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Culture Upside Down: There Has Been A Colossal Shift In America’s Values Since 2001

Posted By Michael Snyder On June 4, 2014 @ 10:00 am In Editor's Choice,Featured,Perspectives | 9 Comments

The United States is becoming a place where “anything goes”, and most Americans are okay with that.  No matter which side of the “culture war” that you are on, you have to admit that our culture is being fundamentally transformed.  In fact, new numbers from Gallup confirm that there has been a colossal shift in America’s moral values just since 2001.  Over the past 13 years, we have become a dramatically different country.  Many of the things that used to be considered “evil” are now considered to be “good”, and many of the things that used to be considered “good” are now considered to be “evil”.  In other words, our culture is literally being turned upside down, and the “values” that our national leaders speak of today are far different from the “values” that our grandparents grew up with.  So is this a good thing or a bad thing?

Every year, Gallup conducts an “annual Values and Beliefs survey”, and the survey results for 2014 have just been released [2].  When you compare the numbers from 2001 to the numbers for this year, the difference in quite a few of the categories is quite striking.  Here are a few examples…

Sex between an unmarried man and woman

2001: 53%

2014: 66%

Divorce

2001: 59%

2014: 69%

Having a baby outside of marriage

2001: 45%

2014: 58%

Gay or lesbian relations

2001: 40%

2014: 58%

Medical research using stem cells from human embryos

2001: 52%

2014: 65%

Pornography

2001: 30%

2014: 33%

Suicide

2001: 13%

2014: 19%

Cloning Humans

2001: 7%

2014: 13%

As a nation, we are moving much more in the “socially liberal” direction.

But does that mean that everyone is changing?

Well, when Gallup broke the numbers down by political affiliation, they found something extremely interesting.

Gallup discovered that the values of Democrats had experienced a seismic shift since 2001, but that the values of Republicans had actually changed very little [3]…


In the 12 years Gallup has asked this overall question, Democrats have become significantly more tolerant on many issues, while independents generally show a smaller shift in the same direction and Republicans’ views have changed little. The percentage of Democrats who say an issue is morally acceptable has increased for 10 issues, including abortion, sex between an unmarried man and woman, extramarital affairs, cloning humans, divorce, cloning animals, suicide, research using stem cells from human embryos, polygamy, and gay and lesbian relations.

In some cases, the change among Democrats has been substantial. For example, in 2003, 52% of Democrats said having a baby outside of wedlock was morally acceptable, and 40% of Republicans and 61% of independents agreed. This year, 72% of Democrats, a 20-percentage-point increase, say it is morally acceptable. Meanwhile, Republicans have seen no change, with 40% still saying it is morally acceptable, although a higher 50% viewed it as morally acceptable last year. Independents have also not seen a change, with 60% saying having a baby out of wedlock is morally acceptable this year.

In other words, the “values gap” between the two major political parties is now larger than it has ever been.

And Gallup has previously found that there are huge differences between age groups when it comes to moral values as well.

For example, only 19 percent [4] of Americans 55 and older consider pornography to be “morally acceptable”, but 49 percent [4] of Americans in the 18 to 34-year-old age group do.

This is true on issue after issue, and it is an indication that Americans will continue to become more “socially liberal” as older generations of Americans die off.

But as our values change, America is becoming a much different place.

You see, the truth is that moral values have consequences.  The following are just a few statistics about the current state of morality in America from one of my previous articles [5]…

-18 percent [6] of all women in the United States say that they have been raped at some point in their lives.

-It is estimated that one out of every four [7] girls will be sexually abused before they become adults.

-Approximately one-third of the entire population of the United States (110 million people [8]) currently has a sexually transmitted disease according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

-In the United States today, more than half [9] of all couples “move in together” before they get married.

-For women under the age of 30 in the United States, more than half of all babies [10] are being born out of wedlock.

-At this point, approximately one out of every three children [11] in the United States lives in a home without a father.

-Right now, there are 70 million Americans [12] that are on mind-altering drugs of one form or another.

-According to a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately two-thirds [13] of all Americans in the 15 to 24-year-old age bracket have engaged in oral sex.

-During 2012, more than 85,000 military veterans [14] were formally treated for sexual abuse that they suffered while serving in the U.S. military.

-According to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, there are747,408 registered sex offenders [15] in the United States.  And those are just the ones that have been caught and convicted.

Can our society survive if everyone just does “whatever seems right in their own eyes” and young people are allowed to decide for themselves what is right and what is wrong?

Some would suggest that our nation is “evolving” and that we are steadily becoming a more “progressive society”.

Others are deeply alarmed that we are abandoning the values that this nation was founded upon and are calling for a return to those values.

So what do you think?

Please feel free to share your opinion about America’s dramatic cultural shift by posting a comment below…

 

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[2] have just been released: http://www.gallup.com/poll/162689/record-high-say-gay-lesbian-relations-morally.aspx

[3] had actually changed very little: http://www.gallup.com/poll/170789/new-record-highs-moral-acceptability.aspx

[4] 19 percent: http://www.gallup.com/poll/162881/older-americans-moral-attitudes-changing.aspx

[5] from one of my previous articles: http://thetruthwins.com/archives/100-facts-about-the-moral-collapse-of-america-that-are-almost-too-crazy-to-believe

[6] 18 percent: http://news.yahoo.com/number-registered-sex-offenders-increasing-213100455.html

[7] one out of every four: http://www.d2l.org/site/c.4dICIJOkGcISE/b.6143427/k.38C5/Child_Sexual_Abuse_Statistics.htm

[8] 110 million people: http://cnsnews.com/news/article/barbara-hollingsworth/chlamydia-sets-us-record-most-cases-reportable-disease

[9] more than half: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/15/opinion/sunday/the-downside-of-cohabiting-before-marriage.html?_r=1

[10] more than half of all babies: http://articles.businessinsider.com/2012-02-21/home/31081751_1_illegitimacy-black-children-unmarried-women

[11] one out of every three children: http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/27-facts-that-prove-that-the-family-in-america-is-in-the-worst-shape-ever

[12] 70 million Americans: http://endoftheamericandream.com/archives/19-statistics-about-the-drugging-of-america-that-are-almost-too-crazy-to-believe

[13] approximately two-thirds: http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/health/story/2012-08-16/cdc-oral-sex/57079768/1?csp=hf

[14] more than 85,000 military veterans: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/05/20/more-than-85000-veterans-treated-last-year-over-alleged-military-sex-abuse/?test=latestnews

[15] 747,408 registered sex offenders: http://endoftheamericandream.com/archives/there-are-747000-registered-sex-offenders-in-the-united-states

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[20] Economic Collapse Blog.: http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/


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In the United States today, more than half [9] of all couples “move in together” before they get married.
In the defense of "moral values" (and yes, even my church opposes cohabitation), this development is not so much a reflection of a decline in values (as much as there has been such a decline the past decade or so) but in mere finances. To quote Jimmy McMillan, "rent is too (…) high" in most places to afford living alone. That's also a factor in why many twentysomethings are living with their parents these days. Given the choice between living with parents and living with their boyfriend or girlfriend and splitting rent, I'd think most people of that age would rather choose the latter.
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Those folks need some preaching from Rev. Ted Haggard, Rev. Jim Bakker and/or Rev. Jim Swaggart.

I'll wager the trends in the US are similar to the trends in Canada, UK, Australia, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, and most other developed nations since WWII etc.

I believe, like Milton Friedman, that personal and economic freedom go together. Since WWII much of the developed world has moved from the daily fear of hunger, to relative affluence. Think Maslow's Hierarchy.

Freedom, when obtained, is spent as one pleases. Whether you and your pastor like it, or not. 

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There was a time -- up until, say, the early 1960's -- when The United States actually -was- "one nation", or something fairly close to that.

That time is no more.

The nation is breaking apart in front of our eyes, not only culturally, but racially and morally as well. What once were annoying gaps are growing into canyons that have become, for all practical (and moral) purposes, unbridgeable.

We are a "house dividing" against ourselves. There is little chance for re-unification. That would require the common bonds of culture and race -- and those are fast disappearing.

How much longer will the house of our Founders and fathers stand?
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It were predicted in Friday, by R.A Heinlein in 1982. The Balkanization of North America into 5 or 6 separate countries. I know hes a sci fi author and, horror of horrors, a confirmed Libertarian, but he were also one VERY smart man.
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moving in together before you get married is bringing America down?  Puh-leeze.

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I'll wager the trends in the US are similar to the trends in Canada, UK, Australia, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, and most other developed nations since WWII etc.
Away from God and toward mammon. Once America was the last bastion of morality.

Now, no more.
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Away from God and toward mammon. Once America was the last bastion of morality.

Now, no more.

movement away from coerced obedience to a biased reading of religion is not of necessity a movement toward mammon.  would that islamists would start moving away from coerced obedience to a biased reading of religion.

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All you anti-Christian types will eat your words a lot sooner than you expect.

When a country's moral fiber implodes, the entire county is not far behind.

We are raising a generation of sociopaths who have been taught that there are no rules, no morals, and they can do anything they want.
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All you anti-Christian types will eat your words a lot sooner than you expect.

When a country's moral fiber implodes, the entire county is not far behind.

We are raising a generation of sociopaths who have been taught that there are no rules, no morals, and they can do anything they want.

Whom are you characterizing as an "anti-Christian"?

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I think he meant you Oceander you certainly sound that way to me too.

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As a nation, we are moving much more in the “socially liberal” direction.

This is such a goofy, red meat kind of an article.

Of course the nation has moved toward the more socially liberal part of the social spectrum. That is the constant, not the exception.

Take any ten year period of time from any Western civilization nation, and you will see the same thing... nations become more liberal than more conservative.

That's the nature of social evolution, and THAT is what the Islamic world is fighting to prevent from happening to them.
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Not being a Christian is does not equal "Anti-Christian".  Except, of course to someone with the martyr mentality.  Why not just walk around in a perpetual pose of martyrdom.  Forearm dramatically lain acrossed the forehead, eyes rolled back into the head, lips pursed.
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Not being a Christian is does not equal "Anti-Christian".  Except, of course to someone with the martyr mentality.  Why not just walk around in a perpetual pose of martyrdom.  Forearm dramatically lain acrossed the forehead, eyes rolled back into the head, lips pursed.
This America walking the plank to oblivion has been going since Plymouth Rock.  You want to get America back on track?  Put away the hocus pocus and focus on rebuilding an economy to put half a dollar back in a man's pocket.

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