Sources of guidance on right and wrong among adults in Massachusetts

% of adults in Massachusetts 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 = 704. 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 15% 12% 56% 16% 2% 704
2007 17% 11% 60% 7% 5% 748

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

% of adults in Massachusetts 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 19% 10% 55% 14% 1% 238
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 3% 14% 61% 20% 2% 209

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DemographicInformation

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

% of adults in Massachusetts who are ages…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 107. 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% 33% 28% 25% 107
Common sense 21% 34% 28% 16% 358
Science 31% 38% 20% 10% 102

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

% of adults in Massachusetts who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 107. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 13% 10% 24% 35% 14% 4% 107
Common sense 11% 16% 28% 33% 10% 1% 358
Science 22% 14% 34% 22% 8% < 1% 102

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

% of adults in Massachusetts who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 111. 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% 111
Philosophy/reason 46% 54% 100
Common sense 49% 51% 366
Science 52% 48% 107

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

% of adults in Massachusetts who identify as…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 107. 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% 15% < 1% 17% 4% 107
Common sense 79% 6% 2% 9% 5% 357
Science 79% 1% 7% 7% 6% 106

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

% of adults in Massachusetts who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 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 24% 18% 58% 110
Philosophy/reason 13% 12% 75% 100
Common sense 12% 17% 71% 363
Science 26% 16% 58% 105

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

% of adults in Massachusetts 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 = 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.
Common sense 31% 19% 24% 26% 316

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

% of adults in Massachusetts who have completed…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 111. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 31% 42% 18% 9% 111
Common sense 43% 25% 18% 14% 366
Science 28% 24% 27% 21% 106

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

% of adults in Massachusetts who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 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 45% 11% 14% 11% 19% 110
Philosophy/reason 47% 8% 11% 3% 31% 100
Common sense 39% 10% 13% 8% 29% 364
Science 51% 4% 8% 2% 35% 106

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

% of adults in Massachusetts who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 111. 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% 72% 111
Philosophy/reason 21% 79% 100
Common sense 25% 75% 365
Science 31% 69% 105

BeliefsandPractices

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

% of adults in Massachusetts 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 = 111. 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% 8% < 1% 2% 3% < 1% 111
Philosophy/reason 27% 21% 27% 3% 13% 9% 100
Common sense 35% 33% 10% 2% 18% 3% 366
Science 23% 24% 11% < 1% 36% 6% 107

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

% of adults in Massachusetts 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 = 111. 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 83% 10% < 1% 5% 1% 111
Philosophy/reason 17% 36% 26% 20% 1% 100
Common sense 29% 34% 17% 20% 1% 366
Science 13% 29% 23% 36% < 1% 107

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

% of adults in Massachusetts 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 = 111. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 57% 30% 13% < 1% 111
Philosophy/reason 13% 33% 54% < 1% 100
Common sense 17% 32% 51% < 1% 366
Science 16% 37% 46% < 1% 107

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

% of adults in Massachusetts who pray…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 111. 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% 6% 2% 111
Philosophy/reason 32% 18% 12% 39% < 1% 100
Common sense 35% 14% 8% 42% 1% 366
Science 16% 14% 7% 64% < 1% 107

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

% of adults in Massachusetts 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 = 111. 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% 10% 7% 48% 1% 111
Philosophy/reason 6% 4% 8% 81% < 1% 100
Common sense 9% 8% 3% 80% 1% 366
Science 3% 9% 6% 82% < 1% 107

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

% of adults in Massachusetts 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 = 111. 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% 11% 9% 30% 2% 111
Philosophy/reason 37% 7% 5% 51% < 1% 100
Common sense 30% 10% 4% 55% < 1% 366
Science 15% 9% 7% 68% < 1% 107

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

% of adults in Massachusetts 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 = 111. 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 73% 17% 2% 5% 2% 111
Philosophy/reason 36% 27% 13% 24% 1% 100
Common sense 43% 18% 11% 27% 1% 366
Science 35% 10% 12% 39% 3% 107

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

% of adults in Massachusetts 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 = 111. 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% 10% 13% 20% 3% 111
Philosophy/reason 50% 22% 7% 20% < 1% 100
Common sense 42% 12% 17% 28% 1% 366
Science 45% 24% 11% 20% < 1% 107

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

% of adults in Massachusetts 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 = 111. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 34% 61% 4% 2% 111
Philosophy/reason 34% 66% < 1% < 1% 100
Common sense 22% 75% 1% 2% 366
Science 20% 75% 4% 1% 107

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

% of adults in Massachusetts 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 = 111. 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% 12% 5% 28% 1% 111
Philosophy/reason 5% 4% 15% 75% < 1% 100
Common sense 10% 11% 7% 71% 1% 366
Science 4% < 1% 14% 81% < 1% 107

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

% of adults in Massachusetts 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 = 111. 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% 40% 4% 13% 5% 111
Philosophy/reason 6% 21% 1% 68% 4% 100
Common sense 13% 21% 2% 56% 7% 366
Science 3% 12% 2% 73% 10% 107

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

% of adults in Massachusetts who …in heaven

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 111. 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% 7% 4% 111
Philosophy/reason 40% 40% 20% 100
Common sense 56% 34% 11% 366
Science 31% 58% 11% 107

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

% of adults in Massachusetts who …in hell

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 111. 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% 30% 5% 111
Philosophy/reason 26% 57% 17% 100
Common sense 35% 53% 11% 366
Science 18% 72% 10% 107

SocialandPoliticalViews

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

% of adults in Massachusetts who identify as…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 111. 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% 12% 50% 111
Philosophy/reason 30% 7% 63% 100
Common sense 25% 19% 56% 366
Science 23% 17% 60% 107

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

% of adults in Massachusetts who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 111. 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% 30% 24% 8% 111
Philosophy/reason 19% 34% 45% 2% 100
Common sense 22% 38% 34% 6% 366
Science 17% 33% 48% 3% 107

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

% of adults in Massachusetts 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 = 111. 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% 47% 3% 4% 111
Philosophy/reason 54% 39% 3% 4% 100
Common sense 50% 43% 3% 4% 366
Science 32% 63% 2% 3% 107

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

% of adults in Massachusetts 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 = 111. 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% 46% 4% 4% 111
Philosophy/reason 40% 56% 2% 1% 100
Common sense 39% 56% 3% 2% 366
Science 31% 66% 1% 2% 107

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

% of adults in Massachusetts 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 = 111. 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% 41% 6% 111
Philosophy/reason 78% 19% 2% 100
Common sense 75% 21% 4% 366
Science 90% 9% 1% 107

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

% of adults in Massachusetts 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 = 111. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 60% 32% 6% 2% 111
Philosophy/reason 91% 5% 1% 3% 100
Common sense 83% 11% 2% 4% 366
Science 93% 4% 1% 2% 107

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

% of adults in Massachusetts who …same-sex marriage

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 111. 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% 36% 16% 111
Philosophy/reason 76% 18% 6% 100
Common sense 75% 18% 7% 366
Science 86% 11% 4% 107

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

% of adults in Massachusetts 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 = 111. 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% 58% 4% 4% 111
Philosophy/reason 27% 72% 1% < 1% 100
Common sense 35% 59% 1% 5% 366
Science 23% 73% 2% 2% 107

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

% of adults in Massachusetts 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
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Religion 17% 37% 4% 37% 6% 111
Philosophy/reason 57% 27% 6% 8% 2% 100
Common sense 48% 22% 6% 20% 4% 366
Science 80% 8% 5% 5% 2% 107