General Social Survey, 2000

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Which of the three statements on this card comes closest to your feelings about balancing freedom of the press and the right to privacy? Statement 1: There should be complete freedom of the press, even if the press sometimes invades the privacy of public figures; Statement 2: The press should develop a code of ethics to keep it from invading the privacy of public figures; Statement 3: The government should keep the press from printing stories that invade the privacy of public figures
  1) There should be complete freedom of the press, even if the press sometimes invades the privacy of public figures
  2) The press should develop a code of ethics to keep it from invading the privacy of public figures
  3) The government should keep the press from printing stories that invade the privacy of public figures
  8) Don't know
  9) No answer

Category Frequency Percentage Cumulative Percentage Z-Score
There should be complete freedom of the press, even if the press sometimes invades the privacy of public figures 292 20.6% 20.6% -.88
The press should develop a code of ethics to keep it from invading the privacy of public figures 879 61.9% 82.5% -.12
The government should keep the press from printing stories that invade the privacy of public figures 200 14.1% 96.6% .65
Don't know 31 2.2% 98.8% 4.49
No answer 17 1.2% 100% 5.26

Variable Comparisons


Age (I-AGE)

18-30 31-44 45-64 65+ TOTAL
There should be complete freedom of the press, even if the press sometimes invades the privacy of public figures 18.0%
51
18.1%
80
24.3%
106
21.6%
55
20.6%
292
The press should develop a code of ethics to keep it from invading the privacy of public figures 64.8%
184
62.2%
275
63.1%
275
56.5%
144
62.0%
878
The government should keep the press from printing stories that invade the privacy of public figures 14.8%
42
17.0%
75
10.1%
44
15.3%
39
14.1%
200
Don't know 1.8%
5
1.8%
8
2.1%
9
3.5%
9
2.2%
31
No answer 0.7%
2
0.9%
4
0.5%
2
3.1%
8
1.1%
16
TOTAL 100.0%
284
100.0%
442
100.0%
436
100.0%
255

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Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
There should be complete freedom of the press, even if the press sometimes invades the privacy of public figures 22.3%
139
19.2%
153
20.6%
292
The press should develop a code of ethics to keep it from invading the privacy of public figures 63.0%
392
61.1%
487
61.9%
879
The government should keep the press from printing stories that invade the privacy of public figures 11.9%
74
15.8%
126
14.1%
200
Don't know 1.9%
12
2.4%
19
2.2%
31
No answer 0.8%
5
1.5%
12
1.2%
17
TOTAL 100.0%
622
100.0%
797

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Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Married Widowed Divorced Separated Never married TOTAL
There should be complete freedom of the press, even if the press sometimes invades the privacy of public figures 20.4%
129
17.1%
24
22.6%
52
14.0%
8
21.9%
79
20.6%
292
The press should develop a code of ethics to keep it from invading the privacy of public figures 65.6%
414
55.0%
77
60.9%
140
52.6%
30
60.4%
218
61.9%
879
The government should keep the press from printing stories that invade the privacy of public figures 11.3%
71
20.0%
28
13.5%
31
29.8%
17
14.7%
53
14.1%
200
Don't know 1.7%
11
5.0%
7
1.7%
4
3.5%
2
1.9%
7
2.2%
31
No answer 1.0%
6
2.9%
4
1.3%
3
0.0%
0
1.1%
4
1.2%
17
TOTAL 100.0%
631
100.0%
140
100.0%
230
100.0%
57
100.0%
361

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Race (I-RACE)

White Black Other TOTAL
There should be complete freedom of the press, even if the press sometimes invades the privacy of public figures 20.7%
232
21.4%
48
16.2%
12
20.6%
292
The press should develop a code of ethics to keep it from invading the privacy of public figures 64.8%
726
47.8%
107
62.2%
46
61.9%
879
The government should keep the press from printing stories that invade the privacy of public figures 11.8%
132
24.1%
54
18.9%
14
14.1%
200
Don't know 1.5%
17
5.8%
13
1.4%
1
2.2%
31
No answer 1.2%
14
0.9%
2
1.4%
1
1.2%
17
TOTAL 100.0%
1121
100.0%
224
100.0%
74

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Household income (I-INCOME)

Less than $10K $10K - 19,999 $20K - 24,999 $25K+ TOTAL
There should be complete freedom of the press, even if the press sometimes invades the privacy of public figures 15.8%
22
20.6%
45
22.8%
23
20.2%
156
20.0%
246
The press should develop a code of ethics to keep it from invading the privacy of public figures 52.5%
73
55.0%
120
59.4%
60
68.0%
525
63.3%
778
The government should keep the press from printing stories that invade the privacy of public figures 21.6%
30
22.9%
50
14.9%
15
10.2%
79
14.1%
174
Don't know 7.9%
11
0.5%
1
2.0%
2
0.8%
6
1.6%
20
No answer 2.2%
3
0.9%
2
1.0%
1
0.8%
6
1.0%
12
TOTAL 100.0%
139
100.0%
218
100.0%
101
100.0%
772

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Political ideology (I-POLITICS)

Liberal Moderate, middle of the road Conservative TOTAL
There should be complete freedom of the press, even if the press sometimes invades the privacy of public figures 23.0%
77
21.5%
115
19.1%
89
21.0%
281
The press should develop a code of ethics to keep it from invading the privacy of public figures 61.2%
205
61.2%
327
64.6%
301
62.4%
833
The government should keep the press from printing stories that invade the privacy of public figures 13.7%
46
14.2%
76
13.7%
64
13.9%
186
Don't know 1.2%
4
1.9%
10
1.5%
7
1.6%
21
No answer 0.9%
3
1.1%
6
1.1%
5
1.0%
14
TOTAL 100.0%
335
100.0%
534
100.0%
466

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Religion (I-RELIGION)

Protestant Catholic Jewish None Other TOTAL
There should be complete freedom of the press, even if the press sometimes invades the privacy of public figures 19.1%
152
23.5%
80
18.5%
5
20.4%
37
24.0%
18
20.6%
292
The press should develop a code of ethics to keep it from invading the privacy of public figures 63.0%
500
57.8%
197
74.1%
20
65.7%
119
57.3%
43
62.0%
879
The government should keep the press from printing stories that invade the privacy of public figures 14.4%
114
14.7%
50
7.4%
2
12.2%
22
16.0%
12
14.1%
200
Don't know 2.5%
20
2.3%
8
0.0%
0
0.6%
1
2.7%
2
2.2%
31
No answer 1.0%
8
1.8%
6
0.0%
0
1.1%
2
0.0%
0
1.1%
16
TOTAL 100.0%
794
100.0%
341
100.0%
27
100.0%
181
100.0%
75

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Education (I-EDUC)

Less than high school High school Associate/Junior college Bachelor's Graduate TOTAL
There should be complete freedom of the press, even if the press sometimes invades the privacy of public figures 19.3%
47
19.2%
139
24.8%
25
19.9%
47
32.1%
34
20.7%
292
The press should develop a code of ethics to keep it from invading the privacy of public figures 46.5%
113
63.7%
462
62.4%
63
73.7%
174
58.5%
62
61.9%
874
The government should keep the press from printing stories that invade the privacy of public figures 25.1%
61
14.6%
106
10.9%
11
5.9%
14
6.6%
7
14.1%
199
Don't know 6.6%
16
1.7%
12
1.0%
1
0.0%
0
0.9%
1
2.1%
30
No answer 2.5%
6
0.8%
6
1.0%
1
0.4%
1
1.9%
2
1.1%
16
TOTAL 100.0%
243
100.0%
725
100.0%
101
100.0%
236
100.0%
106

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