It's a question as old as the ages, should the "world's oldest profession" be deemed legal between consenting adults? As with many moral questions in America, the country is evenly divided. Forty-seven percent of Americans presumably from a more liberal or libertarian stripe say yes. A few more Americans (49 percent) from a more conservative viewpoint, perhaps a last vestige of our Puritan heritage, say no.
This poll was conducted at the CBS News interviewing facility among a random sample of 976 adults nationwide, interviewed by telephone May 31-June 3, 2012. Phone numbers were dialed from random digit dial samples of both standard land-line and cell phones. The error due to sampling for results based on the entire sample could be plus or minus three percentage points. The error for subgroups is higher.
This poll release conforms to the Standards of Disclosure of the National Council on Public Polls. To read more about this poll, click here.