Sunday, July 16, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- As the national divorce rate has fallen to its lowest point in decades, 73% of U.S. adults say divorce is "morally acceptable," a new high by one percentage point. Since 2001, there has been a 14-point rise in the percentage of Americans who find divorce morally acceptable, even as the national divorce rate has declined.
These findings come from Gallup's annual Values and Beliefs poll, conducted May 3-7.
A wide swath of the U.S. public since 2001 has consistently viewed divorce as morally acceptable, according to Gallup's trend. But in earlier decades, divorce generated a fair amount of public discord. In 1954, Gallup found that a slight majority of Americans (53%) said they "believe" in divorce, while 43% said they did not.
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