America’s roots as a puritan country are hammered home in most grade school classes to young students of history — but do these Puritanical values still carry over into thoughts, ideas and beliefs about sex? Here we have taken data from the General Social Survey (GSS) 1972 – 2014 and created an interactive visualization  to examine the changing attitudes of Americans on sexuality from 1972 to 2012 in which you can compare opinions of Americans by geographical region, age, politics and more. 

More details about the General Social Survey can be found here.

The percent of Americans who believe ‘homosexual sex is always wrong’ has steadily decreased over time.
 Over the same time period, an increasing number of Americans believe ‘sex with a person other than the spouse is always wrong’.