Abortion Is the Most Polarizing Issue, Birth Control Is Least Divisive
|Monday, Aug. 5, 2019 | Author: ProCon.org | MORE HEADLINES|
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Gallup, an organization that conducts public opinion polls, has released an annual Values and Beliefs poll since 2001. The poll shows Americans' views on the morality of several controversial issues. While many of the topics remained in line with last year's findings, the current results highlight divisions along party lines.
Fewer people believe that medical testing on animals is morally acceptable, a drop from 65% in 2001 to 51% in 2019. There is a corresponding uptick in the percentage of Americans that believe animal testing is morally wrong, from 26% to 44%.
Birth control is still almost entirely considered morally acceptable in 2019 (92%) compared to 89% in 2001, while slightly fewer people (6% versus 8%) believe contraceptives are be morally wrong.
Gallup has only polled on smoking marijuana in 2018 and 2019. Moral acceptance has remained the same (65%), while those who believe it to be morally wrong have increased from 31% to 33%.
|Discussion Questions - Things to Think About|
|1. Should abortion be legal? Why or why not?
2. Should the death penalty be legal? Why or why not?
3. How do a person's views on the morality of specific issues relate to that person's political ideologies?