Moral issues

Moral issues

Sex, gender identity and euthanasia


This chapter explores attitudes to a range of personal and political issues and finds that
the growth in social liberalism seen in recent decades continues.

Attitudes to sex before marriage, same-sex relationships, abortion and pornography have all become more liberal, while attitudes to euthanasia remain largely unchanged.

For the first time using the British Social Attitude survey’s method, attitudes to transgender people are also examined.

Underneath this liberalising trend however, we find some important demographic dividing lines.

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Acceptance of same-sex relationships has increased quickly in the last four years, especially among Christians

undefinedAuthors: Kirby Swales, Director of Survey Research Centre, The National Centre for Social Research; Eleanor Attar Taylor, Researcher, The National Centre for Social Research