THE MORAL SLIDE IS REAL

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

Many vot­ers have re­vealed they have a gnaw­ing fear that the Amer­ica they know and re­vere is slip­ping away, along with ci­vil­ity and civic en­gage­ment. Part of the rea­son for that fear can be found in a new Gallup poll.

“Amer­i­cans re­main far more likely to say the state of moral val­ues in the U.S. is get­ting worse (73 per­cent) than to say it is get­ting bet­ter (20 per­cent). Over a 15year trend, solid ma­jori­ties have con­sis­tently viewed the di­rec­tion of the coun­try’s val­ues neg­a­tively,” writes Justin McCarthy, a Gallup an­a­lyst.

Cur­rently, 84 per­cent of Repub­li­cans and 61 per­cent of Democrats agree that moral stan­dards are in de­cline.

“Plat­form is­sues on moral val­ues are fre­quently es­poused by Repub­li­can can­di­dates for of­fice at all lev­els of U.S. gov­ern­ment, so it may come as lit­tle sur­prise that those who iden­tify as or lean Repub­li­can have a height­ened sen­si­tiv­ity to the state of the na­tion’s moral fab­ric. But a ma­jor­ity of Democrats and Demo­crat­i­clean­ing in­de­pen­dents, too, say the state of moral val­ues is de­clin­ing,” Mr. McCarthy noted.

“While Amer­i­cans point to many ways in which they see the coun­try’s morals get­ting worse, they are most likely to say they see a de­cline in U.S. stan­dards and a lack of re­spect for one an­other, as well as poor val­ues in­stilled by par­ents and re­flected among gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials,” he added.

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