General Social Survey 2008 Cross-Section and Panel Combined

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Which of these statements comes closest to your feelings about pornography laws?
  0) Inapplicable
  1) These should be laws against the distribution of pornography, whatever the age.
  2) There should be laws against the distribution of pornography to persons under eighteen.
  3) There should be no laws forbidding the distribution of pornography.
  8) Don't know

Category Frequency Percentage Cumulative Percentage Z-Score
Inapplicable 1169 32.8% 32.8% -1.19
These should be laws against the distribution of pornography, whatever the age. 837 23.5% 56.4% -.15
There should be laws against the distribution of pornography to persons under eighteen. 1469 41.3% 97.6% .89
There should be no laws forbidding the distribution of pornography. 75 2.1% 99.7% 1.93
Don't know 9 .3% 100% 7.11

Variable Comparisons


Age (I-AGE)

18-29 years old 30-44 years old 45-59 years old 60-74 years old 75 years and older TOTAL
Inapplicable 33.2%
191
32.3%
315
32.2%
325
35.3%
234
31.1%
95
32.9%
1160
These should be laws against the distribution of pornography, whatever the age. 13.7%
79
18.0%
175
23.6%
238
31.8%
211
41.3%
126
23.5%
829
There should be laws against the distribution of pornography to persons under eighteen. 50.3%
290
48.2%
469
41.2%
416
30.8%
204
24.6%
75
41.2%
1454
There should be no laws forbidding the distribution of pornography. 2.4%
14
1.3%
13
2.8%
28
1.8%
12
2.6%
8
2.1%
75
Don't know 0.3%
2
0.2%
2
0.2%
2
0.3%
2
0.3%
1
0.3%
9
TOTAL 100.0%
576
100.0%
974
100.0%
1009
100.0%
663
100.0%
305

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Worship attendance (I-ATTEND)

Never Several times a year or less 1-3 times a month Every week or nearly every week More than once a week TOTAL
Inapplicable 32.1%
237
30.7%
342
32.3%
175
35.3%
302
36.0%
107
32.8%
1163
These should be laws against the distribution of pornography, whatever the age. 14.7%
109
18.6%
207
19.7%
107
33.3%
285
42.1%
125
23.5%
833
There should be laws against the distribution of pornography to persons under eighteen. 49.7%
367
48.7%
543
46.7%
253
28.4%
243
20.5%
61
41.4%
1467
There should be no laws forbidding the distribution of pornography. 3.2%
24
2.0%
22
0.7%
4
2.5%
21
1.3%
4
2.1%
75
Don't know 0.3%
2
0.0%
0
0.6%
3
0.5%
4
0.0%
0
0.3%
9
TOTAL 100.0%
739
100.0%
1114
100.0%
542
100.0%
855
100.0%
297

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Education (I-EDUC)

Left high school High school Junior college Bachelor Graduate TOTAL
Inapplicable 29.5%
142
34.8%
611
30.7%
93
30.6%
200
33.8%
122
32.8%
1168
These should be laws against the distribution of pornography, whatever the age. 28.6%
138
23.3%
410
29.4%
89
19.4%
127
20.2%
73
23.5%
837
There should be laws against the distribution of pornography to persons under eighteen. 36.9%
178
40.1%
704
37.6%
114
48.5%
317
42.9%
155
41.3%
1468
There should be no laws forbidding the distribution of pornography. 4.4%
21
1.6%
28
2.3%
7
1.4%
9
2.8%
10
2.1%
75
Don't know 0.6%
3
0.2%
4
0.0%
0
0.2%
1
0.3%
1
0.3%
9
TOTAL 100.0%
482
100.0%
1757
100.0%
303
100.0%
654
100.0%
361

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Gender (I-GENDER)

Male Female TOTAL
Inapplicable 33.9%
532
32.0%
637
32.8%
1169
These should be laws against the distribution of pornography, whatever the age. 15.0%
236
30.2%
601
23.5%
837
There should be laws against the distribution of pornography to persons under eighteen. 47.7%
749
36.2%
720
41.3%
1469
There should be no laws forbidding the distribution of pornography. 3.0%
47
1.4%
28
2.1%
75
Don't know 0.3%
5
0.2%
4
0.3%
9
TOTAL 100.0%
1569
100.0%
1990

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Race (I-RACE)

White Black Other TOTAL
Inapplicable 32.8%
907
32.6%
160
33.9%
102
32.8%
1169
These should be laws against the distribution of pornography, whatever the age. 24.4%
674
19.1%
94
22.9%
69
23.5%
837
There should be laws against the distribution of pornography to persons under eighteen. 40.9%
1132
44.4%
218
39.5%
119
41.3%
1469
There should be no laws forbidding the distribution of pornography. 1.8%
50
3.5%
17
2.7%
8
2.1%
75
Don't know 0.1%
4
0.4%
2
1.0%
3
0.3%
9
TOTAL 100.0%
2767
100.0%
491
100.0%
301

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Region (I-REGION)

Northeast Midwest South West TOTAL
Inapplicable 31.7%
193
31.6%
248
34.2%
450
32.8%
278
32.9%
1169
These should be laws against the distribution of pornography, whatever the age. 19.7%
120
22.4%
176
27.6%
364
20.9%
177
23.5%
837
There should be laws against the distribution of pornography to persons under eighteen. 45.2%
275
43.5%
342
36.4%
479
43.9%
372
41.3%
1468
There should be no laws forbidding the distribution of pornography. 2.5%
15
2.5%
20
1.7%
22
2.1%
18
2.1%
75
Don't know 0.8%
5
0.0%
0
0.2%
2
0.2%
2
0.3%
9
TOTAL 100.0%
608
100.0%
786
100.0%
1317
100.0%
847

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Religion (I-RELIGION)

Protestant Catholic Jewish None Other (specify) TOTAL
Inapplicable 33.3%
606
31.2%
262
33.9%
21
33.0%
192
35.0%
85
32.9%
1166
These should be laws against the distribution of pornography, whatever the age. 30.1%
548
21.5%
181
12.9%
8
9.6%
56
16.9%
41
23.5%
834
There should be laws against the distribution of pornography to persons under eighteen. 34.6%
630
44.7%
376
51.6%
32
54.5%
317
45.3%
110
41.3%
1465
There should be no laws forbidding the distribution of pornography. 1.8%
32
2.1%
18
0.0%
0
2.9%
17
2.9%
7
2.1%
74
Don't know 0.2%
4
0.5%
4
1.6%
1
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.3%
9
TOTAL 100.0%
1820
100.0%
841
100.0%
62
100.0%
582
100.0%
243

3548


Political ideology (I-POLITICS)

Liberal Moderate Conservative TOTAL
Inapplicable 33.8%
325
31.8%
418
33.5%
385
32.9%
1128
These should be laws against the distribution of pornography, whatever the age. 14.2%
136
21.7%
285
32.2%
370
23.1%
791
There should be laws against the distribution of pornography to persons under eighteen. 49.6%
477
44.7%
588
31.9%
367
41.8%
1432
There should be no laws forbidding the distribution of pornography. 2.2%
21
1.7%
23
2.3%
26
2.0%
70
Don't know 0.2%
2
0.1%
1
0.2%
2
0.1%
5
TOTAL 100.0%
961
100.0%
1315
100.0%
1150

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