Sources of guidance on right and wrong among adults with an education level of high school or less by state (2014) Switch to: State among adults with an education level of high school or less by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults with an education level of high school or less 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 51% 2% 42% 2% 3% 169
Arizona 29% 7% 47% 14% 3% 179
Arkansas 43% 5% 47% 4% < 1% 136
California 34% 10% 43% 11% 3% 1,015
Colorado 34% 11% 45% 4% 6% 115
Florida 35% 9% 47% 7% 2% 619
Georgia 45% 8% 41% 4% 1% 321
Illinois 30% 8% 51% 10% 1% 381
Indiana 37% 9% 44% 8% 3% 262
Iowa 34% 12% 50% 3% 2% 107
Kentucky 37% 5% 53% 3% 2% 195
Louisiana 43% 7% 44% 4% 1% 179
Maine 18% 8% 57% 15% 1% 101
Maryland 38% 4% 47% 7% 4% 149
Massachusetts 13% 6% 68% 12% 1% 175
Michigan 34% 6% 52% 6% 2% 291
Minnesota 25% 8% 60% 5% 2% 135
Mississippi 46% 11% 34% 6% 2% 109
Missouri 37% 9% 44% 6% 4% 211
New Jersey 29% 7% 49% 12% 4% 244
New Mexico 48% 4% 39% 7% 3% 104
New York 30% 9% 51% 8% 2% 553
North Carolina 42% 5% 44% 8% 2% 294
Ohio 31% 9% 53% 6% 1% 388
Oklahoma 35% 9% 49% 6% 1% 156
Oregon 36% 4% 51% 8% 1% 101
Pennsylvania 37% 5% 48% 8% 2% 479
South Carolina 50% 6% 36% 5% 3% 180
Tennessee 44% 5% 47% 2% 3% 221
Texas 41% 7% 41% 9% 1% 849
Virginia 44% 6% 45% 3% 1% 201
Washington 26% 12% 50% 9% 3% 174
West Virginia 58% 3% 38% 1% 1% 135
Wisconsin 34% 10% 46% 7% 3% 196

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