Sources of guidance on right and wrong among moderates

% of moderates 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 = 11,653. 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 26% 12% 51% 9% 2% 11,653
2007 23% 10% 58% 5% 3% 12,825

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

% of moderates 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 23% 11% 53% 10% 2% 2,619
Evangelical Protestant 49% 7% 38% 3% 2% 2,236
Historically Black Protestant 46% 5% 43% 3% 3% 672
Jewish 16% 18% 51% 13% 2% 262
Mainline Protestant 25% 11% 55% 6% 3% 2,290
Mormon 61% 3% 29% 4% 3% 172
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 6% 17% 60% 16% 2% 2,681

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DemographicInformation

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

% of moderates who are ages…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 3,018. 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% 33% 28% 19% 3,018
Philosophy/reason 33% 35% 22% 10% 1,363
Common sense 24% 35% 25% 16% 5,660
Science 31% 38% 20% 12% 1,106
Don't know 15% 32% 32% 21% 295

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

% of moderates who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 3,018. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 13% 13% 27% 34% 12% 1% 3,018
Philosophy/reason 23% 17% 28% 24% 7% < 1% 1,363
Common sense 14% 16% 28% 30% 10% 1% 5,660
Science 21% 16% 31% 23% 7% 1% 1,106
Don't know 8% 14% 25% 37% 16% 1% 295

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

% of moderates who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 3,067. 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% 63% 3,067
Philosophy/reason 57% 43% 1,381
Common sense 50% 50% 5,763
Science 61% 39% 1,119
Don't know 53% 47% 323

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

% of moderates who identify as…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 3,035. 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 59% 18% 3% 16% 4% 3,035
Philosophy/reason 66% 7% 7% 15% 5% 1,364
Common sense 70% 10% 4% 12% 4% 5,701
Science 65% 6% 7% 20% 3% 1,103
Don't know 69% 12% 3% 11% 5% 306

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

% of moderates who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 3,033. 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% 9% 77% 3,033
Philosophy/reason 15% 14% 71% 1,365
Common sense 11% 10% 78% 5,716
Science 24% 13% 63% 1,108
Don't know 15% 6% 79% 311

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

% of moderates 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 = 2,703. 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% 21% 27% 15% 2,703
Philosophy/reason 28% 19% 26% 26% 1,247
Common sense 33% 21% 27% 19% 5,103
Science 26% 20% 28% 25% 1,003
Don't know 29% 22% 29% 20% 243

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

% of moderates who have completed…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 3,060. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 40% 33% 15% 12% 3,060
Philosophy/reason 28% 35% 22% 15% 1,378
Common sense 40% 34% 17% 10% 5,744
Science 31% 28% 24% 17% 1,115
Don't know 29% 30% 22% 19% 319

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

% of moderates who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 3,057. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 51% 5% 12% 9% 23% 3,057
Philosophy/reason 39% 8% 11% 4% 37% 1,378
Common sense 45% 9% 13% 7% 26% 5,744
Science 48% 8% 9% 3% 33% 1,117
Don't know 46% 4% 16% 12% 22% 316

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

% of moderates who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 3,053. 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% 3,053
Philosophy/reason 26% 74% 1,376
Common sense 29% 71% 5,744
Science 30% 70% 1,115
Don't know 25% 75% 319

BeliefsandPractices

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

% of moderates 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 = 3,067. 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% 10% 1% < 1% < 1% < 1% 3,067
Philosophy/reason 42% 29% 11% < 1% 13% 4% 1,381
Common sense 52% 28% 7% 1% 9% 3% 5,763
Science 32% 28% 10% < 1% 26% 3% 1,119
Don't know 64% 20% 4% 3% 3% 5% 323

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

% of moderates 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 = 3,067. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 86% 12% 1% 1% < 1% 3,067
Philosophy/reason 30% 34% 20% 15% 1% 1,381
Common sense 35% 37% 16% 12% < 1% 5,763
Science 25% 29% 19% 26% < 1% 1,119
Don't know 59% 20% 10% 5% 6% 323

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

% of moderates 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 = 3,067. 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% 28% 9% < 1% 3,067
Philosophy/reason 19% 41% 39% 1% 1,381
Common sense 20% 42% 38% < 1% 5,763
Science 16% 37% 47% < 1% 1,119
Don't know 32% 36% 29% 3% 323

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

% of moderates who pray…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,067. 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% 2% 4% 1% 3,067
Philosophy/reason 37% 19% 9% 34% 1% 1,381
Common sense 42% 19% 9% 30% 1% 5,763
Science 27% 17% 8% 48% < 1% 1,119
Don't know 57% 15% 7% 16% 4% 323

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

% of moderates 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 = 3,067. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 43% 13% 10% 33% 1% 3,067
Philosophy/reason 10% 8% 8% 73% < 1% 1,381
Common sense 11% 8% 8% 73% < 1% 5,763
Science 8% 6% 8% 78% < 1% 1,119
Don't know 23% 6% 8% 61% 2% 323

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

% of moderates 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 = 3,067. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 51% 8% 3% 36% 2% 3,067
Philosophy/reason 39% 11% 6% 43% 1% 1,381
Common sense 31% 9% 6% 54% 1% 5,763
Science 25% 11% 6% 56% 2% 1,119
Don't know 51% 10% 3% 35% 3% 323

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

% of moderates 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 = 3,067. 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 76% 13% 6% 6% 1% 3,067
Philosophy/reason 50% 19% 12% 19% 1% 1,381
Common sense 48% 17% 14% 20% 1% 5,763
Science 44% 16% 14% 25% 1% 1,119
Don't know 67% 11% 5% 11% 6% 323

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

% of moderates 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 = 3,067. 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% 18% 12% 23% 1% 3,067
Philosophy/reason 55% 16% 14% 14% 1% 1,381
Common sense 38% 18% 16% 27% 1% 5,763
Science 47% 17% 15% 20% 1% 1,119
Don't know 50% 11% 15% 20% 3% 323

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

% of moderates 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 = 3,067. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 40% 58% 1% 1% 3,067
Philosophy/reason 23% 74% 2% < 1% 1,381
Common sense 23% 76% 1% < 1% 5,763
Science 22% 77% 1% 1% 1,119
Don't know 23% 68% 5% 4% 323

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

% of moderates 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 = 3,067. 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% 13% 7% 20% 1% 3,067
Philosophy/reason 20% 11% 10% 59% < 1% 1,381
Common sense 18% 11% 10% 61% 1% 5,763
Science 13% 9% 11% 67% < 1% 1,119
Don't know 30% 12% 11% 44% 3% 323

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

% of moderates 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 = 3,067. 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% 38% 4% 7% 5% 3,067
Philosophy/reason 10% 25% 1% 56% 8% 1,381
Common sense 17% 29% 1% 44% 9% 5,763
Science 11% 22% 1% 60% 6% 1,119
Don't know 19% 26% 8% 26% 21% 323

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

% of moderates who …in heaven

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,067. 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% 5% 4% 3,067
Philosophy/reason 57% 32% 11% 1,381
Common sense 70% 23% 7% 5,763
Science 51% 42% 6% 1,119
Don't know 70% 17% 13% 323

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

% of moderates who …in hell

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,067. 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% 14% 7% 3,067
Philosophy/reason 40% 51% 9% 1,381
Common sense 51% 40% 8% 5,763
Science 36% 58% 6% 1,119
Don't know 51% 27% 21% 323

SocialandPoliticalViews

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

% of moderates who identify as…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 3,067. 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 34% 17% 49% 3,067
Philosophy/reason 31% 18% 51% 1,381
Common sense 33% 19% 48% 5,763
Science 25% 18% 56% 1,119
Don't know 23% 33% 44% 323

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

% of moderates 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 = 3,067. 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% 45% 3% 3% 3,067
Philosophy/reason 55% 37% 4% 4% 1,381
Common sense 55% 39% 3% 4% 5,763
Science 49% 44% 4% 4% 1,119
Don't know 35% 32% 16% 18% 323

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

% of moderates 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 = 3,067. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 39% 55% 4% 2% 3,067
Philosophy/reason 34% 59% 6% 1% 1,381
Common sense 44% 51% 4% 2% 5,763
Science 37% 59% 3% 2% 1,119
Don't know 25% 52% 14% 10% 323

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

% of moderates 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 = 3,067. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 40% 55% 4% 3,067
Philosophy/reason 69% 29% 3% 1,381
Common sense 69% 28% 3% 5,763
Science 73% 24% 2% 1,119
Don't know 55% 28% 17% 323

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

% of moderates 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 = 3,067. 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% 41% 5% 4% 3,067
Philosophy/reason 85% 10% 3% 2% 1,381
Common sense 78% 16% 3% 3% 5,763
Science 84% 13% 2% 1% 1,119
Don't know 61% 18% 10% 10% 323

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

% of moderates who …same-sex marriage

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,067. 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% 53% 8% 3,067
Philosophy/reason 80% 15% 6% 1,381
Common sense 69% 24% 7% 5,763
Science 78% 19% 3% 1,119
Don't know 55% 23% 23% 323

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

% of moderates 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 = 3,067. 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 34% 61% 3% 3% 3,067
Philosophy/reason 26% 69% 3% 2% 1,381
Common sense 33% 62% 2% 2% 5,763
Science 26% 71% 2% 2% 1,119
Don't know 19% 60% 10% 11% 323

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

% of moderates 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 = 3,067. 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% 34% 2% 48% 4% 3,067
Philosophy/reason 51% 27% 6% 15% 2% 1,381
Common sense 42% 27% 4% 24% 3% 5,763
Science 61% 18% 3% 15% 2% 1,119
Don't know 23% 29% 21% 17% 10% 323