More than a third of Americans would grade the country's moral climate with a D or F, a new survey found. Evangelicals are more likely to give the current "moral state of the union" the same poor marks with 54 percent grading it a D or F, according to a survey conducted by Public Religion Research Institute in partnership with Religion News Service.
Overall, three out of four Americans give the moral state of the U.S. a grade of a C or below. Meanwhile, only 22 percent said they would grade the moral climate with an A or B.
Only 21 percent of Democrats said they would grade the moral state of the country a D or F. Republicans (55 percent) were more than twice as likely to agree.
Compared to other industrialized nations, half of Americans believe the moral climate in the United States is about the same. Nearly a quarter (24 percent) said it is worse.
The poll revealed that the public was split when identifying the biggest obstacles to changing the tone in Washington. Seventeen percent of Americans believe cable news commentators are the biggest obstacles, 15 percent said they blame the Tea Party, 14 percent blame liberal bloggers, and 13 percent singled out conservative talk radio.