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Sex before marriage (Demographic Patterns)

There's 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? Results weighted by WTCOMB (General Social Survey 2014 Cross-Section and Panel Combined)


Sex before marriage by Age


18-2930-4445-5960-7475 or olderMissingTOTAL
Always wrong11.1%
51
17.7%
121
19.1%
138
20.8%
103
35.9%
69

7
18.9%
482
Almost always wrong4.4%
20
6.1%
42
6.5%
47
4.8%
24
8.3%
16

0
5.8%
149
Sometimes wrong16.1%
74
13.7%
94
14.9%
108
16.4%
81
20.3%
39

1
15.5%
396
Not wrong at all67.8%
311
61.3%
420
58.6%
424
55.8%
276
31.8%
61

6
58.4%
1492
Don't know0.2%
1
0.7%
5
0.4%
3
1.8%
9
3.1%
6

1
0.9%
24
No answer0.4%
2
0.4%
3
0.4%
3
0.4%
2
0.5%
1

0
0.4%
11
Missing2243453572577901262
TOTAL 100.0%
459
100.0%
685
100.0%
723
100.0%
495
100.0%
192

15

2554



Sex before marriage by Worship attendance


Less than once a yearOnce a yearSeveral times a yearOnce to three times a monthNearly every weekEvery week or moreMissingTOTAL
Always wrong6.0%
51
5.2%
17
9.3%
25
15.3%
57
32.7%
34
47.6%
302

2
19.0%
486
Almost always wrong2.6%
22
4.9%
16
6.7%
18
7.8%
29
11.5%
12
8.0%
51

0
5.8%
148
Sometimes wrong11.9%
101
15.8%
52
16.7%
45
20.2%
75
22.1%
23
15.9%
101

0
15.5%
397
Not wrong at all78.6%
669
73.3%
241
65.9%
178
55.1%
205
29.8%
31
27.3%
173

2
58.5%
1497
Don't know0.8%
7
0.6%
2
1.1%
3
0.8%
3
2.9%
3
0.6%
4

3
0.9%
22
No answer0.1%
1
0.3%
1
0.4%
1
0.8%
3
1.0%
1
0.5%
3

0
0.4%
10
Missing4211631351816530101266
TOTAL 100.0%
851
100.0%
329
100.0%
270
100.0%
372
100.0%
104
100.0%
634

7

2560



Sex before marriage by Political ideology


Extremely liberal or liberalSlightly liberalModerateSlightly conservativeConservative or extremely conservativeMissingTOTAL
Always wrong10.3%
40
10.1%
30
15.0%
149
18.1%
64
40.1%
191

14
18.9%
474
Almost always wrong2.3%
9
5.7%
17
6.5%
64
7.1%
25
6.9%
33

1
5.9%
148
Sometimes wrong11.1%
43
16.2%
48
16.1%
160
18.4%
65
15.8%
75

6
15.6%
391
Not wrong at all74.7%
290
67.0%
199
61.3%
608
55.4%
196
35.3%
168

37
58.3%
1461
Don't know0.8%
3
1.0%
3
0.7%
7
1.1%
4
1.3%
6

2
0.9%
23
No answer0.8%
3
0.0%
0
0.4%
4
0.0%
0
0.6%
3

1
0.4%
10
Missing20413148016923801222
TOTAL 100.0%
388
100.0%
297
100.0%
992
100.0%
354
100.0%
476

61

2507



Sex before marriage by Race


WhiteBlackOtherTOTAL
Always wrong18.3%
352
25.2%
97
15.4%
39
19.0%
488
Almost always wrong5.1%
98
8.6%
33
6.7%
17
5.8%
148
Sometimes wrong16.0%
309
10.6%
41
18.9%
48
15.5%
398
Not wrong at all59.1%
1139
54.5%
210
58.7%
149
58.4%
1498
Don't know1.1%
22
0.3%
1
0.4%
1
0.9%
24
No answer0.4%
7
0.8%
3
0.0%
0
0.4%
10
Missing9411761571274
TOTAL 100.0%
1927
100.0%
385
100.0%
254

2566



Sex before marriage by Religion


ProtestantCatholicJewishNoneOtherMissingTOTAL
Always wrong29.3%
335
13.3%
83
13.9%
5
4.3%
23
18.6%
41

0
19.1%
487
Almost always wrong7.5%
86
6.1%
38
0.0%
0
2.1%
11
5.0%
11

2
5.7%
146
Sometimes wrong15.8%
180
17.5%
109
8.3%
3
13.0%
69
14.5%
32

5
15.4%
393
Not wrong at all45.4%
518
62.2%
387
77.8%
28
80.0%
423
61.4%
135

6
58.5%
1491
Don't know1.2%
14
0.6%
4
0.0%
0
0.6%
3
0.5%
1

3
0.9%
22
No answer0.8%
9
0.2%
1
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0

0
0.4%
10
Missing5313072927712401268
TOTAL 100.0%
1142
100.0%
622
100.0%
36
100.0%
529
100.0%
220

16

2549



Sex before marriage by Sex


MaleFemaleTOTAL
Always wrong15.4%
178
21.9%
310
19.0%
488
Almost always wrong4.9%
57
6.4%
91
5.8%
148
Sometimes wrong17.2%
199
14.1%
199
15.5%
398
Not wrong at all61.7%
712
55.6%
786
58.4%
1498
Don't know0.6%
7
1.2%
17
0.9%
24
No answer0.1%
1
0.7%
10
0.4%
11
Missing6086651273
TOTAL 100.0%
1154
100.0%
1413

2567



Notes

The General Social Surveys (GSS) have been conducted by the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) annually since 1972, except for the years 1979, 1981, and 1992 (a supplement was added in 1992), and biennially beginning in 1994. The GSS are designed to be part of a program of social indicator research, replicating questionnaire items and wording in order to facilitate time-trend studies. This data file has all cases and variables asked on the 2014 GSS. There are a total of 3,842 cases in the data set but their initial sampling years vary because the GSS now contains panel cases. Sampling years can be identified with the variable SAMPTYPE.




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