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Q12d. By your best guess, how would your current place of worship feel about each of the following behaviors? Premarital sex (PREMARSX)
  TOTAL %
1) Forbids 460 38
2) Strongly discourages 490 40.4
3) Somewhat discourages 128 10.6
4) Encourages 3 0.2
5) Isnt concerned 58 4.8
8) Dont know 73 6
TOTAL1,212100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mixed-mode


How much does your congregation, in its worship and education, emphasize the following home and personal practices? Abstaining from premarital sex (NOSHACK)
  TOTAL %
0) Missing 3,049 21.4
1) Not at all 1,118 7.8
2) A little 1,405 9.8
3) Some 2,647 18.5
4) Quite a bit 2,819 19.7
5) A great deal 3,237 22.7
TOTAL14,275100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: Congregations
Sample: Other
Mode: Mixed-mode


Any sexual act between two consenting adults is all right. (ANYACT)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly agree 1,101 14.4
2) Agree 4,469 58.5
3) Disagree 1,374 18
4) Strongly disagree 488 6.4
5) If R insists: neither agree nor disagree 190 2.5
8) Refused 10 0.1
9) Dont know 11 0.1
TOTAL7,643100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Im going to read you some statements, some of which you will probably agree with, others you will probably disagree with. The first is… Society should not put any restrictions on sex between consenting adults in the privacy of their own home. Do you completely agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree, or completely disagree with this statement. (G_RESTRI)
  TOTAL %
1) Completely agree 1,638 61.3
2) Somewhat agree 515 19.3
3) Somewhat disagree 141 5.3
4) Completely disagree 220 8.2
5) Mixed opinion 34 1.3
9) Dont know/Refused 123 4.6
TOTAL2,671100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Any sexual act between two consenting adults is all right. (ANYACT)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly agree 772 15.7
2) Agree 2,786 56.5
3) Disagree 1,000 20.3
4) Strongly disagree 250 5.1
5) If respondent insists: Neither agree nor disagree 104 2.1
8) Refused 7 0.1
9) Dont know 9 0.2
TOTAL4,928100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


(evercohab_w2) [IF RESPONDENT DOES NOT REPORT CURRENTLY LIVING WITH A ROMANTIC PARTNER] [IF NO B:4=29] C:11. Some couples live together without being married. By living together we mean having a sexual relationship while sharing the same address and living space. Have you ever lived together with someone in this way? [IF C:1>1 THEN PROBE: If, for at least one month, you lived with someone whom you later married, include that relationship.] [NOTE TO INTERVIEWER: DO NOT COUNT DATING OR SLEEPING OVER. THIS QUESTION IS ABOUT A SEXUAL RELATIONSHIP WHERE A COUPLE SHARES THE SAME ADDRESS.] (EVERCOH)
  TOTAL %
0) No 0 0
1) Yes 122 53.5
666) Invalid skip 6 2.6
777) Dont know 1 0.4
999) Not asked 99 43.4
TOTAL228100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


(evercohab_w3) [IF RESPONDENT DOES NOT REPORT CURRENTLY LIVING WITH A ROMANTIC PARTNER AND DID NOT REPORT LIVING WITH A PARTNER IN WAVE 2] C:11. Some couples live together without being married. By living together we mean having a sexual relationship while sharing the same address and living space. Have you ever lived together with someone in this way? [IF C:1>1 THEN PROBE: If, for at least one month, you lived with someone whom you later married, include that relationship.] [INTERVIEWER: DO NOT COUNT DATING OR SLEEPING OVER. THIS QUESTION IS ABOUT A SEXUAL RELATIONSHIP WHERE A COUPLE SHARES THE SAME ADDRESS.] (EVERCOH)
  TOTAL %
0) No 0 0
1) Yes 307 44.4
888) Refused 1 0.1
999) Legitimate skip 384 55.5
TOTAL692100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Some couples live together without being married. By living together, we mean having a sexual relationship while sharing the same usual address. Did you and your wife live together before you got married? (LIVTOGWF)
  TOTAL %
1) Yes 663 53.8
5) No 567 46
8) Refused 2 0.2
9) Dont know 1 0.1
TOTAL1,233100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Some couples live together without being married. By living together, we mean having a sexual relationship while sharing the same usual address. Did you and (last partners name) live together before you got married? (LIVTOGN)
  TOTAL %
1) Yes 61 59.8
5) No 40 39.2
8) Refused 1 1
TOTAL102100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Some couples live together without being married. By living together, we mean having a sexual relationship while sharing the same usual address. Did you and (2nd-to-last partners name) live together before got married? (LIVTOGN2)
  TOTAL %
1) Yes 12 60
5) No 8 40
TOTAL20100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Some couples live together without being married. By living together, we mean having a sexual relationship while sharing the same usual address. Did you and (1st former wife) live together before you got married? (LIVTOGN4)
  TOTAL %
1) Yes 298 51.4
5) No 274 47.2
8) Refused 6 1
9) Dont know 2 0.3
TOTAL580100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Some couples live together without being married. By living together, we mean having a sexual relationship while sharing the same usual address. Did you and (2nd former wife) live together before you got married? (LIVTOGN5)
  TOTAL %
1) Yes 62 66.7
5) No 29 31.2
9) Dont know 2 2.2
TOTAL93100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Some couples live together without being married. By living together, we mean having a sexual relationship while sharing the same usual address. Did you and (3rd former wife) live together before you got married? (LIVTOGN6)
  TOTAL %
1) Yes 11 68.8
5) No 5 31.3
TOTAL16100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


(unmarsex_w2) R:11. It is alright for two unmarried people who are not in love to have sex. (Do you strongly agree, agree, disagree, or strongly disagree?) (UNMARSEX)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly agree 163 6.3
2) Agree 1,201 46.1
3) Undecided/DK [INTERVIEWER: DO NOT READ] 10 0.4
4) Disagree 884 33.9
5) Strongly disagree 320 12.3
666) Invalid skip 23 0.9
888) Refused 3 0.1
TOTAL2,604100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Now I want you to consider a series of opinions on a variety of issues. Please tell me whether you strongly agree, agree, disagree, or strongly disagree with each statement. F. Sex before marriage is okay, if a couple loves each other. (APRESXOK)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly agree 224 10.7
2) Agree 895 42.6
3) Disagree 611 29.1
4) Strongly disagree 371 17.7
TOTAL2,101100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Other
Mode: In-Person


Please tell us if you agree or disagree with the following statement - Sex before marriage is OK, if a couple love each other. (Not asked of elementary school students.) (J2PRESEX)
  TOTAL %
1) Agree 1,848 53.7
2) Disagree 1,109 32.2
3) Dont know 487 14.1
TOTAL3,444100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: Other
Sample: Non-Random
Mode: In-Person


We are asking about church issues, in your case, Catholic church issues. For each, please tell me whether you agree strongly, agree somewhat, disagree somewhat, or disagree strongly. -- Premarital sexual relations between persons who are committed to each other can be morally acceptable. (PREMARSX)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly Agree 592 36.5
2) Somewhat Agree 518 31.9
3) Somewhat Disagree 147 9.1
4) Strongly Disagree 319 19.7
5) Dont know/Refused 47 2.9
TOTAL1,623100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


What do you think are the chances that you will have sexual intercourse before you get married? (SEXBFMAR)
  TOTAL %
1) Very likely 74 9.1
2) Somewhat likely 191 23.4
3) Somewhat unlikely 156 19.1
4) Very unlikely 382 46.9
7) Not ascertained 2 0.2
8) Refused 3 0.4
9) Dont know 7 0.9
TOTAL815100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: Other
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


I dont think that I will have sexual intercourse with someone until I get married. (YMARSEX)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly disagree 831 10.3
2) Disagree 838 10.4
3) Not sure 1,949 24.1
4) Agree 1,607 19.9
5) Strongly agree 2,869 35.4
TOTAL8,094100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: Denominations
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Please tell me for each of the following items whether you think it can always be justified, sometimes be justified, or never be justified: sex between people who are not married to each other. (SEXNOTM)
  TOTAL %
1) Always justified 4 0.7
2) Sometimes justified 109 18.2
3) Never justified 470 78.3
8) Dont know 14 2.3
9) Refused 3 0.5
TOTAL600100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other: Korea
Frame: Other
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Please tell me for each of the following items whether you think it can always be justified, sometimes be justified, or never be justified: sex between people who are not married to each other. (SEXNOTM)
  TOTAL %
1) Always justified 5 0.8
2) Sometimes justified 46 7.1
3) Never justified 591 90.8
8) Dont know 8 1.2
9) Refused 1 0.2
TOTAL651100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other: Nigeria
Frame: Other
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Please tell me for each of the following items whether you think it can always be justified, sometimes be justified, or never be justified: sex between people who are not married to each other. (SEXNOTM)
  TOTAL %
1) Always justified 54 7.4
2) Sometimes justified 74 10.2
3) Never justified 563 77.5
8) Dont know 32 4.4
9) Refused 3 0.4
TOTAL726100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other: India
Frame: Other
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Theres been a lot of discussion about the way morals and attitudes about sex are changing in this country. If a man and woman have sex relations before marriage, do you think it is always wrong, almost always wrong, wrong only sometimes, or not wrong at all? (PREMARSX)
  TOTAL %
0) Inapplicable 0 0
1) Always wrong 566 24.3
2) Almost always wrong 169 7.2
3) Sometimes wrong 398 17.1
4) Not wrong at all 1,133 48.6
8) Dont know 54 2.3
9) No answer 12 0.5
TOTAL2,332100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Do you think it is wrong or not wrong if a man and a woman have sexual relations before marriage? (PREMARS1)
  TOTAL %
0) Inapplicable 0 0
1) Always wrong 331 24.2
2) Almost always wrong 113 8.3
3) Wrong only sometimes 233 17.1
4) Not wrong at all 667 48.9
8) Dont know 14 1
9) No answer 7 0.5
TOTAL1,365100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Q35 How do you feel about sexual relations in the following circumstances... a. Before marriage (Q35A)
  TOTAL %
1) Always wrong 545 32.1
2) Almost always wrong 226 13.3
3) Only wrong sometimes 315 18.6
4) Not wrong at all 610 36
TOTAL1,696100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mixed-mode


Theres been a lot of discussion about the way morals and attitudes about sex are changing in this country. If a man and woman have sex relations before marriage, do you think it is always wrong, almost always wrong, wrong only sometimes or not wrong at all? (PREMARSX)
  TOTAL %
1) Always wrong 242 26.7
2) Almost always wrong 73 8
3) Wrong only sometimes 176 19.4
4) Not wrong at all 394 43.4
8) Dont know 18 2
9) No answer 5 0.6
TOTAL908100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Please tell me for each of the following items whether you think it can always be justified, sometimes be justified, or never be justified: sex between people who are not married to each other. (SEXNOTM)
  TOTAL %
1) Always justified 999 9.1
2) Sometimes justified 2,505 22.7
3) Never justified 7,224 65.5
8) Dont know 253 2.3
9) Refused 47 0.4
TOTAL11,028100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other: United States; Brazil, Chile and Guatemala in Latin America; Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa in Africa; and India, the Philippines and South Korea in Asia.
Frame: Other
Sample: Unknown
Mode: Other


Theres been a lot of discussion about the way morals and attitudes about sex are changing in this country. If a man and woman have sex relations before marriage, do you think it is always wrong, almost always wrong, wrong only sometimes or not wrong at all? (PREMARSX)
  TOTAL %
1) Always wrong 238 26.3
2) Almost always wrong 79 8.7
3) Wrong only sometimes 157 17.3
4) Not wrong at all 409 45.1
8) Dont know 18 2
9) No answer 5 0.6
TOTAL906100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Theres been a lot of discussion about the way morals and attitudes about sex are changing in this country. If a man and woman have sex relations before marriage, do you think it is always wrong, almost always wrong, wrong only sometimes or not wrong at all? (PREMARSX)
  TOTAL %
1) Always wrong 509 25.6
2) Almost always wrong 167 8.4
3) Wrong only sometimes 379 19
4) Not wrong at all 882 44.3
8) Dont know 44 2.2
9) No answer 11 0.6
TOTAL1,992100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Theres been a lot of discussion about the way morals and attitudes about sex are changing in this country. If a man and woman have sex relations before marriage, do you think it is always wrong, almost always wrong, wrong only sometimes or not wrong at all? (PREMARSX)
  TOTAL %
1) Always wrong 502 26.7
2) Almost always wrong 157 8.4
3) Wrong only sometimes 384 20.5
4) Not wrong at all 749 39.9
8) Dont know 75 4
9) No answer 10 0.5
TOTAL1,877100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Q85F [NEXT, IM GOING TO READ SOME BEHAVIORS. FOR EACH, PLEASE TELL ME WHETHER YOU PERSONALLY BELIEVE THAT IT IS MORALLY ACCEPTABLE, MORALLY WRONG, OR IS IT NOT A MORAL ISSUE?] Sex between people who are not married to each other (Q85F)
  TOTAL %
1) Morally acceptable 2,476 9.9
2) Morally wrong 18,716 74.8
3) Not a moral issue 2,213 8.8
4) Depends on situation 1,332 5.3
8) Dont know 207 0.8
9) Refused 87 0.3
TOTAL25,031100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other: sub-Saharan Africa (Botswana, Cameroon, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania)
Frame: Other
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Please tell me for each of the following items whether you think it can always be justified, sometimes be justified, or never be justified: sex between people who are not married to each other. (SEXNOTM)
  TOTAL %
1) Always justified 224 32
2) Sometimes justified 267 38.1
3) Never justified 201 28.7
8) Dont know 8 1.1
9) Refused 0 0
TOTAL700100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other: Brazil, urban areas
Frame: Other
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Please tell me for each of the following items whether you think it can always be justified, sometimes be justified, or never be justified: sex between people who are not married to each other. (SEXNOTM)
  TOTAL %
1) Always justified 205 34.2
2) Sometimes justified 240 40
3) Never justified 129 21.5
8) Dont know 20 3.3
9) Refused 6 1
TOTAL600100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other: Chile
Frame: Other
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Theres been a lot of discussion about the way morals and attitudes about sex are changing in this country. If a man and woman have sex relations before marriage, do you think it is always wrong, almost always wrong, wrong only sometimes or not wrong at all? (PREMARSX)
  TOTAL %
1) Always 229 24.7
2) Almost always wrong 103 11.1
3) Wrong only sometimes 205 22.1
4) Not wrong at all 356 38.4
8) Dont know 32 3.4
9) No answer 3 0.3
TOTAL928100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Theres been a lot of discussion about the way morals and attitudes about sex are changing in this country. If a man and woman have sex relations before marriage, do you think it is always wrong, almost always wrong, wrong only sometimes or not wrong at all? (PREMARSX)
  TOTAL %
1) Always wrong 452 23.1
2) Almost always wrong 183 9.3
3) Wrong only sometimes 429 21.9
4) Not wrong at all 832 42.4
8) Dont know 58 3
9) No answer 6 0.3
TOTAL1,960100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Sexual intercourse before marriage is wrong. (AMA_3)
  TOTAL %
-7) Refused 32 1.2
-4) Dont know 6 0.2
1) Strongly disagree 719 27.6
2) Somewhat disagree 415 15.9
3) Neither agree nor disagree 661 25.4
4) Somewhat agree 289 11.1
5) Strongly agree 482 18.5
TOTAL2,604100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Theres been a lot of discussion about the way morals and attitudes about sex are changing in this country. If a man and woman have sex relations before marriage, do you think it is always wrong, almost always wrong, wrong only sometimes or not wrong at all? (PREMARSX)
  TOTAL %
1) Always wrong 251 25.4
2) Almost always wrong 102 10.3
3) Wrong only sometimes 214 21.7
4) Not wrong at all 388 39.3
8) Dont know 27 2.7
9) No answer 6 0.6
TOTAL988100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Theres been a lot of discussion about the way morals and attitudes about sex are changing in this country. If a man and woman have sex relations before marriage, do you think it is always wrong, almost always wrong, wrong only sometimes or not wrong at all? (PREMARSX)
  TOTAL %
1) Always wrong 274 26.8
2) Almost always wrong 98 9.6
3) Wrong only sometimes 186 18.2
4) Not wrong at all 435 42.5
8) Dont know 28 2.7
9) No answer 3 0.3
TOTAL1,024100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Do you think it is wrong or not wrong if a man and a woman have sexual relations before marriage? (PREMARS1)
  TOTAL %
1) Always wrong 344 25.3
2) Almost always wrong 146 10.7
3) Wrong only sometimes 247 18.2
4) Not wrong at all 522 38.4
8) Cant choose 74 5.4
9) No answer 26 1.9
TOTAL1,359100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Please tell me for each of the following items whether you think it can always be justified, sometimes be justified, or never be justified: sex between people who are not married to each other. (SEXNOTM)
  TOTAL %
1) Always justified 20 2
2) Sometimes justified 202 20.2
3) Never justified 772 77.3
8) Dont know 5 0.5
9) Refused 0 0
TOTAL999100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other: The Philippines
Frame: Other
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Please tell me for each of the following items whether you think it can always be justified, sometimes be justified, or never be justified: sex between people who are not married to each other. (SEXNOTM)
  TOTAL %
1) Always justified 107 13.4
2) Sometimes justified 252 31.5
3) Never justified 409 51.1
8) Dont know 29 3.6
9) Refused 3 0.4
TOTAL800100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other: South Africa
Frame: Other
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Please tell me for each of the following items whether you think it can always be justified, sometimes be justified, or never be justified: sex between people who are not married to each other. (SEXNOTM)
  TOTAL %
1) Always justified 98 13.2
2) Sometimes justified 325 43.9
3) Never justified 271 36.6
8) Dont know 38 5.1
9) Refused 8 1.1
TOTAL740100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Now I am going to read a list of things that some people consider to be morally wrong. For each item, please select the response that best indicates how wrong you, personally, think it is when people engage in that behavior. B. Sex before marriage (see note 1 on the ARDA summary page) (WPRESEX)
  TOTAL %
1) Wrong for all, and should not be legally tolerated 245 23.2
2) Wrong for all, but should be tolerated 177 16.7
3) Right for some, but not for me personally 143 13.5
4) Right for me, but not necessarily for others 133 12.6
5) Right for all 56 5.3
6) Not a moral issue 303 28.7
TOTAL1,057100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Now I am going to read a list of things that some people consider to be morally wrong. For each item, please select the number that best indicates how wrong you, personally, think it is when people engage in that behavior. B. Sex before marriage (W2PRESEX)
  TOTAL %
1) Wrong for all, and should not be legally tolerated 320 16.7
2) Wrong for all, but should be tolerated 494 25.7
3) Right for some, but not for me personally 421 21.9
4) Right for me, but not necessarily for others 314 16.3
5) Right for all 165 8.6
6) Not a moral issue 207 10.8
TOTAL1,921100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Theres been a lot of discussion about the way morals and attitudes about sex are changing in this country. If a man and woman have sex relations before marriage, do you think it is always wrong, almost always wrong, wrong only sometimes or not wrong at all? (PREMARSX)
  TOTAL %
1) Always wrong 476 25.4
2) Almost always wrong 166 8.9
3) Wrong only sometimes 378 20.2
4) Not wrong at all 784 41.9
8) Dont know 65 3.5
9) No answer 2 0.1
TOTAL1,871100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Do you think it is wrong or not wrong if a man and a woman have sexual relations before marriage? (PREMARS1)
  TOTAL %
1) Always wrong 358 27.9
2) Almost always wrong 138 10.7
3) Wrong only sometimes 243 18.9
4) Not wrong at all 468 36.4
8) Cant choose 70 5.5
9) No answer 7 0.5
TOTAL1,284100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


(CATHOLIC OVERSAMPLE) For each item I name, please tell me if you personally find it morally acceptable or morally unacceptable.- Premarital sex between consenting adults (MORAL3)
  TOTAL %
1) Acceptable 830 67
2) Unacceptable 393 31.7
8) DK/No opinion 16 1.3
TOTAL1,239100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Please tell me for each of the following items whether you think it can always be justified, sometimes be justified, or never be justified: sex between people who are not married to each other. (SEXNOTM)
  TOTAL %
1) Always justified 21 3.2
2) Sometimes justified 118 18.1
3) Never justified 513 78.6
8) Dont know 0 0
9) Refused 1 0.2
TOTAL653100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other: Kenya
Frame: Other
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Please tell me for each of the following items whether you think it can always be justified, sometimes be justified, or never be justified: sex between people who are not married to each other. (SEXNOTM)
  TOTAL %
1) Always justified 84 8.4
2) Sometimes justified 227 22.6
3) Never justified 671 66.8
8) Dont know 18 1.8
9) Refused 5 0.5
TOTAL1,005100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other: Guatemala
Frame: Other
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


If a man and a woman have sex relations before marriage, do you think it is always wrong, almost always wrong, wrong only sometimes, or not wrong at all? (PREMARSX)
  TOTAL %
1) Always wrong 437 28.5
2) Almost always wrong 175 11.4
3) Wrong only sometimes 304 19.8
4) Not wrong at all 578 37.7
8) Dont know 34 2.2
9) No answer 4 0.3
TOTAL1,532100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Theres been a lot of discussion about the way morals and attitudes about sex are changing in this country. If a man and woman have sex relations before marriage, do you think it is always wrong, almost always wrong, wrong only sometimes or not wrong at all? (PREMARSX)
  TOTAL %
1) Always wrong 496 25.1
2) Almost always wrong 192 9.7
3) Wrong only sometimes 389 19.7
4) Not wrong at all 830 42
8) Dont know 60 3
9) No answer 10 0.5
TOTAL1,977100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Do you think it is wrong or not wrong if a man and a woman have sexual relations before marriage? (PREMARS1)
  TOTAL %
1) Always wrong 361 24.9
2) Almost always wrong 144 10
3) Wrong only sometimes 228 15.8
4) Not wrong at all 509 35.2
8) Cant choose 118 8.2
9) No answer 87 6
TOTAL1,447100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Is it wrong for two unmarried people to engage in sex? (PRESEX)
  TOTAL %
1) Yes, it is always wrong. 116 38.8
2) It is usually wrong (but not always). 29 9.7
3) It is only sometimes wrong. 31 10.4
4) It is not wrong. 82 27.4
9) Unsure or no opinion 41 13.7
TOTAL299100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other: The target population for this survey was students at Winthrop University, a state university in South Carolina.
Frame: Other
Sample: Unknown
Mode: Other


Theres been a lot of discussion about the way morals and attitudes about sex are changing in this country. If a man and woman have sex relations before marriage, do you think it is always wrong, almost always wrong, wrong only sometimes or not wrong at all? (PREMARSX)
  TOTAL %
1) Always wrong 283 26.2
2) Almost always wrong 106 9.8
3) Wrong only sometimes 218 20.2
4) Not wrong at all 443 41
8) Dont know 27 2.5
9) No answer 3 0.3
TOTAL1,080100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Do you believe that sexual relations before marriage are always morally wrong, usually morally wrong, or only sometimes morally wrong? (PMARSEX)
  TOTAL %
1) Always 854 33.6
2) Usually 328 12.9
3) Only sometimes 1,027 40.5
4) Never wrong 329 13
TOTAL2,538100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other: Ohio, Massachusetts, North Carolina and California
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


In todays society, it has become more acceptable for unmarried couples, who care about each other, to have sex. Do you consider this to be: (PRESEXM)
  TOTAL %
1) A sign of moral decline 314 60.7
2) A positive moral development 32 6.2
3) Do you think this has nothing to do with morality? 132 25.5
9) Dont know 39 7.5
TOTAL517100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Single Unit (State, County, etc.)
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


If a man and a women have sexual relations before marriage, do you think it is: (PREMARSX)
  TOTAL %
1) Not wrong at all 140 34.1
2) Sometimes wrong 126 30.7
3) Almost always wrong 9 2.2
4) Always wrong 123 30
5) Dont know 12 2.9
TOTAL410100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Single Unit (State, County, etc.)
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


If a man and woman have sex relations before marriage, do you think it is always wrong, almost always wrong, wrong only sometimes, or not wrong at all? (PREMARTL)
  TOTAL %
1) Always wrong 115 30.5
2) Almost always wrong 36 9.5
3) Sometimes 106 28.1
4) Not wrong at all 101 26.8
5) Dont know 19 5
TOTAL377100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Single Unit (State, County, etc.)
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


If a man and a woman have sexual relations before marriage, do you think it is: (PREMARSX)
  TOTAL %
1) Not wrong at all 31 8.2
2) Sometimes wrong 91 24.1
3) Almost always wrong 35 9.3
4) Always wrong 188 49.9
5) Dont know 32 8.5
TOTAL377100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Single Unit (State, County, etc.)
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


P55. Do you think that people should wait to have sex until they are married, or not necessarily? (PSEXMAR)
  TOTAL %
1) Yes, should wait 2,004 59.5
2) No, not necessarily wait 1,284 38.1
777) Dont know 65 1.9
888) Refused 17 0.5
TOTAL3,370100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other
Frame: U.S. Youth
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Y99. Do you think that people should wait to have sex until they are married, or not necessarily? (ABSTAIN1)
  TOTAL %
1) Yes, they should wait 1,834 54.4
2) No, not necessarily wait 1,482 44
777) Dont know 44 1.3
888) Refused 10 0.3
TOTAL3,370100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other
Frame: U.S. Youth
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


(abstain1_w2) R:17. Do you think that people should wait to have sex until they are married, or not necessarily? (ABSTAIN1)
  TOTAL %
1) Yes 861 33.1
2) Not necessarily 1,711 65.7
666) Invalid skip 23 0.9
777) Dont know 7 0.3
888) Refused 2 0.1
TOTAL2,604100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


(abstain1_w3) R:17. Do you think that people should wait to have sex until they are married, or not necessarily? (ABSTAIN1)
  TOTAL %
1) Yes 611 24.1
2) Not necessarily 1,905 75.2
777) Dont know 3 0.1
888) Refused 2 0.1
999) Legitimate skip 11 0.4
TOTAL2,532100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Imagine someone like yourself in the following situation and tell us what would most likely happen - You have had a steady relationship for a long time and you feel very much in love. At this point your girlfriend/boyfriend tells you they want to have sex with you. In this situation, would you have sex, try to hold off if you can, refuse to have sex for now, or insist on waiting until youre married? (Not asked of elementary school students.) (D8PREMAR)
  TOTAL %
1) Have sex 1,261 37.2
2) Try to hold off if you can 652 19.3
3) Refuse to have sex for now 667 19.7
4) Insist on waiting until youre married 806 23.8
TOTAL3,386100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: Other
Sample: Non-Random
Mode: In-Person


Please tell us if you agree or disagree with the following statement - Sex before marriage is never right because it is a sin. (Not asked of elementary school students.) (J6PRESIN)
  TOTAL %
1) Agree 1,155 33.6
2) Disagree 1,811 52.6
3) Dont know 475 13.8
TOTAL3,441100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: Other
Sample: Non-Random
Mode: In-Person


Most of us probably feel that failure to live up to the Lords commandments will have an adverse effect on our standing in His eyes, but that weakness in some commandments might be more serious than weakness in others. By circling the appropriate numbers below, please indicate how serious you believe each of the following to be -- Having sex relations before marriage (PREMRSEX)
  TOTAL %
1) Very serious 708 77.3
2) Fairly serious 127 13.9
3) Not very serious 42 4.6
4) Scarcely matters at all 22 2.4
5) Cant decide 17 1.9
TOTAL916100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other: Regional samples of Mormons in Salt Lake City, UT and San Francisco, CA
Frame: Denominations
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mailed


Most of us probably feel that failure to live up to the Lords commandments will have an adverse effect on our standing in His eyes, but that weakness in some commandments might be more serious than weakness in others. By circling the appropriate numbers below, please indicate how serious you believe each of the following to be -- Having sex relations before marriage (PREMRSEX)
  TOTAL %
1) Very serious 156 54.9
2) Fairly serious 43 15.1
3) Not very serious 41 14.4
4) Scarcely matters at all 34 12
5) Cant decide 10 3.5
TOTAL284100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Single Unit (State, County, etc.)
Frame: Denominations
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mailed


The following question deals with religion. Please read the question carefully and select the response which most accurately represents your beliefs. A boy and a girl, both of whom attend church frequently, regularly date one another and have entered into sexual relations with each other. Which of the following statements expresses your opinion concerning this matter? (PRESEX)
  TOTAL %
1) People who attend church should uphold its moral teachings. 21 21.2
2) Sexual intercourse prior to marriage is a matter of individual responsibility. 78 78.8
TOTAL99100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other: North Carolina
Frame: Other
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Other


The following question deals with religion. Please read the question carefully and select the response which most accurately represents your beliefs. A boy and a girl, both of whom attend church frequently, regularly date one another and have entered into sexual relations with each other. Which of the following statements expresses your opinion concerning this matter? (PRESEX)
  TOTAL %
1) People who attend church should uphold its moral teachings. 13 13.7
2) Sexual intercourse prior to marriage is a matter of individual responsibility. 82 86.3
TOTAL95100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other: Undergraduates at University of North Carolina
Frame: Other
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Other


The following question deals with religion. Please read the question carefully and select the response which most accurately represents your beliefs. A boy and a girl, both of whom attend church frequently, regularly date one another and have entered into sexual relations with each other. Which of the following statements expresses your opinion concerning this matter? (PRESEX)
  TOTAL %
1) People who attend church should uphold its moral teachings. 16 16
2) Sexual intercourse prior to marriage is a matter of individual responsibility. 84 84
TOTAL100100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other: Undergraduates at University of North Carolina
Frame: Other
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Other


The following question deals with religion. Please read the question carefully and select the response which most accurately represents your beliefs. A boy and a girl, both of whom attend church frequently, regularly date one another and have entered into sexual relations with each other. Which of the following statements expresses your opinion concerning this matter? (PRESEX)
  TOTAL %
1) People who attend church should uphold its moral teachings. 12 12.4
2) Sexual intercourse prior to marriage is a matter of individual responsibility. 85 87.6
TOTAL97100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other: Undergraduates at University of North Carolina
Frame: Other
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Other


Theres been a lot of discussion about the way morals and attitudes about sex are changing in this country. If [a man and a woman] are in their early teens, say fourteen to sixteen years old, in that case, do you think sex relations before marriage are always wrong, almost always wrong, wrong only sometimes, or not wrong at all? (TEENSEX)
  TOTAL %
0) Inapplicable 0 0
1) Always wrong 1,640 70.3
2) Almost always wrong 369 15.8
3) Sometimes wrong 204 8.7
4) Not wrong at all 101 4.3
8) Dont know 12 0.5
9) No answer 6 0.3
TOTAL2,332100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


What if they are in their early teens, say 14 to 16 years old? In that case, do you think sex relations before marriage are always wrong, almost always wrong, wrong only sometimes, or not wrong at all? (TEENSEX)
  TOTAL %
1) Always wrong 644 70.9
2) Almost always wrong 131 14.4
3) Wrong only sometimes 78 8.6
4) Not wrong at all 37 4.1
8) Dont know 16 1.8
9) No answer 2 0.2
TOTAL908100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


P56. [If parent respondent thinks people do not have to wait to have sex until they are married or answered dont know or refused] [IF P55>1] Do you think it is okay for teenagers to have sex if they are emotionally ready for it, or dont you? (PTEENSEX)
  TOTAL %
0) No 0 0
1) Yes 382 15.5
777) Dont know 57 2.3
888) Refused 18 0.7
999) Not asked 2,004 81.4
TOTAL2,461100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other
Frame: U.S. Youth
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Y100. [If teen doesnt think people should wait until marriage for sex][IF Y99>1] Do you think it is okay for TEENAGERS to have sex if they are emotionally ready for it, or dont you? (ABSTAIN2)
  TOTAL %
0) No 0 0
1) Yes 1,030 35.3
777) Dont know 40 1.4
888) 888 11 0.4
999) 999 1,834 62.9
TOTAL2,915100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other
Frame: U.S. Youth
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


What if they are in their early teens, say 14 to 16 years old? In that case, do you think sex relations before marriage are always wrong, almost always wrong, wrong only sometimes, or not wrong at all? (TEENSEX)
  TOTAL %
1) Always wrong 625 69
2) Almost always wrong 137 15.1
3) Wrong only sometimes 90 9.9
4) Not wrong at all 43 4.7
8) Dont know 11 1.2
TOTAL906100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


What if they are in their early teens, say 14 to 16 years old? In that case, do you think sex relations before marriage are always wrong, almost always wrong, wrong only sometimes, or not wrong at all? (TEENSEX)
  TOTAL %
1) Always wrong 1,422 71.4
2) Almost always wrong 302 15.2
3) Wrong only sometimes 167 8.4
4) Not wrong at all 76 3.8
8) Dont know 21 1.1
9) No answer 4 0.2
TOTAL1,992100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


What if they are in their early teens, say 14 to 16 years old? In that case, do you think sex relations before marriage are always wrong, almost always wrong, wrong only sometimes, or not wrong at all? (TEENSEX)
  TOTAL %
1) Always wrong 1,337 71.2
2) Almost always wrong 280 14.9
3) Wrong only sometimes 164 8.7
4) Not wrong at all 64 3.4
8) Dont know 27 1.4
9) No answer 5 0.3
TOTAL1,877100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


It is all right for unmarried 18 year olds to have sexual intercourse if they have strong affection for each other. (SXOK18)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly agree 370 4.8
2) Agree 3,532 46.2
3) Disagree 2,445 32
4) Strongly disagree 1,055 13.8
5) If R insists: neither agree nor disagree 228 3
8) Refused 8 0.1
9) Dont know 5 0.1
TOTAL7,643100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


It is all right for unmarried 16 year olds to have sexual intercourse if they have strong affection for each other. (SXOK16)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly agree 86 1.1
2) Agree 953 12.5
3) Disagree 3,502 45.8
4) Strongly disagree 2,966 38.8
5) If R insists: neither agree nor disagree 129 1.7
8) Refused 5 0.1
9) Dont know 2 0
TOTAL7,643100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


What if they are in their early teens, say 14 to 16 years old? In that case, do you think sex relations before marriage are always wrong, almost always wrong, wrong only sometimes, or not wrong at all? (TEENSEX)
  TOTAL %
1) Always wrong 615 66.3
2) Almost always wrong 160 17.2
3) Wrong only sometimes 94 10.1
4) Not wrong at all 29 3.1
8) Dont know 26 2.8
9) No answer 4 0.4
TOTAL928100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


What if they are in their early teens, say 14 to 16 years old? In that case, do you think sex relations before marriage are always wrong, almost always wrong, wrong only sometimes, or not wrong at all? (TEENSEX)
  TOTAL %
1) Always wrong 1,339 68.3
2) Almost always wrong 321 16.4
3) Wrong only sometimes 191 9.7
4) Not wrong at all 83 4.2
8) Dont know 23 1.2
9) No answer 3 0.2
TOTAL1,960100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


What if they are in their early teens, say 14 to 16 years old? In that case, do you think sex relations before marriage are always wrong, almost always wrong, wrong only sometimes, or not wrong at all? (TEENSEX)
  TOTAL %
1) Always wrong 675 68.3
2) Almost always wrong 158 16
3) Wrong only sometimes 108 10.9
4) Not wrong at all 32 3.2
8) Dont know 11 1.1
9) No answer 4 0.4
TOTAL988100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


What if they are in their early teens, say 14 to 16 years old? In that case, do you think sex relations before marriage are always wrong, almost always wrong, wrong only sometimes, or not wrong at all? (TEENSEX)
  TOTAL %
1) Always wrong 678 66.2
2) Almost always wrong 177 17.3
3) Wrong only sometimes 95 9.3
4) Not wrong at all 44 4.3
8) Dont know 24 2.3
9) No answer 6 0.6
TOTAL1,024100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


What if they are in their early teens, say 14 to 16 years old? In that case, do you think sex relations before marriage are always wrong, almost always wrong, wrong only sometimes, or not wrong at all? (TEENSEX)
  TOTAL %
1) Always wrong 1,318 70.4
2) Almost always wrong 299 16
3) Wrong only sometimes 157 8.4
4) Not wrong at all 64 3.4
8) Dont know 30 1.6
9) No answer 3 0.2
TOTAL1,871100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Do you favor or oppose having the public schools teach teenagers to abstain from sex until marriage? (VIEWSEX)
  TOTAL %
1) Favor 2,060 76.4
2) Oppose 526 19.5
9) Dont know/Refused 109 4
TOTAL2,695100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


What if they are in their early teens, say 14 to 16 years old? In that case, do you think sex relations before marriage are always wrong, almost always wrong, wrong only sometimes, or not wrong at all? (TEENSEX)
  TOTAL %
1) Always wrong 1,363 68.9
2) Almost always 336 17
3) Wrong only sometimes 176 8.9
4) Not at all 77 3.9
8) Dont know 17 0.9
9) No answer 8 0.4
TOTAL1,977100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Is premarital sex always wrong, almost always wrong, wrong only sometimes, or not wrong at all, if a male and female are in their early teens, say under 16 years old? (TEENSEX1)
  TOTAL %
1) Always wrong 927 64.1
2) Almost always wrong 215 14.9
3) Wrong only sometimes 114 7.9
4) Not wrong at all 54 3.7
8) Cant choose 48 3.3
9) No answer 89 6.2
TOTAL1,447100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


It is all right for unmarried 18-year-olds to have relations if they have strong affection for each other. (SXOK18)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly agree 424 8.6
2) Agree 2,725 55.3
3) Disagree 1,260 25.6
4) Strongly disagree 394 8
5) If respondent insists: Neither agree nor disagree 116 2.4
8) Refused 5 0.1
9) Dont know 4 0.1
TOTAL4,928100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


It is all right for unmarried 16-year-olds to have sexual relations if they have strong affection for each other. (SXOK16)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly agree 105 2.1
2) Agree 1,084 22
3) Disagree 2,264 45.9
4) Strongly disagree 1,383 28.1
5) If respondent insists: Neither agree nor disagree 82 1.7
8) Refused 6 0.1
9) Dont know 4 0.1
TOTAL4,928100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


What if they are in their early teens, say fourteen to sixteen years old? In that case, do you think sex relations before marriage are always wrong, almost always wrong, wrong only sometimes, or not wrong at all? (TEENSEX)
  TOTAL %
1) Always wrong 733 67.9
2) Almost always wrong 186 17.2
3) Wrong only sometimes 102 9.4
4) Not wrong at all 39 3.6
8) Dont know 16 1.5
9) No answer 4 0.4
TOTAL1,080100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


I think young people should be able to experiment with sexual intercourse before marriage. (FPMARSEX)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly disagree 2,098 48.9
2) Disagree 1,295 30.2
3) Not sure 533 12.4
4) Agree 313 7.3
5) Strongly agree 51 1.2
TOTAL4,290100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: Denominations
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Other


Tom and Sue are both fifteen. They have known each other for two years and have been going steady for several months. They say they love each other. Sometimes now they go all the way, that is, have sex. How right or wrong is it for them to have sex? (FRTSEX)
  TOTAL %
1) Very wrong 2,500 59
2) Wrong 1,349 31.8
3) Im not sure 288 6.8
4) Right 54 1.3
5) Very right 48 1.1
TOTAL4,239100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: Denominations
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Other


I think young people should be able to experiment with sexual intercourse before marriage. (MPMARSEX)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly disagree 3,568 59.7
2) Disagree 1,498 25.1
3) Not sure 613 10.3
4) Agree 234 3.9
5) Strongly agree 66 1.1
TOTAL5,979100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: Denominations
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Tom and Sue are both fifteen. They have known each other for two years and have been going steady for several months. They say they love each other. Sometimes now they go all the way, that is, have sex. How right or wrong is it for them to have sex? (MRTSEX)
  TOTAL %
1) Very wrong 4,184 70.4
2) Wrong 1,432 24.1
3) Im not sure 248 4.2
4) Right 22 0.4
5) Very right 54 0.9
TOTAL5,940100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: Denominations
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


As you know, some people have had sexual intercourse by your age and others have not. Please look at Card 22 which lists some reasons that people give for not having sexual intercourse. What would you say is the most important reason why you have not had sexual intercourse up to now? (YNOSEX)
  TOTAL %
1) Against religion or morals 347 40.4
2) Dont want to get pregnant 125 14.6
3) Dont want to get sexually transmitted disease 59 6.9
4) Havent found right person yet 176 20.5
5) In a relationship but waiting for the right time 48 5.6
6) Other 99 11.5
8) Refused 3 0.3
9) Dont know 1 0.1
TOTAL858100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


As you know, some people have had sexual intercourse by your age and others have not. Please look at card 13 which lists some reasons that people give for not having sexual intercourse. What would you say is the most important reason why you have not had sexual intercourse up to now? (YNOSEX)
  TOTAL %
1) Against religion or morals 270 33.6
2) Dont want to get a female pregnant 142 17.7
3) Dont want to get a sexually transmitted disease 73 9.1
4) Havent found the right person yet 186 23.1
5) In a relationship, but waiting for the right time 38 4.7
6) Other 95 11.8
TOTAL804100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


SubCategories [ Back to Top ]
Congregational Attitudes: How would the respondent's place of worship feel about premarital sex?
Consenting Adults: Does the respondent believe that any sex act between consenting adults is acceptable?
Ever Cohabitated?: Has the respondent ever cohabitated?
In Love?: How does respondent feel about premarital sex between two people who are in love?
Likelihood: How likely is the respondent to have sex before marriage?
Morality: How does respond feel about the morality of premarital sex in general?
Should Wait?: Do respondent think that people should wait to have sex until they are married?
Sinful?: This question type asks if the respondent believes that premarital sex is sinful/against God.
Teen Sex: How does respondent feel about premarital sex between teenagers?
Why not?: If the respondent has not had sexual intercourse, what is their reason for abstaining?

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