CSB/SJU Students Views on the Issues

 

Initial Campus-Wide Survey

Campus Laboratory Beginning Survey

 

% agree

% disagree

Mean

% agree

% disagree

Mean

Abortion should be legal.

32.1%

51.0%

2.64

42.9%

39.5%

2.97

The death penalty should be abolished.

51.1%

27.1%

3.46

 

 

 

Wealthy people should pay a larger share of taxes than they do now.

55.4%

19.3%

3.52

50.5%

23.7%

3.39

The Catholic Church should ordain women.

59.5%

16.8%

3.63

56.6%

14.5%

3.63

Affirmative action in college admissions should not be practiced.

29.0%

18.8%

3.18

27.4%

28.4%

3.02

Same-sex couples should have the right to legal marital status.

60.7%

27.1%

3.59

64.3%

22.5%

3.70

The primary responsibilities of married women are in the realm of home and family.

8.3%

79.3%

1.74

9.2%

78.1%

1.85

It is important to have laws prohibiting homosexual relationships.

6.6%

80.3%

1.71

9.2%

74.6%

1.86

It is important that the United States maintain a strong military.

58.2%

16.7%

3.64

 

 

 

A national health care plan is needed to cover everybody’s costs.

65.5%

12.5%

3.84

60.5%

18.0%

3.57

Through hard work, everybody can succeed in American society.

51.3%

28.2%

3.39

56.8%

30.3%

3.34

Dissent is a critical component of the political process.

37.1%

4.3%

3.47

 

 

 

If two people really like each other, it’s all right for them to have sex even if they have known each other for only a short time.

19.3%

59.4%

2.40

 

 

 

You can disagree with the church’s official teaching and still be a good Catholic.

67.6%

9.9%

3.91

 

 

 

The government should do more to ensure equal opportunity to all people regardless of race.

 

 

 

74.5%

7.9%

4.00

Same-sex couples should be able to receive the same employment benefits and inheritance rights as married heterosexual couples.

 

 

 

70.9%

13.3%

3.98

The government should redistribute wealth from the rich to the poor.

 

 

 

24.2%

40.8%

2.74

GLBT persons should be protected from discrimination in the workplace.

 

 

 

86.3%

3.6%

4.28

Economic inequality is a major problem in American society.

 

 

 

64.4%

12.8%

3.73

Men and women should participate equally in caring for children.

 

 

 

92.1%

1.3%

4.45

GLBT persons should be welcome to participate fully in the life of the Catholic Church.

 

 

 

67.4%

9.7%

3.93

Racism is still a major problem in American society.

 

 

 

74.4%

8.3%

3.85

The government should guarantee the basic necessities of life to all Americans.

 

 

 

69.2%

9.3%

3.88

The Catholic Church should not ordain men with strong homosexual tendencies.

 

 

 

26.9%

44.0%

2.67

Men and women should receive equal pay for equal work.

 

 

 

94.3%

0.4%

4.64

The descendents of slaves should receive reparations from the United States government.

 

 

 

12.8%

53.7%

2.39

A person working full time should earn enough to support a family.

 

 

 

79.8%

4.4%

4.14

The capitalist system is harmful to working class people.

 

 

 

17.9%

20.5%

2.99

Sexism is still a major problem in American society.

 

 

 

63.9%

13.3%

3.67

The government should do more to promote gender equality.

 

 

 

62.8%

10.6%

3.71