A Majority of Americans Not Comfortable with the Moral Direction of Their Country

Not just Republicans but half of minorities and even more women think the moral direction that the United States has traveled is wrong.

I have already mentioned David French’s report at the National Review of how a majority of Americans think that what is happening to the country since the Supreme Court invented same sex “marriage” has moved us in the wrong moral direction. It is notable that even the Washington Post is admitting to this fact: “Liberals have won a series of victories on social issues. Most Americans aren’t thrilled about it.

Liberals have won a string of victories on gay marriage and health care reform this year, but a new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds a large majority of Americans are unhappy with where the nation is headed on social issues.

Sixty three percent of people say they are uncomfortable with the country’s overall direction on social issues these days; four in 10 feel “strongly” uncomfortable about the nation’s changes.

The question was, “Would you describe yourself as comfortable or uncomfortable with the country’s overall direction on social issues these days?”

The story begins concentrating on how much Republicans are opposed to the moral direction that the country has traveled, especially due to the intervention of the Supreme Court. But what was much more interesting was the chart breaking up the population into different demographics.

While not many will be surprised that 82 percent of Republicans are upset with the moral direction of the country, it might be more surprising that 68 percent of independents are also uncomfortable. So are 43 percent of Democrats.

Also surprising: 51 percent of non-whites said they were uncomfortable with the moral direction of the country. Does the media ever give us reason to think that half of minorities don’t like the moral direction of the nation?

But it gets even stranger: two thirds of all women say they are either somewhat or strongly uncomfortable with the moral direction of the country. How does that make any sense with the constant claims about “a war on women”?

Furthermore, the article says that half of people who are younger than thirty years old are uncomfortable with the moral direction of the country.

What appeared to be overwhelming wins for President Obama in June and July are not resonating with his base quite as soundly as may have been expected.

Weirdly, the article offers the wealth gap as the issue that voters care about. But why not tap into voter discontent on the moral direction of the nation? It plays to the Republican base, a wide majority of independents, and a significant minority of Democrats.