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What’s Wrong In Iowa?

How Iowans Rank Sinfulness

Major Sin

Minor Sin

Not Sin

1. Coveting neighbor’s spouse

83%

8%

2%

2. Extramarital sex

83%

11%

3%

3. Homosexual acts

70%

14%

11%

4. Lying

61%

31%

6%

5. Smoking marijuana

54%

24%

20%

6. Premarital sex

47%

33%

17%

7. Going to X-rated movie

33%

41%

23%

8. Swearing

23%

57%

19%

9. Drinking hard liquor

23%

32%

43%

10. Skipping church on Sunday

21%

44%

33%

11. Looking at ‘Playboy’ magazine

16%

43%

38%

12. Betting on a horse race

8%

28%

62%

13. Buying a lottery ticket

7%

29%

62%

14. Shopping on Sunday

3%

33%

63%

Christianity Today, November 23, 1984, p. 46.

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