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Premarital Sex, Attitude about

Does the respondent think sexual relations before marriage is wrong, immoral, or a bad idea?


Below are 99 questions from surveys in the ARDA that attempt to measure this concept.

  • SEXNOTM from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in NigeriaLEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • SEXNOTM from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in South KoreaLEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • Q35A from Baylor Religion Survey, 2005LEARN MORE
    • Q35 How do you feel about sexual relations in the following circumstances... a. Before marriage (Q35A) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • PREMARSX from General Social Survey 2008 Cross-Section and Panel CombinedLEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • TEENSEX from General Social Survey 2008 Cross-Section and Panel CombinedLEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • PREMARSX from General Social Survey 2010 Cross-Section and Panel CombinedLEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • TEENSEX from General Social Survey 2010 Cross-Section and Panel CombinedLEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • PREMARSX from General Social Survey, 2002LEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • TEENSEX from General Social Survey, 2002LEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • PREMARSX from Baylor Religion Survey, Wave II (2007)LEARN MORE
    • Q12d. By your best guess, how would your current place of worship feel about each of the following behaviors? Premarital sex (PREMARSX) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • PTEENSEX from National Study of Youth and Religion, Wave 1 (2003)LEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • SEXNOTM from Spirit and Power: A 10-Country Survey of PentecostalsLEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • PREMARSX from General Social Survey, 2004LEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • TEENSEX from General Social Survey, 2004LEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • PREMARSX from General Social Survey, 2006LEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • TEENSEX from General Social Survey, 2006LEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • PREMARSX from General Social Survey, 2000LEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • TEENSEX from General Social Survey, 2000LEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • PREMARSX from General Social Survey, 1990LEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • TEENSEX from General Social Survey, 1990LEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • PREMARSX from General Social Survey, 1996LEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • TEENSEX from General Social Survey, 1996LEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • EVERCOH from National Study of Youth and Religion, Wave 2 (2005)LEARN MORE
    • (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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • UNMARSEX from National Study of Youth and Religion, Wave 2 (2005)LEARN MORE
    • (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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • EVERCOH from National Study of Youth and Religion, Wave 3 (2007-2008)LEARN MORE
    • (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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • YNOSEX from National Survey of Family Growth - Wave 6 (2002) Female Respondent FileLEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • SEXNOTM from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in BrazilLEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • SEXNOTM from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in ChileLEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • Q85F from Sub-Saharan Africa Religion Survey, 2010LEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • PREMARSX from General Social Survey, 1988LEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • TEENSEX from General Social Survey, 1988LEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • PREMARS1 from General Social Survey, 1991LEARN MORE
    • Do you think it is wrong or not wrong if a man and a woman have sexual relations before marriage? (PREMARS1) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • PREMARSX from General Social Survey, 1991LEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • TEENSEX from General Social Survey, 1991LEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • WPRESEX from Politics of Character Survey, 2000LEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • SEXNOTM from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in South AfricaLEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • W2PRESEX from State of Disunion Survey, 1996LEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • NOSHACK from Faith Communities Today (FACT) 2000, Combined FileLEARN MORE
    • How much does your congregation, in its worship and education, emphasize the following home and personal practices? Abstaining from premarital sex (NOSHACK) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • PREMARS1 from General Social Survey, 1998LEARN MORE
    • Do you think it is wrong or not wrong if a man and a woman have sexual relations before marriage? (PREMARS1) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • PREMARSX from General Social Survey, 1998LEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • TEENSEX from General Social Survey, 1998LEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • APRESXOK from Life Choices, 1990LEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • MORAL3 from ABC News the Pope & the Church, 2003LEARN MORE
    • (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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • SEXNOTM from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in GuatemalaLEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • SEXNOTM from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in KenyaLEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • PREMARSX from General Social Survey, 1978LEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • G_RESTRI from News Interest Index, October 2003LEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • D8PREMAR from Survey On the Beliefs and Moral Values of Americas Children, 1989LEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • PREMARSX from Gallup Poll of Catholics, 1992LEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • PREMARS1 from General Social Survey, 1994LEARN MORE
    • Do you think it is wrong or not wrong if a man and a woman have sexual relations before marriage? (PREMARS1) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • PREMARSX from General Social Survey, 1994LEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • TEENSEX from General Social Survey, 1994LEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • TEENSEX1 from General Social Survey, 1994LEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • PREMRSEX from Salt Lake City and San Francisco Surveys of Mormons, 1967-1969 (Salt Lake City Sample)LEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • PREMARSX from General Social Survey, 1993LEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • TEENSEX from General Social Survey, 1993LEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • YNOSEX from National Survey of Family Growth - Wave 6 (2002) Male Respondent FileLEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • PREMRSEX from Salt Lake City and San Francisco Surveys of Mormons, 1967-1969 (San Francisco Sample)LEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • PRESEXM from Middletown Area Study, 1998LEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • PREMARSX from Middletown Area Study, 1990LEARN MORE
    • If a man and a women have sexual relations before marriage, do you think it is: (PREMARSX) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • PREMARTL from Middletown Area Study, 1986LEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • PREMARSX from Middletown Area Study, 1987LEARN MORE
    • If a man and a woman have sexual relations before marriage, do you think it is: (PREMARSX) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • PRESEX from Dimensions of Religiosity, 1985LEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • PRESEX from Dimensions of Religiosity, 1986LEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • PRESEX from Dimensions of Religiosity, 1987LEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • PRESEX from Dimensions of Religiosity, 1988LEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
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