As tens of millions of Americans mail in their tax returns this week, they may be interested to know that eight-in-ten of their fellow citizens (79%) say they consider not reporting all income on one’s taxes to be morally wrong. Just 5% consider it morally acceptable and 14% say it is not a moral issue. The only behavior on a list of possibly immoral behaviors tested in a Pew Research survey that drew more moral condemnation than cheating on one’s taxes was cheating on a spouse. Some 88% say it is morally wrong for married people to have an affair, while 3% say it is morally acceptable and 7% say it is not a moral issue. Read More

Russell Heimlich  is a former web developer at Pew Research Center.