A survey was administered to the second year students of Colégio Anglo to see what their views were on certain social questions. The results are below.
DO YOU BELIEVE IN THE LEGALIZATION OF MARIJUANA AND/OR OTHER ILICIT DRUGS? IF YES, WHY, IF NO WHY NOT.
Yes: Female – 12 Male – 12
No: Female – 4 Male – 5
No opinion: Female – 2 Male – 1
Yes: End traffic and violence; marijuana is not such a “terrible” drug; yes, but with a lot of regulation; it’s a personal decision whether to use drugs; there will be more money (taxes) for treatment; only marijuana, not all drugs; marijuana is useful for medicine; being illegal doesn’t stop people from using them; just for medicinal purposes; having to get involved in traffic means people get exposed to all other more dangerous drugs.
No: it will generate more violence; people become addicted; drugs are not healthy; body not created to receive such artificial substances; it would make drugs accessible to kids; just bad people use drugs.
DO YOU BELIEVE IN CAPITAL PUNISHMENT (DEATH PENALTY) FOR CERTAIN CRIMES? IF YES, WHY, IF NOT, WHY NOT.
Yes: Female – 6 Male – 15
No: Female – 10 Male – 4
No opinion: Female – 1
Yes: Death is the just punishment for killers; some people deserve it, especially in Brazil where people don’t stay long in jail; if there is no doubt about the verdict; it’s cheaper than life in prison; it would make the world a better place; just for heinous crimes; some people can’t be recuperated; make people think before doing something bad; it will decrease criminality; the prisons are full;
No: killing someone is unethical; you free the person of guilt; you should have chance of redemption; doesn’t resolve the problem; it is not ethical; life is a right of the individual; right to a second chance; not a good punishment; not going to fix the problem.
SHOULD WOMEN HAVE A RIGHT TO HAVE AN ABORTION IF THEY DON’T WANT TO CARRY THE CHILD? IF YES, WHY, IF NO, WHY NOT.
Yes: Female – 18 Male -11
No: Female – 0 Male – 7
Yes: it’s her body, her choice; in the case of rape; as long as fetus is less than 12 weeks; can’t afford to raise the kid; as long as fetus is less than 4 weeks; some mothers not prepared to look after baby; only in specific situations; it reduces crime; a woman who doesn’t want a child won’t take care of it.
No: can’t affect the life of another person; why didn’t they use birth control (?); it’s murder, against life; leads to negative population growth.
DO YOU BELIEVE THAT AGE OF CRIMINAL RESPONSIBILITY SHOULD BE LOWERED TO 16 FROM 18? IF YES, WHY, IF NO, WHY NOT.
Yes: Female – 12 Male – 15
No: Female – 6 Male – 3
Yes: 16 year-olds know what they’re doing; only for very grave crimes; if I can vote, I can be responsible for my crimes; teenagers know right from wrong; lots of minors are already contributing to crimes; some teenagers doing worse things than adults; should be lowered to 14.
No: only make the problem worse; make the prisons more crowded; too immature; doesn’t solve the problem; criminals will just recruit younger kids; emotional instability;
DO YOU BELIEVE THAT CITIZENS SHOULD HAVE THE RIGHT TO CARRY GUNS? IF YES, WHY, IF NO, WHY NOT.
Yes: Female – 3 Male – 15
No: Female – 14 Male – 3
No opinion: Female – 2
Yes: guns protect people; guns don’t kill people, people do; right to self-defense; as long as regulated; with psychological tests; now only criminals can get guns, not correct;
No: make situation worse; too many unstable people; number of massacres could increase (like US); guns generate violence; people can’t handle the power of guns; insane idea; gun laws should be stricter; promote fear and insecurity;
SHOULD AFRO-DESCENDANTS AND INDIGENOUS PEOPLE HAVE A RIGHT TO QUOTAS IN PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES AND INSTITUTIONS?
Yes: Female – 15 Male – 2
No: Female – 2 Male – 15
No opinion: Female – 1
Yes: people don’t have same opportunities; help repair past injustices; poor schools make people less able to get into university; historical oppression; racism is a reality; yes but not forever;
No: we are all human; not right to give person advantage because of skin color; should be only for poor people; hurts white people; it’s unfair; everyone should have same rights; racial quotas not nice; doesn’t make people more prepared.
DO YOU BELIEVE THAT GAY MARRIAGE SHOULD BE LEGAL? IF YES, WHY, IF NO, WHY NOT?
Yes: Female – 15 Male -13
No: Female – 0 Male – 2
No opinion: Female – 4 Male – 2
Yes: have to respect all kinds of marriage; everyone has right to be happy; it’s normal; all love is valid; of course! love is love; everybody needs love; gay people are human too; it’s not my business to judge;
No: due to my religious beliefs.
DO YOU BELIEVE THAT WOMEN SHOULD SERVE IN COMBAT UNITS IN THE ARMY? IF YES, WHY, IF NO, WHY NOT.
Yes: Female – 15 Male -15
No: Female – 1 Male – 1
No opinion: Female – 2 Male – 2
Yes: equal rights; only if she wants to; women can do everything a man can; individual liberty; as long as they are prepared to die; yes, but must be prepared; there are many women who like doing that kind of stuff; should be an option for both sexes.
No: no reason given.
SHOULD PEOPLE HAVE THE RIGHT TO EUTHANASIA? IF YES, WHY, IF NO, WHY NOT.
Yes: Female – 14 Male – 15
No: Female – 1 Male – 2
No opinion: Female – 3 Male – 2
Yes: people should be free to do whatever they want with their bodies; a right to kill yourself; prevents suffering; you should decide when you want to die;
No: can lead to terrible things; if you kill yourself, you go to hell.
SHOULD STATES PROVIDE FREE UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE FOR ITS CITIZENS? IF YES, WHY, IF NO, WHY NOT?
Yes: Female – 17 Male – 14
No: Female – 0 Male – 1
No opinion: Female – 1 Male – 3
Yes: otherwise poor people can’t pay for health; basic human right is health; we already pay taxes for it; for society it’s better to have healthy people; state’s obligation; yes, but just the basic; as long as it’s good quality.
No: universal care doesn´t work.
IS IT FAIR TO TAX WEALTHY PEOPLE MORE THAN LESS WEALTHY PEOPLE (PROGRESSIVE TAXATION)? IF YES, WHY, IF NO, WHY NOT.
Yes: Female – 11 Male – 8
No: Female – 3 Male – 5
No opinion: Female – 4 Male – 4
Yes: it won’t make such a difference it you earn more money; should be something balanced; it’s more fair; rich people have more to give; people who receive lee suffer more; government needs the money; as long as the taxers aren’t that high; non-wealthy people can’t work as much as wealthy people;
No: has to be the same tax for everyone; not fair; businessmen will leave the country;
DO YOU BELIEVE IN GOD?
Yes: Female – 13 Male – 12
No: Female – 4 Male – 6