June 11, 2016

THE CULTURE WARS ARE A ROUT:

THE SURPRISING STABILITY OF AMERICANS' MORAL ATTITUDES (Michael J. New, 6 . 10 . 16, First Things)

There is a body of research suggesting that public opinion moves in a direction consistent with public policy--especially on morality policy issues. Policy changes grant certain issues greater legitimacy with the general public. For instance, many public opinion surveys showed that support for legal abortion increased sharply between 1972 and 1974, as a result of the Roe v. Wade decision.

But a Gallup poll released last month suggests that this is not happening today with same-sex relations and doctor-assisted suicide (scroll down for the relevant data). Along with some life issues (abortion and embryonic stem-cell research), these issues have declined slightly in acceptability (by two to four percentage points) in the past year. With the exception of same-sex relations, all of these issues have been fairly stable since 2001, when Gallup first began asking Americans annually about the moral acceptability of a range of social policy issues.

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