We examine the light curves of over 2700 stars observed in long cadence by the Kepler spacecraft as part of the Guest Observer program. Most of these stars are faint (Kepler magnitude > 14), and fall near or within the effective temperature and log g range of the γ Dor and δ Sct instability strips. We find that the pulsating stars are obvious from inspection of the light curves and power spectra, even for these faint stars. However, we find that a large number of stars are ‘constant’, i.e. show no frequencies in the 0.2 to 24 d−1 range above the 20 ppm level. We discuss the statistics for the constant stars, and some possible physical reasons for lack of pulsations. On the other hand, γ Dor and δ Sct candidates have been found in the Kepler data spread throughout and even outside of the instability regions of both types that were established from pre-Kepler ground-based observations. We revisit mechanisms to produce g- or p-mode pulsations in conditions when these modes are not expected to be unstable via the He-ionization κ effect (δ Sct) or convective blocking (γ Dor) pulsation driving mechanisms.