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

% of married adults 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 54% 3% 38% 2% 3% 284
Alaska 30% 6% 48% 11% 5% 156
Arizona 39% 9% 41% 10% 2% 318
Arkansas 59% 6% 30% 3% 2% 156
California 33% 11% 42% 11% 3% 1,712
Colorado 33% 11% 47% 6% 3% 287
Connecticut 22% 13% 52% 11% 2% 186
Delaware 32% 7% 51% 7% 4% 148
District of Columbia 29% 17% 35% 13% 6% 106
Florida 36% 9% 44% 8% 3% 987
Georgia 52% 6% 33% 8% 1% 486
Hawaii 26% 9% 53% 11% 1% 135
Idaho 40% 7% 49% 3% 2% 197
Illinois 34% 10% 45% 9% 2% 666
Indiana 37% 6% 48% 7% 2% 329
Iowa 42% 7% 46% 3% 2% 192
Kansas 45% 8% 41% 6% < 1% 172
Kentucky 48% 5% 39% 4% 3% 223
Louisiana 53% 5% 36% 4% 2% 212
Maine 15% 12% 60% 12% 2% 158
Maryland 34% 7% 43% 13% 3% 319
Massachusetts 16% 13% 51% 19% 2% 335
Michigan 40% 8% 42% 8% 2% 501
Minnesota 34% 9% 47% 7% 3% 309
Mississippi 61% 6% 27% 4% 2% 147
Missouri 46% 8% 39% 4% 3% 314
Montana 32% 9% 49% 7% 3% 184
Nebraska 40% 8% 44% 7% 1% 169
Nevada 32% 6% 45% 14% 3% 145
New Hampshire 17% 13% 56% 12% 2% 154
New Jersey 26% 12% 50% 9% 3% 462
New Mexico 43% 6% 33% 11% 8% 143
New York 28% 12% 48% 9% 3% 920
North Carolina 47% 8% 36% 6% 2% 565
North Dakota 35% 5% 47% 8% 4% 184
Ohio 37% 9% 45% 7% 3% 582
Oklahoma 39% 9% 43% 7% 2% 202
Oregon 31% 12% 45% 10% 1% 209
Pennsylvania 39% 7% 43% 9% 2% 706
Rhode Island 29% 13% 52% 6% 1% 147
South Carolina 53% 7% 34% 3% 3% 252
South Dakota 33% 10% 51% 6% 1% 161
Tennessee 52% 6% 35% 3% 4% 382
Texas 44% 8% 38% 7% 2% 1,347
Utah 54% 5% 35% 3% 2% 182
Vermont 13% 14% 62% 11% 1% 170
Virginia 42% 10% 36% 9% 2% 511
Washington 33% 12% 41% 10% 4% 346
West Virginia 55% 4% 38% 2% < 1% 145
Wisconsin 36% 6% 50% 6% 2% 348
Wyoming 38% 6% 47% 4% 5% 176

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