Global Study of Family Values
The Gallup Organization

The Gallup Organization reports that a poll it conducted this year in sixteen countries on four continents finds people a long way from sharing a global set of family values. In fact, what is considered morally acceptable in some countries is widely deemed immoral in others. The issue generating the most varied reaction in this international Gallup survey is the morality of unmarried couples having children. Acceptance of this modern lifestyle trend ranges from 90% or more in parts of Western Europe to under 15% in Singapore and India. Evidence of major cultural differences in family values around the globe is also revealed in the wide range of opinions recorded about the ideal family size, and in gender preferences for children.