Seven of 10 Pinoys find premarital sex “morally unacceptable” – study

Seven of 10 Pinoys find premarital sex “morally unacceptable” – study

A study conducted by a United States-based think tank showed that a huge majority of Filipinos have a negative view toward sex between unmarried couples.

According to Pew Research Center, 71% of Filipinos labelled sex outside marriage as “morally unacceptable” while only 20% said it is acceptable. Another 7% said it is not a moral issue while 1% claimed that its acceptability “depends on the situation.” The results of the survey was released last April 15.

Early this year, a study by the University of the Philippines Population Institute revealed that one-third of Filipinos aged 15 to 24 has engaged in premarital sex (35.5% among males and 28.7% among females). Read more about this study here.

The research also sought to know the views of Filipinos on other social issues like extramarital affairs, gambling, homosexuality, abortion, alcohol consumption, divorce, and the use of contraceptives. They have the option to label these issues as “morally acceptable,” “morally unacceptable,” or “not a moral issue.”

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According to the 2014 Young Adult fertility Survey, 1/3 of Filipino youth have engaged in premarital sex (left click to enlarge)

Based on the survey, it appears that Filipinos maintain a conservative stance on many hot-button topics. For example, 93% of Filipinos are against abortion, making Philippines the country most opposed to it. Filipinos also reject extramarital affairs by a similar margin (90% said it is “morally unacceptable”).

Meanwhile, two-thirds or 67% of Filipinos oppose divorce. Philippines is the only country in the world without a divorce law. A significant majority of the respondents also regard gambling and homosexuality as morally not acceptable (61% and 65%, respectively).

Filipinos showed an indecisive take on alcoholism, with 34% saying it is morally acceptable and 39% saying otherwise. A quarter, 24%, said it is not a moral issue.

Notably, the study by Pew Research Center showed Filipinos’ openness about contraceptives usage – 60% said it is morally acceptable while 29% disagreed.



This is consistent with the results of a study released last February by Univision, a Spanish-language news organization in the US. In that survey, 68% of the respondents said they support the use of contraceptives.

This study is part of Pew Research Center’s 2013 Global Views on Morality project. The think tank interviewed over 40,000 respondents from 40 countries around the world.

Pew Research did the survey on the Philippines from March 10 to April 3 2013. The group had 804 adult Filipinos as respondents. The age distribution of the respondents was not elucidated.

It was conducted using Tagalog, Cebuano, Ilonggo, Ilocano, and Bicolano. The complete survey methodology was explained in this link.

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4 thoughts on “Seven of 10 Pinoys find premarital sex “morally unacceptable” – study

  1. putangina yang survey na yan. kahit sa kapanahunan mga ni Hesus may premarital sex na. Tangina naman. Bobo yang nag su-survey hindi reflective sa pinoy outlook and lifestyle, against ng abortion pero okay sa premarital at sa contraceptives parang sinasabi mong ok lang kumantot pero ayokong mabuntis. Solusyon: mag jacko-wacko ka nalang.. Age distribution ang factor dyan. mga matatanda na ang sinurvey. assuming 70-80, eh 20th century pa rin naman. Mas nagiging moderno ang tao mas marami nang outlets ng parausan.

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