Sources of guidance on right and wrong among conservatives

% of conservatives 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 = 12,935. 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 50% 6% 37% 5% 2% 12,935
2007 43% 5% 45% 4% 3% 13,598

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

% of conservatives 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 40% 8% 43% 8% 2% 2,780
Evangelical Protestant 70% 3% 22% 2% 2% 4,975
Historically Black Protestant 52% 5% 36% 5% 1% 653
Jewish 33% 11% 48% 4% 3% 167
Mainline Protestant 39% 7% 47% 4% 2% 2,269
Mormon 72% 3% 19% 2% 4% 419
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 12% 11% 62% 13% 2% 1,277

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DemographicInformation

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

% of conservatives who are ages…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 6,428. 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 12% 33% 31% 24% 6,428
Philosophy/reason 26% 33% 23% 18% 769
Common sense 17% 32% 29% 21% 4,548
Science 23% 35% 26% 16% 624
Don't know 17% 33% 24% 27% 310

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

% of conservatives who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 6,428. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 7% 10% 28% 38% 16% 1% 6,428
Philosophy/reason 17% 14% 28% 27% 12% 1% 769
Common sense 11% 11% 27% 35% 14% 1% 4,548
Science 16% 14% 28% 30% 10% 1% 624
Don't know 8% 12% 31% 29% 18% 3% 310

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

% of conservatives who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 6,579. 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% 56% 6,579
Philosophy/reason 59% 41% 785
Common sense 58% 42% 4,612
Science 60% 40% 637
Don't know 60% 40% 322

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

% of conservatives who identify as…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 6,499. 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% 10% 2% 12% 3% 6,499
Philosophy/reason 67% 11% 3% 16% 2% 774
Common sense 73% 10% 3% 11% 3% 4,543
Science 56% 10% 4% 27% 3% 629
Don't know 76% 5% 1% 13% 5% 298

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

% of conservatives who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 6,530. 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 11% 7% 82% 6,530
Philosophy/reason 14% 10% 76% 774
Common sense 10% 9% 80% 4,568
Science 29% 10% 61% 630
Don't know 13% 8% 79% 315

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

% of conservatives who have a household income of…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Less than $30,000 $30,000-$49,999 $50,000-$99,999 $100,000 or more Sample Size
Sample size = 5,662. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 31% 22% 31% 17% 5,662
Philosophy/reason 32% 18% 28% 22% 692
Common sense 32% 21% 29% 19% 4,006
Science 40% 20% 21% 19% 568
Don't know 30% 24% 27% 19% 234

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

% of conservatives who have completed…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 6,554. 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 42% 33% 17% 8% 6,554
Philosophy/reason 40% 31% 18% 12% 783
Common sense 49% 32% 13% 6% 4,596
Science 51% 22% 17% 9% 635
Don't know 36% 37% 19% 9% 318

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

% of conservatives who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 6,553. 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 62% 3% 12% 8% 15% 6,553
Philosophy/reason 46% 8% 13% 6% 27% 781
Common sense 53% 8% 13% 7% 19% 4,597
Science 44% 7% 13% 5% 31% 630
Don't know 61% 2% 8% 10% 18% 318

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

% of conservatives who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 6,551. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 31% 69% 6,551
Philosophy/reason 27% 73% 783
Common sense 29% 71% 4,600
Science 31% 69% 634
Don't know 29% 71% 319

BeliefsandPractices

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

% of conservatives who say they…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Believe in God; absolutely certain Believe in God; fairly certain Believe in God; not too/not at all certain Believe in God; don't know Do not believe in God Other/don't know if they believe in God Sample Size
Sample size = 6,579. 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 93% 6% < 1% < 1% < 1% < 1% 6,579
Philosophy/reason 62% 22% 7% 1% 6% 3% 785
Common sense 65% 23% 5% 1% 6% 1% 4,612
Science 49% 27% 6% < 1% 13% 4% 637
Don't know 82% 12% 1% 2% 2% 2% 322

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

% of conservatives who say religion is…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,579. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 91% 7% 1% < 1% < 1% 6,579
Philosophy/reason 47% 34% 11% 9% < 1% 785
Common sense 48% 33% 11% 7% 1% 4,612
Science 41% 31% 13% 14% < 1% 637
Don't know 74% 16% 5% 3% 2% 322

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

% of conservatives who attend religious services…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong At least once a week Once or twice a month/a few times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,579. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 72% 21% 8% < 1% 6,579
Philosophy/reason 28% 41% 31% < 1% 785
Common sense 28% 40% 32% < 1% 4,612
Science 23% 39% 37% 1% 637
Don't know 53% 29% 15% 3% 322

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

% of conservatives who pray…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,579. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 88% 9% 1% 2% 1% 6,579
Philosophy/reason 51% 20% 7% 22% < 1% 785
Common sense 51% 20% 7% 21% 1% 4,612
Science 42% 20% 8% 29% 1% 637
Don't know 74% 15% 3% 6% 2% 322

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

% of conservatives who attend prayer group…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,579. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 53% 13% 9% 25% 1% 6,579
Philosophy/reason 19% 9% 10% 62% < 1% 785
Common sense 18% 8% 9% 65% < 1% 4,612
Science 17% 9% 11% 63% < 1% 637
Don't know 33% 15% 7% 39% 5% 322

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

% of conservatives who meditate…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,579. 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% 6% 2% 34% 2% 6,579
Philosophy/reason 39% 10% 4% 46% < 1% 785
Common sense 33% 8% 3% 54% 1% 4,612
Science 39% 9% 4% 48% 1% 637
Don't know 49% 7% 4% 33% 8% 322

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

% of conservatives who feel a sense of spiritual peace and wellbeing…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,579. 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% 9% 4% 3% 1% 6,579
Philosophy/reason 53% 20% 9% 17% 1% 785
Common sense 52% 18% 10% 19% 1% 4,612
Science 47% 16% 13% 23% 2% 637
Don't know 73% 10% 4% 9% 4% 322

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

% of conservatives who feel a sense of wonder about the universe…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,579. 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% 10% 22% 2% 6,579
Philosophy/reason 50% 16% 12% 21% 1% 785
Common sense 39% 16% 13% 31% 1% 4,612
Science 44% 17% 14% 25% 1% 637
Don't know 54% 14% 7% 18% 6% 322

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

% of conservatives who say…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong There are clear standards for what is right and wrong Right or wrong depends on the situation Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,579. 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 62% 36% 1% 1% 6,579
Philosophy/reason 36% 62% 1% 1% 785
Common sense 36% 62% 1% 1% 4,612
Science 28% 68% 2% 1% 637
Don't know 43% 41% 9% 7% 322

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

% of conservatives who read scripture…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,579. 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% 10% 5% 13% 1% 6,579
Philosophy/reason 28% 15% 12% 45% < 1% 785
Common sense 27% 12% 10% 51% 1% 4,612
Science 23% 11% 10% 56% < 1% 637
Don't know 52% 13% 7% 25% 3% 322

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

% of conservatives who say the holy scripture is…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Word of God; should be taken literally Word of God; not everything taken literally Word of God; other/don't know Not the word of God Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,579. 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 62% 28% 4% 3% 3% 6,579
Philosophy/reason 25% 31% 2% 35% 8% 785
Common sense 28% 33% 3% 29% 8% 4,612
Science 30% 22% 2% 39% 6% 637
Don't know 29% 31% 14% 10% 15% 322

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

% of conservatives who …in heaven

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,579. 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% 5% 6% 6,579
Philosophy/reason 73% 17% 10% 785
Common sense 79% 14% 7% 4,612
Science 69% 26% 6% 637
Don't know 78% 7% 15% 322

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

% of conservatives who …in hell

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,579. 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% 10% 7% 6,579
Philosophy/reason 57% 34% 9% 785
Common sense 63% 28% 9% 4,612
Science 56% 36% 8% 637
Don't know 65% 16% 19% 322

SocialandPoliticalViews

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

% of conservatives who identify as…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 6,579. 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% 11% 20% 6,579
Philosophy/reason 59% 16% 25% 785
Common sense 59% 13% 28% 4,612
Science 51% 17% 32% 637
Don't know 60% 25% 16% 322

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

% of conservatives who would rather have…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Smaller government; fewer services Bigger government; more services Depends Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,579. 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% 24% 2% 2% 6,579
Philosophy/reason 69% 28% 1% 2% 785
Common sense 68% 28% 2% 2% 4,612
Science 54% 45% 1% < 1% 637
Don't know 69% 17% 4% 10% 322

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

% of conservatives who say government aid to the poor…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Does more harm than good Does more good than harm Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,579. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 64% 30% 4% 2% 6,579
Philosophy/reason 60% 36% 3% 1% 785
Common sense 63% 32% 3% 2% 4,612
Science 56% 40% 3% 1% 637
Don't know 54% 24% 13% 10% 322

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

% of conservatives who say abortion should be…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Legal in all/most cases Illegal in all/most cases Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,579. 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 19% 78% 3% 6,579
Philosophy/reason 47% 50% 3% 785
Common sense 50% 46% 5% 4,612
Science 50% 45% 5% 637
Don't know 28% 58% 14% 322

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

% of conservatives who say homosexuality…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Should be accepted Should be discouraged Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,579. 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 26% 66% 5% 3% 6,579
Philosophy/reason 66% 27% 5% 2% 785
Common sense 56% 36% 5% 4% 4,612
Science 63% 30% 3% 3% 637
Don't know 31% 43% 12% 13% 322

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

% of conservatives who …same-sex marriage

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,579. 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 17% 77% 6% 6,579
Philosophy/reason 51% 41% 8% 785
Common sense 44% 47% 9% 4,612
Science 49% 42% 9% 637
Don't know 21% 60% 19% 322

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

% of conservatives who say…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Stricter environmental laws and regulations cost too many jobs and hurt the economy Stricter environmental laws and regulations are worth the cost Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,579. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 58% 36% 3% 3% 6,579
Philosophy/reason 50% 47% 2% 1% 785
Common sense 54% 42% 2% 3% 4,612
Science 47% 47% 1% 4% 637
Don't know 50% 34% 7% 8% 322

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

% of conservatives who say humans…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Evolved; due to natural processes Evolved; due to God's design Evolved; don't know how Always existed in present form Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,579. 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 6% 22% 2% 65% 5% 6,579
Philosophy/reason 35% 30% 4% 27% 4% 785
Common sense 28% 29% 4% 35% 4% 4,612
Science 42% 20% 4% 29% 4% 637
Don't know 7% 25% 9% 38% 21% 322