In regard to today’s post headline, we pose this query: What do Americans — for the most part, all demographics considered — really think about divorce?
Here’s a short answer we think is accurate and gets straight to the point: not much. That is, the topic of divorce in America is increasingly a non-starter; most people don’t regard it these days as much other than a legal process that is applicable to terminating one relationship and enabling an involved individual to move purposefully forward in life.
That take is centrally implied in research findings culled by the apex polling group Gallup and released recently to the general public.
A number of discrete and interesting points are stressed in researchers’ takeaways from a national survey, with this so-called “bottom line” being one of them:
“[A] record percentage of Americans view the practice [divorce] as morally acceptable.”
Put another way: An overwhelming number of people in Connecticut and nationally simply don’t give a whit in most instances how a third party opts to conduct his or her personal life as regards personal relationships.
And that view — that moral indifference toward divorce — has been both operative and growing steadily for many years across what Gallup terms “a wide swath of the U.S. public.”
What it perhaps means in a most fundamental and practical sense is that third-party judgments concerning your personal life — at least regarding divorce — are few and far between and basically of no consequence.
“It may be that both marriage and divorce are no longer viewed in moral terms,” notes Gallup, “but rather seen as legal or formal processes.”