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Pew Research Center. Feb. 8-12, 2012. N=1,501 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

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"Do you personally believe that [see below] is morally acceptable, morally wrong, or is it not a moral issue?"

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Morally
acceptable
Morally
wrong
Not a moral
issue
Depends
(vol.)
Unsure
% % % % %
"Using contraceptives"
2/8-12/12 42 8 43 2 6

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"Getting a divorce"
2/8-12/12 23 21 48 6 3

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"Having an abortion"
2/8-12/12 13 48 25 9 5
8/11-17/09 10 52 25 8 4
2/06 12 52 23 11 2

 

Gallup Poll. Sept. 8-11, 2011. N=1,017 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

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"Some people think the government should promote traditional values in our society. Others think the government should not favor any particular set of values. Which comes closer to your own view?"

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Promote
traditional
values
Not favor
any set
of values
Depends/
Mixed (vol.)
Unsure
% % % %
9/8-11/11 48 46 3 3
9/13-16/10 53 43 2 2
6/11-13/10 47 49 2 3
8/31 - 9/2/09 53 42 2 3
9/8-11/08 48 48 1 3
9/14-16/07 49 45 4 3
9/7-10/06 50 44 3 3
9/12-15/05 50 47 1 2

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. June 3-7, 2011. N=1,015 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

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"Some people think the government should promote traditional values in our society. Others think the government should not favor any particular set of values. Which comes closer to your own view?"

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Should
promote
Should not Unsure
% % %
6/3-7/11 46 50 4
7/16-21/10 53 44 4
12/19-21/08 57 41 2
10/20-22/06 51 43 6

 

Gallup Poll. Jan. 7-9, 2011. N=1,018 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

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"Next, I'm going to read some aspects of life in America today. For each one, please say whether you are very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied. How about the moral and ethical climate?"

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Very
satisfied
Somewhat
satisfied
Somewhat
dissatisfied
Very
dissatisfied
Unsure
% % % % %

1/7-9/11

5 25 32 37 2

1/10-14/01

5 31 32 30 2

 

Gallup Poll. Nov. 19-21, 2010. N=1,037 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

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"Please tell me how you would rate the honesty and ethical standards of people in these different fields: very high, high, average, low, or very low? How about . . . ?"

 

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Very high/
High
%

Nurses

81

Military officers

73

Druggists, pharmacists

71

Grade school teachers

67

Medical doctors

66

Police officers

57

Clergy

53

Day care providers

47

Judges

47

Auto mechanics

28

Nursing home operators

26

Bankers

23

TV reporters

23

Newspaper reporters

22

Local officeholders

20

Lawyers

17

Business executives

15

State officeholders

12

Advertising practitioners

11

Members of Congress

9

Car salespeople

7

Lobbyists

7


 

Gallup Poll. May 7-10, 2009. N=1,015 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

 

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"Thinking for a moment about moral values: How would you rate the overall state of moral values in this country today -- as excellent, good, only fair, or poor?"

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Excellent Good Only Fair Poor Unsure
% % % % %

5/7-10/09

2 15 37 45 1

5/8-11/08

2 13 41 44 1

5/10-13/07

1 16 39 44 1

5/8-11/06

1 13 43 42 2

5/6-9/02

1 17 41 40 1
 

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"Right now, do you think the state of moral values in the country as a whole is getting better or getting worse?"

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Getting
Better
Getting
Worse
Same (vol.) Unsure  
% % % %  

5/7-10/09

21 71 6 1  

5/8-11/08

11 81 6 3  

5/10-13/07

11 82 4 2  

5/8-11/06

11 81 6 3  

5/6-9/02

24 67 7 2  
 

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"Next, I'm going to read you a list of issues. Regardless of whether or not you think it should be legal, for each one, please tell me whether you personally believe that in general it is morally acceptable or morally wrong. How about . . . ?"

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Morally
Acceptable
Morally
Wrong
     
% %      

"Divorce"

5/7-10/09

62 30      

5/8-11/08

70 22      

5/10-13/07

65 26      

5/8-11/06

67 24      

5/5-7/03

66 27      

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"The death penalty"

5/7-10/09

62 30      

5/8-11/08

62 30      

5/10-13/07

66 27      

5/8-11/06

71 22      

5/5-7/03

64 31      

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"Buying and wearing clothing made of animal fur"

5/7-10/09

61 35      

5/8-11/08

54 39      

5/10-13/07

58 38      

5/8-11/06

62 32      

5/5-7/03

60 36      

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"Gambling"

5/7-10/09

58 36      

5/8-11/08

63 32      

5/10-13/07

63 32      

5/8-11/06

60 34      

5/5-7/03

63 34      

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"Medical research using stem cells obtained from human embryos"

5/7-10/09

57 36      

5/8-11/08

62 30      

5/10-13/07

64 30      

5/8-11/06

61 30      

5/5-7/03

54 38      

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"Sex between an unmarried man and woman"

5/7-10/09

57 40      

5/8-11/08

61 36      

5/10-13/07

59 38      

5/8-11/06

59 37      

5/5-7/03

58 41      

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"Medical testing on animals"

5/7-10/09

57 36      

5/8-11/08

56 38      

5/10-13/07

59 37      

5/8-11/06

61 32      

5/5-7/03

63 33      

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"Having a baby outside of marriage"

5/7-10/09

51 45      

5/8-11/08

55 41      

5/10-13/07

54 42      

5/8-11/06

51 43      

5/5-7/03

51 46      

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"Gay or lesbian relations"  2008 & earlier: "Homosexual relations"

5/7-10/09

49 47      

5/8-11/08

48 48      

5/10-13/07

47 49      

5/8-11/06

44 51      

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"Doctor-assisted suicide"

5/7-10/09

39 56      

5/8-11/08

51 44      

5/10-13/07

49 44      

5/8-11/06

50 41      

5/5-7/03

45 49      

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"Abortion"

5/7-10/09

36 56      

5/8-11/08

40 48      

5/10-13/07

40 51      

5/8-11/06

43 44      

5/5-7/03

37 53      

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"Cloning animals"

5/7-10/09

34 63      

5/8-11/08

33 61      

5/10-13/07

36 59      

5/8-11/06

29 65      

5/5-7/03

29 68      

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"Suicide"

5/7-10/09

15 80      

5/8-11/08

15 78      

5/10-13/07

16 78      

5/8-11/06

15 78      

5/5-7/03

14 81      

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"Cloning humans"

5/7-10/09

9 88      

5/8-11/08

11 85      

5/10-13/07

11 86      

5/8-11/06

8 88      

5/5-7/03

8 90      

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"Polygamy, when one husband has more than one wife at the same time"

5/7-10/09

7 91      

5/8-11/08

8 90      

5/10-13/07

8 90      

5/8-11/06

5 93      

5/5-7/03

7 92      

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"Married men and women having an affair"

5/7-10/09

6 92      

5/8-11/08

7 91      

5/10-13/07

6 91      

5/8-11/06

4 93      

5/5-7/03

6 93      

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. Jan. 11-15, 2009. N=1,112 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

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"There's been a lot of discussion about the way morals and sex are changing in this country. What is your view on this? Do you think it is wrong for a man and woman to have sexual relations before marriage, or not?"

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Wrong Not Wrong Unsure
% % %
1/11-15/09 32 60 8
7/79 37 56 7

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"Do you think homosexual relations between consenting adults is wrong, or not?"

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Wrong Not Wrong Unsure
% % %
1/11-15/09 41 54 5

 

Gallup Poll. Dec. 8-10, 2006. N=1,009 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

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"Please tell me how you would rate the honesty and ethical standards of people in these different fields: very high, high, average, low, or very low? . . . ."

 

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Very high/
High
%
Nurses 84
Druggists, pharmacists 73
Veterinarians 71
Medical doctors 69
Dentists 62
Engineers 61
Clergy 58
College teachers 58
Policemen 54
Psychiatrists 38
Bankers 37
Chiropractors 36
Journalists 26
State governors 22
Business executives 18
Lawyers 18
Stockbrokers 17
Senators 15
Congressmen 14
Insurance salesmen 13
HMO managers 12
Advertising practitioners 11
Car salesmen 7

 

The Harris Poll. July 7-10, 2006. N=approx. 500 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

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"Would you generally trust each of the following types of people to tell the truth, or not? . . ."

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Would Trust

 

 

2006

2002

1998

 

 

%

%

%

 

 

Doctors 85 77 83

 

 

Teachers 83 80 86

 

 

Scientists 77 68 79

 

 

Police officers 76 69 75

 

 

Professors 75 75 77

 

 

Clergymen or priests 74 64 85

 

 

Military officers 72 64 *

 

 

Judges 70 65 79

 

 

Accountants 68 55 *

 

 

The ordinary man or woman 66 65 71

 

 

Civil servants 62 65 70

 

 

Bankers 62 51 *

 

 

The President 48 65 54

 

 

TV newscasters 44 46 44

 

 

Athletes 43 * *

 

 

Journalists 39 39 43

 

 

Members of Congress 35 35 46

 

 

Pollsters 34 44 55

 

 

Trade union leaders 30 30 37

 

 

Stockbrokers 29 23 *

 

 

Lawyers 27 24 *

 

 

Actors 26 * *

 

 

 

 

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* Not asked


 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. Dec. 2-6, 2005. N=1,155 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

   

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"Regardless of how you usually vote, do you think the Republican Party or the Democratic Party comes closer to sharing your moral values?"

   

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Republican
Party
Democratic
Party
Both (vol.) Neither (vol.) Unsure

%

%

%

%

%

12/2-6/05

41

43

3

5

8

7/04

44

45

2

3

6


 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Bill McInturff (R). March 31-April 3, 2005. N=1,002 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.1.

   

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"When it comes to social and moral issues facing the country, do you think that the federal government should generally be more active or less active?"

   

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More
Active
Less
Active
Depends
(vol.)
Unsure
% % % %
3/31 - 4/3/05 35 54 9 2

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. April 1-2, 2005. N=1,040 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

   

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"When it comes to moral values, do you think the Republican Party is trying to use the federal government to interfere with the private lives of most Americans, or not?"

   

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Is Is Not Unsure
% % %

4/1-2/05

55 40 5
   

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"When it comes to moral values, do you think the Democratic Party is trying to use the federal government to interfere with the private lives of most Americans, or not?"

   

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Is Is Not Unsure
% % %

4/1-2/05

40 53 7

 

Pew Research Center for the People & the Press survey conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. March 17-21, 2005. N=1,505 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

   

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"Do you think people in general today lead as good lives -- honest and moral -- as they used to?"

   

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Yes No Unsure
% % %

3/17-21/05

21 74 5
   

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"Do you think that young people today have as strong a sense of right and wrong as they did, say, fifty years ago?"

   

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Yes No Unsure
% % %

3/17-21/05

18 79 3

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. Dec. 10-13, 2003. N=1,057 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

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"Which comes closer to your view: government should do more to promote traditional values, or government should not favor one set of values over another?"

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Should
Do More
Should
Not
Don't
Know
% % %
12/03 43 50 7
7/00 41 52 7

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Robert Teeter (R). June 16-19, 1999. N=2,011 adults nationwide.

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"Now I would like to turn to the issue of values and the American family for the rest of the survey. Which should be a more important goal for our society these days: promoting greater respect for traditional social and moral values, or encouraging greater tolerance of people with different lifestyles and backgrounds?"
%
Promoting greater respect for traditional values 60
Encouraging greater tolerance 29
Both equally (vol.) 10
Not sure 1

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"Thinking back to when you were growing up, would you say that the social and moral values in the United States were the same as today, higher than today, or lower than today?"
%
Same as today 9
Higher than today 67
Lower than today 22
Not sure 2

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"Do you think that society's standards for acceptable and unacceptable behavior have become higher in recent years, have become lower in recent years, or haven't changed either way?"
%
Higher 24
Lower 66
Haven't changed 8
Not sure 2

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"Thinking about the changes that have taken place in society over the past fifteen to twenty years, which one of the following changes bothers you the most? . . ."
%
"The lack of respect for authority and elders" 37
"The content of today's television and music programming" 13
"The number of unwed teenage mothers" 11
"The rate of divorce" 7
"The acceptance and everyday usage of vulgar or profane language" 7
"More mothers working outside the home" 6
All of these (vol.) 17
None of these (vol.) 1
Not sure 1

 

Shell Oil Company Shell Poll conducted by Peter D. Hart Research Associates (D). March 16-20, 1999. N=1,277 adults nationwide.

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"On the whole, would you say that you are satisfied or dissatisfied with the honesty and standards of behavior of people in this country today?"
%
Satisfied 21
Dissatisfied 74
Not sure 5

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"Do you think that society's standards for acceptable and unacceptable behavior are getting better, getting worse, or are they staying about the same?"
%
Getting better 6
Getting worse 66
Staying about the same 26
Not sure 2

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"On the whole, how do you think that America's moral standards today compare with those of other countries? Compared with the rest of the world, are America's moral standards among the highest, above average, average, below average, or among the lowest?"
%
Among the highest 6
Above average 14
Average 47
Below average 18
Among the lowest 7
Not sure 8

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"In your view, which is the bigger problem today:  society is too tolerant of behavior that is harmful, or society is too intolerant of behavior that is not really harmful?"

%
Too tolerant of harmful behavior 67
Too intolerant of behavior that's not harmful 24
Some of both (vol.) 5
Not sure 4

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Asked of half the sample:
"I'm going to read you a list of values that some people may feel are important. For each one, please tell me whether you think that in the past ten years we have gotten much stronger as a nation, somewhat stronger as a nation, somewhat weaker as a nation, or much weaker as a nation in terms of this value. . . ."
Much
Stronger
Somewhat
Stronger
Somewhat
Weaker
Much
Weaker
About
the Same
(vol.)
% % % % %
"Respect for authority" 2 8 40 46 3
"Commitment to marriage" 2 8 33 50 5
"Respect for the law" 3 12 39 38 6
"Respect for other people" 3 15 37 37 7
"Personal responsibility" 5 18 35 34 6
"Good citizenship" 5 23 40 19 11
"The work ethic" 7 26 36 22 6
"Belief in God and religion" 9 22 33 22 10
"Concern for the less fortunate" 10 35 25 19 10
"Tolerance of people who are different" 13 46 19 13 7

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"Now I'm going to read you a few problems that people identify regarding society's moral standards, and I'd like to know which one or two of these, if any, concern you the most. A tendency to blame others instead of taking personal responsibility. A lack of respect for other people. Too much focus on money and materialism. Lower standards of honesty and integrity. More permissive sexual attitudes." (Up to two responses accepted.)
%
Blaming others 39
Lack of respect 30
Materialism 28
Lower standards of honesty 24
Permissive sexual attitudes 15
None of these (vol.) 1
All of these (vol.) 14
Not sure 1

 


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