Minnesota Sexuality Education Survey
The debate over sexuality education in Minnesota schools has been going on
for years. Now, for the first time in the state’s history, Minnesotans –
both parents and non-parents – have been asked what type of sexuality
education they think should be taught in the schools.
The following is a summary of some of the results of this landmark survey.
More complete copy of the survey can be found online at www.moappp.org
or by calling MOAPPP, 651-644-1447 or 800-657-3697
toll-free in Greater MN.
Summary of Findings
- 91% of Minnesotans support sexuality education in high schools; 84%
support sexuality education in junior high; and 53.4% support sexuality
education for children 9 to 11.
- Most Minnesota residents (77%) believe that sexuality education should
include both abstinence and contraception. Support for this type of
"comprehensive sexuality education" extends to all demographic
groups, including individuals that identify themselves as religious.
- 91% of Minnesotans agree that sexuality education gives kids the
information they need to make responsible choices. Minnesotans disagree
with the claims that combining messages of abstinence and contraception
sends mixed messages (67%) or encourages kids to have sex (80%).
- Parents with children under the age of 18 are highly supportive of
in-school sexuality education programs. 93% of MN parents agree that
"comprehensive sexuality education" gives kids the information
they need to make responsible choices (89% of nonparents agree with this
statement). Parents disagree with the claim that combining messages of
abstinence and contraception sends mixed messages (78% of parents; 61% of
- 75% of Minnesotans want schools to be involved in referring sexually
active young people to clinics that treat and prevent sexually transmitted
diseases. 68% want sexually active young people referred to family
planning clinics. 55% want school personnel to make condoms and other
forms of birth control accessible to sexually active students.
- Nearly six in ten residents (58%) oppose the provision of state and/or
federal funds for education promoting abstinence-only-until-marriage that
prohibits teaching about the use of condoms and contraception for the
prevention of unintended pregnancy, HIV/AIDS and STDs.
APCO Insight, a public opinion research firm located in Washington, DC
conducted this survey of MN residents for the Minnesota Organization on
Adolescent Pregnancy, Prevention, and Parenting. The survey was conducted
among 612 randomly selected adults in the state of Minnesota, including an
oversample of 105 non-Caucasian residents. Interviews were conducted over the
telephone between April 8-10, 2000. The margin of error for most questions is
Funding for this survey was provided to MOAPPP by the Jay and Rose Phillips
A similar national survey conducted in 1999 by Advocates for Youth and the
Sexuality Information and Education Coalition of the US (SIECUS) received
similar results. According to this poll, 93% of Americans support sexuality in
high school and 84% in junior high school. And, 7 out of 10 Americans oppose
the provision of federal funds for abstinence-only-until-marriage sexuality