Sources of guidance on right and wrong among adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer services

% of adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer services 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 = 19,186. 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 37% 9% 45% 7% 2% 19,186
2007 31% 9% 53% 5% 3% 16,980

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Sources of guidance on right and wrong among adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer services by religious group

% of adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer services 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 = 102. 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 2% 30% 46% 15% 6% 102
Catholic 31% 10% 50% 7% 2% 3,868
Evangelical Protestant 64% 4% 28% 2% 2% 5,851
Historically Black Protestant 48% 7% 40% 4% 1% 454
Jewish 17% 16% 57% 8% 2% 336
Mainline Protestant 31% 9% 52% 5% 2% 3,687
Mormon 70% 3% 23% 2% 3% 524
Orthodox Christian 28% 15% 46% 7% 4% 120
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 6% 16% 62% 15% 2% 3,541

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DemographicInformation

Age distribution among adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer services by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer services who are ages…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 7,164. 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% 32% 32% 24% 7,164
Philosophy/reason 31% 34% 22% 12% 1,776
Common sense 20% 35% 26% 19% 8,134
Science 27% 37% 22% 14% 1,304
Don't know 18% 32% 26% 23% 414

Generational cohort among adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer services by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer services who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 7,164. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 7% 10% 27% 38% 16% 1% 7,164
Philosophy/reason 22% 16% 27% 26% 8% 1% 1,776
Common sense 12% 14% 28% 32% 12% 1% 8,134
Science 19% 14% 31% 26% 9% 1% 1,304
Don't know 12% 12% 27% 32% 15% 2% 414

Gender composition among adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer services by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer services who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 7,323. 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% 54% 7,323
Philosophy/reason 62% 38% 1,807
Common sense 59% 41% 8,285
Science 65% 35% 1,327
Don't know 62% 38% 444

Racial and ethnic composition among adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer services by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer services who identify as…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 7,223. 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% 6% 1% 7% 3% 7,223
Philosophy/reason 74% 5% 5% 12% 4% 1,778
Common sense 81% 5% 3% 8% 3% 8,159
Science 73% 4% 6% 13% 3% 1,308
Don't know 82% 4% 1% 7% 6% 407

Immigrant status among adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer services by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer services who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 7,261. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 6% 7% 86% 7,261
Philosophy/reason 11% 13% 76% 1,789
Common sense 8% 10% 82% 8,215
Science 18% 13% 70% 1,306
Don't know 7% 10% 83% 432

Income distribution among adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer services by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer services 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 = 6,332. 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 25% 22% 33% 20% 6,332
Philosophy/reason 25% 18% 29% 28% 1,617
Common sense 25% 22% 31% 23% 7,289
Science 24% 19% 28% 28% 1,191
Don't know 25% 26% 29% 20% 328

Educational distribution among adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer services by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer services who have completed…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 7,295. 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% 35% 19% 10% 7,295
Philosophy/reason 29% 34% 21% 16% 1,800
Common sense 39% 35% 16% 9% 8,239
Science 29% 29% 25% 17% 1,317
Don't know 27% 37% 23% 13% 439

Marital status among adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer services by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer services who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 7,295. 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 65% 2% 11% 8% 14% 7,295
Philosophy/reason 43% 8% 12% 4% 33% 1,801
Common sense 52% 8% 12% 6% 22% 8,250
Science 47% 9% 10% 4% 31% 1,318
Don't know 56% 4% 7% 10% 23% 436

Parent of children under 18 among adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer services by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer services who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 7,290. 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% 70% 7,290
Philosophy/reason 24% 76% 1,802
Common sense 27% 73% 8,259
Science 27% 73% 1,323
Don't know 25% 75% 438

BeliefsandPractices

Belief in God among adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer services by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer services 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 = 7,323. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 93% 5% < 1% < 1% < 1% < 1% 7,323
Philosophy/reason 45% 26% 10% 1% 14% 4% 1,807
Common sense 54% 26% 6% 1% 10% 3% 8,285
Science 33% 26% 9% < 1% 27% 4% 1,327
Don't know 76% 12% 2% 3% 4% 4% 444

Importance of religion in one's life among adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer services by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer services 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 = 7,323. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 89% 9% 1% < 1% 1% 7,323
Philosophy/reason 30% 34% 19% 17% < 1% 1,807
Common sense 35% 35% 16% 13% 1% 8,285
Science 22% 29% 19% 30% 1% 1,327
Don't know 64% 20% 6% 5% 4% 444

Attendance at religious services among adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer services by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer services 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 = 7,323. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 69% 22% 9% < 1% 7,323
Philosophy/reason 20% 38% 42% 1% 1,807
Common sense 21% 39% 40% < 1% 8,285
Science 14% 33% 52% 1% 1,327
Don't know 43% 33% 21% 3% 444

Frequency of prayer among adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer services by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer services who pray…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 7,323. 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% 10% 1% 2% 1% 7,323
Philosophy/reason 37% 19% 8% 35% < 1% 1,807
Common sense 41% 19% 8% 30% 1% 8,285
Science 26% 16% 8% 50% 1% 1,327
Don't know 63% 14% 4% 14% 4% 444

Frequency of participation in prayer, scripture study or religious education groups among adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer services by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer services 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 = 7,323. 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% 12% 9% 28% < 1% 7,323
Philosophy/reason 11% 8% 8% 73% < 1% 1,807
Common sense 12% 7% 8% 74% < 1% 8,285
Science 9% 5% 7% 78% < 1% 1,327
Don't know 25% 11% 7% 51% 5% 444

Frequency of meditation among adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer services by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer services 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 = 7,323. 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% 6% 3% 35% 2% 7,323
Philosophy/reason 38% 12% 6% 43% 1% 1,807
Common sense 30% 8% 4% 56% 1% 8,285
Science 29% 9% 5% 55% 2% 1,327
Don't know 45% 7% 3% 38% 6% 444

Frequency of feeling spiritual peace and wellbeing among adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer services by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer services 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 = 7,323. 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% 10% 4% 4% 1% 7,323
Philosophy/reason 49% 19% 11% 20% 1% 1,807
Common sense 47% 17% 12% 22% 1% 8,285
Science 40% 18% 13% 27% 2% 1,327
Don't know 69% 11% 5% 10% 5% 444

Frequency of feeling wonder about the universe among adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer services by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer services 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 = 7,323. 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% 16% 10% 22% 2% 7,323
Philosophy/reason 54% 17% 13% 16% 1% 1,807
Common sense 39% 17% 15% 28% 1% 8,285
Science 47% 18% 15% 20% 1% 1,327
Don't know 53% 14% 8% 20% 4% 444

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong among adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer services by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer services 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 = 7,323. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 62% 36% 1% 1% 7,323
Philosophy/reason 28% 69% 2% 1% 1,807
Common sense 31% 67% 1% 1% 8,285
Science 24% 74% 1% 1% 1,327
Don't know 42% 45% 8% 5% 444

Frequency of reading scripture among adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer services by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer services 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 = 7,323. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 69% 10% 6% 15% 1% 7,323
Philosophy/reason 20% 11% 11% 57% 1% 1,807
Common sense 19% 10% 10% 61% 1% 8,285
Science 13% 8% 9% 69% 1% 1,327
Don't know 43% 11% 11% 32% 3% 444

Interpreting scripture among adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer services by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer services 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 = 7,323. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 54% 33% 4% 5% 4% 7,323
Philosophy/reason 10% 27% 1% 54% 8% 1,807
Common sense 16% 30% 2% 44% 8% 8,285
Science 10% 19% 1% 65% 6% 1,327
Don't know 23% 30% 11% 19% 16% 444

Belief in Heaven among adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer services by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer services who …in heaven

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 7,323. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 88% 5% 7% 7,323
Philosophy/reason 57% 34% 9% 1,807
Common sense 69% 24% 7% 8,285
Science 49% 45% 6% 1,327
Don't know 70% 13% 17% 444

Belief in Hell among adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer services by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer services who …in hell

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 7,323. 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% 12% 7% 7,323
Philosophy/reason 41% 51% 8% 1,807
Common sense 52% 40% 8% 8,285
Science 34% 60% 6% 1,327
Don't know 58% 21% 21% 444

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer services by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer services who identify as…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 7,323. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 69% 13% 18% 7,323
Philosophy/reason 45% 19% 36% 1,807
Common sense 51% 18% 31% 8,285
Science 40% 18% 41% 1,327
Don't know 53% 30% 17% 444

Political ideology among adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer services by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer services who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 7,323. 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% 22% 6% 4% 7,323
Philosophy/reason 31% 44% 21% 4% 1,807
Common sense 39% 40% 16% 5% 8,285
Science 30% 43% 24% 4% 1,327
Don't know 54% 25% 10% 11% 444

Views about government aid to the poor among adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer services by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer services 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 = 7,323. 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% 26% 4% 2% 7,323
Philosophy/reason 53% 43% 3% 1% 1,807
Common sense 62% 33% 3% 1% 8,285
Science 51% 44% 3% 2% 1,327
Don't know 55% 28% 10% 7% 444

Views about abortion among adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer services by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer services 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 = 7,323. 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% 74% 3% 7,323
Philosophy/reason 64% 33% 3% 1,807
Common sense 62% 34% 4% 8,285
Science 70% 27% 3% 1,327
Don't know 34% 52% 14% 444

Views about homosexuality among adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer services by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer services 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 = 7,323. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 29% 62% 5% 3% 7,323
Philosophy/reason 78% 16% 4% 2% 1,807
Common sense 68% 25% 4% 3% 8,285
Science 77% 18% 3% 2% 1,327
Don't know 42% 37% 10% 12% 444

Views about same-sex marriage among adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer services by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer services who …same-sex marriage

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 7,323. 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% 74% 6% 7,323
Philosophy/reason 70% 24% 6% 1,807
Common sense 58% 34% 8% 8,285
Science 70% 23% 7% 1,327
Don't know 32% 49% 19% 444

Views about environmental regulation among adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer services by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer services 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 = 7,323. 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% 37% 3% 3% 7,323
Philosophy/reason 37% 58% 3% 2% 1,807
Common sense 46% 50% 2% 2% 8,285
Science 37% 60% 2% 2% 1,327
Don't know 46% 39% 8% 7% 444

Views about human evolution among adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer services by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who would rather have a smaller government with fewer services 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 = 7,323. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 6% 24% 2% 63% 4% 7,323
Philosophy/reason 47% 28% 5% 17% 3% 1,807
Common sense 38% 29% 4% 25% 3% 8,285
Science 61% 16% 3% 17% 2% 1,327
Don't know 14% 26% 15% 29% 16% 444