Is cheating morally acceptable? It depends where you live

Dating guide for single globe-trotters

(University of Chicago)

MIAMI – If you want a faithful partner, avoid the French.

About 40 percent of the French don't view extramarital affairs as a moral issue and 12 percent think it is morally acceptable. But if you want a partner with liberal views the French, German and Spaniards are the way to go.

That is what a survey examining international public opinion on controversial issues found. The Pew research Center data may just help single globe-trotters to understand views on extramarital affairs, premarital sex and gambling.

Here are some of the survey's results:

ALCOHOL:  The Japanese will defend their sake. About 66 percent of them believe drinking is morally acceptable.  The Russians like their vodka but they probably give themselves a guilt trip about it. An estimated 44 percent say it is morally wrong.

HOMOSEXUALITY:  A French is more likely to find it sad that the freedom to wave a rainbow flag in Miami Beach is not shared in the majority of the world. Gay friendly countries are few, and include Spain, Germany, the Czech Republic, Britain and Italy.

GAMBLING:   You will likely not be running into a woman from the Middle East or Africa at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. And no surprise, if you want to date players who like to test their luck you have to head to Canada or the U.S. 

DIVORCE:  Hate your wife and care about people think? You should know very few consider divorce unacceptable. Even in several socially conservative Middle Eastern nations divorce is morally acceptable.

ABORTION: The majority believe it is morally unacceptable. This is not the case in Japan and Australia, where the majority say they view abortion as morally acceptable or not a moral issue.

CONTRACEPTION: Only in Pakistan, Nigeria and Ghana do the majority find it immoral.

PREMARITAL SEX:  Muslim nations find it unacceptable and generally people older than 50 are more critical of it.