June 5 (UPI) -- The percentage of Americans morally OK with pornography is at its highest level since Gallup first began measuring moral perceptions of porn in 2011.
Forty-three percent of Americans now believe pornography is "morally acceptable," poll results released Tuesday indicate. That is a seven-percentage-point increase from last year and the highest level since 2011.
Gallup attributed part of that leap to a "sizable change" in attitudes among Democrats. Fifty-three percent of Democrats told Gallup they find pornography morally acceptable.
The emergence of adult film star Stormy Daniels, who has said she had a sexual encounter with President Donald Trump in 2006, may have given the porn industry a sense of credibility among more Americans, Gallup speculated. Trump has denied any encounter took place.
Researchers said Americans have become more liberal in their views on the behavior of others. This year, Gallup found record rates of permissiveness this year on several issues, including birth control, divorce, gay or lesbian relationships and polygamy.
Gallup's annual Values and Beliefs survey was conducted by telephone May 1-10 with a random sample of 1,024 adults 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. It has a 4 percent margin of error.