A record 43% of those polled don’t think pornography is wrong. You might be surprised by who they are.
Here are a few key points that can be gleaned from the poll:
1. Unmarried people are pornography’s fasting growing proponents
When asked whether they thought pornography was morally acceptable 50% of unmarried people said “yes” compared to the 35% of unmarried Americans polled last year. Married people had more of a problem with it – 35% found pornography morally acceptable, a 2% decrease since last year’s poll.
2. The percentage of males between the ages of 18 to 49 who are pro-pornography rose dramatically
Sixty-seven percent of young to middle aged men had no moral issues with pornography, a 14% jump over last year’s numbers.
3. Religion has a very strong affect on attitudes towards pornography
For those who say that “religion is very important” only 22% found pornography morally acceptable. A whopping 76% of non-religious Americans had no moral objection to pornography.
According to Gallup, the change in attitudes towards pornography coincides with a changing, more permissive culture. Issues such as sex between unmarried people, gay/lesbian relations, and polygamy have also seen a “notable increase in acceptability.”
4. Democrats are more accepting of pornography than Republicans
According to Gallup, “For the first time on record, a majority of Democrats (53%) say pornography is morally acceptable.” That’s an increase from last year’s 42%, and a 21% increase since 2011.
The number of Republicans who see pornography as morally acceptable (27%) rose two points in the last year, and 11 points since 2011.
Since you are here…
…we’d like to have one more word with you. We are excited to report that Aleteia’s readership is growing at a rapid rate, world-wide! Our team proves its mission every day by providing high-quality content that informs and inspires a Christian life. But quality journalism has a cost and it’s more than ads can cover. We want our articles to be accessible to everyone, free of charge, but we need your help. To continue our efforts to nourish and inspire our Catholic family, your support is invaluable. Become an Aleteia Patron today for as little as $3 a month. May we count on you?