Sources of guidance on right and wrong among widowed adults

% of widowed 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 = 3,218. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
2014 41% 6% 44% 5% 4% 3,218
2007 36% 6% 51% 3% 5% 3,705

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

% of widowed 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 42% 7% 42% 5% 4% 721
Evangelical Protestant 55% 4% 34% 2% 5% 923
Historically Black Protestant 51% 2% 41% 4% 2% 196
Mainline Protestant 33% 7% 52% 5% 3% 791
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 9% 12% 66% 10% 3% 338

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DemographicInformation

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

% of widowed adults who are ages…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 1,251. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion < 1% 5% 20% 74% 1,251
Philosophy/reason < 1% 6% 23% 71% 229
Common sense < 1% 8% 23% 69% 1,371
Science < 1% 6% 20% 74% 170
Don't know < 1% 10% 21% 69% 119

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

% of widowed adults who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 1,251. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion < 1% < 1% 5% 29% 54% 12% 1,251
Philosophy/reason < 1% < 1% 6% 30% 55% 9% 229
Common sense < 1% 1% 7% 32% 48% 12% 1,371
Science < 1% 2% 4% 28% 53% 13% 170
Don't know < 1% < 1% 10% 28% 54% 8% 119

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

% of widowed adults who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 1,285. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 20% 80% 1,285
Philosophy/reason 33% 67% 235
Common sense 28% 72% 1,399
Science 33% 67% 174
Don't know 24% 76% 125

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

% of widowed adults who identify as…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 1,275. 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% 14% 1% 9% 3% 1,275
Philosophy/reason 77% 8% 2% 10% 3% 234
Common sense 78% 13% 1% 5% 3% 1,377
Science 70% 9% < 1% 18% 3% 170
Don't know 74% 4% 4% 17% 1% 122

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

% of widowed adults who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 1,268. 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% 8% 83% 1,268
Philosophy/reason 10% 12% 78% 234
Common sense 6% 13% 81% 1,376
Science 14% 18% 67% 167
Don't know 18% 6% 76% 120

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

% of widowed 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 = 1,035. 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 63% 20% 12% 5% 1,035
Philosophy/reason 46% 22% 19% 12% 200
Common sense 59% 21% 14% 6% 1,142
Science 54% 21% 14% 11% 148

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

% of widowed 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 = 1,279. 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% 27% 8% 5% 1,279
Philosophy/reason 39% 26% 17% 18% 234
Common sense 58% 27% 9% 6% 1,394
Science 47% 20% 20% 14% 171
Don't know 61% 22% 7% 10% 123

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

% of widowed adults who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 1,283. 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% 92% 1,283
Philosophy/reason 3% 97% 235
Common sense 7% 93% 1,397
Science 4% 96% 174
Don't know 5% 95% 124

BeliefsandPractices

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

% of widowed 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 = 1,285. 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% < 1% 1,285
Philosophy/reason 51% 28% 6% 2% 8% 4% 235
Common sense 67% 19% 5% 3% 4% 2% 1,399
Science 50% 18% 8% 2% 17% 5% 174
Don't know 72% 15% 1% 7% 3% 3% 125

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

% of widowed 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 = 1,285. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 92% 6% 1% < 1% 1% 1,285
Philosophy/reason 47% 26% 10% 14% 3% 235
Common sense 55% 29% 7% 8% 1% 1,399
Science 47% 26% 15% 13% < 1% 174
Don't know 64% 26% 7% 2% 1% 125

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

% of widowed 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 = 1,285. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 70% 16% 12% 1% 1,285
Philosophy/reason 24% 31% 42% 3% 235
Common sense 31% 35% 33% 1% 1,399
Science 31% 27% 39% 4% 174
Don't know 39% 31% 28% 2% 125

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

% of widowed adults who pray…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,285. 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% 7% 1% 3% 1% 1,285
Philosophy/reason 51% 18% 6% 25% 1% 235
Common sense 61% 16% 5% 17% 2% 1,399
Science 43% 15% 5% 36% < 1% 174
Don't know 73% 17% < 1% 6% 4% 125

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

% of widowed 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 = 1,285. 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% 9% 8% 31% 2% 1,285
Philosophy/reason 18% 8% 9% 63% 1% 235
Common sense 17% 6% 9% 66% 1% 1,399
Science 22% 6% 9% 63% < 1% 174
Don't know 25% 10% 11% 49% 5% 125

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

% of widowed 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 = 1,285. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 69% 5% 2% 20% 4% 1,285
Philosophy/reason 57% 6% 5% 29% 3% 235
Common sense 47% 8% 3% 39% 2% 1,399
Science 46% 11% 2% 38% 3% 174
Don't know 43% 5% 3% 33% 16% 125

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

% of widowed 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 = 1,285. 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% 7% 4% 5% 2% 1,285
Philosophy/reason 59% 10% 8% 21% 2% 235
Common sense 57% 12% 9% 20% 2% 1,399
Science 50% 10% 9% 29% 2% 174
Don't know 63% 8% 4% 13% 11% 125

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

% of widowed 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 = 1,285. 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% 12% 10% 23% 4% 1,285
Philosophy/reason 55% 10% 12% 20% 4% 235
Common sense 38% 11% 12% 36% 2% 1,399
Science 48% 11% 15% 23% 3% 174
Don't know 32% 9% 13% 35% 12% 125

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

% of widowed 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 = 1,285. 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% 54% 2% 3% 1,285
Philosophy/reason 23% 72% 3% 2% 235
Common sense 25% 72% 1% 2% 1,399
Science 20% 73% 2% 6% 174
Don't know 30% 57% 4% 9% 125

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

% of widowed 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 = 1,285. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 70% 8% 3% 17% 2% 1,285
Philosophy/reason 35% 7% 8% 48% 2% 235
Common sense 30% 10% 11% 48% 1% 1,399
Science 31% 8% 9% 53% < 1% 174
Don't know 45% 6% 10% 35% 5% 125

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

% of widowed 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 = 1,285. 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 63% 21% 5% 5% 6% 1,285
Philosophy/reason 26% 18% 2% 47% 7% 235
Common sense 30% 28% 3% 27% 12% 1,399
Science 29% 18% 3% 48% 3% 174
Don't know 34% 22% 17% 10% 17% 125

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

% of widowed adults who …in heaven

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,285. 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% 4% 4% 1,285
Philosophy/reason 63% 24% 13% 235
Common sense 78% 14% 8% 1,399
Science 57% 30% 13% 174
Don't know 84% 11% 6% 125

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

% of widowed adults who …in hell

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,285. 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 78% 15% 7% 1,285
Philosophy/reason 42% 46% 13% 235
Common sense 52% 35% 13% 1,399
Science 34% 55% 11% 174
Don't know 58% 22% 20% 125

SocialandPoliticalViews

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

% of widowed adults who identify as…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 1,285. 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% 16% 41% 1,285
Philosophy/reason 34% 12% 54% 235
Common sense 32% 18% 50% 1,399
Science 24% 13% 63% 174
Don't know 39% 22% 39% 125

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

% of widowed adults who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,285. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 52% 28% 12% 8% 1,285
Philosophy/reason 30% 37% 26% 6% 235
Common sense 33% 39% 20% 8% 1,399
Science 30% 29% 38% 2% 174
Don't know 29% 35% 24% 12% 125

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

% of widowed 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 = 1,285. 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% 36% 5% 5% 1,285
Philosophy/reason 47% 40% 5% 7% 235
Common sense 50% 39% 5% 6% 1,399
Science 41% 47% 6% 5% 174
Don't know 38% 40% 8% 14% 125

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

% of widowed 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 = 1,285. 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% 47% 5% 3% 1,285
Philosophy/reason 38% 57% 3% 2% 235
Common sense 43% 49% 3% 5% 1,399
Science 31% 64% 3% 3% 174
Don't know 28% 43% 16% 13% 125

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

% of widowed 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 = 1,285. 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 30% 63% 7% 1,285
Philosophy/reason 64% 31% 6% 235
Common sense 57% 36% 8% 1,399
Science 59% 31% 10% 174
Don't know 35% 45% 20% 125

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

% of widowed 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 = 1,285. 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 30% 59% 6% 5% 1,285
Philosophy/reason 68% 29% 2% 2% 235
Common sense 56% 32% 5% 6% 1,399
Science 65% 29% 1% 4% 174
Don't know 37% 45% 4% 13% 125

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

% of widowed 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 = 1,285. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 21% 69% 10% 1,285
Philosophy/reason 53% 36% 10% 235
Common sense 43% 42% 14% 1,399
Science 61% 32% 8% 174
Don't know 33% 47% 20% 125

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

% of widowed 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 = 1,285. 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% 46% 4% 9% 1,285
Philosophy/reason 29% 65% 3% 3% 235
Common sense 39% 50% 4% 7% 1,399
Science 31% 60% 2% 6% 174
Don't know 31% 39% 7% 23% 125

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

% of widowed 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 = 1,285. 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% 21% 3% 56% 11% 1,285
Philosophy/reason 37% 19% 10% 31% 3% 235
Common sense 27% 22% 5% 37% 9% 1,399
Science 47% 14% 2% 32% 5% 174
Don't know 10% 19% 13% 26% 32% 125