Democrats Much Less Likely To Believe in God, Country, and Family
Our friend Stephen Moore in a recent issue of his must-read "Unleash Prosperity Hotline" alerted us to a very troubling, but not at all surprising WSJ-NORC poll. Click here to subscribe–it's free.
The poll shows that the percentage of Americans who have a patriotic love of country, are religious, and think it is important to have children has fallen by almost half in 25 years.
Those who self-report as Democratic voters are about twice as likely as Republicans to reject these traditional values, observed Steve Moore. Only one-in-four Democrats think it is important to procreate and have kids. (If you really believe - as the UN scientists tell us - that the planet has only five or 10 years left before we all die from global warming, why bring children into the world to face a climate change apocalypse?)
What’s most disturbing about this is that if the left in America has lost faith in the country, God, or family - what DO they believe in?
The pagan religion of big government concluded Mr.
Some 38% of respondents said patriotism was very important to them, and 39% said religion was very important. That was down sharply from when the Journal first asked the question in 1998, when 70% deemed patriotism to be very important, and 62% said so of religion.
The Wall Street Journal – NORC poll also found the share of Americans who say that having children, involvement in their community and hard work are very important values has also fallen. Tolerance for others, deemed very important by 80% of Americans as recently as four years ago, has fallen to 58% since then.
Bill McInturff, a pollster who worked on a previous Journal survey that measured these attitudes along with NBC News, said that “these differences are so dramatic, it paints a new and surprising portrait of a changing America.’’ He surmised that “perhaps the toll of our political division, Covid and the lowest economic confidence in decades is having a startling effect on our core values.’’
The only priority the Journal tested that has grown in importance in the past quarter-century is money, which was cited as very important by 43% in the new survey, up from 31% in 1998.
Aside from money, all age groups, including seniors, attached far less importance to these priorities and values than when pollsters asked about them in 1998 and 2019. But younger Americans in particular place low importance on these values, many of which were central to the lives of their parents, observed the Wall Street Journal’s analysts.
Some 23% of adults under age 30 said in the new survey that patriotism was very important to them personally, compared with 59% of seniors ages 65 or older. Some 31% of younger respondents said that religion was very important to them, compared with 55% among seniors.
Only 23% of adults under age 30 said that having children was very important.
Here’s a link to the poll results, so you can review them for further detail.
Among the finer details that stuck out to us was religious affiliation; 24% of respondents claimed no religion (Atheist 4%, Agnostic 8% and “nothing in particular” 12%). What’s more, 32% said they never attend religious services. Just 49% said “I know God really exists and I have no doubts about it.”