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51 Percent of US: Govt Should Not Endorse Set of Values

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Friday, 13 Oct 2017 01:23 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Fifty-one percent of American adults say that the government should not favor any particular set of values.[1] Gallup found that nearly as many — 45 percent — believe the government should promote traditional values.

This is the third straight year that the number favoring neutrality has topped the number favoring promotion of traditional values.

Prior to 2008, the promotion of traditional values had always won more support. Two decades ago, 57 percent thought the government should promote traditional values while just 37 percent favored neutrality.

A plurality of women (49 percent) want the government to promote traditional values. Just 41 percent of men agree.

While Republicans generally favor less government intervention, two-thirds of them (66 percent) want the government to promote traditional values. On the other hand, Democrats typically express a desire for more government intervention, but only 30 percent think that should include promoting traditional values.

No definition of traditional values was provided to survey respondents, and no questions were asked about whether the government should challenge or oppose traditional values.

Footnotes:

  1. Gallup News, "Slim Majority Against Government Pushing Traditional Values," October 6, 2017

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