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ERIC Number: ED161090
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Aug
Pages: 30
Abstractor: N/A
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Community Standards and Their Misperception: A Local Public Opinion Poll on Pornography.
Tipton, Leonard; Fielder, Virginia Dodge
Following a series of events which had made pornography a controversial issue in the community, a public opinion survey of 350 adults was conducted in Lexington, Kentucky. Respondents were asked about the recent events, their perceptions of "sex" in different media and how it should be regulated, their views on pornography in general and their perceptions of the community's views, ways of establishing community standards, and freedom of expression in general. Results indicated that the respondents were unable to define pornography with any specificity. A majority felt that pornography should be available for adults, but they perceived themselves to be in the minority on the issue. The minority favoring strict control, however, felt their position to be the majority one. Respondents favored local over state or national laws, but were unwilling to let the local city council establish pornography standards. Those who took antipornography stances were generally older, attended church frequently, and had less formal education. Findings also indicated that perception of the extent of pornography's harmful effects had the most marked relationship to questions of legal control and availability. (Author/FL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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