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Poll: 72 percent of Americans think our nation's morals 'getting worse'

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
May 28th, 2013
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A vast majority of Americans think that the United States is on a strong, moral downturn, its values taking a turn for the worse. According to a Gallup Poll, conservative Republicans expectedly felt that the nation was on a strong moral downturn. What's so remarkable about this recent poll - is that Democrats, people who attend church infrequently, and the unmarried similarly had high negative outlooks about the nation's moral values.
 

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Seventy-two percent said the nation's moral values are "getting worse," and only 20 percent said that moral values are "getting better," according to the survey.

Americans who attend church weekly, are married, or are Republican, were the most negative about the country's moral direction, the poll discovered.

The recent Gallup Poll was conducted by a telephone survey of 1,535 adults in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Gallup asked, "Right now, do you think the state of moral values in the country as a whole is getting better or getting worse?"

72 percent said "getting worse;" 20 percent said "getting better and six percent said things were the same.

"Republicans are far more likely that Democrats and independents to have negative assessments of moral values; still, majorities of all partisan groups have negative views of morals," reported Gallup.

"Also, Americans who are married, those who are upper- and middle-income, and those who attend church regularly tend to have more negative views of moral values in the U.S. than their counterparts."

In the moral values summary by demographic group, the poll showed the following:

 - Democrat; 56 percent negative; 18 percent positive

 - Independent; 68 percent negative; 12 percent positive

 - Republican; 87 percent negative; five percent positive

 - Weekly church attendance; 78 percent negative; nine percent positive

 - Nearly weekly attendance; 73 percent negative; nine percent positive

 - Less often; 63 percent negative; 15 percent positive

 - Married; 76 percent negative; 11 percent positive

 - Not married; 62 percent negative; 14 percent positive

"No major demographic group evaluates moral values positively overall," Gallup said, "though Democrats, lower-income Americans, those who are not married, and those who attend church less regularly hold slightly more positive views."

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