General Social Survey, 1998

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I'm going to read two statements about what works of art should do. Please tell me which statement is closest to your opinion...1. Art works should celebrate what is most beautiful about the world and the human spirit, 2. Art works should freely express the artist's deepest thoughts and emotions, good or bad
  1) Art works should celebrate what is most beautiful about the world and the human spirit
  2) Art works should freely express the artist's deepest thoughts and emotions, good or bad
  8) Don't know
  9) No answer

Category Frequency Percentage Cumulative Percentage Z-Score
Art works should celebrate what is most beautiful about the world and the human spirit 538 37.2% 37.2% -.62
Art works should freely express the artist's deepest thoughts and emotions, good or bad 851 58.9% 96.1% .08
Don't know 23 1.6% 97.7% 4.27
No answer 33 2.3% 100% 4.97

Variable Comparisons


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
Art works should celebrate what is most beautiful about the world and the human spirit 30.4%
199
42.9%
339
37.2%
538
Art works should freely express the artist's deepest thoughts and emotions, good or bad 65.9%
431
53.1%
420
58.9%
851
Don't know 1.1%
7
2.0%
16
1.6%
23
No answer 2.6%
17
2.0%
16
2.3%
33
TOTAL 100.0%
654
100.0%
791

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Race (I-RACE)

White Black Other TOTAL
Art works should celebrate what is most beautiful about the world and the human spirit 35.6%
407
46.0%
91
38.5%
40
37.2%
538
Art works should freely express the artist's deepest thoughts and emotions, good or bad 60.5%
692
48.5%
96
60.6%
63
58.9%
851
Don't know 1.6%
18
2.5%
5
0.0%
0
1.6%
23
No answer 2.3%
26
3.0%
6
1.0%
1
2.3%
33
TOTAL 100.0%
1143
100.0%
198
100.0%
104

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Religious preference (I-RELIG)

Protestant Catholic Jewish None Other TOTAL
Art works should celebrate what is most beautiful about the world and the human spirit 42.9%
336
38.4%
142
0.0%
0
22.2%
44
23.5%
16
37.2%
538
Art works should freely express the artist's deepest thoughts and emotions, good or bad 52.9%
414
59.2%
219
96.2%
25
72.2%
143
73.5%
50
58.9%
851
Don't know 1.8%
14
1.6%
6
0.0%
0
1.5%
3
0.0%
0
1.6%
23
No answer 2.4%
19
0.8%
3
3.8%
1
4.0%
8
2.9%
2
2.3%
33
TOTAL 100.0%
783
100.0%
370
100.0%
26
100.0%
198
100.0%
68

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Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Never married Married Widowed/Divorced/Separated TOTAL
Art works should celebrate what is most beautiful about the world and the human spirit 23.3%
82
41.1%
280
42.7%
176
37.2%
538
Art works should freely express the artist's deepest thoughts and emotions, good or bad 73.3%
258
55.4%
377
52.4%
216
58.9%
851
Don't know 1.4%
5
1.2%
8
2.4%
10
1.6%
23
No answer 2.0%
7
2.3%
16
2.4%
10
2.3%
33
TOTAL 100.0%
352
100.0%
681
100.0%
412

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Age (I-AGE)

18-29 years 30-39 years 40-49 years 50-64 years More than 65 years TOTAL
Art works should celebrate what is most beautiful about the world and the human spirit 22.8%
64
33.9%
116
37.2%
108
42.0%
119
52.6%
130
37.2%
537
Art works should freely express the artist's deepest thoughts and emotions, good or bad 74.4%
209
63.2%
216
57.9%
168
55.1%
156
40.9%
101
58.9%
850
Don't know 1.4%
4
1.2%
4
1.0%
3
1.1%
3
3.6%
9
1.6%
23
No answer 1.4%
4
1.8%
6
3.8%
11
1.8%
5
2.8%
7
2.3%
33
TOTAL 100.0%
281
100.0%
342
100.0%
290
100.0%
283
100.0%
247

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Education (I-EDUCATIO)

Less than high school High school 4 years college More than 4 years college TOTAL
Art works should celebrate what is most beautiful about the world and the human spirit 56.0%
47
42.7%
253
30.9%
186
31.1%
50
37.2%
536
Art works should freely express the artist's deepest thoughts and emotions, good or bad 38.1%
32
53.6%
318
65.4%
393
64.6%
104
58.9%
847
Don't know 2.4%
2
1.7%
10
1.5%
9
1.2%
2
1.6%
23
No answer 3.6%
3
2.0%
12
2.2%
13
3.1%
5
2.3%
33
TOTAL 100.0%
84
100.0%
593
100.0%
601
100.0%
161

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Family income (I-FAMINCOM)

LT $10,000 $10K-24999 $25,000+ Ref/DK TOTAL
Art works should celebrate what is most beautiful about the world and the human spirit 43.9%
72
39.1%
124
34.7%
274
38.9%
68
37.2%
538
Art works should freely express the artist's deepest thoughts and emotions, good or bad 50.6%
83
58.4%
185
61.7%
487
54.9%
96
58.9%
851
Don't know 2.4%
4
1.3%
4
1.4%
11
2.3%
4
1.6%
23
No answer 3.0%
5
1.3%
4
2.2%
17
4.0%
7
2.3%
33
TOTAL 100.0%
164
100.0%
317
100.0%
789
100.0%
175

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Region (I-REGION)

New England North Central MD/S Atlantic South Central Mtn/Pacific TOTAL
Art works should celebrate what is most beautiful about the world and the human spirit 26.4%
19
37.1%
128
39.4%
194
43.6%
113
30.4%
84
37.2%
538
Art works should freely express the artist's deepest thoughts and emotions, good or bad 70.8%
51
57.7%
199
56.8%
280
53.3%
138
66.3%
183
58.9%
851
Don't know 1.4%
1
2.3%
8
1.4%
7
1.5%
4
1.1%
3
1.6%
23
No answer 1.4%
1
2.9%
10
2.4%
12
1.5%
4
2.2%
6
2.3%
33
TOTAL 100.0%
72
100.0%
345
100.0%
493
100.0%
259
100.0%
276

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Political party (I-POLPART)

Democrat Republican Other TOTAL
Art works should celebrate what is most beautiful about the world and the human spirit 36.0%
244
41.9%
207
31.9%
86
37.3%
537
Art works should freely express the artist's deepest thoughts and emotions, good or bad 60.9%
412
53.8%
266
63.3%
171
58.9%
849
Don't know 0.9%
6
2.2%
11
2.2%
6
1.6%
23
No answer 2.2%
15
2.0%
10
2.6%
7
2.2%
32
TOTAL 100.0%
677
100.0%
494
100.0%
270

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