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Is it immoral to get a divorce?

Below are 102 questions from surveys in the ARDA that attempt to measure this concept. Mouse over a survey name to see further details on a survey.

MARRYA88 from Marital Instability Over the Life Course [United States]: A Five-Wave Panel Study, 1980, 1983, 1988, 1992-1994, 1997

Now Im going to make some statements about marriage. I would like you to tell me whether you strongly agree, agree, disagree, or strongly disagree with each statement. (Read responses as required.) Couples are able to get divorced too easily today. (MARRYA88)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree32224.0
2) Agree74455.5
3) Disagree22116.5
4) Strongly disagree211.6
5) Dont know282.1
6) Refused50.4
Missing692 
TOTAL1,341100.0


MARVW697 from Marital Instability Over the Life Course [United States]: A Five-Wave Panel Study, 1980, 1983, 1988, 1992-1994, 1997

In a marriage where parents fight a lot, children are better off if their parents divorce or separate. (MARVW697)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree555.2
2) Agree57554.2
3) Disagree31129.3
4) Strongly disagree171.6
8) Dont know969.0
9) Refused70.7
Missing972 
TOTAL1,061100.0


MARVW297 from Marital Instability Over the Life Course [United States]: A Five-Wave Panel Study, 1980, 1983, 1988, 1992-1994, 1997

Its okay for people to get married thinking that, if it does not work out, they can always get a divorce. (MARVW297)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree111.0
2) Agree555.2
3) Disagree54151.0
4) Strongly disagree44441.8
8) Dont know100.9
Missing972 
TOTAL1,061100.0


MARVW197 from Marital Instability Over the Life Course [United States]: A Five-Wave Panel Study, 1980, 1983, 1988, 1992-1994, 1997

Couples are able to get divorced too easily today. (MARVW197)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree31229.4
2) Agree59055.6
3) Disagree13512.7
4) Strongly disagree100.9
8) Dont know131.2
9) Refused10.1
Missing972 
TOTAL1,061100.0


DIVORCE from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in Chosen Regions of India

Please tell me for each of the following items whether you think it can always be justified, sometimes be justified, or never be justified: divorce. (DIVORCE)
TOTAL%
1) Always justified9513.1
2) Sometimes justified22030.3
3) Never justified39754.7
8) Dont know141.9
9) Refused00.0
TOTAL726100.0


DIV292O from Marital Instability Over the Life Course [United States]: A Five-Wave Panel Study, 1980, 1983, 1988, 1992-1994, 1997

Its okay for people to get married thinking that, if it does not work out, they can always get a divorce. (DIV292O)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree40.8
2) Agree296.2
3) Disagree22848.4
4) Strongly disagree20643.7
5) Dont know20.4
6) Refused20.4
Missing1,562 
TOTAL471100.0


MARR692 from Marital Instability Over the Life Course [United States]: A Five-Wave Panel Study, 1980, 1983, 1988, 1992-1994, 1997

In marriage where parents fight a lot, children are better off if their parents divorce or separate. (MARR692)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree675.6
2) Agree69158.1
3) Disagree30926.0
4) Strongly disagree252.1
5) Dont know937.8
6) Refused40.3
Missing844 
TOTAL1,189100.0


MARR292 from Marital Instability Over the Life Course [United States]: A Five-Wave Panel Study, 1980, 1983, 1988, 1992-1994, 1997

Its okay for people to get married thinking that, if it does not work out, they can always get a divorce. (MARR292)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree131.1
2) Agree857.1
3) Disagree59850.3
4) Strongly disagree48040.4
5) Dont know100.8
6) Refused30.3
Missing844 
TOTAL1,189100.0


MARR192 from Marital Instability Over the Life Course [United States]: A Five-Wave Panel Study, 1980, 1983, 1988, 1992-1994, 1997

Couples are able to get divorced too easily today. (MARR192)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree34228.8
2) Agree63753.6
3) Disagree17514.7
4) Strongly disagree181.5
5) Dont know151.3
6) Refused20.2
Missing844 
TOTAL1,189100.0


ROL897O from Marital Instability Over the Life Course [United States]: A Five-Wave Panel Study, 1980, 1983, 1988, 1992-1994, 1997

Couples are able to get divorced too easily today. (ROL897O)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree15536.4
2) Agree21450.2
3) Disagree419.6
4) Strongly disagree40.9
8) Dont know122.8
Missing1,607 
TOTAL426100.0


MARRYB88 from Marital Instability Over the Life Course [United States]: A Five-Wave Panel Study, 1980, 1983, 1988, 1992-1994, 1997

Its okay for people to get married thinking that, if it does not work out, they can always get a divorce. (MARRYB88)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree100.7
2) Agree997.4
3) Disagree72454.0
4) Strongly disagree50237.4
5) Dont know10.1
6) Refused50.4
Missing692 
TOTAL1,341100.0


DIV692O from Marital Instability Over the Life Course [United States]: A Five-Wave Panel Study, 1980, 1983, 1988, 1992-1994, 1997

In a marriage where parents fight a lot, children are better off if their parents divorce or separate. (DIV692O)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree357.4
2) Agree24652.2
3) Disagree15833.5
4) Strongly disagree71.5
5) Dont know245.1
6) Refused10.2
Missing1,562 
TOTAL471100.0


MARRF83 from Marital Instability Over the Life Course [United States]: A Five-Wave Panel Study, 1980, 1983, 1988, 1992-1994, 1997

In marriages where the parents fight a lot, children are better off if their parents divorce or separate. (MARRF83)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree875.5
2) Agree90156.6
3) Disagree49130.8
4) Strongly disagree251.6
8) Dont know815.1
9) Refused80.5
Missing440 
TOTAL1,593100.0


MARRB83 from Marital Instability Over the Life Course [United States]: A Five-Wave Panel Study, 1980, 1983, 1988, 1992-1994, 1997

Its okay for people to get married thinking that if it does not work out, they can always get a divorce. (MARRB83)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree261.6
2) Agree1318.2
3) Disagree82451.7
4) Strongly disagree60137.7
8) Dont know60.4
9) Refused50.3
Missing440 
TOTAL1,593100.0


MARRA83 from Marital Instability Over the Life Course [United States]: A Five-Wave Panel Study, 1980, 1983, 1988, 1992-1994, 1997

Now Im going to make some statements about marriage and I would like you to tell me whether you strongly agree, agree, disagree, or strongly disagree with each statement. Couples are able to get divorced too easily today. (MARRA83)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree36623.0
2) Agree91657.5
3) Disagree26616.7
4) Strongly disagree201.3
8) Dont know201.3
9) Refused50.3
Missing440 
TOTAL1,593100.0


DIVOKE80 from Marital Instability Over the Life Course [United States]: A Five-Wave Panel Study, 1980, 1983, 1988, 1992-1994, 1997

In marriages where parents fight a lot, children are better off if the parents divorce or separate. (DIVOKE80)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree1879.2
2) Agree1,17157.6
3) Disagree45222.2
4) Strongly disagree341.7
8) Dont know1829.0
9) Refused70.3
TOTAL2,033100.0


DIVOKA80 from Marital Instability Over the Life Course [United States]: A Five-Wave Panel Study, 1980, 1983, 1988, 1992-1994, 1997

Its okay for people to get married thinking that if it does not work out, they can always get a divorce. (DIVOKA80)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree361.8
2) Agree23511.6
3) Disagree96047.2
4) Strongly disagree78738.7
8) Dont know130.6
9) Refused20.1
TOTAL2,033100.0


DIVOK80 from Marital Instability Over the Life Course [United States]: A Five-Wave Panel Study, 1980, 1983, 1988, 1992-1994, 1997

Now Im going to make some statements about marriage and I would like you to tell me whether you strongly agree, agree, disagree, or strongly disagree with each statement. Couples are able to get divorced too easily today. (DIVOK80)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree67433.2
2) Agree98148.3
3) Disagree32415.9
4) Strongly disagree281.4
8) Dont know241.2
9) Refused20.1
TOTAL2,033100.0


DIVORF80 from Marital Instability Over the Life Course [United States]: A Five-Wave Panel Study, 1980, 1983, 1988, 1992-1994, 1997

Do you think (he/she) feels divorce or a separation might be a good idea, is uncertain about it, or believes it is not a good idea? (DIVORF80)
TOTAL%
1) Good idea70.3
2) Uncertain110.5
3) Not good idea30.1
7) Inapplicable2,01198.9
8) Dont know10.0
TOTAL2,033100.0


DIVORC80 from Marital Instability Over the Life Course [United States]: A Five-Wave Panel Study, 1980, 1983, 1988, 1992-1994, 1997

Do you think divorce or separation might be a good idea, are you uncertain about it, or do you feel that it is not a good idea? (DIVORC80)
TOTAL%
1) Good idea150.7
2) Uncertain281.4
3) Not good idea70.3
7) Inapplicable1,98297.5
8) Dont know10.0
TOTAL2,033100.0


DIVORCE from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in Nigeria

Please tell me for each of the following items whether you think it can always be justified, sometimes be justified, or never be justified: divorce. (DIVORCE)
TOTAL%
1) Always justified8312.8
2) Sometimes justified22434.5
3) Never justified32349.7
8) Dont know192.9
9) Refused10.2
TOTAL650100.0


MARRYF88 from Marital Instability Over the Life Course [United States]: A Five-Wave Panel Study, 1980, 1983, 1988, 1992-1994, 1997

In marriage where parents fight a lot, children are better off if their parents divorce or separate. (MARRYF88)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree765.7
2) Agree75856.5
3) Disagree36727.4
4) Strongly disagree251.9
5) Dont know1098.1
6) Refused60.4
Missing692 
TOTAL1,341100.0


ROL1397O from Marital Instability Over the Life Course [United States]: A Five-Wave Panel Study, 1980, 1983, 1988, 1992-1994, 1997

In a marriage where parents fight a lot, children are better off if their parents divorce or separate. (ROL1397O)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree235.4
2) Agree22753.3
3) Disagree12930.3
4) Strongly disagree112.6
8) Dont know348.0
9) Refused20.5
Missing1,607 
TOTAL426100.0


ROL897N from Marital Instability Over the Life Course [United States]: A Five-Wave Panel Study, 1980, 1983, 1988, 1992-1994, 1997

Couples are able to get divorced too easily today. (ROL897N)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree6730.5
2) Agree12757.7
3) Disagree2410.9
8) Dont know20.9
Missing1,813 
TOTAL220100.0


ROL997N from Marital Instability Over the Life Course [United States]: A Five-Wave Panel Study, 1980, 1983, 1988, 1992-1994, 1997

Its okay for people to get married thinking that, if it does not work out, they can always get a divorce. (ROL997N)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree20.9
2) Agree156.8
3) Disagree10346.8
4) Strongly disagree10045.5
Missing1,813 
TOTAL220100.0


ROL1397N from Marital Instability Over the Life Course [United States]: A Five-Wave Panel Study, 1980, 1983, 1988, 1992-1994, 1997

In a marriage where parents fight a lot, children are better off if their parents divorce or separate. (ROL1397N)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree135.9
2) Agree11954.1
3) Disagree6027.3
4) Strongly disagree94.1
8) Dont know198.6
Missing1,813 
TOTAL220100.0


ROL997O from Marital Instability Over the Life Course [United States]: A Five-Wave Panel Study, 1980, 1983, 1988, 1992-1994, 1997

Its okay for people to get married thinking that, if it does not work out, they can always get a divorce. (ROL997O)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree30.7
2) Agree266.1
3) Disagree19646.0
4) Strongly disagree19846.5
8) Dont know30.7
Missing1,607 
TOTAL426100.0


DIVORCE from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in South Korea

Please tell me for each of the following items whether you think it can always be justified, sometimes be justified, or never be justified: divorce. (DIVORCE)
TOTAL%
1) Always justified61.0
2) Sometimes justified36761.2
3) Never justified22437.3
8) Dont know30.5
9) Refused00.0
TOTAL600100.0


DIV192O from Marital Instability Over the Life Course [United States]: A Five-Wave Panel Study, 1980, 1983, 1988, 1992-1994, 1997

Couples are able to get divorced too easily today. (DIV192O)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree12827.2
2) Agree27658.6
3) Disagree469.8
4) Strongly disagree102.1
5) Dont know91.9
6) Refused20.4
Missing1,562 
TOTAL471100.0


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

Should divorce in this country be easier or more difficult to obtain than it is now? (DIVLAW)
TOTAL%
0) Inapplicable1,22734.5
1) Easier64618.2
2) More difficult1,06730.0
3) Stay same51414.4
8) Dont know982.8
9) No answer70.2
TOTAL3559100.0


Q36A from Baylor Religion Survey, 2005

Q36 How do you feel about the following marriage and family related issues... a. Divorce (Q36A)
TOTAL%
1) Always wrong865.1
2) Almost always wrong41724.6
3) Only wrong sometimes69040.8
4) Not wrong at all50029.5
TOTAL1693100.0


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

Should divorce in this country be easier or more difficult to obtain than it is now? (DIVLAW)
TOTAL%
0) Inapplicable1,60532.7
1) Easier1,01820.8
2) More difficult1,40628.7
3) Stay same67913.9
8) Dont know1833.7
9) No answer100.2
TOTAL4901100.0


DIVBEST from General Social Survey, 2002

Divorce is usually the best solution when a couple cant seem to work out their marriage problems--do you agree or disagree? (DIVBEST)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree15613.3
2) Agree33828.9
3) Neither agree nor disagree23319.9
4) Disagree30225.8
5) Strongly disagree12010.2
8) Dont know211.8
9) No answer10.1
TOTAL1171100.0


DIVLAW from General Social Survey, 2002

Should divorce in this country be easier or more difficult to obtain than it is now? (DIVLAW)
TOTAL%
1) Easier23826.2
2) More difficult44749.2
3) Stay as is19621.6
8) Dont know232.5
9) No answer40.4
TOTAL908100.0


GCDIVORC from Gallup Poll of Catholics, 1999

The following statements deal with what you think it takes to be a good Catholic. Please tell me if you think a person can be a good Catholic without performing these actions or affirming these beliefs. Can a person be a good Catholic without obeying the Church hierarchys teaching on divorce and remarriage? (GCDIVORC)
TOTAL%
1) Yes2,95764.1
2) No1,53633.3
3) Dont know1032.2
4) Refused140.3
TOTAL4,610100.0


DIVORCE from Spirit and Power: A 10-Country Survey of Pentecostals

Please tell me for each of the following items whether you think it can always be justified, sometimes be justified, or never be justified: divorce. (DIVORCE)
TOTAL%
1) Always justified1,14510.4
2) Sometimes justified4,50240.8
3) Never justified5,18647.0
8) Dont know1721.6
9) Refused230.2
TOTAL11028100.0


DIVNOKID from Baylor Religion Survey, Wave II (2007)

Q34c. How do you feel about the morality of the following? Divorce, if the couple does not have children (DIVNOKID)
TOTAL%
1) Always wrong26616.5
2) Almost always wrong24115.0
3) Only wrong sometimes32220.0
4) Not wrong at all78248.5
Missing37 
TOTAL1,611100.0


DIVCHLD from Baylor Religion Survey, Wave II (2007)

Q34d. How do you feel about the morality of the following? Divorce, if children are present (DIVCHLD)
TOTAL%
1) Always wrong28217.5
2) Almost always wrong32119.9
3) Only wrong sometimes47829.6
4) Not wrong at all53333.0
Missing34 
TOTAL1,614100.0


GCTHDMAR from Gallup Poll of Catholics, 2005

The following statements deal with what you think it takes to be a good Catholic. Please tell me if you think a person can be a good Catholic without performing these actions or affirming these beliefs. Can a person be a good Catholic…C. Without obeying the Church hierarchys teaching on divorced remarriage? (GCTHDMAR)
TOTAL%
1) Yes57565.7
2) No29033.1
3) Dont know70.8
4) Refused30.3
TOTAL875100.0


DIVLAW from General Social Survey, 2006

Should divorce in this country be easier or more difficult to obtain than it is now? (DIVLAW)
TOTAL%
1) Easier49424.8
2) More difficult87944.1
3) Stay as is (Vol.)53626.9
8) Dont know834.2
TOTAL1992100.0


DIVLAW from General Social Survey, 2004

Should divorce in this country be easier or more difficult to obtain than it is now? (DIVLAW)
TOTAL%
1) Easier22624.9
2) More difficult45950.7
3) Stay as is17219.0
8) Dont know475.2
9) No answer20.2
TOTAL906100.0


DIVLAW from General Social Survey, 2000

Should divorce in this country be easier or more difficult to obtain than it is now? (DIVLAW)
TOTAL%
1) Easier44223.5
2) More difficult91248.6
3) Stay as is41021.8
8) Dont know1055.6
9) No answer80.4
TOTAL1877100.0


DIVORCE from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in Chile

Please tell me for each of the following items whether you think it can always be justified, sometimes be justified, or never be justified: divorce. (DIVORCE)
TOTAL%
1) Always justified16627.7
2) Sometimes justified30050.0
3) Never justified12621.0
8) Dont know61.0
9) Refused20.3
TOTAL600100.0


STAYTOG from National Survey of Family Growth - Wave 6 (2002) Female Respondent File

Divorce is usually the best solution when a couple cant seem to work out their marriage problems. (STAYTOG)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree80210.5
2) Agree2,81736.9
3) Disagree2,83937.1
4) Strongly disagree98912.9
5) If R insists: neither agree nor disagree1922.5
8) Refused40.1
TOTAL7643100.0


Q85A from Sub-Saharan Africa Religion Survey, 2010

Q85A [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?] Divorce (Q85A)
TOTAL%
1) Morally acceptable5,47821.9
2) Morally wrong15,48261.9
3) Not a moral issue1,5866.3
4) Depends on situation2,2899.1
8) Dont know1180.5
9) Refused770.3
TOTAL25,030100.0


DIVLAW from General Social Survey, 1996

Should divorce in this country be easier or more difficult to obtain than it is now? (DIVLAW)
TOTAL%
1) Easier52726.9
2) More difficult96049.0
3) Stay as is35718.2
8) Dont know1105.6
9) No answer60.3
TOTAL1960100.0


DIVLAW from General Social Survey, 1990

Should divorce in this country be easier or more difficult to obtain than it is now? (DIVLAW)
TOTAL%
1) Easier21222.8
2) More difficult45649.1
3) Stay as is21122.7
8) Dont know485.2
9) No answer10.1
TOTAL928100.0


DIVORCE from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in Brazil

Please tell me for each of the following items whether you think it can always be justified, sometimes be justified, or never be justified: divorce. (DIVORCE)
TOTAL%
1) Always justified22832.6
2) Sometimes justified35650.9
3) Never justified10715.3
8) Dont know91.3
9) Refused00.0
TOTAL700100.0


DIVIFKID from General Social Survey, 1988

And what about couples with young children? How easy or difficult should the law make it for them to get a divorce? (DIVIFKID)
TOTAL%
1) Very easy594.2
2) Fairly easy1349.5
3) Neither easy nor difficult42530.1
4) Fairly difficult36826.0
5) Very difficult32523.0
8) Cant choose765.4
9) No answer271.9
TOTAL1414100.0


DIVLAW from General Social Survey, 1991

Should divorce in this country be easier or more difficult to obtain than it is now? (DIVLAW)
TOTAL%
1) Easier28427.7
2) More difficult49348.1
3) Stay as is19819.3
8) Dont know464.5
9) No answer30.3
TOTAL1024100.0


DIVLAW from General Social Survey, 1988

Should divorce in this country be easier or more difficult to obtain than it is now? (DIVLAW)
TOTAL%
1) Easier24124.4
2) More difficult47247.8
3) Stay as is21621.9
8) Dont know535.4
9) No answer60.6
TOTAL988100.0


MARDIV from General Social Survey, 1988

Couples dont take marriage seriously enough when divorce is easily available. (MARDIV)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree29320.7
2) Agree60342.6
3) Neither agree nor disagree22716.1
4) Disagree19513.8
5) Strongly disagree473.3
8) Cant choose261.8
9) No answer231.6
TOTAL1414100.0


DIVNOKID from General Social Survey, 1988

In general, how easy or difficult do you think the law should make it easy for couples without young children to get a divorce? (DIVNOKID)
TOTAL%
1) Very easy23416.5
2) Fairly easy28920.4
3) Neither easy nor difficult42029.7
4) Fairly difficult23716.8
5) Very difficult1258.8
8) Cant choose795.6
9) No answer302.1
TOTAL1414100.0


DIVKIDS from General Social Survey, 1988

When a marriage is troubled and unhappy, do you think it is generally better for the children if the couple stays together or gets divorced? (DIVKIDS)
TOTAL%
1) Much better to divorce23816.8
2) Better to divorce53637.9
3) Worse to divorce19413.7
4) Much worse to divorce1057.4
8) Cant choose31522.3
9) No answer261.8
TOTAL1414100.0


DIVWIFE from General Social Survey, 1988

When a marriage is troubled and unhappy, is it generally better for the wife if the couple stays together or gets divorced? (DIVWIFE)
TOTAL%
1) Much better to divorce23216.4
2) Better to divorce55839.5
3) Worse to divorce18513.1
4) Much worse to divorce835.9
8) Cant choose32623.1
9) No answer302.1
TOTAL1414100.0


DIVHUBBY from General Social Survey, 1988

When a marriage is troubled and unhappy, is it generally better for the husband if the couple stays together or gets divorced? (DIVHUBBY)
TOTAL%
1) Much better to divorce23416.5
2) Better to divorce57140.4
3) Worse to divorce18012.7
4) Much worse to divorce765.4
8) Cant choose32222.8
9) No answer312.2
TOTAL1414100.0


DIVNOW from General Social Survey, 1988

In general, would you say that the law now makes it easy or difficult for people who want to get divorced? (DIVNOW)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree57240.5
2) Agree44331.3
3) Neither agree nor disagree19713.9
4) Disagree755.3
5) Strongly disagree523.7
8) Cant choose453.2
9) No answer302.1
TOTAL1414100.0


WDIVORCE from Politics of Character Survey, 2000

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. A. Divorce (see note 1 on the ARDA summary page) (WDIVORCE)
TOTAL%
1) Wrong for all, and should not be legally tolerated343.3
2) Wrong for all, but should be tolerated343.3
3) Right for some, but not for me personally49248.3
4) Right for me, but not necessarily for others17317.0
5) Right for all484.7
6) Not a moral issue23823.4
TOTAL1019100.0


DIVORCE from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in the Philippines

Please tell me for each of the following items whether you think it can always be justified, sometimes be justified, or never be justified: divorce. (DIVORCE)
TOTAL%
1) Always justified313.1
2) Sometimes justified25625.6
3) Never justified70570.5
8) Dont know80.8
9) Refused00.0
TOTAL1,000100.0


DIVORCE from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in South Africa

Please tell me for each of the following items whether you think it can always be justified, sometimes be justified, or never be justified: divorce. (DIVORCE)
TOTAL%
1) Always justified9511.9
2) Sometimes justified32640.8
3) Never justified36245.3
8) Dont know172.1
9) Refused00.0
TOTAL800100.0


DIVORCE from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in the United States

Please tell me for each of the following items whether you think it can always be justified, sometimes be justified, or never be justified: divorce. (DIVORCE)
TOTAL%
1) Always justified7610.3
2) Sometimes justified55775.4
3) Never justified8211.1
8) Dont know172.3
9) Refused70.9
TOTAL739100.0


W1DVRC from State of Disunion Survey, 1996

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. A. Divorce (W1DVRC)
TOTAL%
1) Wrong for all, and should not be legally tolerated995.1
2) Wrong for all, but should be tolerated37119.0
3) Right for some, but not for me personally80641.2
4) Right for me, but not necessarily for others1909.7
5) Right for all25713.1
6) Not a moral issue23412.0
TOTAL1957100.0


C2OPENDV from State of Disunion Survey, 1996

Now Id like to ask about some changes that have occurred in recent decades. Please tell me whether you feel each change was very good, mostly good, mostly bad, or very bad for our society: b. greater openness toward divorced people. (C2OPENDV)
TOTAL%
1) Very good31516.2
2) Mostly good1,16459.9
3) Mostly bad34918.0
4) Very bad1145.9
TOTAL1942100.0


QN34B from Changing Faiths: Latinos and the Transformation of American Religion

Do you approve or disapprove of the Catholic Churchs restrictions on divorce? (QN34B)
TOTAL%
1) Approve1,49837.3
2) Disapprove1,90247.4
8) Dont know55013.7
9) Refused661.6
TOTAL4016100.0


MORDI_A from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2009

Is divorce morally acceptable, morally wrong, or is it not a moral issue? [Form 1 only] (Q180C) (MORDI_A)
TOTAL%
1) Morally acceptable90620.5
2) Morally wrong1,29829.4
3) Not a moral issue1,78340.3
4) Depends on situation (VOL.)2575.8
9) Dont know/Refused (VOL.)1754.0
Missing13,238 
TOTAL4,419100.0


QN39_A from Changing Faiths: Latinos and the Transformation of American Religion

IF QN34B = DISAPPROVE, QN30 = CONVERTED, AND QN31 = CATHOLIC: And now I have some questions about your decision to leave the Catholic Church. Would you say that the Churchs prohibition on divorce is one of the reasons that you decided to leave the Catholic Church, or not? (QN39_A)
TOTAL%
1) Yes, was a reason for leaving the Church3313.3
2) No, was not a reason for leaving the Church20883.9
8) Dont know10.4
9) Refused20.8
101) Undesignated41.6
TOTAL248100.0


DIVLAW from General Social Survey, 1998

Should divorce in this country be easier or more difficult to obtain than it is now? (DIVLAW)
TOTAL%
1) Easier42822.9
2) More difficult96751.7
3) Stay as is35118.8
8) Dont know1226.5
9) No answer30.2
TOTAL1871100.0


DIVROBEY from Gallup Poll of Catholics, 1987

The following statements deal with what you think it takes to be a good Catholic. Please tell me if you think a person can be a good Catholic without performing these actions. -- Without obeying the Churchs teaching regarding divorce and remarriage. (DIVROBEY)
TOTAL%
1) Yes83057.3
2) No49634.2
3) Not sure /Refused1238.5
TOTAL1,449100.0


DIVORCE from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in Guatemala

Please tell me for each of the following items whether you think it can always be justified, sometimes be justified, or never be justified: divorce. (DIVORCE)
TOTAL%
1) Always justified13813.7
2) Sometimes justified37837.6
3) Never justified46846.6
8) Dont know171.7
9) Refused40.4
TOTAL1,005100.0


DIVORCE from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in Kenya

Please tell me for each of the following items whether you think it can always be justified, sometimes be justified, or never be justified: divorce. (DIVORCE)
TOTAL%
1) Always justified355.4
2) Sometimes justified22234.0
3) Never justified39560.5
8) Dont know10.2
9) Refused00.0
TOTAL653100.0


GDCTH_7 from Survey of Chicago Catholics, 2007

To be a good Catholic, do you have to . . .? Accept the Churchs teaching on divorce and remarriage (GDCTH_7)
TOTAL%
-2) Dont know/Undecided20.5
1) Yes13233.4
2) No26166.1
Missing129 
TOTAL395100.0


DIVLAW from General Social Survey, 1976

Should divorce in this country be easier or more difficult to obtain than it is now? (DIVLAW)
TOTAL%
1) Easier40927.3
2) More difficult74349.6
3) Stay as is26417.6
8) Dont know805.3
9) No answer30.2
TOTAL1499100.0


DIVLAW from General Social Survey, 1978

ASKED ON BOTH FORMS: Should divorce in this country be easier or more difficult to obtain than it is now? (DIVLAW)
TOTAL%
1) Easier40526.4
2) More difficult62941.1
3) Stay as is41226.9
8) Dont know634.1
9) No answer231.5
TOTAL1532100.0


DIVLAWY from General Social Survey, 1978

ONLY ASKED ON FORM 2: Should divorce in this country be easier to obtain, more difficult to obtain, or stay as it is now? (DIVLAWY)
TOTAL%
1) Easier17522.7
2) More difficult25232.7
3) Stay as is31040.2
8) Dont know334.3
9) No answer10.1
TOTAL771100.0


DIVORCE from Harris 1979 ABC News Survey No.792113

ASKED OF THOSE WHOSE SAID THEIR RELIGION WAS PROTESTANT, JEWISH, OTHER, NONE, OR NOT SURE: Do you feel strongly opposed to the Catholic Churchs opposition to divorce, only somewhat opposed, or not opposed at all? (DIVORCE)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly opposed29427.9
2) Only somewhat opposed28226.8
3) Not opposed at all41339.3
4) Not sure636.0
TOTAL1052100.0


MARATT4 from Faith and Family in America, 2005

Now I am going to read to you a list of statements. For each of the following, please tell me if you agree or disagree with the statement. If you neither agree nor disagree with the statement, please say so. - Divorce is usually the best solution when a couple cant seem to work out their marriage problems. (MARATT4)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree29225.8
2) Somewhat agree27724.5
3) Neither agree nor disagree544.8
4) Somewhat disagree21318.8
5) Strongly disagree26823.7
6) Dont know/refused272.4
TOTAL1131100.0


MARATT6 from Faith and Family in America, 2005

Now I am going to read to you a list of statements. For each of the following, please tell me if you agree or disagree with the statement. If you neither agree nor disagree with the statement, please say so. - Divorce is a sin. (MARATT6)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree15814.0
2) Somewhat agree918.0
3) Neither agree nor disagree534.7
4) Somewhat disagree23721.0
5) Strongly disagree54448.1
6) Dont know/refused484.2
TOTAL1131100.0


EASYDIV from Southern Focus Poll, South Survey, Spring 2001

Which of the following statements comes closest to your point of view? 1. In general, laws making divorce easier to obtain are good for children because it gets them out of a bad situation. OR 2. In general, laws making divorce easier to obtain are bad for children because it breaks up families. (EASYDIV)
TOTAL%
1) Easier divorce is good26030.5
2) Easier divorce is bad40147.1
3) Dont know/Depends/No answer19122.4
TOTAL852100.0


COMMUNIO from Gallup Poll of Catholics, 1992

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. -- Divorced Catholics who have remarried without an annulment should be permitted to receive communion. (COMMUNIO)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly Agree80349.4
2) Somewhat Agree39824.5
3) Somewhat Disagree1227.5
4) Strongly Disagree21413.2
5) Dont know/Refused885.4
TOTAL1,625100.0


DIVBEST from General Social Survey, 1994

Divorce is usually the best solution when a couple cant seem to work out their marriage problems- do you agree or disagree? (DIVBEST)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree1268.7
2) Agree54837.9
3) Neither agree nor disagree27218.8
4) Disagree33423.1
5) Strongly disagree1127.7
8) Dont know332.3
9) No answer221.5
TOTAL1447100.0


DIVLAW from General Social Survey, 1994

Should divorce in this country be easier or more difficult to obtain than it is now? (DIVLAW)
TOTAL%
1) Easier51225.9
2) More difficult91646.3
3) Stay as is42821.6
8) Dont know1125.7
9) No answer90.5
TOTAL1977100.0


GETDIVRX from Southern Focus Poll, Non-South Survey, Spring 1997

BY RANDOM ASSIGNMENT, ONLY HALF OF RESPONDENTS WERE ASKED THIS QUESTION: Should divorce in this country be more difficult to obtain, easier to obtain, or stay as it is now? (GETDIVRX)
TOTAL%
1) MORE DIFFICULT TO OBTAIN8444.0
2) EASIER TO OBTAIN189.4
3) STAY AS IT IS NOW8946.6
TOTAL191100.0


GETDIVRY from Southern Focus Poll, Non-South Survey, Spring 1997

BY RANDOM ASSIGNMENT, THE OTHER HALF OF RESPONDENTS WERE ASKED THIS QUESTION: Should divorce in this country be more difficult to obtain, stay as it is now, or be easier to obtain? (GETDIVRY)
TOTAL%
1) MORE DIFFICULT TO OBTAIN10756.3
2) STAY AS IT IS NOW6031.6
3) EASIER TO OBTAIN2312.1
TOTAL190100.0


DIVOKA80 from Marital Instability over the Life Course: A Five-Wave Panel Study, Wave I (1980)

Now Im going to make some statements about marriage and I would like you to tell me whether you strongly agree, agree, disagree, or strongly disagree with each statement. Its okay for people to get married thinking that if it does not work out, they can always get a divorce. (DIVOKA80)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree361.8
2) Agree23511.6
3) Disagree96047.2
4) Strongly disagree78738.7
8) Dont Know130.6
9) Refused20.1
TOTAL2033100.0


Q14C from Harris 1967 Survey on Catholics' View of their Church

Would you favor or oppose divorce if it were a case of a young Catholic girl who married an older man who turned out to have a bad character, such as drinking and gambling all the time? (Q14C)
TOTAL%
1) Favor47748.4
2) Oppose39540.1
3) Not sure11311.5
TOTAL985100.0


Q14B from Harris 1967 Survey on Catholics' View of their Church

Would you favor or oppose divorce if it were a case of a Catholic man who had married a non-Catholic and the wife never became a Catholic, though they were married by a priest? (Q14B)
TOTAL%
1) Favor26927.3
2) Oppose60961.8
3) Not sure10710.9
TOTAL985100.0


Q12E2 from Harris 1967 Survey on Catholics' View of their Church

Do you feel that a priests word is morally binding; that it is a moral obligation to do what he says or isnt it, when he talks about divorce laws? (Q12E2)
TOTAL%
1) Morally binding70872.1
2) Not morally binding21321.7
3) Not sure616.2
TOTAL982100.0


DIVOK80 from Marital Instability over the Life Course: A Five-Wave Panel Study, Wave I (1980)

Now Im going to make some statements about marriage and I would like you to tell me whether you strongly agree, agree, disagree, or strongly disagree with each statement. Couples are able to get divorced too easily today. (DIVOK80)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree67433.2
2) Agree98148.3
3) Disagree32415.9
4) Strongly disagree281.4
8) Dont Know241.2
9) Refused20.1
TOTAL2033100.0


Q14D from Harris 1967 Survey on Catholics' View of their Church

Would you favor or oppose divorce if it were a case of a Catholic man who married a Catholic woman who went to a mental institution with a hopeless case of mental illness which all doctors thought was incurable? (Q14D)
TOTAL%
1) Favor45946.6
2) Oppose41442.0
3) Not sure11311.5
TOTAL986100.0


DIVOKE80 from Marital Instability over the Life Course: A Five-Wave Panel Study, Wave I (1980)

Now Im going to make some statements about marriage and I would like you to tell me whether you strongly agree, agree, disagree, or strongly disagree with each statement. In marriages where parents fight a lot, children are better off if the parents divorce or separate. (DIVOKE80)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree1879.2
2) Agree1,17157.6
3) Disagree45222.2
4) Strongly disagree341.7
8) Dont Know1829.0
9) Refused70.3
TOTAL2033100.0


Q14A from Harris 1967 Survey on Catholics' View of their Church

Do you favor or oppose the Church allowing Catholics to have divorces? (Q14A)
TOTAL%
1) Favor39139.6
2) Oppose49149.7
3) Not sure10610.7
TOTAL988100.0


DIVROBEY from Gallup Poll of Catholics, 1993

The following statements deal with what you think it takes to be a good Catholic. Please tell me if you think a person can be a good Catholic without performing these actions. -- Without obeying the Churchs teaching regarding divorce and remarriage. (DIVROBEY)
TOTAL%
1) Yes1,14062.0
2) No63634.6
3) Not sure/Refused623.4
TOTAL1,838100.0


DIVLAW from General Social Survey, 1993

Should divorce in this country be easier or more difficult to obtain than it is now? (DIVLAW)
TOTAL%
1) Easier28025.9
2) More difficult51147.3
3) Stay as is21119.5
8) Dont know756.9
9) No answer30.3
TOTAL1080100.0


STAYTOG from National Survey of Family Growth - Wave 6 (2002) Male Respondent File

Divorce is usually the best solution when a couple cant seem to work out their marriage problems. (STAYTOG)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree4338.8
2) Agree1,83337.2
3) Disagree1,88338.2
4) Strongly disagree66313.5
5) If respondent insists: Neither agree nor disagree1112.3
8) Refused20.0
9) Dont know30.1
TOTAL4928100.0


GETDIVRY from Southern Focus Poll, South Survey, Spring 1997

BY RANDOM ASSIGNMENT, THE OTHER HALF OF RESPONDENTS WERE ASKED THIS QUESTION: Should divorce in this country be more difficult to obtain, stay as it is now, or be easier to obtain? (GETDIVRY)
TOTAL%
1) MORE DIFFICULT TO OBTAIN21645.3
2) STAY AS IT IS NOW15131.7
3) EASIER TO OBTAIN11023.1
TOTAL477100.0


PRTDIVOR from Survey of Northern California Church Bodies, 1963

One of the ways to help reduce tensions between groups is to get out into the open things about one group that bother people in the other group. Here is a list of things that Protestants have said about Catholics and Catholics have said about Protestants. For each statement, would you please indicate how you feel: Do you feel it is true, tends to be true, tends to be false, or is false? -- Compared to Catholics, Protestants do not oppose divorce as strongly as they should. (PRTDIVOR)
TOTAL%
1) True1,21844.8
2) Tends to be true1,10040.5
3) Tends to be false2198.1
4) False1806.6
TOTAL2717100.0


GETDIVRX from Southern Focus Poll, South Survey, Spring 1997

BY RANDOM ASSIGNMENT, ONLY HALF OF RESPONDENTS WERE ASKED THIS QUESTION: Should divorce in this country be more difficult to obtain, easier to obtain, or stay as it is now? (GETDIVRX)
TOTAL%
1) MORE DIFFICULT TO OBTAIN21146.0
2) EASIER TO OBTAIN5612.2
3) STAY AS IT IS NOW19241.8
TOTAL459100.0


DIVORM from Middletown Area Study, 1998

In todays society, it has become more acceptable for married couples without dependant children to get a divorce. Do you consider this to be: (DIVORM)
TOTAL%
1) A sign of moral decline29055.8
2) A positive moral development203.8
3) Do you think this has nothing to do with morality?18034.6
9) Dont know305.8
TOTAL520100.0


PRIVMAT from Middletown Area Study, 1990

How much do you agree or disagree with this statement? Decisions about divorce and abortion are private matters, and we should not pass laws which regulated these matters. (PRIVMAT)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree10024.1
2) Agree14635.2
3) Are you neutral4310.4
4) Disagree10324.8
5) Strongly disagree194.6
6) Dont know41.0
TOTAL415100.0


PRIVMAT from Middletown Area Study, 1989

Decisions about divorce and abortion are private matters, and we should not pass laws that regulate these matters. Do you: (PRIVMAT)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree with this statement9924.8
2) Agree11228.1
3) Disagree8721.8
4) Strongly disagree276.8
5) Are you neutral about this statement6616.5
6) Dont know82.0
TOTAL399100.0


EZDIVORC from Middletown Area Study, 1985

Should divorce in this country be easier or more difficult to obtain than it is now? (EZDIVORC)
TOTAL%
1) More difficult20454.4
2) Stay as is6918.4
3) Easier7419.7
4) Dont know287.5
TOTAL375100.0


DIVORCE from Middletown Area Study, 1996

The law should be changed to make getting a divorce much more difficult. Do you: (DIVORCE)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree with this statement358.5
2) Agree15537.4
3) Are you neutral4911.8
4) Disagree14434.8
5) Strongly disagree194.6
6) Dont know122.9
TOTAL414100.0




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