Table 3

The change in reported attitudes on selected sensitive topics between surveys

MenWomenOR for reporting tolerance of the behaviour in Natsal 2000 relative to Natsal 1990, adjusted for age (95% CI)*
% reportingNatsal 1990Natsal 2000Natsal 1990Natsal 2000MenWomen
Statistically significant odds ratios for change between 1990 and 2000 are in bold.
*Excluding the don't know/“it depends” category, and using all five remaining levels of opinion under an assumption of proportional odds.
Sex before marriage:
    rarely wrong, or not wrong at all84.485.279.384.40.97 (0.88 to 1.08) 1.28 (1.17 to 1.40)
    sometimes, mostly, always wrong14.613.819.114.4
    don't know, “it depends”
Unfaithfulness in marriage:
    rarely wrong, or not wrong at all3. 0.72 (0.66 to 0.78) 0.72 (0.67 to 0.78)
    sometimes, mostly, always wrong94.395.696.297.6
    don't know, “it depends”
Unfaithfulness in cohabitation:
    rarely wrong, or not wrong at all10. 0.69 (0.64 to 0.74) 0.65 (0.61 to 0.70)
    sometimes, mostly, always wrong86.391.792.496.0
    don't know, “it depends”
“One night stands”:
    rarely wrong, or not wrong at all26.737.28.118.7 1.88 (1.74 to 2.03) 2.91 (2.70 to 3.13)
    sometimes, mostly, always wrong70.558.890.077.1
    don't know, “it depends”
Male homosexual sex:
    rarely wrong, or not wrong at all25.342.132.659.1 2.10 (1.93 to 2.29) 2.95 (2.74 to 3.18)
    sometimes, mostly, always wrong70.954.160.435.6
    don't know, “it depends”