Are we sure the people asked understood the question? Perhaps they should of asked are we more selfish, self centred and inconsiderate of the effect our own actions on those around us? Examples: Litter, drunkeness, yobbish behaviour, lack of respect for the police, speeding, parking, public swearing, public drinking, spitting, etc, etc. Is our national generosity whenever a crisis appeal goes out, just a sign of us being too lazy and self centred to actually get involved and using money as the easy way to salve our consciences?
Roger - your examples are ones that rather undermine the point you are making I think, given the evidence there is about - for example - there being less drinking now than there was a few years ago or 10 years prior. Similarly, the incidents of yobbish behaviour that count as crimes has fallen.
FWIW, my experience of today's youngsters puts them neatly into one of two camps. The vast majority appear to have a great sense of natural justice and care deeply about the environment. However there is a significant minority, and I suggest it is these folk who we saw taking part in last week's riots, who selfishly believe their desires (which they unerringly refer to as "rights") should be met by others, apparently without requiring any contribution on their own part. Such young people seem to lack any form of self-discipline and might almost be considered as "feral youths".