An increasing majority of Americans view divorce, sex outside of marriage, gay relationships and birth control as morally acceptable while a majority of Americans continue to view abortion as morally wrong, according to new Gallup data.
Gallup released its annual Values and Beliefs poll last week, which showed that Americans are continuing to become increasingly liberal when it comes to their views on a variety of social behaviors.
The poll interviewed over 1,000 Americans from all 50 states in early May 2019 and has a margin of error of four percentage points.
According to the data, 92 percent of Americans consider the use of birth control to be a “morally acceptable” behavior, while just six percent of Americans consider the act to be “morally wrong.”
Gallup found that 77 percent of Americans consider getting a divorce to be a morally acceptable action, while 20 percent disagreed. Meanwhile, 2 percent responded by saying that appropriateness of divorce “depends on the situation.”
By comparison, in 2001, just 59 percent of respondents said they thought divorce was morally acceptable. That year 28 percent of respondents considered divorce morally wrong and 12 percent said that the morality of divorce depended on the situation.
Since 2012, the percentage of respondents who think divorce is morally acceptable has risen by about 10 percentage points.
When it comes to sex between unmarried men and women (which many Christians consider being a sin), Gallup’s new data indicates that about 71 percent of Americans consider the act to be morally acceptable. On the flipside, 28 percent of respondents consider sex between an unmarried man and woman to be morally wrong.
In May 2001, just 53 percent of respondents said that sex between an unmarried man and unmarried woman was morally acceptable while 42 percent said it was morally wrong.
“Sex between an unmarried man and woman is at its highest point in the Gallup trend,” Gallup research consultant Megan Brenan wrote in an analysis.
A majority of Americans (58 percent), however, believe that sex between teenagers is morally wrong, while 38 percent believe it to be morally acceptable.
Only 9 percent of respondents in Gallup’s most recent survey viewed married men and women having an affair to be a morally acceptable act, while 89 percent viewed it as morally wrong.
More than twice as many respondents (18 percent) said they think polygamy is morally acceptable compared to the 7 percent of respondents who said that polygamy was morally acceptable in 2001.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith