Americans Rate The Morality Of 16 Social Issues
Gallup’s 2007 Values and Beliefs Survey finds general agreement, but more than one third in disagreement on medical testing on animals, the buying and wearing of fur, and the cloning of animals.
Among the issues found to generate greater consensus among Americans in favor of the morality of the topic include death penalty, divorce, stem cell research involving human embryos, and gambling. Those issues where there is great consensus on the immorality of the issue include suicide, human cloning, polygamy, and extramarital affairs.
Issues where there is somewhat less overall consensus, but the majority still agree include (% Morally Acceptable / % Morally Wrong):
- Medical testing on animals (59%/37%)
- Buying and wearing of animal fur (58%/38%)
- Cloning animals (36%/59%)
The areas of controversy where most Americans are dividing in their views include having a baby outside of marriage, doctor-assisted suicide, homosexual relations, and abortion.
The poll results showed a few specific observations with respect to the animal issues:
- In relation to fur and medical testing on animals, older Americans are more tolerant of the practices than younger Americans.
- Liberals are also less likely to be supportive of wearing fur and medical testing on animals.