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1 THE STATE OF THE COUNTRY George Barna American Culture & Faith Institute A division of United in Purpose

2 Understanding the Heart of America 2

3 65 and Older % % % %

4 Growth in Minority Population Aggregate White Minority * % 26% % 38% % 40% % 53% * Hispanic, African-American, Asian

5 Married Adults in the U.S % % % %

6 Births Per Woman White Hispanic Afr.-American Asian

7 Low Confidence in Major Institutions & Communities 50% or higher Military Police 40-49% Churches/organized religion Scientific community 30-39% Public schools Medical system 20-29% Educational institutions Banks Criminal justice system News organizations 10-19% Major companies Organized labor Under 10% Press

8 Low Levels of Trust 50% or higher 40-49% 30-39% 20-29% 10-19% Under 10% Medical Doctors, Dentists, Engineers, Veterinarians, Pharmacists, Police Officers, Nurses, Teachers, US Military Clergy, Funeral Directors, Judges Accountants, Nursing home operators Bankers, Building contractors, Journalists, TV reporters, Newspaper reporters, Lawyers, Real estate agents, Auto mechanics, Local officeholders Advertising personnel, Business executives, Insurance salespeople, Labor union leaders, stockbrokers, HMO managers, State officeholders Car salespeople, Congress/Senate, Lobbyists

9 Anything-Goes Morality Divorce Sex between unmarried male and female Gambling Baby outside marriage Gay/lesbian relations Human embryo stem cell research Death penalty Doctor-assisted suicide Abortion Suicide Polygamy % % % 72%

10 Basis of Our Moral Foundations Only 10% believe there is absolute moral truth and that it is found in the Bible Half say belief in God is not necessary to be moral Most people including 6 out of 7 born again Christians base their moral choices on feelings Moral values generally indistinguishable by faith

11 Transitions in Faith Increasing numbers are more likely to call themselves spiritual but not religious Rapidly growing number of conservatives are more likely to say they are Christian, not Protestant distancing themselves from the organized religion Only 9% of born again adults have a biblical worldview Just 12% of self-identified Christians say faith is their top life priority 11

12 Transitions in Faith Church/Faith is becoming less of a factor in people s lives Church attendance 45% 36% Unchurched 34% 47% Bible reading 46% 33% Atheist/Agnostic/None 5% 15% Participation in small groups 23% 10%

13 Pastors Are Less Culturally Relevant Pastors are becoming less trusted and less influential Three-quarters of theologically conservative pastors refuse to teach their congregants what the Bible teaches on current social and political issues Few churches do anything to prepare congregants for their political responsibilities Yet 94% of pastors say they are effective leaders and more than 75% believe their church is healthy and growing 13

14 Limited Confidence in the Feds U.S. Supreme Court Judicial branch 24% Presidency Executive branch 15% Congress/Senate Legislative branch 4%

15 Mediocre Government Agency Performance EPA Fed. Reserve Bd. FDA IRS CIA Homeland Security FBI NASA CDC Doing an Excellent Job

16 Basis for Disillusionment with Government Dissatisfied with how we re governed 74% Congress serves special interests more than constituents 85% Federal government has too much power 60% Government does not have our best interests at heart 94% Usually disappointed by the people you vote for 63% Our government will never change for the better 67%

17 Disillusionment Disengagement In presidential elections: + 4 out of every 10 adults qualified to vote refuse to : 90 million adults qualified to vote didn t : the winner (Obama) won with votes from less than one-third of qualified voters Born again Christians are no different, no better: : 12 mil not registered, 26 mil did not vote i.e., 38 mil did not show up 41% of all born agains + Conservative churches played a very minor role

18 The Majority Preference Protect unconventional sexuality Tougher gun laws Pro-immigration policies Strong environmental protection Limit military spending/activity Tax the wealthy Protect Social Security Institute the death penalty Tougher internat l trade laws States rights

19 The Dividing Line Issues that Split America Addressing poverty National defense strategy Abortion policies Meaning / importance of family Health care Role of government Privacy Individual philosophy Entitlement programs

20 Explaining America s Success Rely on unchanging principles 44% Willing and able to compromise and change 51%

21 Shift in Values Early American Values Hard work Civic duty Humility Moderation Family Faith Rule of law Frugality Simplicity Current American Values Comfort Experiences Expression Happiness Independence Entertainment Control Acceptance Freedom

22 The American Dream Work hard, get ahead Own a home, live comfortably Fulfilling marriage and family life Take advantage of opportunities Practice your faith of choice Balance freedom and responsibility

23 The New Millennium Dream Work enough to get by Customized family experience Be spiritual but not religious Demand freedom and rights entitled to Personalized moral code, situational truth Advocate the new virtues Happiness: comfort, convenience, choices, connections, experiences

24 Tempered Hope for America s Future U.S. is headed in the wrong direction Hard work no longer facilitates success Our standard of living is declining America s children will have fewer opportunities The nation s best day are in the past

25 The Trajectory of America s Cultural Shift Culture of Goodness Shared Vision Order & Rule of Law Common Good Eternal Transcendence Service & Sacrifice Commitment & Responsibility Culture of Decadence Immediate Gratification Anarchy Unrestrained Self-Interest Tangible Immediacy Comfort & Convenience Entitlement & Sloth 25

26 Past and Future Strength of America Church Family Government 26

27 65 and Older % % % %

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