How do Americans view the morality of sex outside of marriage, sex between teenagers, and homosexual relations? New Gallup polling shows an increasing approval of all such sexual behavior, with a stunning majority approving of both premarital sex and gay relations.
Participants were asked, “Next, I’m going to read you a list of issues. Regardless of whether or not you think it should be legal, for each one, please tell me whether you personally believe that in general it is morally acceptable or morally wrong?”
Only 28% of those polled thought premarital sex was “morally wrong,” whereas a stunning 69% found it “morally acceptable.”
With regard to gay relations, 67% of Americans considered gay and lesbian relations “morally acceptable,” with just 30% finding it “morally wrong.”
Approval for sex between teens was on the rise, but did not comprise a majority. “U.S. adults remain more likely to say that sex between teenagers is morally wrong (54%) rather than morally acceptable (42%). But the percentage who find it acceptable has grown by 10 percentage points since Gallup first polled on the question in 2013, including a six-point increase in the past year,” Gallop reports.
The polling also found that a majority of Americans, 65%, said having a child out of wedlock was “morally acceptable;” 32% found it morally wrong.