American Morality: 1987 & 2014

CNN recently conducted a poll of American morality similar to the one conducted by Time Magazine in 1987.  When the statistics are placed side-by-side, one can see significant signs of change over the past 27 years.  Overall: In 1987, 7 out of the 8 actions surveyed were considered by the majority of Americans to be morally wrong. Now, only 3 of the behaviors are thought to be morally wrong by a majority (being married and having sex with someone else, cheating on taxes, and having an Read More …

Statistical Surprises: Marriage and Divorce

The Daily Number is provided by the Pew Research Center that "highlights an important finding or trend."  A few days ago, the number looked at the unusually high rates of both marriage and divorce in the United States.  When compared to the European Union, Americans are far more likely to experience marriage (51% higher) or divorce (76% higher).  Interestingly, however, American divorce rates in the sample year (33% of the measured events) were similar to those in the EU (30%). So Read More …