Majority of Americans still believe that the Ten Commandments are important codes to follow regardless of religious background. In particular, over 90 percent of the respondents agreed in a recently-conducted poll that the commandments against lying, murder and stealing form part of the fundamental codes of living morally.
YouGov and Deseret News asked 1,523 Americans in a survey if they still believe in the importance of the Ten Commandments today. But while majority agreed on the commandments against lying (91 percent), murder (94 percent) and stealing (94 percent), the respondents agreed less when it came to other principles like honoring parents, committing adultery or observing the Sabbath day.
Fewer than half of the respondents (49 percent) still believe it's important to observe the holiness of Sabbath day. Some 83 percent of the respondents, on the other hand, still ascribe to the commandment against adultery, while 85 percent still uphold honoring their parents.
Some 78 percent agreed it's not right to desire the possessions of others or harbor sins of envy. When it came it using the name of God in vain and worshiping other gods, 59 percent still believe in both commandments, while 63 percent still consider idol worship as dishonorable.
The poll, however, found Americans between 18 to 29 years old to have less regard for the Ten Commandments, including lying, murder and stealing. Professor Mark Chaves of Duke University said that the results suggested that young people are not as comfortable in religion as older Americans.
"I think with their response they are saying, 'I'm not a religious person, so the Ten Commandments aren't for me at all,'" Chaves explained.
YouGov also conducted a similar survey in the U.K. in 2017, which also showed that the British highly value the commandments against lying (87 percent), murder (93 percent) and stealing (93 percent). They had, however, lower results compared to Americans when it came commandments like the Sabbath day (19 percent), idol worship (31 percent), adultery (73 percent), using the name of the Lord in vain (23 percent), having no other gods (20 percent), coveting other people's possessions (61 percent) and honoring the parents (69 percent).
"The bottom line is that Americans are more religious than anywhere else in the West," Chaves said.