04 Jun Poll: What Is Morally Acceptable?
For the past 12 years Gallup has been conducting a poll on moral acceptability in America. Gallup published the 2014 results on May 30th. This year’s findings are a disturbing indication of the break down in the general morality of the American public.
Contraceptives are largely accepted as moral by nearly all Americans. Additionally between 60% and 70% of Americans now believe pre-marital sex, divorce, homosexual relationships, stem cell research, and gambling are morally acceptable.
The majority of Americans still find pornography, teenage sex, polygamy, and extra marital affairs as unacceptable. Yet the percentage of people who believe these things to be morally right is on the rise.
One bizarre finding is the difference in general acceptability between suicide and assisted suicide. Only 19% of Americans find suicide to be morally acceptable while 52% of Americans believe assisted suicide is moral.
Abortion and Assisted-suicide are the most contested categories. 42 % of Americans believe that abortion is morally acceptable and a stunning 52% of Americans believe that euthanasia is acceptable. Although, the numbers indicate that Americans lean pro-life, the percentage of people who say abortion is acceptable is at an all-time high and rising, according to the pollsters. Only 43% of Americans opposed assisted-suicide.
From the bullying and thuggery of the “gay-mafia” to the immoral indoctrination of comprehensive sexual education pushed in the public schools to the explicit sex, abuse and violence portrayed in popular movies and music, these results are not all that surprising. The alarming number of children born into single parent homes and the high divorce rate also continue to add this moral decline in America.
This decline can still be reversed. As parents, strong moral and religious couples who honor marital vows with full fidelity have the greatest power and influence over their children. If they do not allow statistics and popular opinion to sway their beliefs and if they teach strong moral values to their children they are the ones that will save society. Indeed the family unit of mother and father and children is the basic unit of society. When families are moral, society is moral.