Americans are showing more tolerance for a range of behaviors, with sex between unmarried adults, medical research on stem cells from human embryos, and doctor-assisted suicide all showing record highs and increases in “moral acceptability” from last year.
The Gallup poll’s annual “moral acceptability” scale has been conducted since 2001 and charts shifting cultural attitudes on a number of hot-button social issues. In the 2014 list released Friday (May 30), Gallup researchers said 12 of the 19 categories reflected “levels of moral acceptance that are as high or higher than in the past.” …
Gallup grouped the 19 issues into five categories, including:
Highly acceptable: birth control (90 percent)
Largely acceptable: divorce (69 percent); sex between an unmarried man and woman (66 percent); embryonic stem cell research (65 percent); gambling (62 percent); the death penalty (61 percent); buying and wearing clothing made of animal fur (58 percent); having a baby outside of marriage (58 percent); gay or lesbian relations (58 percent); medical testing on animals (57 percent).
Contentious: Doctor-assisted suicide (52 percent); abortion (42 percent)
Largely unacceptable: Cloning animals (34 percent); pornography (33 percent); sex between teenagers (30 percent)
Highly unacceptable: Suicide (19 percent); polygamy (14 percent); cloning humans (13 percent); married men and women having an affair (7 percent).
Whether people like it or not or want to admit it or not, there is in fact a ‘slippery slope’ and once any behavior is acceptable, all behavior is acceptable in time.