General Social Survey, 1991

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Which of these statements comes closest to your feelings about pornography laws? 1) There should be laws against the distribution of pornography whatever the age; 2) There should be laws against the distribution of pornography to persons under 18; or 3) There should be no laws forbidding the distribution of pornography.
  1) There should be laws against the distribution of pornography whatever the age.
  2) There should be laws against the distribution of pornography to persons under 18.
  3) There should be no laws forbidding the distribution of pornography.
  8) Don't know
  9) No answer

Category Frequency Percentage Cumulative Percentage Z-Score
There should be laws against the distribution of pornography whatever the age. 401 39.4% 39.4% -.74
There should be laws against the distribution of pornography to persons under 18. 558 54.9% 94.3% .24
There should be no laws forbidding the distribution of pornography. 40 3.9% 98.2% 1.22
Don't know 15 1.5% 99.7% 6.09
No answer 3 .3% 100% 7.07

Variable Comparisons


Age (I-AGE)

18-29 30-44 45-59 60-74 75 and older TOTAL
There should be laws against the distribution of pornography whatever the age. 28.3%
56
30.8%
116
44.5%
85
53.1%
94
68.5%
50
39.5%
401
There should be laws against the distribution of pornography to persons under 18. 67.7%
134
64.2%
242
49.7%
95
37.9%
67
26.0%
19
54.8%
557
There should be no laws forbidding the distribution of pornography. 2.5%
5
4.0%
15
5.2%
10
5.1%
9
1.4%
1
3.9%
40
Don't know 1.5%
3
1.1%
4
0.0%
0
2.8%
5
4.1%
3
1.5%
15
No answer 0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.5%
1
1.1%
2
0.0%
0
0.3%
3
TOTAL 100.0%
198
100.0%
377
100.0%
191
100.0%
177
100.0%
73

1016


Worship attendance (I-ATTEND)

Less than once a year About once or twice a year Several times a year About once a month Nearly every week Once a week or more TOTAL
There should be laws against the distribution of pornography whatever the age. 25.5%
54
22.8%
28
28.0%
35
42.0%
76
42.6%
23
59.7%
182
39.8%
398
There should be laws against the distribution of pornography to persons under 18. 64.2%
136
74.0%
91
64.0%
80
56.4%
102
51.9%
28
36.1%
110
54.7%
547
There should be no laws forbidding the distribution of pornography. 6.6%
14
2.4%
3
5.6%
7
1.1%
2
1.9%
1
3.9%
12
3.9%
39
Don't know 3.3%
7
0.8%
1
1.6%
2
0.6%
1
3.7%
2
0.3%
1
1.4%
14
No answer 0.5%
1
0.0%
0
0.8%
1
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.2%
2
TOTAL 100.0%
212
100.0%
123
100.0%
125
100.0%
181
100.0%
54
100.0%
305

1000


Education (I-EDUC)

Less than high school High school Junior College Bachelor's degree Graduate degree TOTAL
There should be laws against the distribution of pornography whatever the age. 46.3%
95
39.9%
218
40.8%
20
34.4%
55
21.6%
11
39.4%
399
There should be laws against the distribution of pornography to persons under 18. 45.4%
93
55.4%
303
53.1%
26
61.9%
99
70.6%
36
55.0%
557
There should be no laws forbidding the distribution of pornography. 6.3%
13
3.3%
18
6.1%
3
2.5%
4
3.9%
2
4.0%
40
Don't know 1.5%
3
1.3%
7
0.0%
0
1.3%
2
3.9%
2
1.4%
14
No answer 0.5%
1
0.2%
1
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.2%
2
TOTAL 100.0%
205
100.0%
547
100.0%
49
100.0%
160
100.0%
51

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Gender (I-GENDER)

Male Female TOTAL
There should be laws against the distribution of pornography whatever the age. 26.3%
110
48.7%
291
39.4%
401
There should be laws against the distribution of pornography to persons under 18. 65.6%
275
47.3%
283
54.9%
558
There should be no laws forbidding the distribution of pornography. 5.7%
24
2.7%
16
3.9%
40
Don't know 1.7%
7
1.3%
8
1.5%
15
No answer 0.7%
3
0.0%
0
0.3%
3
TOTAL 100.0%
419
100.0%
598

1017


Religion (I-RELIGION)

Protestant Catholic Jewish None Other TOTAL
There should be laws against the distribution of pornography whatever the age. 43.2%
279
38.1%
99
4.5%
1
18.5%
12
39.1%
9
39.4%
400
There should be laws against the distribution of pornography to persons under 18. 52.0%
336
57.3%
149
81.8%
18
66.2%
43
52.2%
12
54.9%
558
There should be no laws forbidding the distribution of pornography. 3.1%
20
3.5%
9
9.1%
2
10.8%
7
8.7%
2
3.9%
40
Don't know 1.4%
9
0.8%
2
4.5%
1
4.6%
3
0.0%
0
1.5%
15
No answer 0.3%
2
0.4%
1
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.3%
3
TOTAL 100.0%
646
100.0%
260
100.0%
22
100.0%
65
100.0%
23

1016


Political ideology (I-POLITICS)

Liberal and extremely liberal Slightly liberal Moderate, middle or the road Slightly conservative Conservative Extremely conservative TOTAL
There should be laws against the distribution of pornography whatever the age. 23.7%
28
24.1%
35
44.4%
174
36.8%
57
51.4%
75
55.2%
32
39.5%
401
There should be laws against the distribution of pornography to persons under 18. 66.9%
79
70.3%
102
49.7%
195
59.4%
92
46.6%
68
34.5%
20
54.8%
556
There should be no laws forbidding the distribution of pornography. 7.6%
9
3.4%
5
3.8%
15
2.6%
4
1.4%
2
8.6%
5
3.9%
40
Don't know 1.7%
2
2.1%
3
1.8%
7
0.6%
1
0.7%
1
1.7%
1
1.5%
15
No answer 0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.3%
1
0.6%
1
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.2%
2
TOTAL 100.0%
118
100.0%
145
100.0%
392
100.0%
155
100.0%
146
100.0%
58

1014


Race (I-RACE)

White Black Other TOTAL
There should be laws against the distribution of pornography whatever the age. 41.2%
346
27.4%
40
46.9%
15
39.4%
401
There should be laws against the distribution of pornography to persons under 18. 53.8%
451
64.4%
94
40.6%
13
54.9%
558
There should be no laws forbidding the distribution of pornography. 3.5%
29
4.8%
7
12.5%
4
3.9%
40
Don't know 1.3%
11
2.7%
4
0.0%
0
1.5%
15
No answer 0.2%
2
0.7%
1
0.0%
0
0.3%
3
TOTAL 100.0%
839
100.0%
146
100.0%
32

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