Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Most Liberals Say American Morals Getting Worse

According to a new Gallup poll, the vast majority of Americans believe that "the state of moral values in the country as a whole is getting worse," including self-identified social liberals, who had thought just the opposite the year after Barack Obama was elected president.

For background, read Most Disgusted with American Morals, Yet Favor Sin

-- From "Majority in US still say moral values decaying: poll" posted at Global Times 6/8/15

According to Gallup's annual Values and Beliefs poll released recently, 72 percent of Americans continue to believe that the state of moral values in the United States is "getting worse," while only 22 percent show certain optimism.

Apart from the their perception of the direction in which morals are headed, 45 percent of Americans call the current state of moral values in the country as "poor," with less than one in five rating the state of values as either "excellent" or "good."

Americans' pessimistic views about the nation's state of moral values reflect a belief that there is a deteriorating collective moral character, the poll said . . .

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From "Most Americans Think Our Morals Are Going To Hell" by Millie Dent, The Fiscal Times 6/3/15

Unsurprisingly perhaps, social conservatives have consistently been most likely to tell pollsters that the nation’s moral values are deteriorating, but the latest Gallup findings showed an uptick from 2014 to 2015 among social moderates and social liberals who believe moral values are regressing.

Gallup also found that Americans’ views of the moral acceptability of a number of key issues has been shifting to the left since 2001. The largest shift was on gay or lesbian relations, with a 23 percentage point increase in the share of people who say that behavior is morally acceptable. The change coincides with a sharp increase in support for same-sex marriage.

Sex between unmarried people has also become more acceptable, as has having babies outside of marriage. Polygamy and divorce are also now acceptable to a greater portion of the population than in 2001. On the other hand, the views of married men and women having an affair haven’t changed much, with just 8 percent of Americans saying it’s morally tolerable.

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From "Gallup: As Americans Shift to the Left, 72% Also Believe Moral Values Are In Decline" by Gabrielle Cintorino, CNSNews.com 6/8/15

In two separate surveys conducted during the week of May 6-10, Americans were asked to comment on social issues and morality in the U.S.

According to the first survey, “Values and Beliefs,” Gallup reports that “89% of Americans believe that birth control is morally acceptable, 63% believe that gay or lesbian relations are morally acceptable, 56% believe that doctor-assisted suicide is morally acceptable, and 45% believe that abortion is morally acceptable.”

Even previously taboo behaviors, such as suicide, polygamy, and cloning human beings, have become more socially acceptable in recent years, Gallup reports.

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From "Majority in U.S. Still Say Moral Values Getting Worse" by Justin McCarthy, Gallup 6/2/15

Across most demographic groups, clear majorities of Americans have consistently said the country's morals are deteriorating. . . . with upward of 80% of social conservatives consistently saying the state of morals is getting worse. . . . But social liberals [briefly] turned sharply less negative upon Democratic President Barack Obama's taking office in 2009, while social conservatives' views have changed little since 2004.

Social conservatives tend to be the most likely to describe the state of U.S. values as poor. This view has increased from as low as 42% in 2003 to a high of 63% in 2013. Currently, 57% of social conservatives say the state of moral values is poor. Social moderates, too, have increased in this view over time, reaching a new high this year of 46% -- up from a low of 31% in 2003.

Social liberals, meanwhile, have had less movement in their views of the U.S. being in a state of poor moral values, ranging from a low of 26% in 2011 and 2013 to a high of 36% in 2006 . . .

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