Sunday, November 10, 2013

A new opinion poll shows that just under 50% of Ireland's 'thirty somethings' have experimented with some form of drugs.

The finding is contained in a survey of 1,000 people aged between 30 and 39, carried out for Today FM and the Irish and Sunday Independent.

The first part of the findings from the online poll last month, by market researchers Behaviour and Attitudes, released today focuses on morality issues.

The 'Ireland's Thirty Somethings - Living on the Edge' survey found that just under 50% of 30 somethings say they have dabbled at least once with soft drugs such as marijuana.

The figure is much lower for harder drugs, like heroin and cocaine, at 14%.

A third of those surveyed would support the decriminalisation of soft drugs in order to remove the power from drug dealers, but just 18% would support the decriminalisation of all illegal drugs.

75% say same sex couples should be allowed to marry, but fewer respondents, 66%, believe gay couples should be allowed to adopt children.

Meanwhile, drink-driving emerged as the behaviour attracting the greatest level of moral disapproval, scoring 9.1 on a scale going up to 10.

Pre-marital sex received the least disapproval rating.

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