The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Americans say morals in decline

Three-quarters of Americans say the country's moral values are worsening, blaming a decline in ethical standards, poor parenting, and dishonesty by government and business leaders, a Gallup poll reports.

The number of Americans who say the nation's moral values are in decline grew by 5 percent since last year.

Other reasons mentioned were a rise in crime, a breakdown of the two-parent family and a moving away from religion or God.

Some 14 percent of respondents believe the country's moral values are getting better, while 15 percent believe its morality is in an excellent or good state.


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