Gallup Poll: In Major Shift, Most Want Government Promoting Traditional Values

In a big shift, Gallup reports that most Americans want the government to promote "traditional values."

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By Dan Gilgoff, God & Country

Marking a major shift from last year, a new Gallup poll finds that most Americans say the government should promote "traditional values." Check out this graph on the trend:

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There are two fascinating details underlying the shift in support for government promoting traditional values.

First, last year, when President Obama was elected, marked the high point for opposition to government promoting traditional values since Gallup started asking the question in 1993. Second, the shift comes almost entirely at the hands of political moderates. From Gallup's analysis:

Independents' views show a dramatic turnaround, from a 55%-37% split against government-promoted morality last year to a 54%-40% division in favor of it today. By contrast, Republicans' and Democrats' views have been relatively stable, with the former solidly in favor of the government's promoting traditional morality, and a majority of the latter opposed.

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