Welcome to the 60 Minutes/ Vanity Fair Poll for August. Summer is in full swing and while Americans are enjoying some well-earned time off, they can turn their attention to the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
Since their revival in Athens in 1896, the Olympic Games have grown to become a worldwide extravaganza, a source of national pride and the ultimate opportunity for athletes to compete at the highest level. Despite scandals, politics, commercialism and even terrorism, the Olympic ideal still thrives.
The founder of the International Olympic Committee, Baron Pierre de Coubertin, expressed it this way: "The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well."
Let the Games begin! And, now the results of our poll...
Seventy percent of Americans said that it is their morals and principles that prevent them from behaving badly. Eighteen percent claim that it is their religion that keeps them from behaving in an anti- social manner. Seven percent say it's the fear of being caught that restrains them and two percent just do bad things anyway. Human nature and free will are powerful forces for both good and evil, and despite society's well intentioned laws that attempt to curb bad behavior, it appears that most of the good in people comes from within.