Views about size of government

% of adults who would rather have…

Survey year Smaller government; fewer services Bigger government; more services Depends Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 35,071. 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 51% 42% 3% 4% 35,071
2007 43% 46% 5% 6% 35,556

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Views about size of government by religious group

% of adults who would rather have…

Religious tradition Smaller government; fewer services Bigger government; more services Depends Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 264. 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 40% 51% 3% 6% 264
Catholic 48% 47% 3% 3% 7,202
Evangelical Protestant 64% 30% 3% 3% 8,593
Hindu 40% 57% 4% < 1% 199
Historically Black Protestant 23% 70% 3% 4% 1,916
Jehovah's Witness 32% 50% 4% 14% 245
Jewish 40% 53% 4% 3% 847
Mainline Protestant 59% 34% 4% 4% 6,083
Mormon 75% 22% 2% 2% 664
Muslim 23% 73% 3% 2% 237
Orthodox Christian 61% 38% 1% < 1% 186
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 47% 46% 3% 4% 7,556

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BeliefsandPractices

Belief in God by views about size of government

% of adults who say they…

Views about size of government 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 = 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.
Smaller government; fewer services 67% 18% 5% 1% 8% 2% 19,186
Bigger government; more services 59% 22% 6% 1% 11% 2% 13,339
Depends 60% 17% 7% 2% 9% 5% 1,170
Don't know 63% 17% 5% 2% 8% 5% 1,376

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Importance of religion in one's life by views about size of government

% of adults who say religion is…

Views about size of government Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important 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.
Smaller government; fewer services 54% 25% 11% 10% 1% 19,186
Bigger government; more services 52% 25% 11% 12% 1% 13,339
Depends 53% 22% 10% 13% 2% 1,170
Don't know 53% 22% 10% 11% 3% 1,376

Learn More: Very important, Somewhat important, Not too important, Not at all important

Attendance at religious services by views about size of government

% of adults who attend religious services…

Views about size of government At least once a week Once or twice a month/a few times a year Seldom/never 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.
Smaller government; fewer services 38% 32% 29% < 1% 19,186
Bigger government; more services 33% 36% 31% < 1% 13,339
Depends 33% 32% 34% 1% 1,170
Don't know 34% 26% 37% 2% 1,376

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Frequency of prayer by views about size of government

% of adults who pray…

Views about size of government At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never 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.
Smaller government; fewer services 57% 16% 6% 21% 1% 19,186
Bigger government; more services 53% 16% 6% 25% 1% 13,339
Depends 57% 14% 4% 23% 2% 1,170
Don't know 56% 12% 5% 22% 4% 1,376

Learn More: At least daily, Weekly, Monthly, Seldom/never

Frequency of participation in prayer, scripture study or religious education groups by views about size of government

% of adults who attend prayer group…

Views about size of government At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never 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.
Smaller government; fewer services 26% 9% 8% 57% < 1% 19,186
Bigger government; more services 23% 10% 8% 58% 1% 13,339
Depends 22% 8% 7% 61% 2% 1,170
Don't know 23% 6% 7% 60% 3% 1,376

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Frequency of meditation by views about size of government

% of adults who meditate…

Views about size of government At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never 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.
Smaller government; fewer services 40% 8% 4% 47% 2% 19,186
Bigger government; more services 40% 9% 5% 44% 1% 13,339
Depends 48% 8% 4% 37% 3% 1,170
Don't know 44% 7% 4% 40% 5% 1,376

Learn More: At least once a week, Once or twice a month, Several times a year, Seldom/never

Frequency of feeling spiritual peace and wellbeing by views about size of government

% of adults who feel a sense of spiritual peace and wellbeing…

Views about size of government At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never 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.
Smaller government; fewer services 60% 15% 9% 15% 1% 19,186
Bigger government; more services 57% 15% 10% 17% 1% 13,339
Depends 63% 12% 8% 13% 3% 1,170
Don't know 60% 11% 8% 16% 5% 1,376

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Frequency of feeling wonder about the universe by views about size of government

% of adults who feel a sense of wonder about the universe…

Views about size of government At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never 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.
Smaller government; fewer services 45% 16% 13% 24% 1% 19,186
Bigger government; more services 45% 16% 13% 25% 1% 13,339
Depends 51% 12% 10% 22% 5% 1,170
Don't know 47% 13% 10% 25% 4% 1,376

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Sources of guidance on right and wrong by views about size of government

% of adults who say they look to…most for guidance on right and wrong

Views about size of government 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.
Smaller government; fewer services 37% 9% 45% 7% 2% 19,186
Bigger government; more services 30% 12% 45% 12% 2% 13,339
Depends 29% 12% 42% 8% 8% 1,170
Don't know 29% 9% 44% 6% 11% 1,376

Learn More: Religion, Philosophy/reason, Common sense, Science

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong by views about size of government

% of adults who say…

Views about size of government 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 = 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.
Smaller government; fewer services 42% 56% 1% 1% 19,186
Bigger government; more services 23% 75% 1% 1% 13,339
Depends 26% 65% 7% 2% 1,170
Don't know 26% 67% 3% 3% 1,376

Learn More: There are clear standards for what is right and wrong, Right or wrong depends on the situation

Frequency of reading scripture by views about size of government

% of adults who read scripture…

Views about size of government At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never 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.
Smaller government; fewer services 37% 10% 8% 44% 1% 19,186
Bigger government; more services 33% 11% 8% 47% 1% 13,339
Depends 34% 10% 8% 47% 2% 1,170
Don't know 36% 10% 6% 45% 3% 1,376

Learn More: At least once a week, Once or twice a month, Several times a year, Seldom/never

Interpreting scripture by views about size of government

% of adults who say the holy scripture is…

Views about size of government 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 = 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.
Smaller government; fewer services 29% 30% 3% 31% 6% 19,186
Bigger government; more services 34% 23% 2% 35% 6% 13,339
Depends 22% 17% 6% 36% 19% 1,170
Don't know 25% 19% 8% 30% 19% 1,376

Learn More: Word of God; should be taken literally, Word of God; not everything taken literally, Not the word of God

Belief in Heaven by views about size of government

% of adults who …in heaven

Views about size of government Believe Don't believe Other/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.
Smaller government; fewer services 73% 19% 7% 19,186
Bigger government; more services 71% 23% 6% 13,339
Depends 60% 25% 15% 1,170
Don't know 65% 18% 17% 1,376

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Belief in Hell by views about size of government

% of adults who …in hell

Views about size of government Believe Don't believe Other/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.
Smaller government; fewer services 60% 32% 8% 19,186
Bigger government; more services 56% 37% 7% 13,339
Depends 45% 37% 18% 1,170
Don't know 50% 33% 17% 1,376

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