Gallup released some interesting survey results this week on people’s views of the “moral acceptability” of a wide range of issues. Here’s the graphic from Gallup:
Record high comfort levels with divorce and abortion are interesting, but the more interesting data is in the comparisons based on party affiliation. Not surprisingly, Republicans are out of line with general public opinion on just about every “moral” issue. Interestingly, though they are stricter on sexual matters, Republicans show far higher tolerance levels on issues related to animal cruelty or animal rights. The drift over time is interesting too, as Republicans have basically missed the broader public shift on all of these issues which has opened up a new partisan rift that was not so prominent in the past.