Survey Results Part 5- Gender Studies

June 3, 2010    By: Matt W. @ 7:50 pm   Category: Survey Results

Continued from here.

For those of you who are new, click here for the entire series.

Seeing as the more free of commentary on my charts I am, the less crazy the comments on the post are, I am going “commentary lite” on this one.

Scores here are based on a 1-5 Scale with 1 being “Strongly Disagree” and 5 being “Strongly Agree”. Today we will go over all the questions related to gender.

(If you are having trouble seeing the image in this post, click on it to pop it open in its own window)

For me the most interesting way to look at this data was in sets of two questions.

For example, on Heavenly Mother, belief was very strong across the total set:

For Polygamy, we were mostly neutral, but also trending towards being against it:

Questions regarding patriarchy were a little confusing, in that one question was negative and the other positive, but the general consensus tends towards egalitarianism:

Lastly, The Majority of people were in favor the idea that women receive a form of the priesthood via the endowment, but are against the idea that some day women will be ordained to the priesthood as men currently are:

To be continued…


  1. So, we’re all wishy washy about polygamy and we’re not super confident that Heavenly Mother exists but if she does, she’s absolutely equal. Oh and women might get the priesthood, but then again, they might already kinda have it.

    I think the most interesting thing is that the male vs. female averages don’t fit an expected stereotype. If anything they generally contradict the most likely negative stereotypes (although the differences may not be statistically significant). So the real question is, are the men lying to not look bad?

    P.S. bmp is not a good file format for the web :)

    Comment by Rob V. — June 3, 2010 @ 9:49 pm

  2. Hey Matt,

    You images are all overlapping the sidebar in my screen.

    Comment by Geoff J — June 3, 2010 @ 10:25 pm

  3. I think is really interesting stuff. Thank you. I would be really curious to see what the people I sent this too said.

    Re the question on women receiving the P. I wonder whether responses would change if you asked do you think women should receive the P. in the way men currently do.

    Also the ambivalence about polygamy is interesting. I wonder whether the answer would be different if we asked polygamy will be practiced by the majority in the Celestial Kingdom.

    Also I am curious as to why men seem to think men will get the P. but women don’t seem as optimistic?

    Comment by Aaron R. — June 4, 2010 @ 2:36 am

  4. Rob V.-Keep in Mind that 4 is “agree” and 5 is just “Strongly agrees” so there is actually a very high pro heavenly mother sentiment.

    Geoff J- I’ll work on it when I get free from work.

    Aaron R- I’d say men are neutral to the idea, while women are against it. I think an issue is the phrasing, as women may feel they will have the priesthood in a way different than men have it (ordination).

    Comment by Matt W. — June 4, 2010 @ 7:38 am

  5. Ok, finally adjusted the image sizes.

    Comment by Matt W. — June 8, 2010 @ 7:35 pm

  6. It’s a little hard for me to interpret the differences between males’ and females’ responses without knowing the standard deviation. Based on the averages alone, I’d say that there are no differences. Any chance you might run a t test?

    Comment by BrianJ — June 11, 2010 @ 9:21 am