SOCI100 Final Paper - Nicolette

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Unformatted text preview: (see Table 4.1). Table 4.1 Attitudes towards Birth Control Use in Pre- Marital Sex across Religion Mandatory Protestant 26.7% Catholic 25% Non- religious 28.6% Decided by Decided by Mutually Male Female Discussed 0.0% 6.6% 66.7% 0.0% 25% 50% 0.0% 11.4% 60% Total 100% 100% 100% Hence, from survey results, religion seems to correlate as determining factor when we consider its influence on liberal/conservative attitudes towards pre- marital sex and abortion, but not so on birth control use. However, the level of religiosity provides a stronger correlation. Three questions were asked to determine religiosity – how much religious faith features in their daily lives, the extent to which religion affects their choices and frequency of worship. After point weightage was given to each response and the total aggregated, three categories of respondents emerged – high, mid, and low- religiosity. 8 Nicolette Tan SOCI100: Intro to Sociological Research On the issue of pre- marital sex, a strong positive relationship was observed (see Table 4.2) between religiosity and the most extreme two ends of the scale (believing that pre- marital sex is wrong in all cases or that it is not wrong at all). 100% of high religiosity tended to believe that pre- marital sex was wrong to some degree, while 77.4% of respondents with low- religiosity believed there was nothing wrong at all. Table 4.2 Attitudes towards Pre- Marital Sex across Religiosity High Mid Low Wrong in Wrong in all cases most cases 38.5% 23.0% 7.1% 0.0% 1.8% 17.0% Wrong in some cases 38.5% 35.7% 11.4% Not wrong at all 0% 57.2% 77.4% Total 100% 100% 100% On the issue of birth control, there was a similar positive relationship observed. Respondents of higher religiosity tended to want birth control to be made mandatory, not mutually discussed (see Table 4.3). Here, the level of religiosity explains something that the religion one has cannot. Table 4.3 Attitudes towards Birth Control Use across Religiosity Mandatory High Mid Low 53.8% 42.9% 24.5% Decided by Decided by Mutually Male Female Discussed 0.0% 38.5% 7.7% 0.0% 0.0% 57.1% 0.0% 13.2% 62.3% Total 100% 100% 100% On pre- marital abortion, the level of religiosity also demonstrated a strong positive relationship. People of higher religiosity...
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