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

% of non-parents 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 50% 5% 38% 4% 2% 382
Alaska 29% 9% 43% 12% 6% 232
Arizona 33% 9% 44% 9% 4% 509
Arkansas 53% 7% 33% 6% 1% 218
California 27% 14% 44% 12% 3% 2,813
Colorado 30% 18% 40% 10% 3% 352
Connecticut 20% 12% 53% 13% 2% 290
Delaware 26% 10% 56% 5% 3% 218
District of Columbia 23% 16% 43% 14% 4% 233
Florida 31% 11% 48% 8% 2% 1,578
Georgia 42% 10% 38% 7% 3% 716
Hawaii 22% 14% 56% 5% 2% 245
Idaho 34% 9% 48% 8% 1% 234
Illinois 27% 12% 48% 10% 3% 1,024
Indiana 36% 8% 44% 10% 3% 500
Iowa 32% 12% 47% 5% 3% 250
Kansas 33% 11% 46% 8% 2% 217
Kentucky 38% 10% 46% 5% 1% 332
Louisiana 40% 10% 42% 5% 2% 335
Maine 16% 12% 58% 11% 2% 239
Maryland 34% 9% 43% 11% 2% 485
Massachusetts 14% 12% 57% 14% 2% 538
Michigan 32% 8% 49% 7% 3% 758
Minnesota 24% 12% 51% 10% 3% 423
Mississippi 50% 7% 35% 7% 1% 226
Missouri 37% 12% 40% 7% 4% 470
Montana 27% 13% 50% 7% 3% 239
Nebraska 35% 12% 46% 6% 2% 226
Nevada 26% 10% 52% 9% 2% 249
New Hampshire 15% 13% 58% 12% 3% 246
New Jersey 27% 10% 51% 9% 2% 657
New Mexico 38% 10% 37% 9% 6% 250
New York 23% 15% 50% 9% 3% 1,558
North Carolina 41% 10% 40% 8% 2% 790
North Dakota 31% 8% 48% 11% 2% 263
Ohio 31% 10% 47% 8% 3% 855
Oklahoma 39% 9% 43% 7% 2% 311
Oregon 27% 14% 44% 12% 2% 323
Pennsylvania 34% 8% 45% 11% 2% 1,070
Rhode Island 22% 9% 53% 11% 5% 251
South Carolina 45% 9% 37% 6% 4% 377
South Dakota 34% 11% 46% 7% 1% 234
Tennessee 47% 8% 40% 4% 2% 504
Texas 40% 10% 39% 9% 2% 1,767
Utah 38% 10% 40% 9% 3% 215
Vermont 16% 15% 55% 12% 3% 237
Virginia 37% 10% 43% 8% 3% 650
Washington 25% 15% 47% 11% 2% 555
West Virginia 52% 5% 38% 3% 2% 242
Wisconsin 32% 12% 44% 10% 3% 452
Wyoming 38% 11% 40% 6% 6% 229

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