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

% of whites 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% 4% 38% 3% 4% 346
Alaska 27% 8% 49% 10% 6% 226
Arizona 33% 11% 46% 8% 2% 463
Arkansas 48% 6% 40% 5% 1% 229
California 25% 15% 46% 11% 3% 2,098
Colorado 29% 16% 43% 11% 2% 383
Connecticut 17% 13% 61% 8% 1% 286
Delaware 24% 11% 57% 6% 2% 217
District of Columbia 13% 23% 43% 16% 4% 124
Florida 28% 10% 52% 7% 3% 1,311
Georgia 44% 8% 39% 7% 2% 576
Hawaii 15% 16% 56% 10% 3% 141
Idaho 35% 7% 51% 6% 1% 280
Illinois 28% 12% 48% 10% 2% 975
Indiana 37% 7% 46% 9% 2% 532
Iowa 34% 11% 48% 4% 3% 304
Kansas 36% 10% 47% 5% 2% 255
Kentucky 41% 9% 44% 5% 2% 362
Louisiana 42% 10% 41% 5% 2% 289
Maine 17% 12% 59% 10% 2% 281
Maryland 26% 10% 50% 13% 2% 379
Massachusetts 12% 12% 57% 17% 2% 559
Michigan 30% 9% 51% 8% 2% 755
Minnesota 26% 11% 52% 8% 3% 483
Mississippi 49% 9% 33% 7% 3% 187
Missouri 39% 11% 40% 6% 5% 516
Montana 29% 12% 48% 7% 3% 278
Nebraska 35% 10% 48% 7% 1% 253
Nevada 23% 14% 56% 6% 1% 200
New Hampshire 13% 14% 59% 11% 3% 275
New Jersey 24% 11% 54% 9% 2% 605
New Mexico 37% 11% 35% 10% 7% 168
New York 21% 15% 52% 8% 3% 1,319
North Carolina 40% 10% 41% 7% 2% 712
North Dakota 29% 6% 52% 10% 3% 307
Ohio 32% 10% 48% 8% 2% 913
Oklahoma 36% 9% 47% 6% 2% 277
Oregon 28% 13% 47% 12% 1% 338
Pennsylvania 33% 8% 47% 10% 2% 1,124
Rhode Island 23% 12% 54% 10% 2% 258
South Carolina 47% 8% 37% 5% 3% 341
South Dakota 36% 12% 45% 6% 1% 268
Tennessee 46% 7% 40% 5% 2% 526
Texas 42% 10% 39% 7% 2% 1,379
Utah 46% 7% 41% 4% 2% 274
Vermont 17% 14% 53% 13% 2% 293
Virginia 37% 11% 41% 8% 2% 632
Washington 29% 13% 45% 10% 3% 542
West Virginia 49% 5% 42% 3% 2% 272
Wisconsin 31% 10% 46% 9% 3% 512
Wyoming 37% 10% 43% 6% 4% 277

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