Explaining Citizens’ Attitudes Toward Pornography: Differential Effects of Predictors Across Levels of Geographic Proximity to Outlet Sources

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Although recent court decisions have emphasized the importance of local community standards in defining and regulating pornography, virtually none of the empirical studies have examined the effects of predictors when the geographic location of the outlet source is varied. Data collected from a random sample of residents in one county were used to compare the effects of explanatory factors on citizens’ attitudes toward various forms of pornography at different geographic distances. Findings demonstrated that some variables have consistent effects on attitudes toward pornography; others exert a stronger influence when citizens are considering outlet sources in their own neighborhood versus other locations, and vice versa.