The liberalization of divorce attitudes proceeds apace

The 2016 Gallup poll results on what is morally acceptable versus morally wrong came out over the summer, and they show that U.S. attitudes toward divorce continue to grow more positive. The acceptable attitude has gained 5 points in the last 5 years:

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This parallels results from the General Social Survey, which asks, “Should divorce in this country be easier or more difficult to obtain than it is now?” The latest GSS is still 2014, but it also shows a marked increase in the liberal easier view over the same time period:

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5 responses to “The liberalization of divorce attitudes proceeds apace

  1. Omkar Joshi

    Philip, in your second question and graph from GSS, I have a query. The GSS question is “Should divorce in this country be easier or more difficult to obtain than it is now?” is reflecting people’s attitude towards the procedural ‘ease’ in obtaining divorce and not necessarily attitude towards divorce. For example, there could be a set of people those who have unfavourable attitude towards divorce in general, but are okay about the process of getting it once the possibility of divorce is considered.

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  2. Is this as a result of more divorces occurring and as people become used to the idea they become more accepting of it? The country’s values in terms of relational flexibility above commitment have changed? Or some other hard to quantify reason?

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