Truly, the days are long gone when Arkansas residents and Americans across the country felt the need to worry regarding how their neighbors and immediate community might be construing them in the wake of a divorce.
Indeed, that might have been a legitimate concern to some degree for some couples back in the cloud-free — and fictional — days when every American couple was presumed to be deliriously happy and routinely chanting the mantra “’til death do us part.” The era of frigid stereotypes and demanded social conformity that featured with a vengeance in bygone decades across a broad spectrum of American life is now thankfully gone, though.
And its passage has been marked by a material change in attitudes among what a recently issued Gallup poll notes is “a wide swath of the U.S. public.”
Specifically, what researchers from that respected organization note as a “bottom line” in culled findings focused upon divorce-related attitudes in the United States is this: These days, very few people — anywhere, and from any classified grouping — care much, if at all, about moral-based issues in other people’s divorces.
That is just not a harbored concern for a huge percentage of Americans all across the country in the 21st century, regardless of the demographic they most readily subscribe to.
Indeed, and as Gallup centrally notes, virtually no subgroup in the country, ranging from the never-married and currently wed to senior citizens, the so-called religious right and other populations views divorce from a moral prism anymore.
Instead, marital dissolution is increasingly seen in flatly legal terms, as nothing more than the formal process governing things like asset distribution, spousal maintenance and child custody at the end of a marriage.
Gallup’s recent poll solicited data from respondents in all 50 American states.