Sources of guidance on right and wrong among adults in California

% of adults in California 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 = 3,697. 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 29% 13% 43% 12% 3% 3,697
2007 22% 12% 52% 8% 5% 3,574

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Sources of guidance on right and wrong among adults in California by religious group

% of adults in California 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 32% 10% 44% 11% 2% 878
Evangelical Protestant 62% 4% 28% 4% 2% 718
Jewish 13% 14% 55% 14% 4% 125
Mainline Protestant 26% 12% 51% 7% 4% 452
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 3% 23% 52% 20% 2% 1,042

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DemographicInformation

Age distribution among adults in California by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in California who are ages…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 1,000. 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% 38% 28% 17% 1,000
Philosophy/reason 35% 33% 20% 12% 514
Common sense 25% 36% 24% 16% 1,557
Science 29% 37% 24% 10% 422
Don't know 9% 25% 28% 37% 115

Generational cohort among adults in California by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in California who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 1,000. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 11% 12% 32% 32% 12% 1% 1,000
Philosophy/reason 24% 17% 27% 25% 7% < 1% 514
Common sense 16% 16% 29% 28% 11% 1% 1,557
Science 19% 19% 28% 27% 7% < 1% 422
Don't know 5% 8% 21% 33% 29% 3% 115

Gender composition among adults in California by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in California who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 1,027. 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% 58% 1,027
Philosophy/reason 56% 44% 522
Common sense 50% 50% 1,596
Science 57% 43% 429
Don't know 51% 49% 123

Racial and ethnic composition among adults in California by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in California who identify as…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 1,014. 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% 8% 8% 43% 3% 1,014
Philosophy/reason 49% 4% 19% 25% 3% 514
Common sense 46% 6% 14% 31% 3% 1,568
Science 40% 3% 19% 36% 1% 425
Don't know 59% 5% 8% 23% 5% 111

Immigrant status among adults in California by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in California who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 1,011. 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% 14% 48% 1,011
Philosophy/reason 28% 21% 51% 516
Common sense 29% 18% 53% 1,577
Science 43% 18% 40% 420
Don't know 28% 11% 61% 117

Income distribution among adults in California by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in California 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 = 863. 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% 18% 22% 16% 863
Philosophy/reason 28% 13% 28% 30% 468
Common sense 35% 20% 23% 22% 1,390
Science 34% 17% 20% 29% 378

Educational distribution among adults in California by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in California who have completed…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 1,019. 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% 33% 13% 8% 1,019
Philosophy/reason 28% 35% 21% 16% 518
Common sense 39% 34% 17% 10% 1,581
Science 36% 25% 20% 19% 427
Don't know 39% 21% 26% 14% 118

Marital status among adults in California by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in California who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 1,019. 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 52% 6% 15% 6% 20% 1,019
Philosophy/reason 37% 9% 14% 2% 38% 517
Common sense 43% 11% 12% 6% 28% 1,590
Science 42% 11% 10% 2% 34% 428
Don't know 49% 6% 11% 19% 15% 117

Parent of children under 18 among adults in California by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in California who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 1,020. 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 35% 65% 1,020
Philosophy/reason 25% 75% 519
Common sense 29% 71% 1,594
Science 29% 71% 428
Don't know 16% 84% 120

BeliefsandPractices

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

% of adults in California 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 = 1,027. 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% 15% 2% 1% < 1% < 1% 1,027
Philosophy/reason 34% 27% 12% 1% 22% 4% 522
Common sense 49% 25% 9% 1% 13% 2% 1,596
Science 28% 27% 13% 1% 28% 3% 429
Don't know 56% 24% 5% 3% 7% 4% 123

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

% of adults in California 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 = 1,027. 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 84% 13% 2% 1% 1% 1,027
Philosophy/reason 24% 31% 22% 23% 1% 522
Common sense 33% 33% 17% 15% 1% 1,596
Science 29% 25% 17% 30% < 1% 429
Don't know 49% 27% 7% 9% 8% 123

Attendance at religious services among adults in California by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in California 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 = 1,027. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 64% 27% 9% < 1% 1,027
Philosophy/reason 14% 37% 49% < 1% 522
Common sense 19% 39% 42% < 1% 1,596
Science 14% 39% 47% < 1% 429
Don't know 33% 27% 35% 5% 123

Frequency of prayer among adults in California by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in California who pray…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,027. 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% 11% 2% 4% 1% 1,027
Philosophy/reason 34% 15% 8% 43% < 1% 522
Common sense 41% 16% 9% 33% 1% 1,596
Science 32% 9% 9% 49% < 1% 429
Don't know 60% 19% 4% 15% 2% 123

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

% of adults in California 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 = 1,027. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 48% 15% 8% 29% < 1% 1,027
Philosophy/reason 11% 7% 6% 76% < 1% 522
Common sense 11% 7% 8% 73% < 1% 1,596
Science 6% 9% 10% 76% < 1% 429
Don't know 19% 11% 6% 63% 1% 123

Frequency of meditation among adults in California by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in California 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 = 1,027. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 55% 8% 3% 30% 3% 1,027
Philosophy/reason 38% 14% 5% 43% 1% 522
Common sense 34% 8% 6% 51% 1% 1,596
Science 34% 11% 4% 50% 1% 429
Don't know 45% 9% 2% 33% 10% 123

Frequency of feeling spiritual peace and wellbeing among adults in California by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in California 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 = 1,027. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 80% 9% 5% 5% 1% 1,027
Philosophy/reason 53% 17% 9% 20% 1% 522
Common sense 45% 19% 13% 21% 2% 1,596
Science 49% 13% 14% 23% 2% 429
Don't know 59% 14% 6% 16% 6% 123

Frequency of feeling wonder about the universe among adults in California by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in California 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 = 1,027. 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% 11% 21% 2% 1,027
Philosophy/reason 56% 17% 14% 13% 1% 522
Common sense 41% 16% 17% 25% 1% 1,596
Science 45% 17% 15% 22% 2% 429
Don't know 53% 13% 4% 23% 7% 123

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

% of adults in California 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 = 1,027. 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% 50% 2% 3% 1,027
Philosophy/reason 20% 77% 1% 1% 522
Common sense 23% 75% 1% 1% 1,596
Science 23% 75% < 1% 2% 429
Don't know 18% 69% 4% 9% 123

Frequency of reading scripture among adults in California by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in California 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 = 1,027. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 64% 11% 5% 18% 1% 1,027
Philosophy/reason 17% 10% 11% 62% < 1% 522
Common sense 17% 9% 9% 64% 1% 1,596
Science 10% 8% 10% 72% 1% 429
Don't know 30% 11% 8% 47% 5% 123

Interpreting scripture among adults in California by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in California 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 = 1,027. 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% 30% 3% 9% 6% 1,027
Philosophy/reason 9% 17% < 1% 66% 8% 522
Common sense 17% 24% 2% 48% 9% 1,596
Science 18% 12% 1% 63% 6% 429
Don't know 17% 30% 10% 25% 19% 123

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

% of adults in California who …in heaven

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,027. 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% 8% 5% 1,027
Philosophy/reason 43% 46% 11% 522
Common sense 62% 30% 8% 1,596
Science 46% 48% 6% 429
Don't know 62% 20% 17% 123

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

% of adults in California who …in hell

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,027. 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% 18% 7% 1,027
Philosophy/reason 28% 63% 9% 522
Common sense 46% 46% 8% 1,596
Science 35% 57% 8% 429
Don't know 45% 32% 24% 123

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among adults in California by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in California who identify as…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 1,027. 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% 22% 40% 1,027
Philosophy/reason 24% 17% 59% 522
Common sense 29% 20% 51% 1,596
Science 21% 20% 59% 429
Don't know 29% 28% 43% 123

Political ideology among adults in California by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in California who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,027. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 48% 28% 18% 7% 1,027
Philosophy/reason 17% 39% 43% 1% 522
Common sense 26% 38% 31% 6% 1,596
Science 22% 32% 40% 6% 429
Don't know 28% 31% 23% 19% 123

Views about size of government among adults in California by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in California 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 = 1,027. 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% 48% 4% 3% 1,027
Philosophy/reason 44% 50% 3% 3% 522
Common sense 46% 48% 3% 4% 1,596
Science 38% 56% 4% 2% 429
Don't know 33% 48% 11% 9% 123

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

% of adults in California 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 = 1,027. 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% 49% 3% 2% 1,027
Philosophy/reason 28% 67% 4% 2% 522
Common sense 39% 54% 4% 2% 1,596
Science 31% 65% 2% 2% 429
Don't know 31% 49% 10% 10% 123

Views about abortion among adults in California by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in California 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 = 1,027. 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 28% 66% 6% 1,027
Philosophy/reason 76% 20% 4% 522
Common sense 69% 27% 3% 1,596
Science 65% 31% 4% 429
Don't know 56% 26% 18% 123

Views about homosexuality among adults in California by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in California 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 = 1,027. 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% 47% 5% 4% 1,027
Philosophy/reason 85% 10% 3% 2% 522
Common sense 77% 17% 4% 3% 1,596
Science 83% 13% 1% 3% 429
Don't know 60% 23% 6% 11% 123

Views about same-sex marriage among adults in California by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in California who …same-sex marriage

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 1,027. 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% 58% 6% 1,027
Philosophy/reason 81% 15% 4% 522
Common sense 70% 24% 7% 1,596
Science 77% 18% 5% 429
Don't know 51% 31% 18% 123

Views about environmental regulation among adults in California by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in California 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 = 1,027. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 39% 53% 3% 5% 1,027
Philosophy/reason 27% 67% 4% 2% 522
Common sense 36% 59% 2% 3% 1,596
Science 25% 72% < 1% 3% 429
Don't know 32% 50% 6% 12% 123

Views about human evolution among adults in California by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults in California 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 = 1,027. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 14% 28% 2% 51% 6% 1,027
Philosophy/reason 64% 19% 5% 11% 2% 522
Common sense 46% 21% 5% 25% 4% 1,596
Science 63% 14% 5% 16% 2% 429
Don't know 30% 24% 17% 15% 14% 123