Is teen sex wrong?
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Is teen sex wrong? (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 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? Results weighted by WTCOMB (General Social Survey 2012 Cross-Section and Panel Combined)


Is teen sex wrong? by Age


18-2930-4445-5960-7475 or olderMissingTOTAL
Inapplicable26.9%
253
31.4%
416
35.3%
468
32.6%
285
36.0%
113

11
32.1%
1535
Always wrong34.3%
323
45.4%
601
47.8%
634
48.3%
422
51.0%
160

18
44.8%
2140
Almost always wrong13.9%
131
9.8%
130
7.8%
103
10.3%
90
7.6%
24

4
10.0%
478
Sometimes wrong17.5%
165
7.1%
94
6.1%
81
5.5%
48
2.9%
9

4
8.3%
397
Not wrong at all6.6%
62
5.4%
71
2.4%
32
2.9%
25
0.6%
2

4
4.0%
192
Don't know0.6%
6
0.5%
6
0.6%
8
0.5%
4
1.6%
5

3
0.6%
29
No answer0.1%
1
0.5%
6
0.1%
1
0.0%
0
0.3%
1

0
0.2%
9
TOTAL 100.0%
941
100.0%
1324
100.0%
1327
100.0%
874
100.0%
314

44

4780



Is teen sex wrong? by Worship attendance


Less than once a yearOnce a yearSeveral times a yearOne to three times a monthNearly every weekEvery week or moreMissingTOTAL
Inapplicable30.9%
469
31.7%
203
32.9%
162
35.2%
256
36.2%
67
31.1%
386

2
32.1%
1543
Always wrong35.5%
538
37.8%
242
41.1%
202
44.0%
320
50.3%
93
60.6%
753

10
44.7%
2148
Almost always wrong12.5%
190
14.0%
90
13.0%
64
8.7%
63
9.7%
18
4.7%
58

0
10.1%
483
Sometimes wrong12.8%
194
12.3%
79
8.9%
44
7.3%
53
2.2%
4
2.1%
26

0
8.3%
400
Not wrong at all6.8%
103
3.9%
25
3.5%
17
4.4%
32
0.5%
1
1.4%
17

1
4.1%
195
Don't know1.3%
19
0.3%
2
0.4%
2
0.1%
1
1.1%
2
0.2%
2

3
0.6%
28
No answer0.2%
3
0.0%
0
0.2%
1
0.3%
2
0.0%
0
0.1%
1

1
0.1%
7
TOTAL 100.0%
1516
100.0%
641
100.0%
492
100.0%
727
100.0%
185
100.0%
1243

17

4804



Is teen sex wrong? by Political ideology


Extremely liberal or liberalSlightly liberalModerateSlightly conservativeExtremely conservative or conservativeMissingTOTAL
Inapplicable30.8%
230
31.9%
173
31.7%
554
31.1%
217
34.7%
311

61
32.1%
1485
Always wrong32.7%
244
34.8%
189
45.3%
792
48.5%
338
54.7%
491

103
44.3%
2054
Almost always wrong12.2%
91
14.7%
80
9.7%
170
11.3%
79
6.2%
56

6
10.3%
476
Sometimes wrong16.1%
120
13.6%
74
7.8%
136
6.2%
43
2.6%
23

4
8.5%
396
Not wrong at all7.4%
55
3.7%
20
4.9%
85
2.9%
20
1.6%
14

1
4.2%
194
Don't know0.8%
6
1.1%
6
0.7%
12
0.0%
0
0.2%
2

5
0.6%
26
No answer0.0%
0
0.2%
1
0.1%
1
0.0%
0
0.0%
0

6
0.0%
2
TOTAL 100.0%
746
100.0%
543
100.0%
1750
100.0%
697
100.0%
897

186

4633



Is teen sex wrong? by Race


WhiteBlackOtherTOTAL
Inapplicable31.7%
1151
33.1%
233
33.3%
161
32.1%
1545
Always wrong44.9%
1631
47.2%
332
40.3%
195
44.8%
2158
Almost always wrong10.8%
393
6.7%
47
8.5%
41
10.0%
481
Sometimes wrong8.0%
289
8.0%
56
11.4%
55
8.3%
400
Not wrong at all4.0%
144
4.0%
28
5.0%
24
4.1%
196
Don't know0.5%
18
1.0%
7
1.2%
6
0.6%
31
No answer0.2%
6
0.1%
1
0.4%
2
0.2%
9
TOTAL 100.0%
3632
100.0%
704
100.0%
484

4820



Is teen sex wrong? by Religion


ProtestantCatholicJewishNoneOtherMissingTOTAL
Inapplicable32.5%
723
32.2%
364
36.0%
32
30.7%
295
31.9%
128

5
32.1%
1542
Always wrong51.5%
1146
43.5%
492
31.5%
28
30.5%
293
48.6%
195

3
44.8%
2154
Almost always wrong8.3%
184
13.2%
149
7.9%
7
12.0%
115
6.2%
25

3
10.0%
480
Sometimes wrong4.8%
107
6.8%
77
19.1%
17
17.3%
166
7.7%
31

1
8.3%
398
Not wrong at all2.4%
53
3.5%
40
5.6%
5
8.0%
77
5.0%
20

1
4.1%
195
Don't know0.4%
10
0.5%
6
0.0%
0
1.3%
12
0.5%
2

1
0.6%
30
No answer0.1%
3
0.2%
2
0.0%
0
0.2%
2
0.0%
0

1
0.1%
7
TOTAL 100.0%
2226
100.0%
1130
100.0%
89
100.0%
960
100.0%
401

15

4806



Is teen sex wrong? by Sex


MaleFemaleTOTAL
Inapplicable31.6%
705
32.5%
841
32.1%
1546
Always wrong42.1%
939
47.1%
1219
44.8%
2158
Almost always wrong11.1%
247
9.1%
235
10.0%
482
Sometimes wrong9.7%
216
7.1%
183
8.3%
399
Not wrong at all4.7%
104
3.5%
91
4.0%
195
Don't know0.7%
16
0.5%
14
0.6%
30
No answer0.1%
3
0.2%
6
0.2%
9
TOTAL 100.0%
2230
100.0%
2589

4819



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 2012 GSS. There are a total of 4,820 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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