TRIBUNE -- Helen Murray analysed the results of a Millward Brown IMS poll and concluded, "We like sex and plenty of it, with lots of different partners, oh, and a few toys to give it that extra edge. And we're not averse to a bit on the side either, if the opportunity is there." The Sunday Tribune commissioned the poll and it documented talking points that have appeared in several Irishblogs whose writers talk about their social lives. Some findings:
- 77% of adults think that sex before marriage is acceptable.
- 79% would live with a partner before marriage.
- 25% think it's okay to have more than one sexual partner.
- 42% approve of gay couples marrying.
- 81% of all adults under 35 would not have unprotected sex with someone they recently met.
- 21% are very concerned about STD; 23% are not concerned at all.
- 31% of mailes think it's okay to cheat if you are in a bad relationship; 19% of females agree.
- 25% of males and 17% of females would cheat if their partner was unfaithful.
- 15% of men and 7% of women think it's okay to cheat if you can get away with it.
- 10% of men and just 4% of women think it's acceptable to cheat if you were drunk.
Some pull-qoutes from the article give a taste of the survey.
- "Teenage girls are now much more sexually assertive," said single man Stephen Luther.
- "Men have a thing about high heels," said sex shop manager Justin Parr.
- "My threesome was a very exciting experience," said sex columnist Anne Sexton.
Sunday Tribune -- "Sex and the Irish" in the Sunday Tribune i Magazine, April 24, 2005.
The Sunday Tribune/Millward Brown IMS poll was conducted among a sample of 1105 adults representative of the population of 3.2m people aged 15 and over. Interviews were face-to-face in the home at 100 smapling points throughout all constituencies in the Republic of Ireland on Monday, April 11, 2005.
Bonus Link: Girl with a one-track mind -- "Diary of a sex fiend"