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    Americans Continue to Shift Left on Key Moral Issues - GALLUP

    Very interesting.

    http://www.gallup.com/poll/183413/am...campaign=tiles
    PRINCETON, N.J. -- Americans are more likely now than in the early 2000s to find a variety of behaviors morally acceptable, including gay and lesbian relations, having a baby outside of marriage and sex between an unmarried man and woman. Moral acceptability of many of these issues is now at a record-high level.

    Key trends in Americans' views of the moral acceptability of certain issues and behaviors include the following:
    • The substantial increase in Americans' views that gay and lesbian relations are morally acceptable coincide with a record-high level of support for same-sex marriage and views that being gay or lesbian is something a person is born with, rather than due to one's upbringing or environment.
    • The public is now more accepting of sexual relations outside of marriage in general than at any point in the history of tracking these measures, including a 16-percentage-point increase in those saying that having a baby outside of marriage is morally acceptable, and a 15-point increase in the acceptability of sex between an unmarried man and woman. Clear majorities of Americans now say both are acceptable.
    • Acceptance of divorce and human embryo medical research are also up 12 points each since 2001 and 2002, respectively.
    • Polygamy and cloning humans have also seen significant upshifts in moral acceptability -- but even with these increases, the public largely perceives them as morally wrong, with only 16% and 15% of Americans, respectively, considering them morally acceptable.



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    Re: Americans Continue to Shift Left on Key Moral Issues - GALLUP

    All things considered, this is not bad news.
    "Every time something really bad happens, people cry out for safety, and the government answers by taking rights away from good people." - Penn Jillette.

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    Re: Americans Continue to Shift Left on Key Moral Issues - GALLUP

    It looks like a general 'lightening-up' of America, which is fine by me.

    Great to see the acceptance of the death-penalty continuing to decline.

    I still think the whole gay marriage & transgender thing is going a bit faster than I can keep-up - it looks like I'll be on the wrong side of history with that one.

    Looking good otherwise, though.
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    Re: Americans Continue to Shift Left on Key Moral Issues - GALLUP

    This must be making the far right go nuts.
    Killing one person is murder, killing 100,000 is foreign policy

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    Re: Americans Continue to Shift Left on Key Moral Issues - GALLUP

    Quote Originally Posted by Chomsky View Post
    It looks like a general 'lightening-up' of America, which is fine by me.

    Great to see the acceptance of the death-penalty continuing to decline.

    I still think the whole gay marriage & transgender thing is going a bit faster than I can keep-up - it looks like I'll be on the wrong side of history with that one.

    Looking good otherwise, though.

    On the bolded, it's ok, you don't have to stay there bud.
    Killing one person is murder, killing 100,000 is foreign policy

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    Re: Americans Continue to Shift Left on Key Moral Issues - GALLUP

    Quote Originally Posted by Montecresto View Post
    This must be making the far right go nuts.
    And reported by a right-leaning pollster, too boot!
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    Re: Americans Continue to Shift Left on Key Moral Issues - GALLUP

    I just post this because I see it out in the real world. The average person simply isn't purely socially conservative anymore unless you drive out into rural areas. Even in suburbia where social conservatism is still strong there's a great irony in that while suburbia social conservatism is still borderline radical, those same people are social liberals in many ways as evidenced in the data, which represents the great duality and deep contradiction of America. We are socially liberal yet want to live in a socially conservative setting at the same time. It's the very reason people move into the suburbs. For social conservatism. Then you have the irony of those very same people being social liberals. Very odd duality at work there indeed.

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    Re: Americans Continue to Shift Left on Key Moral Issues - GALLUP

    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan5 View Post
    Very interesting.

    Americans Continue to Shift Left on Key Moral Issues
    PRINCETON, N.J. -- Americans are more likely now than in the early 2000s to find a variety of behaviors morally acceptable, including gay and lesbian relations, having a baby outside of marriage and sex between an unmarried man and woman. Moral acceptability of many of these issues is now at a record-high level.

    Key trends in Americans' views of the moral acceptability of certain issues and behaviors include the following:
    • The substantial increase in Americans' views that gay and lesbian relations are morally acceptable coincide with a record-high level of support for same-sex marriage and views that being gay or lesbian is something a person is born with, rather than due to one's upbringing or environment.
    • The public is now more accepting of sexual relations outside of marriage in general than at any point in the history of tracking these measures, including a 16-percentage-point increase in those saying that having a baby outside of marriage is morally acceptable, and a 15-point increase in the acceptability of sex between an unmarried man and woman. Clear majorities of Americans now say both are acceptable.
    • Acceptance of divorce and human embryo medical research are also up 12 points each since 2001 and 2002, respectively.
    • Polygamy and cloning humans have also seen significant upshifts in moral acceptability -- but even with these increases, the public largely perceives them as morally wrong, with only 16% and 15% of Americans, respectively, considering them morally acceptable.


    Oh cripes! Wait till Paleocon sees this....
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    Re: Americans Continue to Shift Left on Key Moral Issues - GALLUP

    Quote Originally Posted by Andalublue View Post
    Oh cripes! Wait till Paleocon sees this....
    Nice going, before it is all said and done we'll end up in a Sodom and Gomorrah threat.
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    Re: Americans Continue to Shift Left on Key Moral Issues - GALLUP

    Quote Originally Posted by Montecresto View Post
    This must be making the far right go nuts.
    I fail to see how that is possible. How can someone go where someone already is?

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