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(CNSNews.com) -- A new Gallup poll shows that a slim majority, 51%, does not favor the government promoting traditional values, but 45% favor the government doing so. In addition, the survey shows that older Americans and Christians strongly support the government pushing traditional values, as does a plurality of women.
In the survey conducted Sept. 6-10, Gallup asked, "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?" 51% said the government should not promote such values and 45% said the government should.
Interestingly, prior to 2008, strong majorities of Americans supported the idea of the government promoting traditional values. In 2005 that support was 50%, in 2001 it was 53%, in 1996, 59%, and in 1993 it was 57%.
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In 1996, as Gallup shows, only 36% of Americans thought the government should not be promoting traditional values. (Gallup has conducted this survey since 1993.)
"The erosion of support for governmental promotion of traditional values coincides with a recent Gallup finding that Americans have become increasingly liberal on a wide range of moral issues," said the polling firm. "Additionally, the percentage of Americans who describe themselves as liberal on social issues has nearly matched the percentage who say they are conservative, after many years of a significant conservative advantage."
Gallup further said, "The movement away from the long-held view that government should promote traditional societal values has been driven primarily by Democrats and political independents, while Republicans remain relatively steadfast in favoring governmental promotion of traditional values."
The survey numbers show that only 30% of Democrats think the government should promote traditionla values while 66% say the government should promote such values.
In addition, the poll found that, "53% of Americans aged 55 and older think the government should promote traditional values; 34% of those aged 18 to 34 agree." Also, "52% of self-identified Christians want the government to promote traditional values; 23% of those who do not identify with a religion agree."
Gallup further reported, "a 49% plurality of women support government promotion of traditional values; 41% of men agree."
The polling firm concluded, "Americans' previously solid support for governmental advancement of traditional values has softened over the last few years. This has been driven by Democrats and independents, even as Republican support has remained firm."
(This poll surveyed a random sample of 1,022 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The sampling error is +/- 4 percentage points.)
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