UNITED STATES—Gallup has just released the results of its annual values and beliefs poll, and as far as the issue of pornography goes, a majority of the country’s citizens (or at least 66 percent of 1,018 adults) believes it is morally wrong. That does not mean a sizeable percentage of that 66 percent does not watch the stuff, but if they are it’s a safe bet that they’re feeling bad while doing it. Of course, all this talk of sex and porn addiction could be fueling that guilt, but that’s fodder for another poll.
A slightly deeper look at the poll’s results reveals a marked age factor with respect to their acceptance of porn. Among those 55 and older, 19 percent said it was acceptable; among those 35 to 54, the percentage rises to 29, and it rises to 42 percent among 18-to-34-year-olds. Clearly, an acceptance trend is in the making.
There were other “moral” issues run by the thousand-plus adults, of course. On the more acceptable side of the scale, "gay or lesbian relations" was seen as morally acceptable by a margin of 56-39 percent, sex between an unmarried man and woman was given the green light by a margin of 60-36 and having a baby out of wedlock was morally permissible by a percentage margin of 54-41.
Flipping the coin, Fifty-one percent of adults believe abortion is morally wrong, while 39 percent say it's morally okay, and by a whopping 91-7 percentage margin, married men and women having an affair was considered morally wrong.
So why, then, is Ashley Madison so damned popular?