A few weeks ago, I had a post about a series of questions on whether "young people today" had as strong a sense of right and wrong today as they used to. There has also been a question on "people in general": specifically "Do you think people in general today lead as good lives--honest and moral--as they used to?" The responses, as percent saying yes minus percent saying no:
Views have become much more negative: from evenly split (47% yes, 46% no) in 1952 to 21% yes and 74% no in 2005. I'm not surprised that opinions became more negative between the 1950s and the 1970s, but it's interesting that they've continued to become more negative since the 1970s. Even by most traditional standards of morality (crime, divorce, drug use), Americans have generally improved since the 1970s.