Views about size of government among adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong

% of adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who would rather have…

Survey year Smaller government; fewer services Bigger government; more services Depends Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 15,190. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
2014 52% 42% 3% 4% 15,190
2007 43% 47% 4% 6% 18,234

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Views about size of government among adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by religious group

% of adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who would rather have…

Religious tradition Smaller government; fewer services Bigger government; more services Depends Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 111. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Buddhist 42% 53% 4% 1% 111
Catholic 49% 44% 3% 4% 3,428
Evangelical Protestant 59% 35% 3% 4% 2,407
Historically Black Protestant 23% 72% 2% 3% 751
Jewish 46% 48% 2% 4% 414
Mainline Protestant 60% 33% 4% 4% 2,990
Mormon 70% 25% 3% 2% 162
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 51% 43% 3% 3% 4,142

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DemographicInformation

Age distribution among adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by views about size of government

% of adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who are ages…

Views about size of government 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 8,134. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Smaller government; fewer services 20% 35% 26% 19% 8,134
Bigger government; more services 28% 34% 24% 13% 5,758
Depends 13% 33% 33% 21% 467
Don't know 16% 34% 23% 26% 555

Generational cohort among adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by views about size of government

% of adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who are…

Views about size of government Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 8,134. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Smaller government; fewer services 12% 14% 28% 32% 12% 1% 8,134
Bigger government; more services 18% 17% 27% 28% 8% 1% 5,758
Depends 7% 12% 27% 38% 14% 2% 467
Don't know 8% 14% 29% 31% 15% 3% 555

Gender composition among adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by views about size of government

% of adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who are…

Views about size of government Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 8,285. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Smaller government; fewer services 59% 41% 8,285
Bigger government; more services 41% 59% 5,851
Depends 52% 48% 476
Don't know 43% 57% 578

Racial and ethnic composition among adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by views about size of government

% of adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who identify as…

Views about size of government White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 8,159. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Smaller government; fewer services 81% 5% 3% 8% 3% 8,159
Bigger government; more services 53% 18% 5% 19% 4% 5,799
Depends 69% 10% 2% 13% 6% 465
Don't know 72% 8% 2% 12% 5% 560

Immigrant status among adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by views about size of government

% of adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who are…

Views about size of government Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 8,215. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Smaller government; fewer services 8% 10% 82% 8,215
Bigger government; more services 18% 11% 70% 5,744
Depends 12% 11% 77% 467
Don't know 10% 7% 82% 562

Income distribution among adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by views about size of government

% of adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who have a household income of…

Views about size of government Less than $30,000 $30,000-$49,999 $50,000-$99,999 $100,000 or more Sample Size
Sample size = 7,289. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Smaller government; fewer services 25% 22% 31% 23% 7,289
Bigger government; more services 45% 19% 22% 14% 5,190
Depends 40% 16% 27% 18% 387
Don't know 41% 24% 19% 15% 437

Educational distribution among adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by views about size of government

% of adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who have completed…

Views about size of government High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 8,239. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Smaller government; fewer services 39% 35% 16% 9% 8,239
Bigger government; more services 48% 28% 14% 9% 5,825
Depends 40% 37% 15% 9% 473
Don't know 48% 31% 13% 8% 574

Marital status among adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by views about size of government

% of adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who are…

Views about size of government Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 8,250. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Smaller government; fewer services 52% 8% 12% 6% 22% 8,250
Bigger government; more services 38% 10% 14% 6% 32% 5,835
Depends 48% 8% 15% 10% 19% 472
Don't know 45% 9% 15% 11% 20% 572

Parent of children under 18 among adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by views about size of government

% of adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who are…

Views about size of government Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 8,259. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Smaller government; fewer services 27% 73% 8,259
Bigger government; more services 31% 69% 5,836
Depends 27% 73% 475
Don't know 26% 74% 576

BeliefsandPractices

Belief in God among adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by views about size of government

% of adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who say they…

Views about size of government Believe in God; absolutely certain Believe in God; fairly certain Believe in God; not too/not at all certain Believe in God; don't know Do not believe in God Other/don't know if they believe in God Sample Size
Sample size = 8,285. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Smaller government; fewer services 54% 26% 6% 1% 10% 3% 8,285
Bigger government; more services 54% 24% 7% 1% 12% 2% 5,851
Depends 51% 22% 8% 2% 11% 5% 476
Don't know 55% 21% 6% 3% 8% 6% 578

Importance of religion in one's life among adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by views about size of government

% of adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who say religion is…

Views about size of government Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 8,285. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Smaller government; fewer services 35% 35% 16% 13% 1% 8,285
Bigger government; more services 41% 31% 14% 13% < 1% 5,851
Depends 39% 33% 13% 14% 1% 476
Don't know 38% 31% 14% 14% 3% 578

Attendance at religious services among adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by views about size of government

% of adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who attend religious services…

Views about size of government At least once a week Once or twice a month/a few times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 8,285. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Smaller government; fewer services 21% 39% 40% < 1% 8,285
Bigger government; more services 22% 40% 38% < 1% 5,851
Depends 20% 38% 41% 1% 476
Don't know 20% 31% 48% 1% 578

Frequency of prayer among adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by views about size of government

% of adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who pray…

Views about size of government At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 8,285. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Smaller government; fewer services 41% 19% 8% 30% 1% 8,285
Bigger government; more services 46% 17% 7% 29% 1% 5,851
Depends 46% 19% 6% 28% 2% 476
Don't know 44% 17% 6% 29% 5% 578

Frequency of participation in prayer, scripture study or religious education groups among adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by views about size of government

% of adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who attend prayer group…

Views about size of government At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 8,285. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Smaller government; fewer services 12% 7% 8% 74% < 1% 8,285
Bigger government; more services 15% 8% 8% 69% < 1% 5,851
Depends 10% 8% 6% 75% 1% 476
Don't know 12% 5% 7% 74% 3% 578

Frequency of meditation among adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by views about size of government

% of adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who meditate…

Views about size of government At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 8,285. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Smaller government; fewer services 30% 8% 4% 56% 1% 8,285
Bigger government; more services 34% 9% 5% 51% 1% 5,851
Depends 39% 8% 5% 46% 2% 476
Don't know 37% 7% 5% 48% 2% 578

Frequency of feeling spiritual peace and wellbeing among adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by views about size of government

% of adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who feel a sense of spiritual peace and wellbeing…

Views about size of government At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 8,285. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Smaller government; fewer services 47% 17% 12% 22% 1% 8,285
Bigger government; more services 50% 17% 12% 20% 1% 5,851
Depends 54% 15% 9% 19% 2% 476
Don't know 49% 14% 12% 21% 5% 578

Frequency of feeling wonder about the universe among adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by views about size of government

% of adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who feel a sense of wonder about the universe…

Views about size of government At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 8,285. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Smaller government; fewer services 39% 17% 15% 28% 1% 8,285
Bigger government; more services 41% 16% 13% 28% 1% 5,851
Depends 43% 15% 13% 26% 3% 476
Don't know 40% 15% 12% 31% 2% 578

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong among adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by views about size of government

% of adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who say…

Views about size of government There are clear standards for what is right and wrong Right or wrong depends on the situation Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 8,285. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Smaller government; fewer services 31% 67% 1% 1% 8,285
Bigger government; more services 19% 80% 1% 1% 5,851
Depends 22% 70% 7% 1% 476
Don't know 19% 78% 2% 2% 578

Frequency of reading scripture among adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by views about size of government

% of adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who read scripture…

Views about size of government At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 8,285. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Smaller government; fewer services 19% 10% 10% 61% 1% 8,285
Bigger government; more services 22% 10% 9% 57% 1% 5,851
Depends 19% 10% 11% 59% 1% 476
Don't know 19% 10% 8% 60% 2% 578

Interpreting scripture among adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by views about size of government

% of adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who say the holy scripture is…

Views about size of government Word of God; should be taken literally Word of God; not everything taken literally Word of God; other/don't know Not the word of God Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 8,285. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Smaller government; fewer services 16% 30% 2% 44% 8% 8,285
Bigger government; more services 26% 25% 2% 41% 7% 5,851
Depends 15% 16% 3% 44% 23% 476
Don't know 16% 18% 5% 38% 23% 578

Belief in Heaven among adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by views about size of government

% of adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who …in heaven

Views about size of government Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 8,285. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Smaller government; fewer services 69% 24% 7% 8,285
Bigger government; more services 70% 24% 6% 5,851
Depends 55% 30% 15% 476
Don't know 61% 19% 19% 578

Belief in Hell among adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by views about size of government

% of adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who …in hell

Views about size of government Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 8,285. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Smaller government; fewer services 52% 40% 8% 8,285
Bigger government; more services 53% 40% 7% 5,851
Depends 40% 42% 18% 476
Don't know 47% 34% 19% 578

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by views about size of government

% of adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who identify as…

Views about size of government Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 8,285. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Smaller government; fewer services 51% 18% 31% 8,285
Bigger government; more services 16% 18% 66% 5,851
Depends 17% 26% 57% 476
Don't know 14% 32% 53% 578

Political ideology among adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by views about size of government

% of adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who are…

Views about size of government Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 8,285. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Smaller government; fewer services 39% 40% 16% 5% 8,285
Bigger government; more services 20% 35% 38% 7% 5,851
Depends 19% 40% 30% 12% 476
Don't know 17% 37% 25% 21% 578

Views about government aid to the poor among adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by views about size of government

% of adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who say government aid to the poor…

Views about size of government Does more harm than good Does more good than harm Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 8,285. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Smaller government; fewer services 62% 33% 3% 1% 8,285
Bigger government; more services 27% 69% 3% 2% 5,851
Depends 26% 52% 18% 3% 476
Don't know 25% 54% 10% 11% 578

Views about abortion among adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by views about size of government

% of adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who say abortion should be…

Views about size of government Legal in all/most cases Illegal in all/most cases Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 8,285. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Smaller government; fewer services 62% 34% 4% 8,285
Bigger government; more services 66% 31% 3% 5,851
Depends 66% 21% 13% 476
Don't know 61% 22% 17% 578

Views about homosexuality among adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by views about size of government

% of adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who say homosexuality…

Views about size of government Should be accepted Should be discouraged Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 8,285. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Smaller government; fewer services 68% 25% 4% 3% 8,285
Bigger government; more services 77% 18% 3% 3% 5,851
Depends 74% 12% 9% 5% 476
Don't know 66% 17% 7% 10% 578

Views about same-sex marriage among adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by views about size of government

% of adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who …same-sex marriage

Views about size of government Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 8,285. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Smaller government; fewer services 58% 34% 8% 8,285
Bigger government; more services 69% 24% 7% 5,851
Depends 64% 19% 18% 476
Don't know 60% 21% 19% 578

Views about environmental regulation among adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by views about size of government

% of adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who say…

Views about size of government Stricter environmental laws and regulations cost too many jobs and hurt the economy Stricter environmental laws and regulations are worth the cost Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 8,285. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Smaller government; fewer services 46% 50% 2% 2% 8,285
Bigger government; more services 28% 68% 1% 3% 5,851
Depends 19% 65% 10% 6% 476
Don't know 21% 60% 7% 12% 578

Views about human evolution among adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong by views about size of government

% of adults who say common sense is their primary source of guidance on what's right and wrong who say humans…

Views about size of government Evolved; due to natural processes Evolved; due to God's design Evolved; don't know how Always existed in present form Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 8,285. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Smaller government; fewer services 38% 29% 4% 25% 3% 8,285
Bigger government; more services 42% 24% 3% 28% 3% 5,851
Depends 43% 19% 9% 20% 9% 476
Don't know 34% 19% 14% 20% 13% 578