VALUES GET A TRUMP BUMP
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.