Bioethics Discussion Blog: Morally Acceptable or Not?: The Gallup's 2011 Poll Provides Popular Conclusions

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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Morally Acceptable or Not?: The Gallup's 2011 Poll Provides Popular Conclusions

Discussing ethical issues has been the purpose and the value of a blog such as mine here but the views expressed here provides no statistical strength to validate popular conclusions. That is why, to me, the current 2011 Values and Beliefs Gallup Poll is so important besides being interesting in looking at the results. From the Gallup website: "PRINCETON, NJ -- Doctor-assisted suicide emerges as the most controversial cultural issue in Gallup's 2011 Values and Beliefs poll, with Americans divided 45% vs. 48% over whether it is morally acceptable or morally wrong. Having a baby out of wedlock and abortion also closely divide Americans. However, stronger public consensus exists on 14 other issues tested."

Go to the above link and think over the all the results and come back and write about what interesting statistics you learned or surprised you about what folks in America think is morally acceptable and what is not. ..Maurice.



3 Comments:

At Tuesday, June 07, 2011 8:36:00 AM, Blogger Dmitri Pisartchik said...

Some disturbing statistics are that half the country thinks Abortion is wrong and 80% think Suicide is wrong. Thank the stars there is a difference between moral opinion and law.

 
At Tuesday, June 07, 2011 8:49:00 AM, Blogger Maurice Bernstein, M.D. said...

But, Dmitri, don't you think that often law is based on moral opinion, either that of the majority or at times only the minority? ..Maurice.

 
At Monday, June 13, 2011 10:24:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They didn't ask about being pro-choice in the poll. For instance, I'm personally opposed to abortion, but I'm strongly pro-choice. I don't believe in removing the human rights of one individual in the hope of possibly protecting the rights or even life of another. To me, this is tantamount to forcing people into medical experimentation...It will almost undoubtedly lead to treatments to save lives or alleviate suffering, but what is sacrificed for such gains is morally unacceptable.

-Onion

 

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