- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Adultery, human cloning, polygamy and suicide are all still “morally unacceptable” to most American adults, says a Gallup poll.

Adultery remains the most steadfast taboo, with 7 percent of Americans saying it was OK in 2001 and 8 percent saying the same in 2015, Gallup researcher Andrew Dugan said in a June 1 report.

Gallup’s Values and Beliefs polls found that public opposition melted over the years on several social issues, including premarital sex, unwed childbearing and gay and lesbian relationships.

In fact, many of the 19 topics rated this year are now judged as “morally acceptable” by record or near-record percentages of U.S. adults, “in tandem with a rising wave of social liberalism,” wrote Mr. Dugan.

Polygamy and human cloning could be the next in line for change — both of these issues have seen their “moral acceptability” double since 2003, to around 16 percent and 15 percent in 2015, respectively, Gallup said.

Still, all four of these issues retain an “essence of moral repugnancy in the nation’s social consciousness, as resounding majorities describe each of these behaviors as morally wrong,” Mr. Dugan wrote.

The Gallup report showed significant generation gaps on morality.

Adults 18-29 only disdained adultery as immoral.

Adults 30-49 didn’t like adultery, cloning or suicide, while adults 50-64 didn’t like those three, plus polygamy.

Most seniors, 65 and older, not only didn’t approve of suicide, polygamy, cloning or adultery, but they added pornography and “sex between teenagers” to the “morally unacceptable” list.

The Gallup survey is based on telephone interviews conducted May 6-10, with a random sample of 1,024 adults nationwide. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.



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