Changing attitudes about sex

So, last night my son was asking me about attitudes regarding pre-marital sex.  He was surprised to learn that most people were pretty much just fine with it these days and that this has changed dramatically in recent decades.  I told him, I, in fact, know the precise name of the GSS variable, PREMARSX.  And, since I ran the data (this on-line GSS data explorer is pretty cool and easy) to show him, thought you might be curious too.  First the line chart, and then the stacked version, so you can compare the mostly okay to mostly not okay.

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About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State http://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/shgreene

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