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POLL: What Americans Say About Moral Values

The new Gallup Poll on Americans’ views of morals may or may not be a surprise to you.

But the findings can’t make any of us feel all that great about what the poll found.

In what Gallup calls its Values and Beliefs poll, conducted in May, they asked a series of questions of more than one-thousand adults across the country. Not a huge sample, but Gallup says it was representative of the population.

The results?

Gallup found "a record-high 50% of Americans rate the overall state of moral values in the U.S. as 'poor,' and another 37% say it is 'only fair.' And sizable majorities of Republicans and Democrats and Independent believe the situation is going to get worse. 

Ninety-three percent of Republicans said so in this latest poll, up slightly from last year’s survey. And 68 percent of Democrats said they think the situation is going to get worse when it comes to moral values, compared to 49 percent in 2021.

Of course, when it comes to morals, what’s right and what’s wrong, not everyone agrees. What’s wrong for some, is not always what’s wrong for others.

But with half of Americans, the most ever in this annual survey, now saying they think the overall state of morals in the U.S. is poor, with people of all political persuasions included, the results of this new Gallup Poll are raising questions about why. The biggest question though is what we are going to do about it.

READ MORE about Gallup Poll results and analysis.

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