Over half of young British people believe that caring for the family is their most important moral issue, according to new poll findings.

The poll, commissioned by BBC Religion and Ethics, asked 600 participants aged 16-24 year old to choose the most important moral issue from eight options, with 59% opting for caring for family. "Putting others first" came second.

Other options included buying ethical products, being faithful to a partner and caring for the environment. When asked for the least important issue, religion came out on top with a third of respondents citing it.

The poll also suggests 51% of young people believe they are less concerned with morals than their parents.

New figures from the British Social Attitudes survey - published alongside the poll - suggest that about half of Britons as a whole have a religious affiliation, sharply down from 20 years ago when it was two-thirds.

Of the eight moral issues, the poll found:

- 59% of those questioned said looking after their family was most important

- 12% said it was putting others first

- 8% cited being faithful to a partner

- 5% listed caring for the environment

- 4% cited having religious faith

- 4% felt paying taxes was most important

- 4% said playing a part in the local community

- 1% listed buying ethical products

Posted by Penny Hosie