According to a new poll, American millennials place considerably less value on patriotism, religion and having children than the generations that came before them.
A survey Released Sunday by the Wall Street Journal and NBC News discovered that the values that unite the nation are becoming less and farther between.
The two outlets compared data from a poll of Americans' most cherished values 21 years ago and August of 2019.
At the time, the highest rated categories were hard work, patriotism, devotion to religion and having children.
Nowadays, hard work is the only feature that remains at the top of the list, while the other categories have fallen due to input from people between 18 and 38.
& # 39; There is an emerging America where issues such as children, religion and patriotism are much less important, & # 39; said Republican pollster Bill McInturff, who conducted the survey under Democratic pollster Jeff Horwitt.
& # 39; And in America, it is the emerging generation that drives where the country is going. & # 39;
A new study of values cherished by Americans in 2019 revealed that millennials attach much less importance to patriotism, religion, and having children than generations that came before them. The graph above shows the distribution of the six best values in the survey based on age
The largest decrease was seen in the value of having children, with 43 percent of the 1,000 people surveyed indicating that the & # 39; very important & # 39; for them was – a decrease of 16 percent compared to 1998.
Among the 18 to 38 age group, just over 30 percent said children were important in 2019, compared to more than 50 percent of people over 55.
Fifty percent of people said that religion was very important to them, compared to 62 percent in 1998. Only one-third of the younger age group said it was important, compared to two-thirds of the older group.
Just over 61 percent of people attached great importance to patriotism, nine percent less than 21 years earlier. Almost 80 percent of the over-55s said it was very important, compared to 42 percent of the younger group.
The researchers said that the strong gap between age groups is an indication of how difficult it will be for 2020 presidential candidates to reach agreement, especially given that the differences were most pronounced among Democrats.
The research found that Democrats over 50 years old had views that were more in line with younger Republicans than younger members of their own party.
Researchers discovered that 70 percent of Americans surveyed & # 39; angry & # 39; is on the current political landscape in the US. That number is unchanged from October 2015 (file photo)
There were some unifying points in the data, including that most Americans indicated that they are somewhat or very satisfied with the economy.
Two-thirds said they have no confidence that the next generation is better off than the current one.
All age groups were within a 20-point range when it came to the value of hard work, social commitment and tolerance for others.
Specific questions about tolerance, however, yielded political-polar responses.
Nearly two-thirds of people who said they would vote for a Democratic primary, said they believe that the country is becoming more diverse and tolerant of different lifestyles and cultures, is a step forward.
Only 16 percent of Republican primary voters agreed, and nearly 60 percent said they saw the shift as a combination of steps forward and back.
Sixty percent of adults said they think race relationships in the US are in bad shape, with half of Republicans and 21 percent of Republicans indicating that race relationships are good.
Only 19 percent of African Americans surveyed said race relationships were reasonable or very good in 2019, the lowest level in more than two decades of polls by WSJ and NBC researchers.
About 56 percent of the participants said that race ratios had deteriorated since President Trump took office in 2016, while 10 percent said they had improved.
The researchers discovered that the country became even more divided during Trump's presidency – in two ways: anger and uncertainty.
& # 39; Four years ago we discovered a deep and boiling rage across the country that engulfed our political system, & # 39; Horwitt said.
& # 39; Four years later, with a completely different political leader, that anger remains at the same level. & # 39;
Seventy percent of people said the statement: & # 39; I feel & # 39; angry & # 39; because our political system seems to work only for the insiders with money and power, such as those on Wall Street or in Washington, she described & # 39; very good & # 39; or & # 39; somewhat & # 39 ;.
Fifty-six percent agreed with the statement: & # 39; I feel anxious and uncertain because the economy still feels rocky and unpredictable & # 39; – against 61 percent in October 2015.
Offering a thin glimmer of hope in the next election is the fact that 52 percent said: & # 39; I am pleased that our political system is being shaken up and those who have been ignored for too long are now being heard and put first. & # 39;
The new poll of 10-14 August had a margin of error of 3.1 percent.
More than half of Americans said they & # 39; are satisfied & # 39; are that the political system & # 39; is being shaken & # 39;
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