Saturday, July 29, 2017

Many, Many Wives?

The more the merrier?
According to Gallup’s survey of 1,011 adults aged 18 and older, 17 percent of Americans believe polygamy is “morally acceptable,” up by 2 percentage points compared to 2016 and more than triple the figure recorded in Gallup’s 2006 survey, when only 5 percent said it was acceptable.

Gallup reported roughly the same percentage of respondents who identified themselves as Protestant (9 percent), Catholic (10 percent), or Mormon (12 percent) said they believe polygamy is morally acceptable, all of which fall below the national average.

The group most likely to say polygamy is acceptable is nonreligious Americans.

Gallup Analyst Andrew Dugan wrote, “Between 2011 and 2017, 32% of Americans who do not associate with a particular religion or have no religion at all said polygamy was ‘morally acceptable.’ This follows the general tendency for those who are less religious to be more liberal on social issues.”
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