Faith in God, good health and a happy marriage matter more to Americans than their careers do, according to a survey.

Four in 10 respondents to a poll by Princeton Survey Research Associates said they valued their relationship with God above all else, while only 2 percent said a job that pays well was most important to them."Something's going on that's encouraging," Wade Clark Roof, a professor of religion and society at the University of California at Santa Barbara, said Wednesday.

Roof, who is writing a book on the generation of Americans in their 30s and 40s, said the survey results suggest the baby boomers are maturing.

"I see it as a kind of a shift from a me-generation, me-first, to a more balanced set of concerns about self and others," she said.

The telephone survey of 600 adults was conducted Jan. 17-20 for the Lifetime television show "The Great American TV Poll." The survey has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.