According to Gallup:
- There has been a six-point decrease since last year in moral acceptability of death penalty
- Most find birth control, drinking alcohol, divorce to be morally acceptable
- The largest gap between liberals and conservatives (52 points) is on abortion
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A record-low 54% of Americans consider the death penalty to be morally acceptable, marking a six-percentage-point decrease since last year. This finding, from Gallup's May 1-13 Values and Beliefs poll, is in line with polling last fallthat showed decreased public support for the death penalty and a record-high preference for life imprisonment over the death penalty as a better punishment for murder...
Of the 21 issues included in the latest poll, all but five have been measured since the early 2000s, and 13 are considered morally acceptable to majorities of Americans.
- At least seven in 10 U.S. adults say birth control, drinking alcohol, getting a divorce, sex between an unmarried man and woman, gambling, and smoking marijuana are acceptable moral behaviors.
- Likewise, two-thirds of Americans consider gay or lesbian relations, having a baby outside of marriage and medical research using human embryonic stem cells as acceptable.
- In addition to the death penalty, medical testing on animals, buying and wearing clothing made of animal fur, and doctor-assisted suicide are morally acceptable to narrower majorities.
- Views on abortion are split nearly evenly, with 47% saying it is morally wrong and 44% acceptable.
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