In 21st century America, most voters have ceased to regard adultery or homosexuality as barriers to holding senior posts in politics, the military, business or government-funded services. General Petraeus’s tangled life may have cost him is job as director of the CIA, but most Americans believe that it is no longer necessary to uphold traditional standards of private morality in order to wield public responsibility.
This is clear from a YouGov survey which people whether (a) married people who are found to be having an affair; and (b) openly gay people should be allowed to hold various posts. The following are the overall net results, showing the percentage saying hold minus the percentage saying quit. [cont.]
Peter Kellner, YouGov