A Gallup survey released last week polled 1,028 Americans from all 50 states on 19 subjects ranging from same-sex marriage to divorce to pre-marital sex. The results showed that, for 12 of the 19 issues, acceptance is at an all-time high. Support for birth control, for example, stands at 90%, divorce at 69%, premarital sex at 66%, and stem-cell research at 65%. When it comes to same-sex relationships, acceptance is at an all-time high of 58%. Meanwhile, 33% of Americans approve of pornography, and suicide is deemed morally acceptable by only 19% — although doctor-assisted suicide has a 52% acceptability rating. Affairs outside of marriage received the least support; only 7% of Americans consider adultery acceptable. However, apparently 14% of us are cool with polygamy. So, there's that.
Unsurprisingly, the results vary widely along party lines, especially on issues like same-sex marriage and abortion. Plus, while Americans' level of tolerance has risen considerably over the past few years, 74% of respondents think "the state of moral values in the U.S. [is] getting worse" — and 6% pinpoint the decline of morality as the biggest problem facing the country. Clearly, greater acceptance in general doesn't translate to less conflict over right and wrong.