Sources of guidance on right and wrong among adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage

% of adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage 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 = 18,708. 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 17% 15% 53% 13% 2% 18,708

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Sources of guidance on right and wrong among adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage by religious group

% of adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage 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 = 231. 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.
Buddhist 7% 29% 41% 16% 6% 231
Catholic 22% 11% 53% 11% 2% 4,011
Evangelical Protestant 36% 11% 46% 5% 2% 2,227
Hindu 5% 22% 46% 26% 1% 126
Historically Black Protestant 34% 8% 50% 6% 2% 740
Jewish 10% 18% 52% 17% 4% 689
Mainline Protestant 20% 14% 56% 8% 2% 3,464
Mormon 40% 6% 42% 11% 1% 155
Muslim 22% 13% 37% 23% 5% 105
Orthodox Christian 14% 24% 48% 10% 4% 105
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 4% 20% 57% 18% 2% 5,996

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DemographicInformation

Age distribution among adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage who are ages…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 3,110. 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 23% 34% 28% 15% 3,110
Philosophy/reason 36% 34% 20% 10% 2,998
Common sense 29% 36% 23% 12% 9,429
Science 33% 37% 19% 11% 2,425
Don't know 21% 31% 28% 20% 457

Generational cohort among adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 3,110. 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% 14% 28% 33% 9% 1% 3,110
Philosophy/reason 24% 20% 26% 24% 6% < 1% 2,998
Common sense 18% 19% 28% 27% 7% 1% 9,429
Science 22% 19% 29% 23% 7% 1% 2,425
Don't know 11% 15% 25% 33% 14% 1% 457

Gender composition among adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 3,149. 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% 64% 3,149
Philosophy/reason 52% 48% 3,035
Common sense 45% 55% 9,577
Science 54% 46% 2,464
Don't know 45% 55% 483

Racial and ethnic composition among adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage who identify as…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 3,117. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 58% 16% 2% 20% 4% 3,117
Philosophy/reason 69% 7% 6% 15% 4% 3,003
Common sense 70% 9% 4% 13% 4% 9,474
Science 65% 5% 7% 19% 4% 2,428
Don't know 71% 8% 3% 13% 4% 469

Immigrant status among adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 3,114. 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% 11% 73% 3,114
Philosophy/reason 15% 15% 71% 3,008
Common sense 12% 12% 77% 9,467
Science 23% 14% 63% 2,435
Don't know 11% 12% 77% 472

Income distribution among adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage 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 = 2,816. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 38% 20% 26% 17% 2,816
Philosophy/reason 28% 19% 28% 26% 2,757
Common sense 31% 21% 27% 21% 8,516
Science 29% 17% 27% 27% 2,213
Don't know 30% 22% 27% 20% 379

Educational distribution among adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage who have completed…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 3,141. 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% 32% 15% 12% 3,141
Philosophy/reason 25% 33% 24% 18% 3,025
Common sense 37% 34% 19% 11% 9,542
Science 27% 27% 25% 20% 2,447
Don't know 24% 33% 24% 19% 478

Marital status among adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 3,138. 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% 8% 14% 6% 26% 3,138
Philosophy/reason 39% 10% 11% 3% 36% 3,027
Common sense 43% 11% 12% 4% 30% 9,551
Science 43% 10% 9% 3% 34% 2,446
Don't know 46% 5% 14% 8% 27% 473

Parent of children under 18 among adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 3,140. 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% 3,140
Philosophy/reason 25% 75% 3,028
Common sense 29% 71% 9,551
Science 28% 72% 2,455
Don't know 22% 78% 478

BeliefsandPractices

Belief in God among adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage 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 = 3,149. 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% 15% 2% 1% 1% < 1% 3,149
Philosophy/reason 35% 27% 12% 1% 21% 4% 3,035
Common sense 46% 28% 8% 1% 14% 3% 9,577
Science 26% 26% 11% 1% 34% 4% 2,464
Don't know 56% 21% 5% 2% 9% 7% 483

Importance of religion in one's life among adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage 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 = 3,149. 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 79% 17% 2% 1% < 1% 3,149
Philosophy/reason 24% 31% 21% 22% 1% 3,035
Common sense 28% 35% 18% 17% 1% 9,577
Science 20% 27% 20% 33% < 1% 2,464
Don't know 49% 24% 10% 13% 5% 483

Attendance at religious services among adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage 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 = 3,149. 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% 37% 13% < 1% 3,149
Philosophy/reason 14% 38% 48% < 1% 3,035
Common sense 15% 39% 45% < 1% 9,577
Science 11% 34% 55% < 1% 2,464
Don't know 26% 35% 36% 3% 483

Frequency of prayer among adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage who pray…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,149. 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 75% 16% 4% 5% < 1% 3,149
Philosophy/reason 30% 19% 8% 42% 1% 3,035
Common sense 37% 18% 8% 36% 1% 9,577
Science 23% 14% 7% 55% < 1% 2,464
Don't know 50% 15% 7% 25% 3% 483

Frequency of participation in prayer, scripture study or religious education groups among adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage 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 = 3,149. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 30% 14% 12% 43% < 1% 3,149
Philosophy/reason 8% 7% 7% 78% < 1% 3,035
Common sense 8% 6% 7% 79% < 1% 9,577
Science 6% 5% 6% 83% < 1% 2,464
Don't know 15% 8% 6% 69% 2% 483

Frequency of meditation among adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage 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 = 3,149. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 45% 9% 4% 42% 1% 3,149
Philosophy/reason 38% 12% 5% 44% < 1% 3,035
Common sense 29% 9% 5% 56% 1% 9,577
Science 27% 10% 5% 57% 1% 2,464
Don't know 44% 9% 4% 40% 4% 483

Frequency of feeling spiritual peace and wellbeing among adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage 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 = 3,149. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 71% 14% 7% 7% 1% 3,149
Philosophy/reason 48% 20% 11% 19% 1% 3,035
Common sense 46% 18% 13% 22% 1% 9,577
Science 41% 17% 13% 27% 1% 2,464
Don't know 64% 13% 4% 13% 6% 483

Frequency of feeling wonder about the universe among adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage 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 = 3,149. 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 47% 17% 13% 23% 1% 3,149
Philosophy/reason 58% 17% 12% 13% < 1% 3,035
Common sense 41% 17% 15% 26% 1% 9,577
Science 48% 17% 14% 20% 1% 2,464
Don't know 58% 11% 9% 17% 5% 483

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong among adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage 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 = 3,149. 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 33% 65% 1% 1% 3,149
Philosophy/reason 20% 78% 1% 1% 3,035
Common sense 21% 78% 1% 1% 9,577
Science 19% 79% < 1% 1% 2,464
Don't know 18% 74% 5% 3% 483

Frequency of reading scripture among adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage 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 = 3,149. 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 47% 15% 9% 29% 1% 3,149
Philosophy/reason 15% 10% 10% 64% < 1% 3,035
Common sense 14% 9% 9% 67% 1% 9,577
Science 9% 8% 7% 76% < 1% 2,464
Don't know 23% 10% 8% 55% 4% 483

Interpreting scripture among adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage 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 = 3,149. 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% 40% 3% 13% 6% 3,149
Philosophy/reason 7% 20% 1% 66% 7% 3,035
Common sense 12% 26% 1% 54% 8% 9,577
Science 10% 15% < 1% 70% 5% 2,464
Don't know 9% 21% 7% 41% 22% 483

Belief in Heaven among adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage who …in heaven

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,149. 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% 7% 4% 3,149
Philosophy/reason 47% 44% 9% 3,035
Common sense 62% 31% 8% 9,577
Science 42% 51% 6% 2,464
Don't know 57% 26% 17% 483

Belief in Hell among adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage who …in hell

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,149. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 71% 22% 7% 3,149
Philosophy/reason 31% 62% 7% 3,035
Common sense 44% 48% 8% 9,577
Science 29% 65% 6% 2,464
Don't know 39% 41% 20% 483

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage who identify as…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 3,149. 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 33% 18% 50% 3,149
Philosophy/reason 22% 15% 63% 3,035
Common sense 27% 18% 55% 9,577
Science 19% 17% 65% 2,464
Don't know 17% 26% 57% 483

Political ideology among adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,149. 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% 38% 24% 6% 3,149
Philosophy/reason 14% 38% 46% 3% 3,035
Common sense 20% 41% 33% 6% 9,577
Science 14% 36% 47% 3% 2,464
Don't know 16% 38% 32% 15% 483

Views about size of government among adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage 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 = 3,149. 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% 53% 3% 2% 3,149
Philosophy/reason 41% 52% 4% 3% 3,035
Common sense 48% 46% 3% 4% 9,577
Science 37% 57% 3% 3% 2,464
Don't know 31% 39% 13% 17% 483

Views about government aid to the poor among adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage 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 = 3,149. 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% 58% 3% 2% 3,149
Philosophy/reason 27% 69% 3% 1% 3,035
Common sense 39% 56% 3% 1% 9,577
Science 28% 68% 2% 1% 2,464
Don't know 21% 57% 16% 7% 483

Views about abortion among adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage 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 = 3,149. 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% 44% 3% 3,149
Philosophy/reason 77% 20% 2% 3,035
Common sense 76% 22% 2% 9,577
Science 78% 20% 2% 2,464
Don't know 74% 17% 9% 483

Views about homosexuality among adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage 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 = 3,149. 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% 9% 3% 2% 3,149
Philosophy/reason 95% 3% 1% < 1% 3,035
Common sense 94% 4% 2% 1% 9,577
Science 94% 4% 1% 1% 2,464
Don't know 91% 3% 3% 3% 483

Views about environmental regulation among adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage 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 = 3,149. 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% 62% 2% 2% 3,149
Philosophy/reason 20% 76% 2% 2% 3,035
Common sense 29% 67% 2% 2% 9,577
Science 21% 77% 1% 1% 2,464
Don't know 16% 67% 8% 8% 483

Views about human evolution among adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who strongly favor or favor gay marriage 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 = 3,149. 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% 40% 3% 37% 3% 3,149
Philosophy/reason 61% 23% 4% 11% 1% 3,035
Common sense 49% 25% 4% 19% 2% 9,577
Science 71% 14% 3% 10% 1% 2,464
Don't know 34% 22% 22% 12% 11% 483