Big drop in ten years. From the National Journal:
Values: Legislating Morality
Another release from the Gallup poll on Americans' values reveals a divide about the role of government in modeling morality. When respondents were asked whether the federal government should "be involved in promoting moral values in our society," 48 percent said it should and 48 percent said it shouldn't.
Poll numbers from a decade ago -- May 1996, about six months before Bill Clinton won a second term in the White House -- show more of a desire for institutional participation. Six in 10 said the federal government should be involved in promoting moral values in our society, more than 10 points higher than the current survey. Thirty-eight percent said the government shouldn't be involved.