After publishing the moral psychology book, A House Divided: Sexuality, Morality, and Christian Cultures, I naturally pay attention to relevant research and trend analyses. A PPRI study offers a perspective on sharp differences between conservative and liberal political groups.
Sexual Harassment of Women
Respondents generally (70%) see reports of sexual harassment and assault as part of a pattern of treatment of women. The reports are isolated incidents according to a minority, 24%.
The response pattern is different for men and women:
Broader Pattern: Men 63%, Women 78%
Isolated Incidents: Men 30%, Women 18%
Another highly relevant question focused on America as a good moral example for the world. Interestingly, many Americans do not find the country sets a good example: 57% disagreed with the statement, "America today sets a good moral example for the world” (43% agreed).
Not surprisingly, groups responded differently but the numbers are still low for agreement about America setting a good moral example: Republicans 56%, Independents and Democrats at 35%.
Black Americans have different views- the disagreement with America as a good moral example was at 70%.
The survey contains other interesting results concerning government policies. The two I selected were particularly relevant to A House Divided.