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Acceptability Of Teen Sex Up 10 Percent In Five Years

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Julia Cohen Reporter
The percentage of adults ages 18 and above who find sex between teenagers below age 18 morally acceptable is now up to 42 percent, according to a Gallup poll released on Thursday.

Only 32 percent found sex between two teenagers morally acceptable as recently as 2013. Only 36 percent found it acceptable in 2017.

Whether or not someone believed teen sex was morally acceptable depended on age and political leanings. While 59 percent of those ages 18 to 29 found it acceptable, only 31 percent of those 65 and older did.

Only 26 percent of conservatives found teen sex morally okay, while 45 percent of moderates and 60 percent of liberals gave it the green light. (RELATED: Planned Parenthood Engaged In Massive Sex Abuse Cover-Up, Investigative Report Finds)

Despite increasing acceptance, the amount of teenagers having sex is decreasing. Over half (54 percent) of high school students reported having sexual intercourse in 1991 versus just 41 percent in 2015.

The amount of high school students with multiple sexual partners also decreased from 1991 to 2015, from 19 percent to 11.5 percent.

The poll was conducted via telephone interviews and consisted of 1,024 adults ages 18 and older. There is a margin of error of 4 percentage points.

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