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 2014 Cross-Section and Panel Combined)


Is teen sex wrong? by Age


18-2930-4445-5960-7475 or olderMissingTOTAL
Inapplicable32.7%
224
33.5%
345
33.1%
357
34.2%
257
29.2%
79

11
33.1%
1262
Always wrong35.4%
242
42.8%
441
47.4%
511
44.7%
336
54.2%
147

9
43.9%
1677
Almost always wrong11.8%
81
9.4%
97
9.7%
105
10.0%
75
7.7%
21

2
9.9%
379
Sometimes wrong12.1%
83
9.1%
94
7.0%
75
8.4%
63
7.0%
19

2
8.8%
334
Not wrong at all7.6%
52
4.8%
49
2.7%
29
2.3%
17
1.5%
4

0
4.0%
151
Don't know0.3%
2
0.3%
3
0.1%
1
0.5%
4
0.4%
1

1
0.3%
11
No answer0.0%
0
0.2%
2
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0

2
0.1%
2
TOTAL 100.0%
684
100.0%
1031
100.0%
1078
100.0%
752
100.0%
271

27

3816



Is teen sex wrong? by Worship attendance


Less than once a yearOnce a yearSeveral times a yearOnce to three times a monthNearly every weekEvery week or moreMissingTOTAL
Inapplicable33.1%
421
33.2%
163
33.3%
135
32.8%
181
38.5%
65
32.2%
301

7
33.1%
1266
Always wrong35.1%
447
40.7%
200
38.9%
158
45.7%
252
50.3%
85
57.8%
541

3
44.0%
1683
Almost always wrong11.5%
146
10.4%
51
14.8%
60
10.9%
60
7.7%
13
5.2%
49

0
9.9%
379
Sometimes wrong13.4%
171
11.4%
56
7.9%
32
6.9%
38
3.0%
5
3.5%
33

1
8.8%
335
Not wrong at all6.3%
80
4.3%
21
5.2%
21
3.1%
17
0.6%
1
1.1%
10

0
3.9%
150
Don't know0.6%
7
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.2%
1
0.0%
0
0.2%
2

1
0.3%
10
No answer0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.4%
2
0.0%
0
0.0%
0

2
0.1%
2
TOTAL 100.0%
1272
100.0%
491
100.0%
406
100.0%
551
100.0%
169
100.0%
936

14

3825



Is teen sex wrong? by Political ideology


Extremely liberal or liberalSlightly liberalModerateSlightly conservativeConservative or extremely conservativeMissingTOTAL
Inapplicable34.4%
204
30.5%
131
32.6%
480
32.4%
169
33.3%
238

52
32.8%
1222
Always wrong31.5%
187
35.2%
151
45.5%
670
48.0%
250
54.1%
386

43
44.1%
1644
Almost always wrong9.9%
59
14.7%
63
10.3%
152
11.5%
60
6.3%
45

2
10.2%
379
Sometimes wrong17.0%
101
12.1%
52
7.6%
112
6.5%
34
4.3%
31

7
8.8%
330
Not wrong at all6.6%
39
7.0%
30
3.7%
54
1.3%
7
1.7%
12

9
3.8%
142
Don't know0.5%
3
0.5%
2
0.1%
2
0.2%
1
0.3%
2

1
0.3%
10
No answer0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.3%
4
0.0%
0
0.0%
0

0
0.1%
4
TOTAL 100.0%
593
100.0%
429
100.0%
1474
100.0%
521
100.0%
714

114

3731



Is teen sex wrong? by Race


WhiteBlackOtherTOTAL
Inapplicable32.8%
941
31.3%
176
38.1%
157
33.2%
1274
Always wrong43.2%
1237
50.4%
284
40.0%
165
43.9%
1686
Almost always wrong10.4%
297
8.2%
46
8.7%
36
9.9%
379
Sometimes wrong9.2%
265
5.7%
32
9.7%
40
8.8%
337
Not wrong at all4.0%
114
3.9%
22
3.4%
14
3.9%
150
Don't know0.3%
9
0.5%
3
0.0%
0
0.3%
12
No answer0.1%
3
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.1%
3
TOTAL 100.0%
2866
100.0%
563
100.0%
412

3841



Is teen sex wrong? by Religion


ProtestantCatholicJewishNoneOtherMissingTOTAL
Inapplicable31.7%
531
33.0%
307
44.6%
29
34.3%
277
35.8%
124

7
33.2%
1268
Always wrong51.8%
867
43.5%
405
35.4%
23
28.9%
233
43.9%
152

7
44.0%
1680
Almost always wrong8.5%
143
9.1%
85
10.8%
7
14.1%
114
8.7%
30

1
9.9%
379
Sometimes wrong5.3%
89
9.9%
92
3.1%
2
14.9%
120
8.1%
28

5
8.7%
331
Not wrong at all2.2%
37
4.3%
40
6.2%
4
7.4%
60
2.6%
9

0
3.9%
150
Don't know0.2%
4
0.1%
1
0.0%
0
0.4%
3
0.9%
3

1
0.3%
11
No answer0.1%
2
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0

2
0.1%
2
TOTAL 100.0%
1673
100.0%
930
100.0%
65
100.0%
807
100.0%
346

23

3821



Is teen sex wrong? by Sex


MaleFemaleTOTAL
Inapplicable34.5%
608
32.0%
665
33.1%
1273
Always wrong40.0%
705
47.2%
981
43.9%
1686
Almost always wrong11.2%
197
8.8%
183
9.9%
380
Sometimes wrong9.8%
173
7.9%
164
8.8%
337
Not wrong at all4.1%
73
3.7%
77
3.9%
150
Don't know0.3%
6
0.3%
6
0.3%
12
No answer0.1%
2
0.1%
2
0.1%
4
TOTAL 100.0%
1764
100.0%
2078

3842



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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