Sources of guidance on right and wrong among adults who say abortion should be illegal in all or most cases

% of adults who say abortion should be illegal in all or most cases 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 = 14,313. 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 52% 7% 34% 5% 2% 14,313
2007 46% 6% 41% 4% 3% 14,714

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Sources of guidance on right and wrong among adults who say abortion should be illegal in all or most cases by religious group

% of adults who say abortion should be illegal in all or most cases who say they look to…most for guidance on right and wrong

Religious tradition Religion Philosophy/reason Common sense Science Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 0. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Catholic 42% 9% 38% 9% 2% 3,387
Evangelical Protestant 71% 3% 22% 2% 2% 5,525
Historically Black Protestant 55% 5% 35% 4% 2% 774
Jehovah's Witness 86% < 1% 9% 3% 2% 185
Mainline Protestant 45% 8% 42% 3% 2% 1,975
Mormon 75% 2% 18% 3% 2% 474
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 16% 13% 56% 12% 2% 1,453

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DemographicInformation

Age distribution among adults who say abortion should be illegal in all or most cases by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who say abortion should be illegal in all or most cases who are ages…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 7,598. 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 16% 33% 29% 21% 7,598
Philosophy/reason 36% 32% 20% 12% 916
Common sense 25% 34% 23% 17% 4,488
Science 32% 38% 18% 12% 683
Don't know 19% 32% 26% 23% 343

Generational cohort among adults who say abortion should be illegal in all or most cases by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who say abortion should be illegal in all or most cases who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 7,598. 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% 12% 28% 35% 14% 1% 7,598
Philosophy/reason 24% 20% 24% 23% 8% 1% 916
Common sense 16% 16% 27% 28% 12% 1% 4,488
Science 21% 19% 29% 21% 8% 1% 683
Don't know 13% 9% 28% 31% 17% 1% 343

Gender composition among adults who say abortion should be illegal in all or most cases by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who say abortion should be illegal in all or most cases who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 7,770. 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% 57% 7,770
Philosophy/reason 56% 44% 929
Common sense 53% 47% 4,560
Science 57% 43% 697
Don't know 59% 41% 357

Racial and ethnic composition among adults who say abortion should be illegal in all or most cases by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who say abortion should be illegal in all or most cases who identify as…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 7,675. 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 68% 11% 2% 16% 3% 7,675
Philosophy/reason 59% 10% 5% 22% 4% 918
Common sense 64% 13% 4% 16% 3% 4,487
Science 46% 7% 7% 36% 3% 692
Don't know 69% 7% 1% 19% 4% 336

Immigrant status among adults who say abortion should be illegal in all or most cases by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who say abortion should be illegal in all or most cases who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 7,687. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 15% 7% 78% 7,687
Philosophy/reason 21% 11% 68% 912
Common sense 15% 8% 76% 4,486
Science 38% 12% 50% 679
Don't know 19% 6% 76% 348

Income distribution among adults who say abortion should be illegal in all or most cases by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who say abortion should be illegal in all or most cases 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 = 6,645. 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 36% 21% 28% 15% 6,645
Philosophy/reason 41% 19% 23% 17% 815
Common sense 41% 22% 23% 15% 3,954
Science 47% 21% 18% 14% 615
Don't know 42% 18% 24% 16% 266

Educational distribution among adults who say abortion should be illegal in all or most cases by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who say abortion should be illegal in all or most cases who have completed…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 7,728. 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% 32% 16% 8% 7,728
Philosophy/reason 43% 30% 16% 11% 924
Common sense 53% 30% 11% 6% 4,532
Science 51% 25% 14% 10% 693
Don't know 45% 29% 16% 10% 352

Marital status among adults who say abortion should be illegal in all or most cases by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who say abortion should be illegal in all or most cases who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 7,737. 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% 3% 12% 8% 18% 7,737
Philosophy/reason 39% 9% 13% 4% 35% 929
Common sense 47% 8% 13% 7% 25% 4,540
Science 39% 11% 13% 4% 33% 691
Don't know 51% 2% 12% 13% 22% 352

Parent of children under 18 among adults who say abortion should be illegal in all or most cases by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who say abortion should be illegal in all or most cases who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 7,734. 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% 68% 7,734
Philosophy/reason 30% 70% 928
Common sense 33% 67% 4,543
Science 34% 66% 694
Don't know 32% 68% 353

BeliefsandPractices

Belief in God among adults who say abortion should be illegal in all or most cases by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who say abortion should be illegal in all or most cases 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 = 7,770. 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% < 1% 7,770
Philosophy/reason 60% 24% 7% 1% 6% 2% 929
Common sense 68% 22% 4% 1% 4% 1% 4,560
Science 50% 29% 7% 1% 11% 2% 697
Don't know 80% 14% 1% 2% 1% 1% 357

Importance of religion in one's life among adults who say abortion should be illegal in all or most cases by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who say abortion should be illegal in all or most cases 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 = 7,770. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 92% 7% 1% < 1% < 1% 7,770
Philosophy/reason 47% 31% 10% 11% 1% 929
Common sense 54% 31% 9% 6% < 1% 4,560
Science 45% 33% 10% 12% < 1% 697
Don't know 74% 15% 3% 3% 4% 357

Attendance at religious services among adults who say abortion should be illegal in all or most cases by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who say abortion should be illegal in all or most cases 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 = 7,770. 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% 20% 8% 1% 7,770
Philosophy/reason 31% 39% 29% 1% 929
Common sense 32% 39% 28% < 1% 4,560
Science 26% 39% 34% 1% 697
Don't know 54% 29% 14% 4% 357

Frequency of prayer among adults who say abortion should be illegal in all or most cases by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who say abortion should be illegal in all or most cases who pray…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 7,770. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 87% 9% 1% 2% 1% 7,770
Philosophy/reason 50% 21% 8% 21% < 1% 929
Common sense 54% 20% 8% 18% 1% 4,560
Science 40% 23% 8% 28% < 1% 697
Don't know 75% 12% 3% 8% 3% 357

Frequency of participation in prayer, scripture study or religious education groups among adults who say abortion should be illegal in all or most cases by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who say abortion should be illegal in all or most cases 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 = 7,770. 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% 8% 25% 1% 7,770
Philosophy/reason 21% 11% 10% 58% 1% 929
Common sense 20% 11% 9% 60% < 1% 4,560
Science 16% 10% 9% 64% < 1% 697
Don't know 35% 13% 8% 39% 5% 357

Frequency of meditation among adults who say abortion should be illegal in all or most cases by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who say abortion should be illegal in all or most cases 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 = 7,770. 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% 7% 3% 32% 3% 7,770
Philosophy/reason 41% 9% 4% 44% 2% 929
Common sense 35% 7% 4% 52% 1% 4,560
Science 36% 9% 4% 49% 2% 697
Don't know 47% 5% 3% 36% 9% 357

Frequency of feeling spiritual peace and wellbeing among adults who say abortion should be illegal in all or most cases by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who say abortion should be illegal in all or most cases 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 = 7,770. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 81% 9% 4% 4% 1% 7,770
Philosophy/reason 57% 19% 9% 15% 1% 929
Common sense 54% 17% 10% 17% 1% 4,560
Science 47% 15% 14% 22% 2% 697
Don't know 71% 8% 4% 11% 6% 357

Frequency of feeling wonder about the universe among adults who say abortion should be illegal in all or most cases by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who say abortion should be illegal in all or most cases 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 = 7,770. 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% 7,770
Philosophy/reason 56% 14% 11% 18% 1% 929
Common sense 40% 16% 13% 29% 1% 4,560
Science 42% 15% 14% 29% 1% 697
Don't know 47% 11% 11% 22% 9% 357

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong among adults who say abortion should be illegal in all or most cases by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who say abortion should be illegal in all or most cases 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 = 7,770. 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% 41% 1% 1% 7,770
Philosophy/reason 29% 69% 1% 1% 929
Common sense 32% 65% 1% 1% 4,560
Science 26% 72% 1% 1% 697
Don't know 40% 46% 7% 8% 357

Frequency of reading scripture among adults who say abortion should be illegal in all or most cases by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who say abortion should be illegal in all or most cases 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 = 7,770. 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% 7,770
Philosophy/reason 32% 15% 9% 43% < 1% 929
Common sense 31% 12% 10% 46% 1% 4,560
Science 24% 11% 11% 53% 1% 697
Don't know 53% 11% 7% 26% 4% 357

Interpreting scripture among adults who say abortion should be illegal in all or most cases by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who say abortion should be illegal in all or most cases 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 = 7,770. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 60% 29% 4% 4% 3% 7,770
Philosophy/reason 24% 34% 2% 33% 8% 929
Common sense 33% 34% 3% 24% 7% 4,560
Science 29% 25% 1% 39% 6% 697
Don't know 33% 32% 15% 8% 12% 357

Belief in Heaven among adults who say abortion should be illegal in all or most cases by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who say abortion should be illegal in all or most cases who …in heaven

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 7,770. 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% 7,770
Philosophy/reason 75% 16% 9% 929
Common sense 82% 13% 6% 4,560
Science 69% 25% 6% 697
Don't know 80% 7% 13% 357

Belief in Hell among adults who say abortion should be illegal in all or most cases by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who say abortion should be illegal in all or most cases who …in hell

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 7,770. 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 82% 12% 6% 7,770
Philosophy/reason 61% 32% 7% 929
Common sense 66% 26% 8% 4,560
Science 58% 35% 7% 697
Don't know 69% 13% 18% 357

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among adults who say abortion should be illegal in all or most cases by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who say abortion should be illegal in all or most cases who identify as…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 7,770. 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 57% 18% 25% 7,770
Philosophy/reason 42% 20% 38% 929
Common sense 46% 20% 34% 4,560
Science 36% 23% 42% 697
Don't know 47% 30% 22% 357

Political ideology among adults who say abortion should be illegal in all or most cases by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who say abortion should be illegal in all or most cases who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 7,770. 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% 22% 9% 7% 7,770
Philosophy/reason 37% 39% 20% 4% 929
Common sense 42% 33% 18% 7% 4,560
Science 38% 32% 26% 5% 697
Don't know 50% 23% 15% 12% 357

Views about size of government among adults who say abortion should be illegal in all or most cases by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who say abortion should be illegal in all or most cases 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 = 7,770. 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% 31% 2% 3% 7,770
Philosophy/reason 55% 40% 2% 3% 929
Common sense 55% 40% 2% 3% 4,560
Science 41% 57% 1% 1% 697
Don't know 58% 24% 5% 14% 357

Views about government aid to the poor among adults who say abortion should be illegal in all or most cases by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who say abortion should be illegal in all or most cases 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 = 7,770. 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 57% 37% 4% 2% 7,770
Philosophy/reason 48% 46% 4% 1% 929
Common sense 54% 41% 3% 2% 4,560
Science 44% 51% 3% 2% 697
Don't know 46% 36% 9% 9% 357

Views about homosexuality among adults who say abortion should be illegal in all or most cases by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who say abortion should be illegal in all or most cases 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 = 7,770. 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 27% 65% 5% 3% 7,770
Philosophy/reason 68% 26% 4% 2% 929
Common sense 56% 36% 4% 4% 4,560
Science 65% 29% 3% 3% 697
Don't know 31% 44% 15% 10% 357

Views about same-sex marriage among adults who say abortion should be illegal in all or most cases by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who say abortion should be illegal in all or most cases who …same-sex marriage

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 7,770. 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 18% 76% 6% 7,770
Philosophy/reason 58% 35% 7% 929
Common sense 43% 48% 8% 4,560
Science 57% 37% 6% 697
Don't know 20% 61% 19% 357

Views about environmental regulation among adults who say abortion should be illegal in all or most cases by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who say abortion should be illegal in all or most cases 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 = 7,770. 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% 43% 3% 4% 7,770
Philosophy/reason 39% 56% 2% 3% 929
Common sense 49% 45% 2% 3% 4,560
Science 41% 55% 1% 3% 697
Don't know 43% 39% 6% 12% 357

Views about human evolution among adults who say abortion should be illegal in all or most cases by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who say abortion should be illegal in all or most cases 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 = 7,770. 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% 23% 2% 63% 5% 7,770
Philosophy/reason 33% 32% 5% 25% 5% 929
Common sense 26% 28% 4% 37% 5% 4,560
Science 41% 21% 3% 32% 3% 697
Don't know 6% 23% 10% 37% 23% 357