Virtually no atheists (1%) turn to religion for guidance on questions of right and wrong, but increasing numbers are turning to science.
About a third of atheists (32%) say they look primarily to science for guidance on questions of right and wrong, up from 20% in 2007.
A 2014 Pew Research Center survey asked Americans to rate groups on a “feeling thermometer” from zero (as cold and negative as possible) to 100 (the warmest, most positive possible rating). About half of Americans (51%) say they would be less likely to support an atheist candidate for president, more than say the same about a candidate with any other trait mentioned in a Pew Research Center survey – including being Muslim.
This figure, while still high, has declined in recent years – in early 2007, 63% of U. adults said they would be less likely to support an atheist presidential candidate.
Three-in-ten (31%) say they feel a deep sense of spiritual peace and well-being at least weekly.