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Americans More Morally Conservative Than Canadians and Britons

Respondents in Britain are less likely to find medical testing on animals and clothing made of animal fur as “morally acceptable.”

People in the United States are less likely to find specific issues as morally acceptable than Canadians and Britons, a new Angus Reid Public Opinion poll has found.

The online survey of representative samples in the three countries asked respondents whether they personally believe 21 issues are “morally acceptable” or “morally wrong.” Respondents in the United States are less likely to see 11 of the issues tested as morally acceptable:

- Contraception (79%, compared to 91% in both Canada and Britain).
- Divorce (65% in the U.S., compared with 80% in Canada and 79% in Britain).
- Sexual relations between an unmarried man and woman (59% in the U.S., compared to 83% in Canada and 82% in Britain).
- Having a baby outside of marriage (53% in U.S., compared to 78% in Canada and 74% in Britain).
- Medical research using stem cells obtained from human embryos (52%, compared to 65%... see more