sense 40% 17% 43% 7,285
Science 25% 15% 61% 1,587
Don't know 36% 26% 38% 512

Political ideology among married adults by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of married adults who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,684. 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% 24% 10% 6% 6,684
Philosophy/reason 23% 36% 38% 3% 1,759
Common sense 34% 37% 23% 5% 7,285
Science 21% 37% 37% 4% 1,587
Don't know 41% 28% 19% 12% 512

Views about size of government among married adults by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of married adults 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 = 6,684. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 67% 28% 3% 3% 6,684
Philosophy/reason 49% 45% 3% 2% 1,759
Common sense 59% 35% 3% 4% 7,285
Science 42% 52% 3% 3% 1,587
Don't know 47% 24% 11% 18% 512

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

% of married adults 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 = 6,684. 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% 4% 2% 6,684
Philosophy/reason 36% 61% 3% 1% 1,759
Common sense 51% 44% 3% 2% 7,285
Science 35% 61% 3% 1% 1,587
Don't know 37% 39% 15% 10% 512

Views about abortion among married adults by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of married adults 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 = 6,684. 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% 72% 3% 6,684
Philosophy/reason 70% 27% 3% 1,759
Common sense 63% 33% 4% 7,285
Science 74% 23% 3% 1,587
Don't know 45% 39% 16% 512

Views about homosexuality among married adults by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of married adults 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 = 6,684. 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% 60% 5% 4% 6,684
Philosophy/reason 80% 15% 3% 2% 1,759
Common sense 69% 24% 4% 3% 7,285
Science 81% 15% 2% 2% 1,587
Don't know 49% 30% 10% 11% 512

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

% of married adults who …same-sex marriage

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,684. 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 23% 71% 7% 6,684
Philosophy/reason 75% 20% 5% 1,759
Common sense 60% 32% 8% 7,285
Science 74% 22% 5% 1,587
Don't know 41% 41% 18% 512

Views about environmental regulation among married adults by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of married adults 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 = 6,684. 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% 3% 3% 6,684
Philosophy/reason 28% 68% 2% 2% 1,759
Common sense 39% 57% 2% 2% 7,285
Science 24% 72% 2% 2% 1,587
Don't know 32% 49% 9% 10% 512

Views about human evolution among married adults by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of married adults 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 = 6,684. 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% 25% 3% 60% 5% 6,684
Philosophy/reason 53% 25% 4% 15% 3% 1,759
Common sense 39% 27% 5% 26% 4% 7,285
Science 63% 18% 4% 14% 2% 1,587
Don't know 18% 23% 17% 23% 19% 512