Over Half of Americans Say Birth Control, Death Penalty, and Other Issues are Morally Acceptable

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A May 2023 Gallup poll found about half or more of Americans agree that certain issues are morally acceptable. 

Birth control – 88%

Death penalty – 60%

Buying and wearing clothing made of animal fur – 60%

Medical aid in dying – 53%

Abortion – 52%

Medical animal testing – 48%

Gallup concludes, “Americans’ opinions on the morality of various issues have mostly become more liberal over the past two decades.”

Discussion Questions

1. What are your thoughts on the issues above? Do you find them morally acceptable? Explain your answers.

2. How should Americans’ opinions on the morality of these issues inform laws? Explain your answer.


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