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Morality 101: What Do Americans Find Morally Wrong?

Americans might not be perfect, but they have some strong opinions about what is morally acceptable and what is morally taboo. Gallup set out to rank America's standards in its latest Values and Beliefs survey. It came up with a list of actions — ranging from infidelity, to wearing fur, to capital punishment — and sorted them by what percentage of Americans found them to be morally wrong. The findings surprised me! Take this quiz to see if you can guess how most Americans see right from wrong.

Morality 101: What Do Americans Find Morally Wrong?

What do more Americans find morally wrong:

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danakscully64 danakscully64 7 years
Anon - Calling us idiots makes us want to abort more embryos. An embryo is not a fetus, thus not a developed baby, it's the equivalent of an egg. The hypocrisy I see is people who are pro-life eating meat. The animal has been born, has emotions, fully developed, and is killed for unhealthy meat. And murder is a legal term, the embryo is not a baby and since it's not unlawful, it's not murder.
danakscully64 danakscully64 7 years
Anon - Calling us idiots makes us want to abort more embryos. An embryo is not a fetus, thus not a developed baby, it's the equivalent of an egg. The hypocrisy I see is people who are pro-life eating meat. The animal has been born, has emotions, fully developed, and is killed for unhealthy meat. And murder is a legal term, the embryo is not a baby and since it's not unlawful, it's not murder.
chow chow 7 years
people are so strange
chow chow 7 years
people are so strange
bryant8 bryant8 7 years
For me the death penalty depends on the case. If there is enough real evidence to convict the person then that person should be up for the death penalty. But there is lack of evidence on a gruesome crime, that person should not be up for the death penalty. There is too many people on death row who have been convicted on lack of evidence and other things that they shouldn't be convicted of.
myystque myystque 7 years
Wow 7/7. I didn't think I'd do that well, but I did use the method some others did: tried to think as conservatively and republican as possible.
danakscully64 danakscully64 7 years
7/7, that was easy.
danakscully64 danakscully64 7 years
7/7, that was easy.
bunnyOhare bunnyOhare 7 years
I got 6/7 by choosing the answer that related to sex (affairs, homosexual relationships, babies outside wedlock, etc). I missed the question about fur vs. death penalty because sex wasn't involved ;)
seraphmaiden seraphmaiden 7 years
7/7 by pretending to be a conservative republican. I will never understand how much energy people are able to put into worrying about who other people are having sex with. I barely have the energy to be concerned with who I am having sex with. also, the number of people opposed to stem cell research makes me want to choke a bitch.
seraphmaiden seraphmaiden 7 years
7/7 by pretending to be a conservative republican. I will never understand how much energy people are able to put into worrying about who other people are having sex with. I barely have the energy to be concerned with who I am having sex with. also, the number of people opposed to stem cell research makes me want to choke a bitch.
Natalie-Love Natalie-Love 7 years
Wow, I got 100% and I'm not even American... I answered the questions according to what I thought an American would say, though. I guess my stereotyping is right? Eek.
Natalie-Love Natalie-Love 7 years
Wow, I got 100% and I'm not even American...I answered the questions according to what I thought an American would say, though. I guess my stereotyping is right? Eek.
Symphonee Symphonee 7 years
Anon- If you belief that life is sacred you can not support the death penalty. It costs thousands of dollars a week just to challenge the LIMITLESS appeals that death row inmates can file. Most people spend at least 15 years on death row fighting for their lives. And why does the system allow this? Because taking a life whether in the name of justice or otherwise is never something to take lightly. 123 cases have been overturned since 1973 due to evidence proving the convicted person's innocence. These are just the ones they found before they were put to death. I personally do not think that it is morally right for us to teach and force people to uphold the fact that when it comes to murder, an eye for an eye is not right nor acceptable unless the government does it
Symphonee Symphonee 7 years
Anon- If you belief that life is sacred you can not support the death penalty. It costs thousands of dollars a week just to challenge the LIMITLESS appeals that death row inmates can file. Most people spend at least 15 years on death row fighting for their lives. And why does the system allow this? Because taking a life whether in the name of justice or otherwise is never something to take lightly.123 cases have been overturned since 1973 due to evidence proving the convicted person's innocence. These are just the ones they found before they were put to death. I personally do not think that it is morally right for us to teach and force people to uphold the fact that when it comes to murder, an eye for an eye is not right nor acceptable unless the government does it
emax3 emax3 7 years
ooo wow unfortunately i new most of these i got a 6/7 but i also just picked the ignorant answers and figured that would work lol
else411 else411 7 years
Wow, I was just kidding with my answers and got a 6 out of 7. I can't believe that pologamy is thought to be worst than sucide.
LittleMzFit LittleMzFit 7 years
I never get 7/7... time to break out the champagne!!!!!! :rotfl: Some of the questions were not exactly in comparison. Very mismatched. Why?
margokhal margokhal 7 years
5/7. Shrug. America is America, and usually the people they poll aren't really good cross-sections of Americans anyway. Not surprised...except the wearing fur is more wrong than the death penalty one. I don't understand how *wearing* fur in itself is morally wrong (what more exactly are we violating there?)...but I do understand how killing other human beings (especially when quite a few of them have been FALSELY convicted!) is wrong. The poll should have asked what people think "morals" or "morality" is. I would think a lot of people in the poll simply said, "well all of these are bad, but this is the worst...this is something I could live with, still don't like it though...oh well the rest of these can't be THAT bad, then..."
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