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How wrong is the viewing or use of pornography? 

Below are 64 questions from surveys in the ARDA that attempt to measure this concept. The ARDA staff further categorized these questions into 5 types:

[ Benefits | Consequences | Legality | Morality | Social Problem? ]

Mouse over a survey name to see further details on a survey. Click on "More" to see the response frequencies for a question, or click here to view all frequency tables.



Category 1:Benefits
 

Does pornography have positive effects such as providing sexual information or releasing bottled up impulses?

Some questions fit within the "Benefits" subcategory but varied in a notable way. ARDA staff identified 2 such variants.

[ Outlet | Sex Education ]

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Variant:Outlet (Benefits variant)
 

This variant asks the respondent if pornography provides an "outlet."

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PORNOUT from General Social Survey, 1990

PORNOUT from General Social Survey, 1988

PORNOUT from General Social Survey, 1991

PORNOUT from General Social Survey, 1976

PORNOUT from General Social Survey, 1980

PORNOUT from General Social Survey, 1978

PORNOUT from General Social Survey, 1994

PORNOUT from General Social Survey, 1993


Variant:Sex Education (Benefits variant)
 

This variant asks the respondent if pornographic materials provide sexual information to the viewer.

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PORNINF from General Social Survey, 1990

PORNINF from General Social Survey, 1988

PORNINF from General Social Survey, 1991

PORNINF from General Social Survey, 1976

PORNINF from General Social Survey, 1980

PORNINF from General Social Survey, 1978

PORNINF from General Social Survey, 1994

PORNINF from General Social Survey, 1993


Category 2:Consequences
 

This question type asks if pornography has particular negative effects on society, such as a breakdown in morals or increased likelihood of rape.

Some questions fit within the "Consequences" subcategory but varied in a notable way. ARDA staff identified 2 such variants.

[ Decaying Morals | Rape ]

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Variant:Decaying Morals (Consequences variant)
 

This variant asks if pornography leads to a general decline in morals.

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PORNMORL from General Social Survey, 1990

PORNMORL from General Social Survey, 1988

PORNMORL from General Social Survey, 1991

PORNMORL from General Social Survey, 1976

PORNMORL from General Social Survey, 1980

PORNMORL from General Social Survey, 1978

PORNMORL from General Social Survey, 1994

PORNMORL from General Social Survey, 1993


Variant:Rape (Consequences variant)
 

This variant asks respondent's if pornography leads people to commit rape.

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PORNRAPE from General Social Survey, 1990

PORNRAPE from General Social Survey, 1988

PORNRAPE from General Social Survey, 1991

PORNRAPE from General Social Survey, 1976

PORNRAPE from General Social Survey, 1980

PORNRAPE from General Social Survey, 1978

PORNRAPE from General Social Survey, 1994

PORNRAPE from General Social Survey, 1993

PORNO from Tulsa, Oklahoma Area Survey, 1986


Category 3:Legality
 

How does the respondent feel about the legality of pornography?

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PORNLAW from General Social Survey 2008 Cross-Section and Panel Combined

PORNLAW from General Social Survey 2010 Cross-Section and Panel Combined

PORNLAW from General Social Survey, 2002

PORNLAW from General Social Survey, 2004

PORNLAW from General Social Survey, 2006

PORNLAWS from Houston Area Survey, 1982-2010

PORNLAW from General Social Survey, 2000

PORNLAW from General Social Survey, 1990

PORNLAW from General Social Survey, 1996

MA_10 from Portraits of American Life Study, 1st Wave, 2006

PORNLAW from General Social Survey, 1988

PORNLAW from General Social Survey, 1991

PORNLAW from General Social Survey, 1998

PORNLAW from General Social Survey, 1976

PORNLAW from General Social Survey, 1980

PORNLAW from General Social Survey, 1978

PORNLAW from General Social Survey, 1994

PORN from Winthrop University Student Religion Survey, 1996

PORNLAW from General Social Survey, 1993

LAWPORN from Middletown Area Study (Autumn), 1981

PORNLAWS from Tulsa, Oklahoma Area Survey, 1986

PORNO from Middletown Area Study, 1992

PORNO from Middletown Area Study, 1993

PORNO from Middletown Area Study, 1995


Category 4:Morality
 

Respondent's conception about the morality/immorality of pornography

Some questions fit within the "Morality" subcategory but varied in a notable way. ARDA staff identified 1 such variant.

[ Congregation ]

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Q37B from Baylor Religion Survey, 2005

MA_5 from Portraits of American Life Study, 1st Wave, 2006


Variant:Congregation (Morality variant)
 

This variant asks the respondent how his/her place of worship feels about pornography.

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REVEAL from Baylor Religion Survey, Wave II (2007)


Category 5:Social Problem?
 

How serious of a social problem is pornography?

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CPORNO from Life Choices, 1990

PROB1 from Middletown Area Study, 1989

PROB2 from Middletown Area Study, 1989

PROB3 from Middletown Area Study, 1989



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