You know what’s important in life? God, family, and country.
Oh, wait — sorry. That’d be the things that aren’t important.
So believe millennials, according to a new poll.
The annual study conducted by NBC News and The Wall Street Journal started just over two decades ago, asking Americans what values they hold the most dear.
At the time — as noted by the Journal, “principles of hard work, patriotism, commitment to religion and the goal of having children” were all high on the list.
These days? Not so much.
WSJ’s Chad Day observes:
Today, hard work remains atop the list, but the shares of Americans listing the other three values have fallen substantially.
Compared to scores from 1998, as for their ranking among “Very Important” components of good living, religion dropped a whopping 12%; having children suffered a startling 16% plummet; and patriotism took the plunge at a rate of 9%.
How do the youngsters match up to the old folks? Like this:
Among people 55 and older, for example, nearly 80 percent said patriotism was very important, compared with 42 percent of those ages 18-38 — the millennial generation and older members of Gen-Z.
Also found: “A majority” are happy with the country’s economy, and two-thirds don’t expect the next generation to necessarily be better off.
According to the survey, Democrats have changed more than Republicans.
One metric seems point to the radical revolution happening on the Left:
In fact, the views of Democrats over age 50 were more in line with those of younger Republicans than with younger members of their own party.
Personally, I find that pretty believable.
“Faith, family, and America” used to be our most treasured ideals. The fact that those have fallen is a disturbing prognosis for the future. Can the tide be reversed, or is it too late? If there is such a thing as hope, where can it be found? I’ll start with here and here.
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