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Sad: Young Americans Care Less About Patriotism, Religion, or Having Kids Today

Gabriella Hoffman
by Gabriella Hoffman Read Profile arrow_right_alt

This is sad to read.

Members of my generation—namely Millennials and Generation Z (those ages 18-38)—rate the values of patriotism, religion, and having children as less important than their predecessors did two decades ago.

Moreover, the poll shows young people today place more emphasis on values like self-fulfillment compared to their older counterparts. When divided on political lines, the findings are even more dismal.

These findings were documented by a newly-released NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, which was conducted August 10-14, 2019, using 1,000 respondents with over half reached by cell phone. It boasted a margin of error (MOE) plus-minus 3.1%.

From WSJ:

The values that Americans say define the national character are changing, as younger generations rate patriotism, religion and having children as less important to them than did young people two decades ago, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News survey finds.

This poll also found growing discord and anger wielded at the political establishment too.

These poll findings on young people’s attitudes about traditional American values shouldn’t come as a surprise. It can be attributed to factors like the pervasive influence mass media, higher education, and entertainment have on them today.

The question beckons: will the country continue to shift more left on the cultural front, or will the pendulum swing back more to the center?

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