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 WTCOMBNR (General Social Survey 2010 Cross-Section and Panel Combined)


Is teen sex wrong? by Sex


MaleFemaleTOTAL
Always wrong60.9%
922
71.6%
1280
66.7%
2202
Almost always wrong18.6%
282
15.1%
269
16.7%
551
Sometimes wrong12.3%
186
8.8%
158
10.4%
344
Not wrong at all6.5%
99
3.9%
69
5.1%
168
Dont know1.4%
21
0.3%
5
0.8%
26
No answer0.3%
4
0.3%
6
0.3%
10
Missing7438571600
TOTAL 100.0%
1514
100.0%
1787

3301



Is teen sex wrong? by Political ideology


Extremely liberal or liberalSlightly liberalModerateSlightly conservativeConservativeExtremely conservativeMissingTOTAL
Always wrong48.3%
251
55.8%
235
67.4%
769
73.2%
355
82.8%
425
80.2%
105

62
66.6%
2140
Almost always wrong21.5%
112
24.2%
102
16.6%
189
15.3%
74
10.1%
52
9.9%
13

8
16.9%
542
Sometimes wrong18.1%
94
12.1%
51
10.3%
117
8.5%
41
4.5%
23
5.3%
7

10
10.4%
333
Not wrong at all10.4%
54
5.9%
25
4.5%
51
3.1%
15
2.3%
12
4.6%
6

6
5.1%
163
Dont know1.0%
5
1.9%
8
0.8%
9
0.0%
0
0.2%
1
0.0%
0

3
0.7%
23
No answer0.8%
4
0.0%
0
0.5%
6
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0

0
0.3%
10
Missing2591775821842806201544
TOTAL 100.0%
520
100.0%
421
100.0%
1141
100.0%
485
100.0%
513
100.0%
131

89

3211



Is teen sex wrong? by Age


18 to 29 years old30 to 44 years old45 to 59 years old60 to 74 years old75 years or olderMissingTOTAL
Always wrong53.4%
354
62.8%
543
73.9%
688
72.8%
423
73.0%
157

36
66.5%
2165
Almost always wrong18.4%
122
18.5%
160
14.9%
139
15.1%
88
17.7%
38

4
16.8%
547
Sometimes wrong18.9%
125
11.2%
97
7.2%
67
7.6%
44
4.7%
10

0
10.5%
343
Not wrong at all8.1%
54
6.6%
57
3.3%
31
3.4%
20
1.4%
3

2
5.1%
165
Dont know1.1%
7
0.7%
6
0.4%
4
0.3%
2
2.3%
5

2
0.7%
24
No answer0.2%
1
0.1%
1
0.2%
2
0.7%
4
0.9%
2

1
0.3%
10
Missing30443947824612901596
TOTAL 100.0%
663
100.0%
864
100.0%
931
100.0%
581
100.0%
215

45

3254



Is teen sex wrong? by Region


NortheastMidwestSouthWestTOTAL
Always wrong56.8%
330
69.0%
493
72.6%
920
62.2%
460
66.7%
2203
Almost always wrong19.1%
111
15.2%
109
14.0%
177
20.7%
153
16.7%
550
Sometimes wrong13.4%
78
11.5%
82
8.5%
108
10.3%
76
10.4%
344
Not wrong at all9.1%
53
3.4%
24
3.9%
50
5.5%
41
5.1%
168
Dont know1.4%
8
0.6%
4
0.5%
6
1.1%
8
0.8%
26
No answer0.2%
1
0.4%
3
0.5%
6
0.1%
1
0.3%
11
Missing2633386103881599
TOTAL 100.0%
581
100.0%
715
100.0%
1267
100.0%
739

3302



Is teen sex wrong? by Religion


ProtestantCatholicJewishNoneOtherMissingTOTAL
Always wrong76.0%
1184
68.3%
570
45.0%
27
43.8%
247
62.0%
160

14
66.8%
2188
Almost always wrong13.1%
204
16.0%
134
30.0%
18
24.6%
139
19.4%
50

5
16.6%
545
Sometimes wrong6.8%
106
10.5%
88
20.0%
12
19.3%
109
10.1%
26

3
10.4%
341
Not wrong at all3.5%
54
4.4%
37
5.0%
3
10.5%
59
4.7%
12

3
5.0%
165
Dont know0.4%
7
0.4%
3
0.0%
0
1.2%
7
2.7%
7

2
0.7%
24
No answer0.1%
2
0.4%
3
0.0%
0
0.5%
3
1.2%
3

0
0.3%
11
Missing7784103324612601593
TOTAL 100.0%
1557
100.0%
835
100.0%
60
100.0%
564
100.0%
258

27

3274



Is teen sex wrong? by Race


WhiteBlackOtherTOTAL
Always wrong67.2%
1691
69.7%
315
59.6%
196
66.7%
2202
Almost always wrong17.8%
448
10.4%
47
16.7%
55
16.7%
550
Sometimes wrong9.8%
248
11.1%
50
14.0%
46
10.4%
344
Not wrong at all4.2%
107
8.2%
37
7.0%
23
5.1%
167
Dont know0.6%
15
0.2%
1
2.7%
9
0.8%
25
No answer0.4%
9
0.4%
2
0.0%
0
0.3%
11
Missing12092091831601
TOTAL 100.0%
2518
100.0%
452
100.0%
329

3299



Is teen sex wrong? by Church attendance


Less than once a yearOnce a yearSeveral times a yearOne to three times a monthNearly every weekOnce a week or moreMissingTOTAL
Always wrong54.6%
531
55.5%
259
65.3%
203
70.5%
360
73.0%
108
82.4%
524

216
65.2%
1985
Almost always wrong21.9%
213
22.5%
105
19.3%
60
15.9%
81
12.2%
18
8.8%
56

18
17.5%
533
Sometimes wrong13.9%
135
15.0%
70
9.0%
28
9.8%
50
8.1%
12
5.8%
37

12
10.9%
332
Not wrong at all8.4%
82
6.4%
30
5.8%
18
2.3%
12
6.1%
9
1.9%
12

4
5.4%
163
Dont know1.0%
10
0.2%
1
0.3%
1
0.6%
3
0.7%
1
0.9%
6

4
0.7%
22
No answer0.2%
2
0.4%
2
0.3%
1
1.0%
5
0.0%
0
0.2%
1

0
0.4%
11
Missing4412151992746127801468
TOTAL 100.0%
973
100.0%
467
100.0%
311
100.0%
511
100.0%
148
100.0%
636

254

3046



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 2010 GSS. There are a total of 4,901 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.