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Americans don't want government that promotes conservative values

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Staff Writer | October 9, 2017
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America   A change in thinking

Given a choice, more Americans prefer that the government not advance any values (51%) than say it should "promote traditional values" (45%).

This marks the third consecutive year that the public has favored government neutrality on advancing values.

Before 2008, Americans consistently favored government promotion of traditional values.

The latest result is from Gallup's annual Governance survey, conducted Sept. 6-10, and updates a question on the government's role in promoting traditional values first asked in 1993.

In recent years, Americans have skewed toward thinking the government should remain neutral on values.

The erosion of support for governmental promotion of traditional values coincides with a recent Gallup finding that Americans have become increasingly liberal on a wide range of moral issues.

Additionally, the percentage of Americans who describe themselves as liberal on social issues has nearly matched the percentage who say they are conservative, after many years of a significant conservative advantage.


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