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Hollywood Out of Step With American Morals: Poll

Monday, 17 Nov 2008 07:45 AM

LOS ANGELES — A majority of Americans say Hollywood doesn't share their moral values, according to a poll commissioned by the Anti-Defamation League, a group that fights anti-Semitism.

Sixty-one percent of those surveyed said that religious values in America are under attack, and 59 percent agreed that "the people who run the TV networks and the major movie studios do not share the religious and moral values of most Americans."

The poll, titled "American Attitudes on Religion, Moral Values and Hollywood," was conducted by the Marttila Communications Group, which surveyed 1,000 adults nationwide. It was released Friday at the ADL's annual meeting in Los Angeles.

"These findings point to the challenges that we face in dealing with issues of religion in society," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL national director. "The belief that religion is under attack underlies the drive to incorporate more religion into American public life. Disturbingly, 43% of Americans believe there is an organized campaign by Hollywood and the national media to weaken the influence of religious values in this country."

Among the survey's findings:

  • 61 percent of respondents agree that "religious values are under attack in this country," while 36 percent disagree with that statement.

  • 43 percent said Hollywood and the national media are waging an organized campaign to "weaken the influence of religious values in this country."

  • 63 percent disagree with the statement that "the movie and television industries are pretty much run by Jews," while only 22 percent agree. When ADL conducted its first survey on anti-Semitic attitudes, in 1964, nearly half of the respondents believed that Jews ran the television and film industries.

  • Nearly 40 percent support the notion that "dangerous ideas should be banned from public school libraries," and nearly the same number disagree with the statement that "censoring books is an old-fashioned idea."

  • Nearly half — 49 percent — believe that the United States is becoming "too tolerant in its acceptance of different ideas and lifestyles; 47 percent disagree.

    The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percent.

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