Sources of guidance on right and wrong by belief in God (2014) Switch to: Belief in God by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who say they look to…most for guidance on right and wrong

Belief in GodReligionPhilosophy/reasonCommon senseScienceDon't knowSample size
Believe in God; absolutely certain47%7%38%5%3%21,904
Believe in God; fairly certain15%14%57%12%2%6,792
Believe in God; not too/not at all certain5%21%56%16%2%1,819
Believe in God; don't know21%11%50%7%11%274
Do not believe in God1%19%51%27%1%3,414
Other/don't know if they believe in God5%19%56%14%6%868
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.

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