Gallup: Record Support for Gay Relations and Polygamy; Plurality Still Oppose Abortion

(Michael Faust – Christian Headlines)   A record percentage of Americans believe that gay and lesbian relations, pornography and polygamy are morally acceptable, although a plurality believe that abortion is morally wrong, according to a new Gallup poll.

Gallup on Monday released its annual Values and Beliefs survey, which began in 2001 and surveys Americans’ attitudes on a host of issues. This year’s poll examined beliefs on 21 issues.

A record 67 percent of American adults believe that gay and lesbian relations are morally acceptable, an increase from last year’s high of 63 percent.

The survey set records on several other issues. Among them:

  • 76 percent say divorce is morally acceptable. Previous high: 73 percent (2017).
  • 43 percent say pornography is morally acceptable. Previous high: 36 percent (2017).
  • 19 percent say polygamy is morally acceptable. Previous high: 17 percent (2017).

The seven-point jump in the acceptance of pornography was driven by unmarried people, Gallup’s Andrew Dugan wrote.

“This year, the percentage of nonmarried individuals who find pornography morally acceptable rose 15 points to 50%,” he wrote. “Acceptance of pornography among married individuals, at 35% this year, is essentially no different from last year’s 37%. Meanwhile, 67% of men aged 18 to 49 this year say pornography is morally acceptable, a 14-point increase from last year.” View article →

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Correction: Earlier CRN mistakenly posted the following piece and titled it “Same-Sex Attraction and the Continued Collapse of American Evangelical Christianity.” The post has been deleted.