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Divorce, Morality of

Is it immoral to get a divorce?


Below are 102 questions from surveys in the ARDA that attempt to measure this concept.

  • Q36A from Baylor Religion Survey, 2005LEARN MORE
    • Q36 How do you feel about the following marriage and family related issues... a. Divorce (Q36A) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • DIVBEST from General Social Survey, 2002LEARN MORE
    • Divorce is usually the best solution when a couple cant seem to work out their marriage problems--do you agree or disagree? (DIVBEST) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • DIVLAW from General Social Survey, 2002LEARN MORE
    • Should divorce in this country be easier or more difficult to obtain than it is now? (DIVLAW) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • GCDIVORC from Gallup Poll of Catholics, 1999LEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • GCTHDMAR from Gallup Poll of Catholics, 2005LEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • DIVLAW from General Social Survey, 2004LEARN MORE
    • Should divorce in this country be easier or more difficult to obtain than it is now? (DIVLAW) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • DIVLAW from General Social Survey, 2000LEARN MORE
    • Should divorce in this country be easier or more difficult to obtain than it is now? (DIVLAW) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • DIVLAW from General Social Survey, 1990LEARN MORE
    • Should divorce in this country be easier or more difficult to obtain than it is now? (DIVLAW) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • DIVLAW from General Social Survey, 1996LEARN MORE
    • Should divorce in this country be easier or more difficult to obtain than it is now? (DIVLAW) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • Q85A from Sub-Saharan Africa Religion Survey, 2010LEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • DIVHUBBY from General Social Survey, 1988LEARN MORE
    • When a marriage is troubled and unhappy, is it generally better for the husband if the couple stays together or gets divorced? (DIVHUBBY) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • DIVIFKID from General Social Survey, 1988LEARN MORE
    • And what about couples with young children? How easy or difficult should the law make it for them to get a divorce? (DIVIFKID) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • DIVKIDS from General Social Survey, 1988LEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • DIVLAW from General Social Survey, 1988LEARN MORE
    • Should divorce in this country be easier or more difficult to obtain than it is now? (DIVLAW) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • DIVNOKID from General Social Survey, 1988LEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • DIVNOW from General Social Survey, 1988LEARN MORE
    • In general, would you say that the law now makes it easy or difficult for people who want to get divorced? (DIVNOW) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • DIVWIFE from General Social Survey, 1988LEARN MORE
    • When a marriage is troubled and unhappy, is it generally better for the wife if the couple stays together or gets divorced? (DIVWIFE) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • MARDIV from General Social Survey, 1988LEARN MORE
    • Couples dont take marriage seriously enough when divorce is easily available. (MARDIV) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • DIVLAW from General Social Survey, 1991LEARN MORE
    • Should divorce in this country be easier or more difficult to obtain than it is now? (DIVLAW) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • WDIVORCE from Politics of Character Survey, 2000LEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • C2OPENDV from State of Disunion Survey, 1996LEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • W1DVRC from State of Disunion Survey, 1996LEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • QN39_A from Changing Faiths: Latinos and the Transformation of American ReligionLEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • DIVROBEY from Gallup Poll of Catholics, 1987LEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • DIVLAW from General Social Survey, 1998LEARN MORE
    • Should divorce in this country be easier or more difficult to obtain than it is now? (DIVLAW) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • MORDI_A from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2009LEARN MORE
    • Is divorce morally acceptable, morally wrong, or is it not a moral issue? [Form 1 only] (Q180C) (MORDI_A) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • DIVLAW from General Social Survey, 1976LEARN MORE
    • Should divorce in this country be easier or more difficult to obtain than it is now? (DIVLAW) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • DIVLAW from General Social Survey, 1978LEARN MORE
    • ASKED ON BOTH FORMS: Should divorce in this country be easier or more difficult to obtain than it is now? (DIVLAW) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • DIVLAWY from General Social Survey, 1978LEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • DIVORCE from Harris 1979 ABC News Survey No.792113LEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • MARATT4 from Faith and Family in America, 2005LEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • MARATT6 from Faith and Family in America, 2005LEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • EASYDIV from Southern Focus Poll, South Survey, Spring 2001LEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • COMMUNIO from Gallup Poll of Catholics, 1992LEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • DIVBEST from General Social Survey, 1994LEARN MORE
    • Divorce is usually the best solution when a couple cant seem to work out their marriage problems- do you agree or disagree? (DIVBEST) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • DIVLAW from General Social Survey, 1994LEARN MORE
    • Should divorce in this country be easier or more difficult to obtain than it is now? (DIVLAW) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • DIVOKA80 from Marital Instability over the Life Course: A Five-Wave Panel Study, Wave I (1980)LEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • DIVROBEY from Gallup Poll of Catholics, 1993LEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • DIVLAW from General Social Survey, 1993LEARN MORE
    • Should divorce in this country be easier or more difficult to obtain than it is now? (DIVLAW) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • GETDIVRY from Southern Focus Poll, South Survey, Spring 1997LEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • PRTDIVOR from Survey of Northern California Church Bodies, 1963LEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • DIVORM from Middletown Area Study, 1998LEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • PRIVMAT from Middletown Area Study, 1990LEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • PRIVMAT from Middletown Area Study, 1989LEARN MORE
    • Decisions about divorce and abortion are private matters, and we should not pass laws that regulate these matters. Do you: (PRIVMAT) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • DIVORCE from Middletown Area Study, 1996LEARN MORE
    • The law should be changed to make getting a divorce much more difficult. Do you: (DIVORCE) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
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