More than eight in 10 Americans admit that they have some level of concern that the morality in America is declining, a new survey by LifeWay Research shows.
The Nashville-based Christian polling group’s survey, released Tuesday, found that 81 percent of Americans either agree or strongly agree with the statement: “I am concerned about declining moral behavior in our nation.”
Forty-six percent of respondents said they “strongly agree” with that statement, while 35 percent said they “agree.” On the flip side, only six percent said they “strongly disagree” and 13 percent said they “disagree” that they are concerned about the declining morality in the nation.
“We are shifting very fast from a world where right and wrong didn’t change to a world where right and wrong are relative,” Lifeway Research Executive Director Scott McConnell said in a statement. “We are not all on the same page when it comes to morality. And we haven’t reckoned with what that means.”
When broken down into different demographics, the survey — which polled over 1,000 Americans and has a plus or minus 3.1-percentage-point margin of error — found that a total of 85 percent of Christians agreed that they are concerned about the decline in moral behavior across the nation, which makes them more likely than people of other religions (70 percent) and people of no faith (72 percent) to agree with that statement.
The survey also found that evangelicals are more likely to have concern about the moral decline of the nation than non-evangelicals are. In total, 91 percent of evangelicals said they agreed with the statement, while 79 percent of people without evangelical beliefs agreed. Likewise, those who attend a religious service at least once a month (89 percent) were more likely to be concerned than those who don’t attend religious services regularly (77 percent).
Seventy-nine percent of Protestant respondents and 82 percent of Catholic respondents also expressed concern with morality in America.
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SOURCE: The Christian Post, Samuel Smith