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

% 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…

Survey year Does more harm than good Does more good than harm Neither/both equally 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 45% 50% 4% 2% 15,190

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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 religious group

% 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…

Religious tradition Does more harm than good Does more good than harm Neither/both equally 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 28% 66% 6% < 1% 111
Catholic 48% 47% 3% 1% 3,428
Evangelical Protestant 54% 42% 3% 2% 2,407
Historically Black Protestant 27% 66% 4% 2% 751
Jewish 33% 60% 3% 3% 414
Mainline Protestant 50% 45% 4% 2% 2,990
Mormon 60% 38% 1% < 1% 162
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 41% 54% 4% 2% 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 government aid to the poor

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

Views about government aid to the poor 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 6,626. 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.
Does more harm than good 21% 36% 25% 17% 6,626
Does more good than harm 25% 33% 26% 16% 7,472
Neither/both equally 25% 34% 26% 15% 528
Don't know 20% 26% 27% 27% 288

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

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

Views about government aid to the poor Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 6,626. 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.
Does more harm than good 13% 15% 30% 30% 12% 1% 6,626
Does more good than harm 15% 16% 26% 32% 10% 1% 7,472
Neither/both equally 12% 18% 29% 31% 9% 1% 528
Don't know 12% 16% 19% 31% 17% 6% 288

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

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

Views about government aid to the poor Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 6,745. 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.
Does more harm than good 55% 45% 6,745
Does more good than harm 46% 54% 7,603
Neither/both equally 51% 49% 542
Don't know 45% 55% 300

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 government aid to the poor

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

Views about government aid to the poor White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 6,655. 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.
Does more harm than good 75% 7% 3% 12% 3% 6,655
Does more good than harm 64% 14% 4% 13% 4% 7,511
Neither/both equally 61% 13% 5% 16% 5% 528
Don't know 61% 12% 5% 17% 5% 289

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

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

Views about government aid to the poor Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 6,669. 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.
Does more harm than good 12% 10% 78% 6,669
Does more good than harm 13% 11% 76% 7,492
Neither/both equally 14% 11% 75% 535
Don't know 18% 12% 71% 292

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

% 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 government aid to the poor Less than $30,000 $30,000-$49,999 $50,000-$99,999 $100,000 or more Sample Size
Sample size = 5,883. 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.
Does more harm than good 26% 22% 30% 22% 5,883
Does more good than harm 40% 20% 23% 17% 6,761
Neither/both equally 39% 21% 25% 14% 439
Don't know 54% 20% 16% 11% 220

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

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

Views about government aid to the poor High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 6,718. 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.
Does more harm than good 44% 34% 15% 7% 6,718
Does more good than harm 43% 31% 16% 10% 7,561
Neither/both equally 39% 33% 17% 10% 535
Don't know 59% 21% 14% 6% 297

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

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

Views about government aid to the poor Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 6,712. 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.
Does more harm than good 51% 8% 11% 6% 23% 6,712
Does more good than harm 41% 10% 15% 6% 28% 7,578
Neither/both equally 42% 12% 14% 6% 26% 540
Don't know 40% 5% 17% 17% 21% 299

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 government aid to the poor

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

Views about government aid to the poor Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 6,724. 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.
Does more harm than good 29% 71% 6,724
Does more good than harm 28% 72% 7,582
Neither/both equally 30% 70% 541
Don't know 26% 74% 299

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 government aid to the poor

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

Views about government aid to the poor 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 = 6,745. 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.
Does more harm than good 57% 26% 6% 1% 8% 2% 6,745
Does more good than harm 52% 25% 7% 1% 13% 3% 7,603
Neither/both equally 56% 21% 6% 2% 10% 6% 542
Don't know 57% 20% 6% 5% 8% 5% 300

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 government aid to the poor

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

Views about government aid to the poor Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,745. 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.
Does more harm than good 38% 36% 15% 11% < 1% 6,745
Does more good than harm 37% 32% 16% 15% 1% 7,603
Neither/both equally 39% 32% 14% 14% 2% 542
Don't know 50% 24% 9% 12% 5% 300

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 government aid to the poor

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

Views about government aid to the poor At least once a week Once or twice a month/a few times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,745. 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.
Does more harm than good 21% 41% 37% < 1% 6,745
Does more good than harm 21% 38% 41% < 1% 7,603
Neither/both equally 23% 29% 47% 1% 542
Don't know 26% 32% 40% 2% 300

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

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

Views about government aid to the poor At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,745. 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.
Does more harm than good 43% 20% 8% 28% 1% 6,745
Does more good than harm 43% 17% 7% 32% 1% 7,603
Neither/both equally 48% 16% 7% 28% 1% 542
Don't know 48% 19% 7% 22% 4% 300

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 government aid to the poor

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

Views about government aid to the poor At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,745. 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.
Does more harm than good 13% 7% 8% 72% < 1% 6,745
Does more good than harm 13% 7% 8% 72% 1% 7,603
Neither/both equally 15% 9% 7% 68% 1% 542
Don't know 15% 5% 8% 69% 2% 300

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

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

Views about government aid to the poor At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,745. 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.
Does more harm than good 29% 8% 4% 57% 1% 6,745
Does more good than harm 34% 9% 5% 50% 1% 7,603
Neither/both equally 36% 8% 5% 49% 1% 542
Don't know 43% 5% 6% 42% 5% 300

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 government aid to the poor

% 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 government aid to the poor At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,745. 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.
Does more harm than good 48% 17% 12% 22% 1% 6,745
Does more good than harm 49% 17% 12% 21% 1% 7,603
Neither/both equally 55% 15% 10% 17% 3% 542
Don't know 46% 18% 10% 24% 3% 300

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 government aid to the poor

% 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 government aid to the poor At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,745. 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.
Does more harm than good 37% 16% 14% 31% 1% 6,745
Does more good than harm 42% 17% 15% 25% 1% 7,603
Neither/both equally 40% 18% 10% 29% 3% 542
Don't know 38% 19% 9% 31% 3% 300

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 government aid to the poor

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

Views about government aid to the poor 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 = 6,745. 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.
Does more harm than good 32% 66% 1% 1% 6,745
Does more good than harm 19% 79% 1% < 1% 7,603
Neither/both equally 22% 72% 5% 1% 542
Don't know 20% 69% < 1% 11% 300

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 government aid to the poor

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

Views about government aid to the poor At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,745. 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.
Does more harm than good 20% 10% 10% 60% < 1% 6,745
Does more good than harm 21% 11% 10% 59% 1% 7,603
Neither/both equally 24% 9% 7% 59% 2% 542
Don't know 25% 8% 5% 61% 2% 300

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

% 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 government aid to the poor 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 = 6,745. 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.
Does more harm than good 21% 31% 2% 38% 7% 6,745
Does more good than harm 20% 24% 1% 47% 8% 7,603
Neither/both equally 17% 18% 4% 40% 21% 542
Don't know 22% 14% 8% 30% 25% 300

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

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

Views about government aid to the poor Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,745. 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.
Does more harm than good 73% 20% 7% 6,745
Does more good than harm 65% 28% 7% 7,603
Neither/both equally 63% 23% 14% 542
Don't know 62% 20% 18% 300

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

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

Views about government aid to the poor Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,745. 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.
Does more harm than good 57% 35% 8% 6,745
Does more good than harm 48% 44% 8% 7,603
Neither/both equally 48% 38% 15% 542
Don't know 40% 35% 25% 300

SocialandPoliticalViews

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

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

Views about government aid to the poor Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 6,745. 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.
Does more harm than good 53% 19% 29% 6,745
Does more good than harm 18% 18% 64% 7,603
Neither/both equally 26% 29% 44% 542
Don't know 22% 42% 36% 300

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

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

Views about government aid to the poor Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,745. 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.
Does more harm than good 42% 36% 15% 7% 6,745
Does more good than harm 19% 39% 36% 6% 7,603
Neither/both equally 26% 40% 21% 13% 542
Don't know 24% 31% 20% 25% 300

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

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

Views about government aid to the poor Smaller government; fewer services Bigger government; more services Depends Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,745. 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.
Does more harm than good 72% 25% 2% 2% 6,745
Does more good than harm 35% 58% 3% 4% 7,603
Neither/both equally 43% 32% 15% 10% 542
Don't know 36% 37% 5% 22% 300

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

% 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 government aid to the poor Legal in all/most cases Illegal in all/most cases Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,745. 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.
Does more harm than good 58% 38% 4% 6,745
Does more good than harm 70% 26% 4% 7,603
Neither/both equally 58% 31% 11% 542
Don't know 46% 34% 20% 300

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

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

Views about government aid to the poor Should be accepted Should be discouraged Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,745. 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.
Does more harm than good 66% 27% 4% 3% 6,745
Does more good than harm 78% 17% 2% 2% 7,603
Neither/both equally 66% 14% 13% 6% 542
Don't know 56% 18% 8% 17% 300

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 government aid to the poor

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

Views about government aid to the poor Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 6,745. 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.
Does more harm than good 55% 37% 9% 6,745
Does more good than harm 72% 22% 6% 7,603
Neither/both equally 60% 25% 15% 542
Don't know 47% 27% 26% 300

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 government aid to the poor

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

Views about government aid to the poor 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 = 6,745. 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.
Does more harm than good 50% 46% 2% 2% 6,745
Does more good than harm 26% 70% 2% 2% 7,603
Neither/both equally 25% 55% 11% 8% 542
Don't know 26% 45% 4% 26% 300

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 government aid to the poor

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

Views about government aid to the poor 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 = 6,745. 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.
Does more harm than good 36% 27% 4% 29% 3% 6,745
Does more good than harm 44% 25% 4% 24% 3% 7,603
Neither/both equally 33% 22% 11% 23% 11% 542
Don't know 24% 18% 13% 20% 25% 300