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Morality Redefined


Since 2002, the Gallup Organization has been asking adults every year whether certain behaviors or practices are morally acceptable. In their latest poll, large majorities of adults said birth control (90 percent) and divorce (69 percent) were morally acceptable. At the bottom of Gallup’s list in terms of acceptability were polygamy (14 percent), cloning humans (13 percent), and extramarital affairs (7 percent). In the new poll, 58 percent of adults (up from 45 percent in 2002) said having a baby out of marriage was morally acceptable. Forty percent of Republicans and 72 percent of Democrats agreed.