Trend: How would you rate the overall state of moral values in this country today -- as excellent, good, only fair, or poor? Right now, do you think the state of moral values in the country as a whole is getting better or getting worse?

Trend: How would you rate the overall state of moral values in this country today -- as excellent, good, only fair, or poor?

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

Trend: 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 ... ?

Trend: 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 ... ?

Trend: 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 ... ?

Trend: 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 ... ?

Trend: 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?

In your view, what is the most important problem with the state of moral values in the country today? [OPEN-ENDED] May 2012 results

Based on what you know or have read about the matter (whether religious-based employers should cover contraception for their employees as part of their health plans), do you sympathize more with the views of -- [ROTATED: religious leaders (or) the Obama administration]? February 2012

(Asked of those who say moral values are getting better) In what ways do you see moral values in the country getting better? [OPEN-ENDED]

BASED ON THOSE WHO SAY MORAL VALUES ARE GETTING BETTER

2010 May 3-6

%

Better understanding about other people and cultures/More diversity/Less racism

25

Americans are pulling together in tough times

25

People are more honest, responsible

9

Young people more involved, have better values

6

More religion/People turning to God

5

Economy is improving

5

Obama/Democrats improving the situation

4

Greater focus, priority on family

2

Parents more involved/Getting better at raising children

2

Other

5

Nothing in particular (vol.)

11

No opinion

7

(vol.) = Volunteered response

(Asked of those who say moral values are getting worse) In what ways do you see moral values in the country getting worse? [OPEN-ENDED]

BASED ON THOSE WHO SAY MORAL VALUES ARE GETTING WORSE

2010 May 3-6

%

Declining moral values, standards

15

Disrespect of others

15

Parents not instilling values in children/Not spending time with

8

Dishonesty among government, business leaders

8

Rising crime/violence

8

Moving away from religion/church/God

7

Breakdown of family/Unwed mothers

7

People not accountable/responsible for behavior

7

People don't care

6

TV content -- cursing, sex, etc.

5

Sex/Promiscuity/Pornography

5

Government policies

4

Everyone is out for themselves

4

Abortion

3

The media

3

Greed

3

Gay/Lesbian relations

3

Lack of jobs

2

Teen pregnancy

2

Drugs

2

Illegal immigration

1

Computers/The Internet

1

Way teens/youth dress

1

Other

3

Nothing in particular (vol.)

2

No opinion

3

(vol.) = Volunteered response

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