How Americans view 21 moral issues

From May 1-12, 2019, Gallup conducted its annual Values and Beliefs poll, using telephone interviews of a random national sample of 1,009 U.S. adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. Landline and cellular telephone numbers were selected using random-digit-dial methods. The poll has a margin of ±4 percentage points sampling error; the poll’s findings have a 95% confidence level.

Gallup’s summary of the poll:

There has been little movement since last year in Americans’ views of the moral acceptability of a range of issues, as birth control, drinking alcohol and divorce remain the most acceptable, and cloning humans and extramarital affairs are least acceptable.

A strong ideological split remains across many of the issues, but none is as divisive as abortion. As some states move to limit or restrict abortions, debate around this issue will likely only get more intense.

Political Divide:

  • Of the 21 issues tested in this poll, 7 issues are deemed acceptable by a majority of liberals but less than half of conservatives: abortion, gay or lesbian relations, doctor-assisted suicide, smoking marijuana, having a baby outside of marriage, pornography, and sex between teenagers.
  • Abortion is the most divisive of the issues: 23% of conservatives vs. 73% of liberals consider it morally acceptable.
  • Just 3 issues are viewed as morally acceptable by a majority of conservatives but less than half of liberals: the death penalty, buying and wearing clothes made of animal fur, and medical testing on animals.
  • Conservatives and liberals are broadly united in their belief that 5 behaviors are morally wrong: suicide, cloning animals, cloning humans, polygamy, and extramarital affairs.

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William
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William

This poll could be interpreted in any number of ways. I suppose it’s encouraging that a bare majority consider abortion to be morally unacceptable although that number should be closer to 100 %. It would probably vary if the question was asked relative to different stages of fetal development. But still, once the percentage of those who consider it acceptable surpasses 50 % the country is truly damned. Almost two-thirds regard pornography as morally wrong. As it is, truly destructive soul poison. And yet porn sites are among the most heavily trafficked on the internet. I imagine a number of… Read more »

Auntie Lulu
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Auntie Lulu

It is profoundly sorrowful to read how morally bankrupt our nation actually is. One wonders just how long this nation can survive when we are slipping into such a cesspool of immorality.

Lana
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Lana

If you read this article you may get an idea about how far we are from collapse. The paralels with ancient Rome are shocking in there similarity.
https://www.dailysignal.com/2019/05/20/the-similarities-between-declining-rome-and-the-modern-us/

Lophatt
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Lophatt

I think polls like this largely indicate that Christianity is being supplanted by secular, leftist influence. “The State” isn’t supposed to HAVE an ideology. If we’re a nation of Christians our national ideology should demonstrate that. The fact that leftists (communists), come with a full set of mandates that they demand are imposed by the state is telling. After all, they have no beliefs, other than political beliefs. The Left is at war with Christianity. They will make alliances with Islam if it helps them to eradicate our faith. They claim that we have no right to “impose” our beliefs… Read more »

William
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William

Scanning these numbers you get a sense of mushy semi-consensus but no strong convictions. Clearly Americans have internalized the “not that there’s anything wrong with that” message re: faggotry. I agree, abortion is the most instructive issue. If killing a baby isn’t morally wrong then “morally wrong” has no meaning. And that’s their message, morality is subjective, relative, not really grounded in anything other than convenience and survival value. We are engaged in a battle between Christianity and atheism/materialism. Atheism is a belief in non-belief, there is no God, or values, or morals, just nothing. The fact that there is… Read more »

Lophatt
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Lophatt

Yes, exactly. That’s what I was trying to say. “Sin is dead”. There are no consequences. It doesn’t help to have a NWO Pope. He’s running around trying to tell people that “Hell” doesn’t exist and “Heaven” is a construct. The battle is between Satan and the Church. When the battle goes inside due to traitors, its a problem. That’s exactly why (((they))) do it. The message is pounded 24/7 that everything is secular. It is well received by many because they’ve never had any exposure to anything else. I shouldn’t have to remind anyone that Communism forbids religion in… Read more »

William
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William

Everything is secular means all of observed reality is material. A-Mat secularism denies immateriality and, necessarily, the supernatural. It logically follows that Satan denies his own existence. It has been said that Satan’s greatest deception is in convincing us that he doesn’t exist. It is revealing that Lucien Greaves, founder of the Temple of Satan, stated that he doesn’t believe Satan exists. I suppose it’s only a matter of time before Frank the Apostate just comes out and declares that God is a construct, an analogy, and that will be the official position of The Church. But at the deepest… Read more »

Lophatt
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Lophatt

Well, yes……, I do. There are actually people asking this guy to resign but you don’t hear much about it. He is the “Anti-Pope”.

https://www.thenewamerican.com/culture/item/32245-pope-francis-calls-for-end-of-sovereignty-and-establishment-of-global-government

Maybe he wants to join the Sanhedrin?

Alma
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Alma

Let’s put all those categories in red because red is hell and that’s where the new generations are leading to.

Steven Broiles
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It seems good news that more Americans have had second thoughts about abortion, yet how many people can see the link between contraception and abortion? This is a problem, because contraception will, society-wide, ALWAYS lead to an increased demand for abortion. Few Americans seem to know, or care, that there is no such thing as a fool-proof contraceptive method, and that this is not only the only outcome, given its inherent unreliability, but that this is the way the pharmaceutical companies want it: They’re not about to work their way out of a market or their market share of it.… Read more »