Americans are none too pleased with what they're observing in the culture according to a prominent pollster.
When asked to comment on eight different indicators of the nation's morals and values, most respondents expressed disappointment, says George Barna of the American Culture and Faith Institute .
"Nobody's happy with where things are at," he says of the survey that interviewed 1,000 adults in March.
No matter their political leanings, he says, including liberals or conservatives, all of them are pointing at issues that make them unhappy with the state of the nation.
Small businesses got a passing grade, with 65 percent of the survey saying they were generally pleased with the way they did business. Half of American also said the police are doing a good job.
Yet public schools, the courts and the media didn't fare so well.
Republicans tend to me more satisfied with the way things are, and where the country is headed, and Barna observes that Democrats would likely express similar views if Hillary Clinton won the election instead of Donald Trump.
Among all Americans, only 15 percent believe that there is such a thing as absolute moral truth and that such truth comes from the Bible.
"It keeps going back," Barna says, "to the worldview issue of, Look, if you've got no standard for truth, (if) it's just based on the emotion of the moment, you're probably never going to be completely satisfied."
Spiritually active, politically engaged Christians are the only group that say things seem to be moving in the right direction. Tellingly, Barna says, the dissatisfaction has more to do with the type of culture people are seeking to experience than personal losses or failures.
"With a lot of people," he says, "there's kind of a low-level anxiety that they carry with them all the time because, as they look at the culture around them, it doesn't represent the kind of world that they want to be part of."