Seventy-one percent in the Northeast and two-thirds in the West say sex before marriage is OK; fewer Southerners, 54 percent, agree. Northeasterners and Westerners are more apt to call themselves adventurous sexually and to say homosexuality is OK.
And when it comes to being very satisfied with their sex lives, only in the Midwest does a majority give the thumbs up. That makes sense, not least because conservatives are more frequent churchgoers. Conservatives are far less likely to accept premarital sex or homosexuality, and half as likely as liberals to say sex without an emotional attachment is OK. They're less apt to have had rebound sex, to call themselves sexually adventurous, to watch sexually explicit movies, to discuss their fantasies, to have had sex outdoors, to have had sex on a first date or to have visited a porn site.
At the same time, conservatives are slightly more likely than others to be very satisfied with their relationship and sex lives. Liberals, for their part, are more apt to be sexually adventurous. In a presidential election year, it's tough not to look at political groups, even though differences here likely are standing in for other factors, such as sex, age, marital status and religiosity.
With that proviso, Republicans are around 10 points more likely than Democrats to think about sex daily, to be very satisfied with their marriages and sex lives and to wear something sexy to spice things up; and less likely to say they've cheated. In a more directly political context, Republicans are less apt to say premarital sex is OK, and 20 points less likely to say homosexuality is OK for some people.
Others There's a trove of other data in this survey. One result debunks the notion that parents of young children have sex less often; in fact the opposite is so, probably because parents of young kids are themselves young, and sexually active young adults have sex more often.
Blondes are no more apt than others to express satisfaction or excitement with their sex lives. Indeed blondes are a little less likely than other women to always have an orgasm, and a little more likely to have faked it. Americans say they're more likely to have sex late at night 44 percent than any other time of day.
Three-quarters have no preference as to weekend or weekday sex, while 22 percent do say they're more apt to have sex on weekends. About a fifth of adults, 22 percent, sleep in the nude. As noted, men are more than twice as apt as women to do so. People who are less inhibited generally also are more apt to sleep in the buff, including those disproportionately men who describe themselves as sexually adventurous, who've had more than 10 sex partners in their lives, who've had sex on a first date, who fantasize and who call their sex lives very exciting.
Asked their sexual orientation, five percent describe themselves as either homosexual or bisexual. As noted, there's a broad difference among groups on whether homosexuality is "OK for some people.
Finally, a sex survey can't be complete without a mention of Viagra and similar drugs. Six percent of sexually active Americans say they or their partner take such medications, with its use rising sharply after age Among men 50 and over, 17 percent -- one in six -- get a little help. The results have a 2. This survey was conducted in one-on-one telephone interviews with a representative sample of adult Americans who agreed to participate in a study of sexual attitudes and behavior.
From the point initial respondents were informed of the subject matter, 92 percent went on to complete the entire questionnaire. The demographic composition of the sample closely matches that of ABC News surveys on other subjects, and the data reflect a high level of consistency across questions, and also with previous research. The poll was conducted after a review of previous surveys, scientific and non-scientific, on sexual attitudes and behaviors.
Many of the questions cover areas rarely if ever examined in national random-sample survey research. See previous analyses in our Poll Vault.