CANADIANS’ MORAL COMPASS SET DIFFERENTLY FROM THAT OF OUR NEIGHBOURS TO THE SOUTH
Recently, the Gallup organization in the US updated a series of questions they have asked over the years about what behaviours or choices Americans consider to be moral or immoral. We decided to mirror the questions in our most recent survey of Canadians.
Here’s what we found:
• The vast majority in Canada (95%) and the US (89%) consider birth control morally acceptable. But Canadians are 22 points more likely to say it is moral to have a baby out of wedlock, (84%-62%). And 26 points more likely to say abortion is morally acceptable (69%-43%).
• Canadians are 21 points more likely to say gay or lesbian relations are moral (81% vs 60%), 19 points more likely to say that sex between unmarried people is moral (86% vs 67%) and 14 points more likely to say divorce is moral (86%-72%).
• Canadians are far more likely to feel that doctor assisted dying is morally acceptable (79%-53%).
• Interestingly, there is almost no difference when it comes to the death penalty, with majorities in both countries (58% in Canada, 59% in the US) considering it morally right.
• Canadians are 15 points more likely to think pornography in morally acceptable than Americans (49% in Canada, 34% in the US).
• Americans are more comfortable with the idea of medical testing on animals and wearing cloning made of animar fur, by 14 points. Americans are also more open to the idea of cloning animals, but most people in both countries feel this is immoral.
• Very few in either country believe it would be moral to clone a human (14% in Canada, 13% in the US).