Sources of guidance on right and wrong among men by state (2014) Switch to: State among men by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of men 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 40% 6% 46% 5% 3% 256
Alaska 26% 7% 50% 14% 4% 152
Arizona 29% 12% 43% 13% 4% 352
Arkansas 39% 11% 42% 6% 2% 163
California 25% 15% 44% 13% 3% 1,868
Colorado 28% 18% 41% 10% 4% 283
Connecticut 15% 15% 52% 17% 1% 190
Delaware 29% 7% 51% 10% 4% 127
District of Columbia 19% 15% 46% 15% 5% 146
Florida 27% 12% 50% 9% 2% 1,051
Georgia 35% 10% 44% 7% 3% 469
Hawaii 16% 14% 56% 13% 2% 161
Idaho 25% 10% 56% 7% 2% 155
Illinois 24% 12% 49% 12% 3% 656
Indiana 30% 8% 48% 10% 4% 330
Iowa 30% 13% 50% 4% 2% 175
Kansas 35% 10% 47% 6% 2% 171
Kentucky 33% 11% 49% 4% 3% 210
Louisiana 34% 12% 44% 7% 4% 231
Maine 12% 11% 62% 13% 2% 136
Maryland 30% 8% 49% 10% 3% 325
Massachusetts 13% 11% 57% 17% 2% 348
Michigan 27% 9% 49% 10% 4% 477
Minnesota 22% 13% 50% 12% 2% 273
Mississippi 53% 7% 31% 6% 3% 153
Missouri 33% 12% 44% 7% 5% 324
Montana 24% 16% 47% 9% 4% 174
Nebraska 32% 12% 46% 8% 3% 154
Nevada 14% 16% 56% 12% 2% 183
New Hampshire 15% 12% 57% 12% 5% 142
New Jersey 24% 13% 46% 14% 3% 426
New Mexico 34% 8% 39% 13% 6% 153
New York 19% 16% 51% 12% 3% 878
North Carolina 37% 9% 45% 7% 2% 509
North Dakota 24% 10% 53% 10% 4% 191
Ohio 29% 11% 48% 8% 4% 533
Oklahoma 33% 8% 52% 5% 2% 194
Oregon 23% 14% 48% 13% 2% 207
Pennsylvania 28% 9% 47% 14% 2% 633
Rhode Island 22% 14% 48% 13% 4% 143
South Carolina 39% 11% 39% 8% 3% 226
South Dakota 32% 14% 47% 6% 1% 155
Tennessee 45% 8% 40% 4% 4% 337
Texas 36% 11% 41% 11% 2% 1,325
Utah 36% 9% 45% 7% 2% 172
Vermont 14% 16% 49% 18% 3% 162
Virginia 32% 12% 45% 8% 3% 465
Washington 24% 14% 44% 14% 3% 344
West Virginia 44% 5% 45% 4% 2% 150
Wisconsin 27% 10% 52% 9% 3% 311
Wyoming 33% 14% 42% 8% 3% 165

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