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Spectator trades on reputation with sex and society issue

LONDON - Right-wing magazine The Spectator is bravely flouting its reputation as a hotbed of affairs and sexual shenanigans by publishing a survey showing that 46% of people think adultery is morally wrong.

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The survey is published in this week's issue of the magazine, which was dubbed "The Sextator" after a string of affairs among senior staff and contributors was revealed.

The issue comes as Matthew D'Ancona prepares to take over as editor, following the departure of MP Boris Johnson, who has joined Tory leader David Cameron's shadow front bench.

Johnson had been one of those whose exploits entertained the nation when it was revealed that he had an affair with Petronella Wyatt, a Spectator columnist.

Also exposed were publisher Kimberly Quinn, whose affair with David Blunkett led to his downfall and resignation as Home Secretary; and contributor Rod Liddle, who left his wife after only six months of marriage for a secretary at The Spectator, Alicia Monckton.

The survey, carried out by YouGov, appears in today's Spectator -- a special edition looking at sex and society.

It appears to show that unmarried people think adultery is worse than those who are married, with 58% of 18- to 29-year-olds saying that it is morally wrong, compared with 46% overall.

Other findings are that 20% of the population believes homosexuality is wrong, with this figure rising to 27% of men. And 71% of those surveyed said that they wanted greater restrictions on what sexual material is allowed on the internet.

The Spectator is part of the Telegraph Group, which is owned by the Barclay brothers.

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