The Gallup survey, bless their little souls, exist just to amuse me. They don’t know this, but they do. One of their latest surveys revolves around marriage and how Americans feel about it.
The lead off question is a doozy. How do you feel about sex between an unmarried man and woman? 57 percent of Americans thought it was morally acceptable, while 40 % thought it was wrong.
The next question cuts to the chase. How do you feel about married men and woman having an affair? Six percent thought it was morally acceptable. 92 percent thought it was morally wrong. The percentage favoring affairs would have been higher, but no politicians were interviewed.
How about divorce? Well, 62 percent of Americans think it is morally acceptable, only 30 percent think it is morally wrong. Unfortunately none of the 30 percent were my ex-wives.
How about having a baby outside of marriage? This was called the John Edwards question. The answers will surprise you. 51 of Americans think it is morally wrong, but 45 percent are okay with it.
I found the next question amusing. But then again, that is why they take these surveys – to amuse me. How do Americans feel about Polygamy. I would have said I never took that math class in high school, and boy would I have been wrong. Polygamy means having more than one wife at the same time. Why would anyone do that to themselves? It would be like stereo hell. Most Americans think it is morally wrong, in fact, 91 percent do. Only seven percent agree with polygamy , but their wives were telling them to say that.
How about gay marriage? Except the Gallup poll is more classy than that. They call them “marriages between same-sex couples. This was interesting. In 1991 only 27 percent of Americans thought they should be valid. That number is now up to 40 percent! And 49 percent would oppose a constitutional amendment banning gay marriages and 48 percent would favor it.
And here is the stat that shows how much our world has changed. In 1958, only 4 percent approved of marriages between whites and non-whites. Now 79 percent of America approves.
Well there you have it. American’s attitudes towards marriage. My attitude, in case you care, reflects Lewis Grizzard’s immortal line. ” I don’t think I will get married again. I will just find a woman I hate and buy her a house.” And of course e a tip of the hat to James Thurber who said, ” The most dangerous food is wedding cake.”