Moral State of the Union
Fewer than one quarter (22%) of Americans say they would give the current ‘moral state of the union’ a grade of an “A” or a “B.” Catholics are about as likely to rate the nation’s moral climate positively (“A” or “B”) as they are poorly (“D” or “F”) – 28% vs. 33%. However, a majority of white Evangelicals (54%) give the country’s moral climate poor marks (“D” or “F”).
Americans view the country’s moral climate through a partisan lens. Both Republicans (55%) and those who identify with the Tea Party Movement (54%) are more than twice as likely as Democrats (21%) to give the nation’s moral climate a D or an F.
A majority of Americans say the harsh rhetoric contributed to the targeting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.
There is little agreement on what the biggest obstacles are for leaders who want to change the tone in Washington. Democrats were more likely to blame the Tea Party and conservative talk radio. Republicans and members of the Tea Party were more likely to single out liberal bloggers as the problem. Religious Americans were again split along racial lines. More than 1-in-5 minority Christians point towards the Tea Party as the biggest obstacle. White Christians assert that cable news commentators created the largest roadblock.