Sources of guidance on right and wrong by metro area (2014) Switch to: Metro area by sources of guidance on right and wrong

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

Metro areaReligionPhilosophy/reasonCommon senseScienceDon't knowSample size
Atlanta Metro Area44%10%36%8%2%510
Baltimore Metro Area30%11%47%8%4%250
Boston Metro Area16%10%55%17%3%498
Chicago Metro Area27%12%47%12%2%867
Dallas/Fort Worth Metro Area43%9%39%8%2%659
Detroit Metro Area29%7%51%10%3%374
Houston Metro Area40%9%40%9%1%514
Los Angeles Metro Area28%14%42%13%3%1,076
Miami Metro Area29%12%48%10%1%483
Minneapolis/St. Paul Metro Area25%14%49%9%3%342
New York City Metro Area26%15%47%10%3%1,786
Philadelphia Metro Area26%12%47%14%2%722
Phoenix Metro Area32%12%44%11%2%397
Pittsburgh Metro Area25%8%54%11%3%252
Providence Metro Area23%10%53%12%2%351
Riverside, CA Metro Area38%9%43%8%2%373
San Diego Metro Area31%18%41%10%1%321
San Francisco Metro Area18%19%46%13%4%485
Seattle Metro Area23%16%45%14%2%333
St. Louis Metro Area32%12%45%6%4%274
Tampa Metro Area24%11%53%10%2%320
Washington, DC Metro Area32%12%39%13%3%913
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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