General Social Survey, 1998

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Suppose you were riding in a car driven by a close friend. You know he is going too fast. He hits a pedestrian. He asks you to tell the police that he was obeying the speed limit. What would you do in this situation? 1. Definitely tell the police that your friend was going faster than the speed limit, 2. Probably tell the police that your friend was going faster than the speed limit, 3. Probably tell the police that your friend was not going faster than the speed limit, 4. Definitely tell the police that your friend WAS NOT going faster than the speed limit
  1) Definitely tell the police that your friend was going faster than the speed limit
  2) Probably tell the police that your friend was going faster than the speed limit
  3) Probably tell the police that your friend was not going faster than the speed limit
  4) Definitely tell the police that your friend was not going faster than the speed limit
  8) Don't know
  9) No answer

Category Frequency Percentage Cumulative Percentage Z-Score
Definitely tell the police that your friend was going faster than the speed limit 443 34.5% 34.5% -.78
Probably tell the police that your friend was going faster than the speed limit 415 32.3% 66.8% -.43
Probably tell the police that your friend was not going faster than the speed limit 103 8% 74.8% -.08
Definitely tell the police that your friend was not going faster than the speed limit 17 1.3% 76.2% .27
Don't know 245 19.1% 95.2% 1.67
No answer 61 4.8% 100% 2.02

Variable Comparisons


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
Definitely tell the police that your friend was going faster than the speed limit 29.3%
169
38.8%
274
34.5%
443
Probably tell the police that your friend was going faster than the speed limit 34.5%
199
30.6%
216
32.3%
415
Probably tell the police that your friend was not going faster than the speed limit 10.2%
59
6.2%
44
8.0%
103
Definitely tell the police that your friend was not going faster than the speed limit 1.9%
11
0.8%
6
1.3%
17
Don't know 18.7%
108
19.4%
137
19.1%
245
No answer 5.4%
31
4.2%
30
4.8%
61
TOTAL 100.0%
577
100.0%
707

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Race (I-RACE)

White Black Other TOTAL
Definitely tell the police that your friend was going faster than the speed limit 33.7%
347
43.2%
70
28.0%
26
34.5%
443
Probably tell the police that your friend was going faster than the speed limit 34.8%
358
17.9%
29
30.1%
28
32.3%
415
Probably tell the police that your friend was not going faster than the speed limit 8.3%
85
6.8%
11
7.5%
7
8.0%
103
Definitely tell the police that your friend was not going faster than the speed limit 1.3%
13
0.6%
1
3.2%
3
1.3%
17
Don't know 17.4%
179
24.7%
40
28.0%
26
19.1%
245
No answer 4.6%
47
6.8%
11
3.2%
3
4.8%
61
TOTAL 100.0%
1029
100.0%
162
100.0%
93

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Religious preference (I-RELIG)

Protestant Catholic Jewish None Other TOTAL
Definitely tell the police that your friend was going faster than the speed limit 40.2%
282
28.9%
93
19.0%
4
24.4%
43
33.3%
21
34.5%
443
Probably tell the police that your friend was going faster than the speed limit 31.9%
224
34.2%
110
23.8%
5
32.4%
57
30.2%
19
32.3%
415
Probably tell the police that your friend was not going faster than the speed limit 6.6%
46
9.3%
30
9.5%
2
11.9%
21
6.3%
4
8.0%
103
Definitely tell the police that your friend was not going faster than the speed limit 0.7%
5
1.9%
6
0.0%
0
2.3%
4
3.2%
2
1.3%
17
Don't know 15.5%
109
20.5%
66
42.9%
9
26.1%
46
23.8%
15
19.1%
245
No answer 5.1%
36
5.3%
17
4.8%
1
2.8%
5
3.2%
2
4.8%
61
TOTAL 100.0%
702
100.0%
322
100.0%
21
100.0%
176
100.0%
63

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Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Never married Married Widowed/Divorced/Separated TOTAL
Definitely tell the police that your friend was going faster than the speed limit 25.2%
80
42.0%
256
30.0%
107
34.5%
443
Probably tell the police that your friend was going faster than the speed limit 35.6%
113
29.8%
182
33.6%
120
32.3%
415
Probably tell the police that your friend was not going faster than the speed limit 14.5%
46
5.7%
35
6.2%
22
8.0%
103
Definitely tell the police that your friend was not going faster than the speed limit 1.6%
5
1.3%
8
1.1%
4
1.3%
17
Don't know 19.9%
63
15.9%
97
23.8%
85
19.1%
245
No answer 3.2%
10
5.2%
32
5.3%
19
4.8%
61
TOTAL 100.0%
317
100.0%
610
100.0%
357

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Age (I-AGE)

18-29 years 30-39 years 40-49 years 50-64 years More than 65 years TOTAL
Definitely tell the police that your friend was going faster than the speed limit 24.4%
64
38.5%
119
41.8%
109
38.9%
93
27.2%
58
34.5%
443
Probably tell the police that your friend was going faster than the speed limit 32.4%
85
31.1%
96
31.0%
81
30.1%
72
38.0%
81
32.3%
415
Probably tell the police that your friend was not going faster than the speed limit 14.5%
38
8.1%
25
6.1%
16
7.1%
17
3.3%
7
8.0%
103
Definitely tell the police that your friend was not going faster than the speed limit 3.1%
8
1.0%
3
0.8%
2
0.8%
2
0.9%
2
1.3%
17
Don't know 20.6%
54
16.2%
50
17.6%
46
19.2%
46
23.0%
49
19.1%
245
No answer 5.0%
13
5.2%
16
2.7%
7
3.8%
9
7.5%
16
4.8%
61
TOTAL 100.0%
262
100.0%
309
100.0%
261
100.0%
239
100.0%
213

1284


Education (I-EDUCATIO)

Less than high school High school 4 years college More than 4 years college TOTAL
Definitely tell the police that your friend was going faster than the speed limit 39.7%
29
35.5%
188
32.1%
170
37.2%
54
34.5%
441
Probably tell the police that your friend was going faster than the speed limit 21.9%
16
27.5%
146
37.0%
196
37.9%
55
32.3%
413
Probably tell the police that your friend was not going faster than the speed limit 6.8%
5
7.7%
41
9.1%
48
6.2%
9
8.1%
103
Definitely tell the police that your friend was not going faster than the speed limit 2.7%
2
1.3%
7
1.5%
8
0.0%
0
1.3%
17
Don't know 19.2%
14
22.8%
121
16.6%
88
14.5%
21
19.1%
244
No answer 9.6%
7
5.1%
27
3.8%
20
4.1%
6
4.7%
60
TOTAL 100.0%
73
100.0%
530
100.0%
530
100.0%
145

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Family income (I-FAMINCOM)

LT $10,000 $10K-24999 $25,000+ Ref/DK TOTAL
Definitely tell the police that your friend was going faster than the speed limit 34.9%
52
30.7%
87
36.6%
263
30.6%
41
34.5%
443
Probably tell the police that your friend was going faster than the speed limit 25.5%
38
33.6%
95
34.3%
246
26.9%
36
32.3%
415
Probably tell the police that your friend was not going faster than the speed limit 8.1%
12
9.5%
27
7.9%
57
5.2%
7
8.0%
103
Definitely tell the police that your friend was not going faster than the speed limit 3.4%
5
0.4%
1
1.0%
7
3.0%
4
1.3%
17
Don't know 22.8%
34
22.3%
63
15.3%
110
28.4%
38
19.1%
245
No answer 5.4%
8
3.5%
10
4.9%
35
6.0%
8
4.8%
61
TOTAL 100.0%
149
100.0%
283
100.0%
718
100.0%
134

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Region (I-REGION)

New England North Central MD/S Atlantic South Central Mtn/Pacific TOTAL
Definitely tell the police that your friend was going faster than the speed limit 35.0%
21
35.4%
109
32.7%
146
37.7%
86
33.6%
81
34.5%
443
Probably tell the police that your friend was going faster than the speed limit 26.7%
16
29.5%
91
32.2%
144
32.9%
75
36.9%
89
32.3%
415
Probably tell the police that your friend was not going faster than the speed limit 11.7%
7
6.5%
20
7.4%
33
9.6%
22
8.7%
21
8.0%
103
Definitely tell the police that your friend was not going faster than the speed limit 1.7%
1
1.6%
5
0.9%
4
2.2%
5
0.8%
2
1.3%
17
Don't know 20.0%
12
21.1%
65
21.5%
96
13.2%
30
17.4%
42
19.1%
245
No answer 5.0%
3
5.8%
18
5.4%
24
4.4%
10
2.5%
6
4.8%
61
TOTAL 100.0%
60
100.0%
308
100.0%
447
100.0%
228
100.0%
241

1284


Political party (I-POLPART)

Democrat Republican Other TOTAL
Definitely tell the police that your friend was going faster than the speed limit 32.7%
195
36.5%
163
35.1%
84
34.5%
442
Probably tell the police that your friend was going faster than the speed limit 31.4%
187
36.1%
161
27.6%
66
32.3%
414
Probably tell the police that your friend was not going faster than the speed limit 9.2%
55
6.7%
30
7.5%
18
8.0%
103
Definitely tell the police that your friend was not going faster than the speed limit 1.2%
7
0.7%
3
2.5%
6
1.2%
16
Don't know 21.6%
129
15.0%
67
20.5%
49
19.1%
245
No answer 3.9%
23
4.9%
22
6.7%
16
4.8%
61
TOTAL 100.0%
596
100.0%
446
100.0%
239

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