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People in predominantly Muslim nations overwhelmingly agree that engaging in sex before marriage is unacceptable, with nine-in-ten or more in Indonesia, Jordan, Pakistan, the Palestinian territories, Turkey and Egypt believing this.

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Meanwhile, 44% of Russians say alcohol use is morally wrong, but this view is more prevalent among women (52%) compared to men (36%).Fully 95% of Pakistanis hold this view and big majorities deem the practice unacceptable across much of the Middle East and Africa. Gambling is generally less acceptable to those aged 50 or over and women across much of the globe.However, a quarter or fewer in France, Canada, and the U. Half or more in most of the 40 nations polled say that homosexuality is unacceptable.You can sort by country, region, or response category.Click on a country name to display how people in that nation view all eight issues.Generally, African and predominantly Muslim countries tend to find most of these activities morally unacceptable, while in advanced economies, such as those in Western Europe, Japan, and North America, people tend to be more accepting or to not consider these moral issues at all.

Explore the individual country responses for all these values on the following pages.

Half or more in 26 of 40 nations surveyed personally believe having an abortion is morally unacceptable.

Generally, publics in Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and predominantly Muslim countries in Asia and the Middle East are more willing to deem abortion morally wrong.

That one exception is in France, where 47% consider an affair immoral, while 40% say it is not a moral issue and 12% say affairs are morally acceptable.

A median of about six-in-ten people across 40 nations say that gambling is unacceptable.

In contrast, relatively few hold this view in the European Union nations surveyed, including roughly 10% or less in Spain, France, Germany and Britain.