Sources of guidance on right and wrong among adults ages 65 and older by state (2014) Switch to: State among adults ages 65 and older by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults ages 65 and older who say they look to…most for guidance on right and wrong

State Religion Philosophy/reason Common sense Science Don't know Sample Size
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Alabama 65% 3% 25% 5% 2% 125
Arizona 38% 7% 43% 9% 4% 184
California 32% 11% 44% 8% 6% 964
Colorado 43% 13% 33% 9% 2% 104
Connecticut 27% 7% 50% 11% 5% 100
Florida 35% 8% 45% 9% 3% 632
Georgia 53% 4% 36% 5% 1% 225
Illinois 37% 7% 48% 4% 4% 365
Indiana 41% 8% 45% 5% 2% 178
Kentucky 44% < 1% 49% 3% 3% 122
Louisiana 43% 4% 47% 4% 3% 121
Maryland 51% 2% 38% 6% 4% 161
Massachusetts 22% 11% 55% 9% 3% 186
Michigan 44% 4% 42% 5% 4% 258
Minnesota 36% 7% 49% 5% 3% 127
Missouri 47% 8% 34% 5% 6% 157
New Hampshire 19% 12% 60% 6% 3% 105
New Jersey 36% 9% 44% 6% 4% 258
New York 28% 12% 50% 6% 5% 590
North Carolina 48% 6% 35% 7% 4% 288
Ohio 38% 4% 47% 8% 3% 326
Oklahoma 53% 4% 37% 6% 1% 114
Oregon 35% 6% 46% 11% 3% 124
Pennsylvania 40% 6% 45% 7% 2% 438
Rhode Island 27% 9% 58% 4% 2% 111
South Carolina 51% 9% 35% 4% 1% 142
Tennessee 57% 5% 32% 1% 4% 195
Texas 49% 5% 37% 7% 2% 528
Virginia 47% 6% 39% 6% 2% 217
Washington 29% 9% 49% 8% 5% 183
Wisconsin 40% 5% 44% 8% 3% 161

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