Sources of guidance on right and wrong among never married adults

% of never 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 = 6,966. 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 25% 14% 46% 12% 2% 6,966
2007 24% 13% 54% 7% 3% 4,995

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Sources of guidance on right and wrong among never married adults by religious group

% of never 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 = 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 24% 13% 48% 13% 3% 1,292
Evangelical Protestant 53% 9% 32% 4% 2% 1,214
Historically Black Protestant 45% 7% 42% 5% 2% 600
Jewish 12% 17% 57% 14% < 1% 138
Mainline Protestant 26% 12% 53% 8% 1% 788
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 6% 20% 54% 18% 2% 2,289

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DemographicInformation

Age distribution among never married adults by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of never married adults who are ages…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 1,766. 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% 28% 14% 4% 1,766
Philosophy/reason 72% 20% 6% 2% 1,015
Common sense 60% 27% 10% 2% 3,140
Science 67% 25% 7% 2% 789
Don't know 47% 35% 15% 3% 176

Generational cohort among never married adults by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of never 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 = 1,766. 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 41% 20% 20% 16% 2% < 1% 1,766
Philosophy/reason 55% 24% 12% 7% 1% < 1% 1,015
Common sense 44% 24% 19% 11% 1% < 1% 3,140
Science 49% 26% 17% 8% 1% < 1% 789
Don't know 33% 23% 26% 16% 2% < 1% 176

Gender composition among never married adults by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of never married adults who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 1,794. 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% 1,794
Philosophy/reason 59% 41% 1,024
Common sense 56% 44% 3,172
Science 60% 40% 794
Don't know 68% 32% 182

Racial and ethnic composition among never married adults by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of never married adults who identify as…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 1,771. 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% 28% 3% 18% 5% 1,771
Philosophy/reason 55% 13% 9% 18% 5% 1,007
Common sense 55% 17% 5% 18% 5% 3,147
Science 54% 10% 10% 21% 5% 786
Don't know 54% 17% 3% 19% 6% 170

Immigrant status among never married adults by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of never married adults who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 1,759. 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% 12% 74% 1,759
Philosophy/reason 15% 21% 64% 1,012
Common sense 12% 15% 72% 3,114
Science 22% 18% 59% 781
Don't know 15% 11% 74% 177

Income distribution among never married adults by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of never 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 = 1,554. 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% 20% 9% 1,554
Philosophy/reason 41% 21% 22% 16% 905
Common sense 43% 22% 22% 13% 2,796
Science 43% 21% 22% 14% 715
Don't know 47% 26% 22% 4% 130

Educational distribution among never married adults by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of never 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 = 1,785. 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 45% 37% 12% 6% 1,785
Philosophy/reason 38% 37% 18% 7% 1,022
Common sense 47% 34% 13% 6% 3,163
Science 43% 32% 16% 9% 791
Don't know 33% 45% 15% 7% 182

Parent of children under 18 among never married adults by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of never married adults who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 1,791. 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% 85% 1,791
Philosophy/reason 7% 93% 1,023
Common sense 15% 85% 3,170
Science 11% 89% 794
Don't know 14% 86% 181

BeliefsandPractices

Belief in God among never married adults by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of never 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 = 1,794. 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% 11% 1% < 1% 1% < 1% 1,794
Philosophy/reason 35% 26% 14% < 1% 19% 5% 1,024
Common sense 48% 24% 9% 1% 16% 3% 3,172
Science 28% 23% 10% 1% 35% 3% 794
Don't know 61% 18% 7% 2% 7% 6% 182

Importance of religion in one's life among never married adults by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of never 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 = 1,794. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 83% 13% 2% 1% < 1% 1,794
Philosophy/reason 23% 32% 23% 22% 1% 1,024
Common sense 30% 33% 19% 18% 1% 3,172
Science 21% 27% 21% 30% < 1% 794
Don't know 46% 25% 8% 13% 8% 182

Attendance at religious services among never married adults by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of never 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 = 1,794. 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% 29% 11% < 1% 1,794
Philosophy/reason 15% 39% 45% 1% 1,024
Common sense 18% 40% 42% < 1% 3,172
Science 12% 35% 53% < 1% 794
Don't know 22% 39% 31% 8% 182

Frequency of prayer among never married adults by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of never 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 = 1,794. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 77% 15% 3% 5% < 1% 1,794
Philosophy/reason 28% 19% 9% 43% 1% 1,024
Common sense 34% 19% 8% 38% 1% 3,172
Science 21% 14% 8% 56% < 1% 794
Don't know 50% 16% 3% 26% 5% 182

Frequency of participation in prayer, scripture study or religious education groups among never married adults by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of never 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 = 1,794. 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% 14% 11% 32% < 1% 1,794
Philosophy/reason 10% 8% 7% 75% < 1% 1,024
Common sense 10% 9% 8% 73% 1% 3,172
Science 9% 7% 8% 76% < 1% 794
Don't know 16% 9% 7% 62% 6% 182

Frequency of meditation among never married adults by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of never 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 = 1,794. 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 45% 10% 3% 40% 2% 1,794
Philosophy/reason 33% 14% 5% 48% 1% 1,024
Common sense 26% 9% 5% 59% 1% 3,172
Science 24% 10% 7% 59% < 1% 794
Don't know 44% 10% 3% 39% 4% 182

Frequency of feeling spiritual peace and wellbeing among never married adults by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of never 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 = 1,794. 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% 13% 6% 7% 1% 1,794
Philosophy/reason 45% 21% 11% 22% 1% 1,024
Common sense 43% 20% 12% 24% 1% 3,172
Science 37% 19% 13% 30% 1% 794
Don't know 61% 11% 7% 14% 6% 182

Frequency of feeling wonder about the universe among never married adults by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of never 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 = 1,794. 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 45% 18% 12% 23% 2% 1,794
Philosophy/reason 61% 17% 10% 12% < 1% 1,024
Common sense 43% 18% 12% 25% 1% 3,172
Science 45% 17% 14% 23% 1% 794
Don't know 60% 9% 8% 16% 7% 182

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong among never married adults by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of never 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 = 1,794. 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% 57% 2% 1% 1,794
Philosophy/reason 18% 80% 2% 1% 1,024
Common sense 20% 78% 1% 1% 3,172
Science 17% 82% < 1% 1% 794
Don't know 28% 55% 9% 8% 182

Frequency of reading scripture among never married adults by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of never 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 = 1,794. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 61% 13% 7% 19% 1% 1,794
Philosophy/reason 19% 11% 10% 60% 1% 1,024
Common sense 18% 11% 9% 62% < 1% 3,172
Science 10% 10% 7% 72% 1% 794
Don't know 30% 12% 8% 48% 2% 182

Interpreting scripture among never married adults by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of never 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 = 1,794. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 48% 36% 3% 8% 5% 1,794
Philosophy/reason 11% 23% < 1% 58% 8% 1,024
Common sense 17% 26% 1% 49% 6% 3,172
Science 16% 17% 1% 61% 6% 794
Don't know 16% 20% 10% 32% 23% 182

Belief in Heaven among never married adults by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of never married adults who …in heaven

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,794. 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% 6% 4% 1,794
Philosophy/reason 53% 37% 10% 1,024
Common sense 66% 27% 7% 3,172
Science 49% 45% 6% 794
Don't know 62% 17% 21% 182

Belief in Hell among never married adults by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of never married adults who …in hell

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,794. 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% 15% 5% 1,794
Philosophy/reason 40% 51% 8% 1,024
Common sense 51% 41% 8% 3,172
Science 40% 55% 5% 794
Don't know 48% 23% 29% 182

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among never married adults by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of never married adults who identify as…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 1,794. 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% 18% 41% 1,794
Philosophy/reason 24% 17% 59% 1,024
Common sense 28% 19% 53% 3,172
Science 21% 19% 60% 794
Don't know 20% 42% 38% 182

Political ideology among never married adults by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of never married adults who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,794. 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% 31% 18% 9% 1,794
Philosophy/reason 16% 41% 39% 4% 1,024
Common sense 22% 38% 31% 9% 3,172
Science 21% 35% 40% 5% 794
Don't know 25% 28% 22% 25% 182

Views about size of government among never married adults by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of never 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 = 1,794. 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% 53% 2% 3% 1,794
Philosophy/reason 45% 49% 3% 4% 1,024
Common sense 44% 52% 2% 3% 3,172
Science 37% 59% 2% 3% 794
Don't know 42% 35% 7% 16% 182

Views about government aid to the poor among never married adults by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of never 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 = 1,794. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 44% 51% 3% 2% 1,794
Philosophy/reason 31% 63% 5% 2% 1,024
Common sense 40% 55% 4% 2% 3,172
Science 33% 64% 2% 2% 794
Don't know 26% 49% 12% 13% 182

Views about abortion among never married adults by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of never 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 = 1,794. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 33% 62% 4% 1,794
Philosophy/reason 70% 28% 2% 1,024
Common sense 65% 31% 4% 3,172
Science 71% 26% 3% 794
Don't know 44% 36% 20% 182

Views about homosexuality among never married adults by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of never 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 = 1,794. 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% 45% 5% 4% 1,794
Philosophy/reason 88% 9% 2% 1% 1,024
Common sense 79% 16% 3% 2% 3,172
Science 84% 14% 1% 2% 794
Don't know 55% 17% 10% 18% 182

Views about same-sex marriage among never married adults by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of never 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 = 1,794. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 37% 55% 8% 1,794
Philosophy/reason 84% 13% 3% 1,024
Common sense 73% 21% 6% 3,172
Science 79% 17% 4% 794
Don't know 50% 22% 28% 182

Views about environmental regulation among never married adults by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of never 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 = 1,794. 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% 55% 2% 4% 1,794
Philosophy/reason 24% 72% 2% 2% 1,024
Common sense 33% 62% 2% 2% 3,172
Science 28% 69% 1% 2% 794
Don't know 23% 55% 8% 13% 182

Views about human evolution among never married adults by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of never 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 = 1,794. 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% 30% 2% 51% 4% 1,794
Philosophy/reason 57% 22% 5% 15% 2% 1,024
Common sense 46% 24% 4% 22% 3% 3,172
Science 66% 14% 2% 16% 2% 794
Don't know 27% 19% 21% 17% 17% 182