Conservatives say a recent survey revealing the younger generations' differing values is the result of media influences and negative experiences. Those values may change, they say, as young adults learn, age and form families of their own.
A national survey, released Thursday, verified that most adults, including half of all Millennials, believe that abortion is morally wrong. The survey, however, found that Millennials do not equate pro-life values to that of traditional marriage.
Rather, the Public Religion Research Institute survey reported that young adults ages 19-29 are more likely to favor same-sex marriage at higher rates than they are to support abortion as moral.
Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, founder of the Ruth Institute, reflected on the findings stating, "Young adults are very media driven."
Morse, an advocate for traditional marriage among youth adults, said the media primarily portray married heterosexual couples as sex-deprived and unhappy while glorifying marriage between homosexuals. The result, she said, is that young adults are basing their values on misinformation.
Additionally, reality shows like MTV's “16 and Pregnant” have a positive impact on support for the legality of abortion, the survey found.
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