Americans attribute less importance to the importance of patriotism, religion, and the desire to have children than two decades ago, a shift driven by the changing views of younger Americans, according to a new survey.
A Wall Street Journal / NBC News poll released on Sunday found that hard work remains a top priority for Americans, but has significantly diminished the importance of the other three.
Compared to a Survey For 21 years, Americans have stated that hard work, patriotism, religion, and children are top priorities.
Patriotism is still generally considered important by Americans over 55 years of age 79 percent said it was very important. But less than half of Americans between the ages of 18 and 38, 42 percent, named patriotism as a very important value.
Forty-eight percent of Americans said religion was very important, a drop of 14 points from 21 years ago. Younger Americans again contributed to the declining value. Sixty-seven percent of Americans over the age of 55 stated that religion or belief in God is very important compared to 30 percent of 18- to 38-year-old Americans.
Only 43 percent of Americans said they had children, which represents a 16-point decline from 1998, according to the survey.
The survey polled 1,000 adults between August 10 and August 14. There is an error rate of 3.1 percentage points.