How 40 countries view moral issues

Screen Shot 2014-05-21 at 9.34.19 AMThe Pew Research Center’s 2013 Global Attitudes survey asked 40,117 respondents in 40 countries what they thought about eight topics often discussed as moral issues: extramarital affairs, gambling, homosexuality, abortion, premarital sex, alcohol consumption, divorce, and the use of contraceptives. For each issue, respondents were asked whether the behavior is morally acceptable, morally unacceptable, or not a moral issue.

Explore the results (and see larger versions of charts like the one above) here.

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  1. I'd like to see how well the actual behaviour correlates with the purported views on the morality of such behaviour. Are people living up to the views they hold? For example, is pre-marital sex as rare in some countries as one might infer from the stated beliefs? Is it much more common in those countries where people say they think it is OK. Or is it common/rare everywhere without correlation to beliefs?

  2. I found sorting the issues by the "not a moral issue" column interesting. France and Canada have that as the leading answer in 6 of the 8 issues. Extramarital affairs and contraception use being the exceptions. Those two are unacceptable and acceptable respectively.

  3. They did ask the French...

  4. There seems to be no implication that one must be surprised at some of these results. That doesn't make them any less interesting. This sort of comment is really obnoxious, not at all clever, and adds nothing at all to the discussion. You've completely missed the point.

  5. A Russian colleague of mine confirmed that their society has this conflicted attitude towards alcohol.
    He explained it like this:
    "Everybody drinks. You are expected to drink to be friendly- Celebration, friendship, sadness- these are all reasons to drink. But you are expected to act as if you are drinking water. Being a drinker is good, being a drunk is disgusting and shameful. If you are noticeably drunk in public, old ladies will spit at you in the street. It has been this way since before Soviet times, and I cannot explain why."

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