Ideology, Faith, and Family Planning in Latin America: Studies in Public and Private Opinion on Fertility Control

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CHAPTER 10
University Students

Prepared by Barent F. Landstreet Jr., and Axel I. Mundigo.*

Among the many factors which shape public opinion on population issues, religiosity and political ideology must certainly be considered of special importance.1 Our objective is to trace the way in which religiosity and political ideology influence the perception of population issues among two samples of university students in Colombia and Honduras. While the two surveys reported here were separate in time and place, they were sufficiently alike in terms of objectives, general design, and populations studied to be compared with some degree of confidence.

Colombia and Honduras are both experiencing high rates of population growth (3.2 and 3.4 percent annually), which place them among the fastest growing nations in the world. Both countries are also experiencing high birth rates, estimated by the United Nations at 41 to 44 births per thousand for Colombia and 47 to 50 for

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Barent Landstreet is responsible for the Colombian study; Axel Mundigo for the Honduran. The Colombian research was made possible by the combined support of Cornell University's Latin American and International Population Programs. The Honduran research was funded partly by Cornell University's International Population Program and partly by a Public Health Fellowship (5 FO3 HD 36949-02) from the National Institute of Child and Human Development.

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