For the first time, a majority of Democrats do not have moral qualms about pornography.
A new Gallup poll found that 53 percent of Democrats see pornography as “morally acceptable,” an 11 point spike from last year and the biggest jump since Gallup began taking the survey in 2011.
“Across a number of issues related to sexuality and sex, Americans have – at either a gradual or a quick rate – been adopting a more permissive viewpoint,” Gallup remarked. “The cause of the single-year shift on this item, though, is less clear.”
Democrats have become increasingly socially liberal, Gallup noted. However, another explanation could be that “Stormy Daniels, adult film star actress and fierce critic of President Donald Trump, has given pornography a sense of moral credibility that it previously lacked,” Gallup said.
The percentage of all Americans who view pornography as morally acceptable jumped 7 percent this year to 43 percent. Previously the supportive fraction has risen only one or two percentage points each year.
Republican acceptance of pornographic material has also increased but remains relatively low at 27 percent.
Although pornography has become more acceptable in recent years, critics have raised practical concerns with the ubiquity and accessibility of such material, especially to young minds.
“A growing number of young men are convinced that their sexual responses have been sabotaged because their brains were virtually marinated in porn when they were adolescents,” a 2016 Time cover story mused. “Their generation has consumed explicit content in quantities and varieties never before possible, on devices designed to deliver content swiftly and privately, all at an age when their brains were more plastic–more prone to permanent change–than in later life. These young men feel like unwitting guinea pigs in a largely unmonitored decade-long experiment in sexual conditioning.”
Another recent Gallup poll found that almost half, 49 percent of Americans view the state of moral values in the U.S. as “poor.”
The poll on pornographic material was conducted May 1 to May 10.