May 31, 2011 / 17:08 pm
A recent Gallup poll found that while Americans remain largely split on several moral issues, the majority in recent years have become increasingly accepting of what were once considered social taboos, such as divorce and sex outside of marriage.
“Americans in 2011 widely view divorce, the death penalty, gambling, embryonic stem cell research, and premarital sex as morally acceptable,” said researcher Lydia Saad in the study, published on May 31.
According to the poll, 69 percent of the nation's citizens view divorce as permissible while just 31 percent are morally opposed to it.
Additionally, 60 percent of respondents found premarital sex as morally acceptable and 36 percent viewed it as wrong.