Sources of guidance on right and wrong among parents

% of parents who say they look to…most for guidance on right and wrong

Survey year Religion Philosophy/reason Common sense Science Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 8,366. 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 35% 9% 44% 9% 2% 8,366
2007 31% 8% 51% 6% 3% 10,705

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Sources of guidance on right and wrong among parents by religious group

% of parents 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 30% 10% 47% 12% 2% 1,761
Evangelical Protestant 60% 5% 30% 3% 2% 2,175
Historically Black Protestant 47% 5% 41% 4% 3% 487
Jewish 24% 19% 40% 15% 2% 184
Mainline Protestant 29% 11% 52% 6% 2% 1,218
Mormon 67% 3% 26% 2% 3% 242
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 9% 14% 59% 16% 2% 1,744

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DemographicInformation

Age distribution among parents by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of parents who are ages…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 2,867. 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% 68% 16% 2% 2,867
Philosophy/reason 19% 66% 14% 1% 864
Common sense 19% 68% 12% 1% 3,533
Science 16% 71% 12% 1% 800
Don't know 18% 65% 15% 1% 186

Generational cohort among parents by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of parents who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 2,867. 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 4% 22% 56% 16% 2% < 1% 2,867
Philosophy/reason 6% 24% 55% 15% < 1% < 1% 864
Common sense 7% 24% 55% 13% 1% < 1% 3,533
Science 6% 22% 59% 12% 1% < 1% 800
Don't know 7% 18% 59% 16% 1% < 1% 186

Gender composition among parents by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of parents who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 2,909. 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% 2,909
Philosophy/reason 50% 50% 874
Common sense 45% 55% 3,577
Science 47% 53% 807
Don't know 50% 50% 199

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

% of parents who identify as…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 2,884. 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% 3% 21% 3% 2,884
Philosophy/reason 63% 9% 5% 19% 4% 867
Common sense 62% 12% 4% 18% 4% 3,538
Science 52% 6% 7% 31% 4% 801
Don't know 62% 14% 3% 16% 6% 188

Immigrant status among parents by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of parents who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 2,874. 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% 7% 73% 2,874
Philosophy/reason 22% 8% 71% 866
Common sense 18% 9% 73% 3,530
Science 35% 10% 55% 801
Don't know 20% 5% 76% 190

Income distribution among parents by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of parents 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 = 2,674. 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% 20% 30% 17% 2,674
Philosophy/reason 29% 15% 25% 30% 825
Common sense 33% 17% 27% 23% 3,301
Science 28% 18% 25% 29% 758
Don't know 36% 22% 19% 23% 165

Educational distribution among parents by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of parents who have completed…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 2,893. 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% 34% 18% 10% 2,893
Philosophy/reason 26% 30% 25% 19% 874
Common sense 40% 33% 17% 10% 3,567
Science 33% 24% 24% 20% 804
Don't know 39% 27% 21% 13% 198

Marital status among parents by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of parents who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 2,901. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 71% 6% 12% 2% 9% 2,901
Philosophy/reason 67% 9% 14% < 1% 9% 873
Common sense 63% 11% 11% 1% 13% 3,574
Science 65% 11% 11% 1% 12% 804
Don't know 71% 5% 8% 2% 13% 196

BeliefsandPractices

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

% of parents 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 = 2,909. 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% 10% 1% 1% < 1% < 1% 2,909
Philosophy/reason 48% 27% 8% 1% 13% 3% 874
Common sense 57% 26% 6% < 1% 8% 2% 3,577
Science 35% 29% 11% 1% 21% 2% 807
Don't know 74% 12% 3% 2% 4% 5% 199

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

% of parents 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 = 2,909. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 89% 9% 1% 1% 1% 2,909
Philosophy/reason 37% 35% 14% 13% 1% 874
Common sense 40% 35% 14% 11% < 1% 3,577
Science 32% 30% 15% 23% < 1% 807
Don't know 65% 16% 7% 9% 3% 199

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

% of parents 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 = 2,909. 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% 26% 7% < 1% 2,909
Philosophy/reason 24% 42% 34% < 1% 874
Common sense 22% 42% 35% < 1% 3,577
Science 17% 40% 43% < 1% 807
Don't know 44% 31% 22% 3% 199

Frequency of prayer among parents by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of parents who pray…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,909. 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 84% 10% 2% 3% 1% 2,909
Philosophy/reason 42% 22% 8% 29% < 1% 874
Common sense 46% 20% 8% 25% < 1% 3,577
Science 33% 18% 7% 42% < 1% 807
Don't know 65% 13% 3% 17% 1% 199

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

% of parents 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 = 2,909. 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% 15% 9% 26% < 1% 2,909
Philosophy/reason 15% 11% 10% 64% < 1% 874
Common sense 14% 10% 9% 68% < 1% 3,577
Science 11% 8% 8% 72% < 1% 807
Don't know 30% 12% 9% 45% 4% 199

Frequency of meditation among parents by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of parents 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 = 2,909. 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% 7% 3% 38% 2% 2,909
Philosophy/reason 41% 9% 5% 43% 1% 874
Common sense 31% 8% 4% 56% < 1% 3,577
Science 30% 11% 4% 54% 1% 807
Don't know 39% 7% 6% 43% 4% 199

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

% of parents 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 = 2,909. 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% 12% 6% 5% 1% 2,909
Philosophy/reason 54% 19% 10% 16% < 1% 874
Common sense 49% 19% 12% 19% 1% 3,577
Science 48% 16% 12% 24% 1% 807
Don't know 70% 8% 6% 11% 5% 199

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

% of parents 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 = 2,909. 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% 17% 12% 24% 1% 2,909
Philosophy/reason 52% 17% 14% 17% 1% 874
Common sense 39% 18% 15% 28% 1% 3,577
Science 44% 17% 16% 22% < 1% 807
Don't know 41% 14% 17% 24% 5% 199

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

% of parents 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 = 2,909. 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% 46% 1% 1% 2,909
Philosophy/reason 28% 70% 1% 1% 874
Common sense 26% 72% 1% 1% 3,577
Science 23% 76% 1% 1% 807
Don't know 29% 60% 6% 6% 199

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

% of parents 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 = 2,909. 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% 11% 6% 15% < 1% 2,909
Philosophy/reason 23% 13% 12% 52% < 1% 874
Common sense 22% 11% 10% 56% < 1% 3,577
Science 15% 8% 9% 68% < 1% 807
Don't know 40% 15% 7% 35% 3% 199

Interpreting scripture among parents by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of parents 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 = 2,909. 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% 32% 3% 5% 3% 2,909
Philosophy/reason 15% 26% 1% 51% 7% 874
Common sense 21% 28% 2% 39% 9% 3,577
Science 17% 19% 1% 58% 5% 807
Don't know 23% 24% 14% 19% 21% 199

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

% of parents who …in heaven

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,909. 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% 6% 6% 2,909
Philosophy/reason 61% 31% 8% 874
Common sense 73% 21% 6% 3,577
Science 53% 41% 6% 807
Don't know 68% 12% 20% 199

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

% of parents who …in hell

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,909. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 80% 13% 7% 2,909
Philosophy/reason 45% 47% 8% 874
Common sense 57% 37% 7% 3,577
Science 43% 52% 5% 807
Don't know 58% 23% 19% 199

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among parents by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of parents who identify as…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 2,909. 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% 20% 32% 2,909
Philosophy/reason 29% 20% 51% 874
Common sense 34% 22% 44% 3,577
Science 26% 17% 57% 807
Don't know 33% 33% 35% 199

Political ideology among parents by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of parents who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,909. 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% 26% 13% 7% 2,909
Philosophy/reason 22% 37% 38% 4% 874
Common sense 30% 38% 25% 8% 3,577
Science 23% 35% 40% 2% 807
Don't know 37% 29% 22% 12% 199

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

% of parents 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 = 2,909. 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 55% 39% 3% 3% 2,909
Philosophy/reason 44% 52% 3% 1% 874
Common sense 49% 45% 3% 3% 3,577
Science 36% 61% 2% 1% 807
Don't know 41% 28% 14% 17% 199

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

% of parents 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 = 2,909. 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% 43% 4% 2% 2,909
Philosophy/reason 33% 63% 3% 1% 874
Common sense 47% 48% 4% 2% 3,577
Science 36% 60% 3% 1% 807
Don't know 36% 41% 16% 7% 199

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

% of parents 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 = 2,909. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 28% 69% 3% 2,909
Philosophy/reason 66% 32% 2% 874
Common sense 60% 37% 3% 3,577
Science 67% 30% 3% 807
Don't know 37% 48% 16% 199

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

% of parents 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 = 2,909. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 38% 53% 5% 4% 2,909
Philosophy/reason 79% 16% 3% 2% 874
Common sense 74% 19% 3% 3% 3,577
Science 80% 16% 3% 1% 807
Don't know 46% 34% 12% 8% 199

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

% of parents who …same-sex marriage

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 2,909. 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 29% 64% 7% 2,909
Philosophy/reason 74% 22% 4% 874
Common sense 64% 28% 8% 3,577
Science 73% 21% 6% 807
Don't know 39% 40% 22% 199

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

% of parents 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 = 2,909. 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% 49% 2% 3% 2,909
Philosophy/reason 27% 70% 2% 1% 874
Common sense 36% 59% 2% 3% 3,577
Science 26% 71% 1% 2% 807
Don't know 36% 49% 7% 7% 199

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

% of parents 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 = 2,909. 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 10% 27% 2% 57% 4% 2,909
Philosophy/reason 48% 28% 4% 17% 3% 874
Common sense 40% 27% 4% 27% 3% 3,577
Science 58% 20% 3% 18% 2% 807
Don't know 16% 20% 17% 29% 19% 199