March 28, 2023

Poll: We're not okay

Axios  - A new Wall Street Journal-NORC poll exposes generational and political divides that echo loudly and transformatively across our culture, politics and governance. "Patriotism, religious faith, having children and other priorities that helped define the national character for generations are receding in importance to Americans," The Wall Street Journal's Aaron Zitner writes.

  • "Tolerance for others, deemed very important by 80% of Americans as recently as four years ago, has fallen to 58%."
  • Asked to describe the state of the nation's economy, 1% (not a typo) chose "excellent."
  • 56% said a four-year college degree is "not worth the cost because people often graduate without specific job skills and with a large amount of debt."
  • 33% said they have very little or no confidence in public schools.

Look at the tectonic shifts from a Journal/NBC poll 25 years ago, in 1998:

  • ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Patriotism is very important: Dropped from 70% to 38%.
  • ๐Ÿ™ Religion is very important: Dropped from 62% to 39%.
  • ๐Ÿผ Having children is very important: Dropped from 59% to 30%.
  • ๐Ÿ™‹ Community involvement is very important: Dropped from 47% to 27%.
  • ๐Ÿ’ฐ Money is very important: Rose from 31% to 43%.

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