Poll Says Parents Overwhelmingly Back Abstinence Education

We have been saying this on this blog for years. Abstinence works. Period.

A new survey shows the majority of parents across the U.S., regardless of their economic or ethnic background, support abstinence education over comprehensive sex education. The National Abstinence Education Association is touting a new Zogby International poll that shows American parents favor abstinence education over comprehensive sex education by a two-to-one margin.

The National Abstinence Education Association (NAEA) is drawing attention to the Zobgy survey, which claims when parents become aware of what abstinence education teaches versus what comprehensive sex education teaches, support for abstinence programs jumps from 40 percent to 60 percent, while support for condom-based “safe-sex” programs drops from 50 percent to 30 percent.

NAEA executive director Valerie Huber says she is convinced there has been a “misinformation campaign” about abstinence education throughout the media.

“Once parents understood that abstinence education is really holistic and includes some of the core components, such as building healthy relationships, strengthening self-control, developing skills that will improve their chances for a healthy future marriage, and even the benefits of choosing abstinence after being sexually active,” Huber notes, “parents want that message given to their teens.”

The NAEA official says she hopes the results of the Zogby poll will inform the debate in state legislatures and Congress over funding for sex education in schools. “Most parents do reject the so-called ‘comprehensive’ sex education approach because it promotes and demonstrates condom use,” she asserts. “They think it sends a mixed message and it crosses the line to actually encourage sexual activity.”

Two out of three parents indicate that the mixed message of comprehensive sex education “is not something that they want their children to receive,” Huber points out. She says most parents want their kids to hear a strong abstinence message and, if there is a discussion of contraception, that it should detail the “realistic limitations” of condoms and other contraceptives in preventing pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases.

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2 Responses to “Poll Says Parents Overwhelmingly Back Abstinence Education”

  1. Scott says:

    Actually this poll intends to manipulate public opinion, not report on it. Here is an analysis for good moral people interested in the truth:

    http://www.rhrealitycheck.org/blog/2007/05/17/if-only-this-absitnence-poll-were-honest-debunking-naea

  2. Steve says:

    Scott,
    Thanks for visiting us and for your comment.
    All polls are designed to attempt to show a certain point of view. All polls are funded by some type of special interest group with an agenda. This fact does not logically conclude that the poll is skewed or inconclusive.
    You logic will fail if I site the numerous polls funded by groups trying to prove that abstinence only fails.
    You sound like an intelligent person. There is no way to dispute the fact that abstinence is the only method that is 100% effective against sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancy.
    Also, the mantra of “well, everyone is going to do it anyway” is a horrible generalization and given that abstinence education is not being given equal footing to the “protection is safe” view, it is no small wonder that abstinence appears to be failing.
    It is distressing that abstinence, a good, common sense approach to preventing numerous sexual problems, is rejected off hand because it seems to be attached to religion.

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