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Topic - Alyssa Brown
When it comes to moral values, Americans (still) do not think the state of the union is good, a new Gallup Poll says.
The press has amplified 1 percent, 99 percent and 47 percent in recent days as a succinct measure of political culture and public opinion. Here is a fourth measurement to add to the collection: 9 percent. That is the number of Republicans who approve of Congress, this according to Gallup. Things are pretty tepid elsewhere: 15 percent of Americans overall and 17 percent of Democrats give the lawmakers a thumbs-up.
"The net result of these two trends is that seven in 10 Americans have a negative view of moral values" in the nation, said Alyssa Brown, author of the Gallup report, issued Wednesday.
"So their sour outlook on U.S. values may have more to do with basic matters of civility than with the more controversial moral issues that currently divide Americans," Ms. Brown wrote.