April 23, 2007

Doubt Young People Know Right From Wrong

79%

That’s the percentage of Americans who think young people do not have as strong a sense of right and wrong as they did 50 years ago. While nostalgia for the old days is far from new, this finding is substantially more negative than those recorded decades ago.

Asked if young people today have as strong a sense of right and wrong as they did, say, 50 years ago, only 18% say yes, while 79% say no according to a 2005 Pew Research poll. This is about the same margin recorded in surveys since 1998, but a substantially more negative reading than was recorded in surveys decades ago. In a June 1952 survey, for example, nearly six-in-ten respondents judged that youth of that era were as sharply attuned to right and wrong as their forebears. Read More