General Social Survey, 1978

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Suppose there is a community-wide vote on the general housing issue. There are two possible laws to vote on. Which law would you vote for?
  1) One law which says that a homeowner can decide for himself whom to sell his house to, even if he prefers not to sell to (Negro/Blacks/African-Americans).
  2) The second law which says that a homeowner cannot refuse to sell to someone because of their race or color.
  3) Neither
  8) Don't know
  9) No answer

Category Frequency Percentage Cumulative Percentage Z-Score
One law which says that a homeowner can decide for himself whom to sell his house to, even if he prefers not to sell to (Negro/Blacks/African-Americans). 863 56.3% 56.3% -.53
The second law which says that a homeowner cannot refuse to sell to someone because of their race or color. 617 40.3% 96.6% .38
Neither 19 1.2% 97.8% 1.3
Don't know 30 2% 99.8% 5.86
No answer 3 .2% 100% 6.77

Variable Comparisons


Age (I-AGE)

18-30 31-44 45-59 60-74 75+ TOTAL
One law which says that a homeowner can decide for himself whom to sell his house to, even if he prefers not to sell to (Negro/Blacks/African-Americans). 41.7%
186
52.9%
226
68.4%
214
67.2%
162
70.4%
69
56.2%
857
The second law which says that a homeowner cannot refuse to sell to someone because of their race or color. 55.6%
248
44.3%
189
28.8%
90
28.6%
69
20.4%
20
40.4%
616
Neither 1.1%
5
1.4%
6
1.6%
5
0.8%
2
1.0%
1
1.2%
19
Don't know 1.3%
6
1.2%
5
1.0%
3
3.3%
8
8.2%
8
2.0%
30
No answer 0.2%
1
0.2%
1
0.3%
1
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.2%
3
TOTAL 100.0%
446
100.0%
427
100.0%
313
100.0%
241
100.0%
98

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Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
One law which says that a homeowner can decide for himself whom to sell his house to, even if he prefers not to sell to (Negro/Blacks/African-Americans). 57.4%
369
55.6%
494
56.3%
863
The second law which says that a homeowner cannot refuse to sell to someone because of their race or color. 39.2%
252
41.1%
365
40.3%
617
Neither 1.4%
9
1.1%
10
1.2%
19
Don't know 1.9%
12
2.0%
18
2.0%
30
No answer 0.2%
1
0.2%
2
0.2%
3
TOTAL 100.0%
643
100.0%
889

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Education (I-EDUC)

Less than high school High school Associate/Junior college Bachelor's Graduate TOTAL
One law which says that a homeowner can decide for himself whom to sell his house to, even if he prefers not to sell to (Negro/Blacks/African-Americans). 62.6%
294
54.6%
439
50.0%
21
53.0%
80
45.2%
28
56.4%
862
The second law which says that a homeowner cannot refuse to sell to someone because of their race or color. 33.0%
155
42.4%
341
45.2%
19
45.0%
68
53.2%
33
40.3%
616
Neither 1.1%
5
1.4%
11
0.0%
0
1.3%
2
1.6%
1
1.2%
19
Don't know 3.4%
16
1.5%
12
4.8%
2
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
2.0%
30
No answer 0.0%
0
0.1%
1
0.0%
0
0.7%
1
0.0%
0
0.1%
2
TOTAL 100.0%
470
100.0%
804
100.0%
42
100.0%
151
100.0%
62

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Race (I-RACE)

White Black Other TOTAL
One law which says that a homeowner can decide for himself whom to sell his house to, even if he prefers not to sell to (Negro/Blacks/African-Americans). 60.2%
817
25.9%
41
31.3%
5
56.3%
863
The second law which says that a homeowner cannot refuse to sell to someone because of their race or color. 36.5%
495
70.9%
112
62.5%
10
40.3%
617
Neither 1.3%
18
0.6%
1
0.0%
0
1.2%
19
Don't know 1.8%
25
2.5%
4
6.3%
1
2.0%
30
No answer 0.2%
3
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.2%
3
TOTAL 100.0%
1358
100.0%
158
100.0%
16

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Religion (I-RELIGION)

Protestant Catholic Jewish None Other TOTAL
One law which says that a homeowner can decide for himself whom to sell his house to, even if he prefers not to sell to (Negro/Blacks/African-Americans). 59.2%
580
54.7%
210
34.5%
10
41.2%
49
64.7%
11
56.3%
860
The second law which says that a homeowner cannot refuse to sell to someone because of their race or color. 37.7%
369
42.4%
163
58.6%
17
53.8%
64
23.5%
4
40.4%
617
Neither 0.8%
8
1.3%
5
6.9%
2
2.5%
3
5.9%
1
1.2%
19
Don't know 2.0%
20
1.6%
6
0.0%
0
2.5%
3
5.9%
1
2.0%
30
No answer 0.2%
2
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.1%
2
TOTAL 100.0%
979
100.0%
384
100.0%
29
100.0%
119
100.0%
17

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Political party (I-PARTYID)

Democrat Independent Republican Other TOTAL
One law which says that a homeowner can decide for himself whom to sell his house to, even if he prefers not to sell to (Negro/Blacks/African-Americans). 54.2%
328
52.1%
289
65.5%
234
90.0%
9
56.3%
860
The second law which says that a homeowner cannot refuse to sell to someone because of their race or color. 43.1%
261
43.6%
242
31.4%
112
10.0%
1
40.3%
616
Neither 1.3%
8
1.6%
9
0.6%
2
0.0%
0
1.2%
19
Don't know 1.3%
8
2.5%
14
2.2%
8
0.0%
0
2.0%
30
No answer 0.0%
0
0.2%
1
0.3%
1
0.0%
0
0.1%
2
TOTAL 100.0%
605
100.0%
555
100.0%
357
100.0%
10

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Region (I-REGION)

Northeast Midwest South West TOTAL
One law which says that a homeowner can decide for himself whom to sell his house to, even if he prefers not to sell to (Negro/Blacks/African-Americans). 50.1%
168
56.9%
252
63.1%
317
50.0%
126
56.3%
863
The second law which says that a homeowner cannot refuse to sell to someone because of their race or color. 46.9%
157
39.3%
174
32.9%
165
48.0%
121
40.3%
617
Neither 2.1%
7
0.7%
3
1.4%
7
0.8%
2
1.2%
19
Don't know 0.9%
3
3.2%
14
2.0%
10
1.2%
3
2.0%
30
No answer 0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.6%
3
0.0%
0
0.2%
3
TOTAL 100.0%
335
100.0%
443
100.0%
502
100.0%
252

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Worship attendance (I-ATTEND)

Never Less than once a month Less than once a week Weekly or more TOTAL
One law which says that a homeowner can decide for himself whom to sell his house to, even if he prefers not to sell to (Negro/Blacks/African-Americans). 55.6%
133
54.0%
276
54.6%
194
61.4%
259
56.5%
862
The second law which says that a homeowner cannot refuse to sell to someone because of their race or color. 42.7%
102
42.7%
218
40.3%
143
35.8%
151
40.2%
614
Neither 1.3%
3
1.6%
8
1.7%
6
0.5%
2
1.2%
19
Don't know 0.4%
1
1.6%
8
3.1%
11
2.4%
10
2.0%
30
No answer 0.0%
0
0.2%
1
0.3%
1
0.0%
0
0.1%
2
TOTAL 100.0%
239
100.0%
511
100.0%
355
100.0%
422

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