Today, let’s look at another controversial issue: What do older Americans think about the moral acceptability of having a baby outside of marriage? How about premarital sex?
The year 2003 was the first time that a majority of Americans said that having a baby outside of wedlock was morally acceptable, according to Gallup. In that year, only 39% of older Americans agreed. But times have changed: 2013 is the first time that a majority of older Americans (57%) also say that a baby outside of marriage is morally acceptable.
Older Americans are also changing their attitudes about the acceptability of sex between an unmarried man and unmarried woman. Today, a clear majority (56%) of older Americans say that premarital sex is morally acceptable. In 2002, the figure was only 34%.
Of course, there are still big differences between the attitudes of younger and older Americans. Over seven of ten Americans between the ages of 18 and 34 say that having a baby outside of marriage is morally acceptable, and that premarital sex is also morally acceptable. But the big news is that a majority of every age group now say that unmarried sex and a baby outside of marriage are OK.
Do you believe that it is morally acceptable to have a baby outside of marriage?
Is premarital sex morally acceptable?
Are you surprised by these shifts in older Americans’ attitudes?