For the first time a majority of Americans say the government should not promote any particular value set. A Gallup poll conducted last month found that 52 percent of Americans do not favor government promoting any values and 44 percent believe the government should promote “traditional values.”
Gallup began asking opinions about the government’s role in promoting value sets in 1993. In 2001, 59 percent believed the government had a role in promoting marriage as a union between one man and one woman, along with other so-called “traditional values.”
Republicans widely favor promotion of values by the government (65 percent to 32 percent). Most Democrats say government should take a neutral stance (67 percent to 29 percent). The poll numbers are consistent with the public’s growing acceptance of marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples.