It’s not just a stereotype — the French really are less likely to morally object to extramarital affairs than are citizens of other countries:


Source: Pew Research Center, Global Attitudes Project spring 2013 survey.

Those data come from this nifty new interactive from Pew Research Center. It shows attitudes toward “moral” issues in 40 countries and finds that France is the only country in which fewer than half of the respondents believed that extramarital affairs were morally unacceptable.

The interactive also reveals that Americans tends to be slightly more judgmental than citizens of the other countries surveyed about marital infidelity but more tolerant of gambling, homosexuality and alcohol use, among other things.

But did you know that one in six Americans says drinking alcohol is “morally unacceptable”? That’s way higher than I would have expected.


Source: Pew Research Center, Global Attitudes Project spring 2013 survey.
Catherine Rampell is an opinion columnist at The Washington Post.