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America, Canada, UK: Human and Animal Cloning, ESC Research

Angus Reid Global
January 31st, 2013

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% in Canada and 56% in Britain).
- Sexual relations between two people of the same sex (40%, compared to 64% in Canada and 58% in Britain).
- Abortion (36%, compared to 60% in Canada and 54% Britain).
- Doctor-assisted suicide (35% in the U.S., compared to 65% in Canada and 61% in Britain).
- Pornography (32%, compared to 42% in Canada and 40% in Britain).
- Prostitution (23%, compared to 41% in Canada and 34% in Britain).
- Suicide (13%, compared to 22% in Canada and 29% in Britain).

Britons are less likely to find four issues as morally acceptable than their North American counterparts:

- Gambling (60%, compared to 63% in the U.S. and 70% in Canada).
- The death penalty (50%, compared to 58% in the U.S. and 53% in Canada).
- Medical testing on animals (29%, compared to 31% in the U.S. and 38% in Canada).
- Buying and wearing clothing made of animal fur (21%, compared to 42% in the U.S. and 50% in Canada).

Less than three-in-ten respondents in all countries believe cloning animals (CAN 26%, USA 23%, BRI 20%) and using illegal drugs (CAN 24%, USA 17%, BRI 16%) are morally acceptable, and less than one-in-six respondents feel the same way about married men and/or women having an affair, polygamy, cloning humans and paedophilia.

Full Report, Detailed Tables and Methodology (PDF)

Full Methodology Details

Angus Reid Public Opinion conducted an online survey among:

- 1,006 American adults who are Springboard America panelists, from January 4 to January 6, 2013.
- 1,008 Canadian adults who are Angus Reid Forum panelists, from January 7 to January 8, 2013.
- 2,015 British adults who are Springboard UK panelists, from January 10 to January 11, 2013.

The margin of error—which measures sampling variability—is +/-2.2% for Great Britain and +/-3.1% for Canada and the United States. The results have been statistically weighted according to the most current education, age, gender and region Census data to ensure a sample representative of the entire adult population of each country.


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