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Most Americans Think Adultery & Abortion are 'Morally Wrong'

Thursday, 09 Jan 2014 02:02 PM

By Drew MacKenzie

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The majority of Americans have changed their attitude on morality over the past three decades, a CNN/ORC International poll reveals.

The trend shows that people today are less concerned about the morals of drinking alcohol, smoking marijuana, looking at porn and "homosexual behavior," compared to 1987.

But Americans are still very much against abortion cheating in marriage, and cheating on taxes, as they were when Time magazine conducted a similar survey in 1987. Today, only those three out of eight questionable moral behaviors were thought to be wrong in the CNN/ORC International poll.

In the new survey 93 percent of Americans think "being married and having sex with someone else" is reprehensible while almost exactly the same number thought it was wrong in 1987. And today, 90 percent think it's wrong to file incorrect taxes while in 1987 it was 86 percent.

In the old survey, 62 percent of Americans thought abortion was wrong, and it's around the same number in the new poll with 57 percent.

The biggest change in current trends is that a majority of Americans no longer think that "engaging in homosexual behavior" is immoral, with a dip of 32 percent compared to 27 years ago. Now only 50 percent, one out of two Americans, think it's wrong, as opposed to 82 percent in 1987.

In the Time study, 70 percent thought smoking marijuana was immoral whereas in the 2014 survey only 35 percent of people have a problem with it. This may be a reflection of the new law enacted in Colorado allowing people to buy small amounts of pot for recreational use, while other states are also looking into easing marijuana laws.

When it comes to drinking alcohol, 38 percent of Americans took a stance against it in the Time study, but that was more than halved to just 16 percent in the current poll.
The new poll also revealed that two out of every three Americans think it's fine that unmarried couples live together while in old survey more than half of America, 54 percent, thought it was morally wrong.

The phone poll with 1,010 adults was conducted on January 3-5 this year with a margin of error of plus or minus three points.

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