VAL­UES GET A TRUMP BUMP

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

Gallup has long tracked pub­lic opin­ion about the fed­eral gov­ern­ment’s role in pro­mot­ing val­ues with the pop­u­la­tion. Is that role a good idea?

“From 1993 through 2004, the ma­jor­ity of Amer­i­cans con­sis­tently said the gov­ern­ment should pro­mote tra­di­tional val­ues. That at­ti­tude be­gan to change in the mid­dle of the 2000s, and since 2008, views on the is­sue have fluc­tu­ated,” re­ports Frank Newport, di­rec­tor of the Gallup poll.

“In some years over the past decade, a small ma­jor­ity or a slight plu­ral­ity of Amer­i­cans have said the gov­ern­ment should pro­mote tra­di­tional val­ues. In other years, a slight ma­jor­ity have said the gov­ern­ment should not fa­vor any set of val­ues. This year, about as many Amer­i­cans say the gov­ern­ment should pro­mote tra­di­tional val­ues (49 per­cent) as say it should not fa­vor any val­ues (47 per­cent),” he says.

“Repub­li­cans and Democrats have nearly mir­ror-op­po­site views on this topic. Al­most two in three Repub­li­cans and Repub­li­can lean­ers say gov­ern­ment should pro­mote tra­di­tional val­ues, while nearly six in 10 Democrats and lean­ers say gov­ern­ment should not. Repub­li­cans’ views that gov­ern­ment should pro­mote tra­di­tional val­ues dipped from 2011-2016, but have risen mod­estly over the past two years. Democrats’ views have been more vari­able, with the cur­rent 37 per­cent fa­vor­ing the idea right at the av­er­age since 2001,” the anal­y­sis says.

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