SOCI100 Final Paper - Nicolette

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Unformatted text preview: tended to be more against the idea of pre- marital abortion (see Table 4.4). 30.8% of respondents of high- religiosity, compared to 62.3% of those of low- religiosity believed that abortion should be legal in all 9 Nicolette Tan SOCI100: Intro to Sociological Research cases. Despite the weaker trend amongst those who believe that abortion should always be illegal, there is a sharp contrast when we observe those of high- religiosity. Table 4.4 Attitudes towards Pre- Marital Abortion across Religiosity High Mid Low Legal in all Legal in cases some cases 30.8% 46.2% 50.0% 42.9% 62.3% 32.1% Illegal in all cases 15.4% 0.0% 3.8% Don’t Know Total 7.6% 7.1% 1.9% 100% 100% 100% Conclusion From the survey results, we are able to conclude that liberal/conservative opinions regarding the pre- marital sex, birth control and abortion can be correlated with three of the four independent variables discussed – religiosity, growing- up environment and family upbringing. However, to bridge the gap between correlation and causation, one must consider survey results where respondents self- report motivation. A majority of respondents reported that upbringing influences their choices to a large extent (63.8%), while only 16.3% reported that religion influences their choices to a large extent, and 51.3% not at all. Two questions in the survey were specifically designed to compare the significant of each factor – one that asked the motivations behind choices in general, and one that asked in specificity to attitudes on pre- marital sexual behavior. It is perhaps to be expected that most respondents’ choices are influenced by practical concerns – for general choices, this was 41.3% of respondents. Specifically to pre- marital sexual issues, however, 20% more respondents (61.3%) think primarily practically, eroding the primacy of religion and family upbringing’s influence on choices. 10 Nicolette Tan SOCI100: Intro to Sociological Research However, upbringing showed the next most significant influence on the values choices, when the next largest majority, 36.3% of respondents, said that in general personal choices were shaped more by upbringing. The comparison of religion and Asian values and its impact on the respondents’ choices is far more ambiguous. 10% of respondents said tha...
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