May 26th, 2006 by ravi
Values confusion!

Below is a snippet of a Gallup poll on values, via PollingReport. Read the whole thing. There's plenty of bad news: if you are an animal rights proponent, like me, then there is the disappointing bit that 60+% approve of animal testing and even wearing fur. Then we have the righteous disapproval of homosexuality. And more. Read on.

Next, I'm going to read you a list of issues. Regardless of whether or not you think it should be legal, for each one, please tell me whether you personally believe that in general it is morally acceptable or morally wrong. How about …

  Morally
Acceptable
Morally
Wrong
  % %
The death penalty
5/8-11/06 71 22
5/5-7/03 64 31
Buying and wearing clothing made of animal fur
5/8-11/06 62 32
5/5-7/03 60 36
Medical testing on animals
5/8-11/06 61 32      
5/5-7/03 63 33      
Gambling
5/8-11/06 60 34
5/5-7/03 63 34
Homosexual relations
5/8-11/06 44 51
Abortion
5/8-11/06 43 44
5/5-7/03 37 53
Suicide
5/8-11/06 15 78
5/5-7/03 14 81

So, if get this right: the public does not approve of suicide, but they approve of the death penalty. In other words, they want do kill you rather than let you kill yourself. So if you want to commit suicide, your best bet is to kill someone else, including (as the above indicates) the not yet human foetus inside a woman — then turn yourself in, and they will kill you. But make sure you don't kill a homo since the public doesn't care much for that sort of people.

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