February 27, 2024

Poll: Support for Traditional American Values, Patriotism Declines

Poll: Support for Traditional American Values, Patriotism Declines

The percentage of Americans who say patriotism, religion, family, and other traditional American values are “very important” is declining.

The percentage of Americans who say patriotism, religious faith, family, and other traditional American values are “very important” is on the decline, a Wall Street Journal-NORC poll found.

Support for every traditional American value included in the poll has receded since 1998 besides “money,” which has grown in importance. The data also shows young people and Democrats tend not to highly rank traditional American values as much as older adults and Republicans.

Bill McInturff, a pollster who worked on a similar Journal survey that measured these values, told the publication that “these differences are so dramatic, it paints a new and surprising portrait of a changing America” and speculated that “perhaps the toll of our political division, Covid and the lowest economic confidence in decades is having a startling effect on our core values.’’

The publication noted that “a number of events have shaken and in some ways fractured the nation since the Journal first asked about unifying values,” including the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the 2008 financial crisis, and Donald Trump’s presidency.

The Journal-NORC polled 1,019 people from March 1-13, mostly online, and the margin of error is plus or minus 4.1 percentage points at the 95 percent confidence level.

Patriotism 

Beginning with patriotism, only 38 percent of Americans say it is “very important” to them, down from 61 percent in 2019 and 70 percent in 1998. Thirty-five percent say patriotism is “somewhat important,” and 27 percent say it is “not that important (16 percent) and “not at all important” (11 percent).

Religion and Community 

The Journal poll joined the ranks of other polls indicating religion’s devalued role in a nation that continues to prioritize self-gratification and secular progressivism.

While 49 percent of respondents say, “I know God really exists and I have no doubts about it,” only 39 percent say religion is “very important” to them. Like patriotism, religion has seen a precipitous decline in ranking of importance: 62 percent of Americans said religion was “very important” in 1998, a sentiment which tumbled down to 48 percent in 2019 before hitting this year’s low percentage.

Younger respondents are less likely to rank religion as very important to them than seniors, 31 percent to 55 percent. Republicans (53 percent) are also more likely than Democrats (27 percent) and independents (38 percent) to say that religion is “very important.”

Having Children

Americans do not rank having children as “very important,” which is not shocking give that the U.S. birthrate has been bottoming out in recent years and has been declining for decades.

Thirty percent of respondents rank having children as “very important,” down from 43 percent in 2019, and 59 percent in 1998. Adults under 30 years old are below the average, with 23 percent ranking having children as “very important.” Republicans (38 percent) are more likely than Democrats (26 percent) and independents (20 percent) to say having children is very important.

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ChatGPT threatens 80 percent of US occupations, study from OpenAI concludes

ChatGPT threatens 80 percent of US occupations, study from OpenAI concludes

Journalists, web designers, legal secretaries, and clinical data managers were 100 percent exposed.

Advanced artificial intelligence (AI) programs, such as ChatGPT, are expected to impact roughly 80 percent of all jobs in the US in the coming years, according to a new study published by ChatGPT developer OpenAI and the University of Pennsylvania.

The Daily Mail reports that the jobs most vulnerable to the AI are “white collar jobs, such as mathematicians, accountants and writers, and occupations making at least $80,000 a year.”

The study analyzed wage and employment data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and their 2020 and 2021 Occupational Employment series. It sampled 19,265 tasks performed across 1,016 occupations. 

According to the study, “at least 10 percent of their work tasks affected by the introduction of LLMs, while approximately 19 percent of workers may see at least 50 percent of their tasks impacted.”

The study selected qualities of jobs, such as critical thinking, listening, and speaking, and compared how the AI did in certain jobs. The conclusion was that 86 occupations were “fully exposed” to AI and attributed percentage scores to represent how exposed the jobs were to AI taking them.

Journalists, web designers, legal secretaries, and clinical data managers were 100 percent exposed.

Financial managers, marketing strategists, and graphic designers were less exposed at 15 percent or less.

Several low-paying jobs, such as barbers and dishwashers, were unexposed as were several high-paying occupations such as lawyers and pharmacists.

The OpenAI study results mirror the results of a different study out of Princeton University that named 20 jobs at risk from AI.

Sam Altman, the CEO of OpenAI, has said ChatGPT was not designed to replace human labor or occupations but was rather a tool.

Chatbots, such as ChatGPT which launched last November, are capable of responding to prompts and queries with comprehensive data and in a conversational manner much like a human. The GPT in ChatGPT, stands for generative pre-trained transformer which is a large language model data and code architecture. The newest update to ChatGPT rolled out by developer OpenAI, GPT-4, has achieved new human-like heights including completing taxes, writing code for a different AI bot, passing the bar exam in the top 10 percent, and tricking a human so that it could pass a CAPTCHA test designed to weed out programs posing as humans.

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‘I’m not biased.’ Google’s chatbot denies any political leaning, but promotes trans drugs, Joe Biden and veganism, and bashes Fox News, gun rights and the January 6 rioters

Google’s chatbot denies bias, but promotes transgenderism and veganism

Google’s new chatbot insists it does not have a liberal bias, but DailyMail’s 10 tests of Bard reveal its implicit political support for Joe Biden, transgender ideology, and universal healthcare access.

  • DailyMail.com puts Google’s new chatbot through ‘The 10 trials of Bard’  
  • The loquacious robot says it has no bias; our investigation says otherwise    
  • Bard trumpets vegan cuisine, but questions Lauren Boebert’s intelligence 

Google’s new chatbot Bard says it does not have a liberal bias — just don’t ask it about giving puberty blockers to kids.

DailyMail.com took the artificial intelligence (AI) app on a test drive of thorny questions on the front-lines of America’s culture wars. 

We quizzed it on everything from racism to immigration, healthcare, and radical gender ideology.

On the really controversial topics, Bard appears to have learned from such critics as Elon Musk that chatbots are too ‘woke.’

Bard dodged our tricksy questions, with such responses as ‘I’m not able to assist you with that,’ and ‘there is no definitive answer to this question.’

Still, the experimental technology has not wholly shaken off the progressive ideas that underpin much of California’s tech community.

When it came to guns, veganism, former President Donald Trump and the January 6 attack on the US Capitol, Bard showed its undeclared political leanings.

Our tests, detailed below, show that, when pushed, Bard has a preference for folks like President Joe Biden, a Democrat, over his predecessor and other right-wingers.

For Bard, the word ‘woman’ can refer to a man ‘who identifies as a woman,’ as sex is not absolute.

That puts the chatbot at odds with most Americans, who say sex is a biological fact. 

It also supports giving puberty blockers to trans kids, saying the controversial drugs are ‘very beneficial.’ 

In other questions, Bard unequivocally rejects any suggestion that Trump won the 2020 presidential election — a point that is widely agreed, expect among the former president’s die-hard fans.

When it comes to climate change, gun rights, healthcare and other hot-button issues, Bard again takes the left-leaning path.  

When asked directly, Bard denies having a liberal bias. 

But when asked another way, the chatbot concedes that it is just sucking up and regurgitating web content that could well have a political leaning. 

For years, Republicans have accused technology bosses and their firms of suppressing conservative voices.

Now they worry chatbots are developing troubling signs of anti-conservative bias.

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