This was a very, very large poll. The Josephson Institute polled 29,760 students in 100 randomly selected high schools nationwide. So this survey represents a very large sampling of American teens.
The survey also revealed some other troubling findings:
*36 percent of the teens said that they used the Internet to plagiarize an assignment.
*42 percent of the teens said they sometimes lie to save money.
* But 93 percent of the teens said that they were satisfied with their personal ethics and character.
They must have pretty low standards.
But what do we expect?
One recent demographic study found that out of the 40 hours a week of free time the average American is said to have, a typical woman spends about 15 hours watching television and only a single hour on religion. That study also found that among men the time devoted to religion is even less.
So if that is how we approach our lives, should we expect more from our children?