General Social Survey 2008 Cross-Section and Panel Combined

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Suppose there is a community-wide vote on the general housing issue. There are two possible laws to vote on. One law says that a homeowner can decide for himself whom to sell his house to, even if he prefers not to sell to Negroes/Blacks/African-Americans. The second law says that a homeowner cannot refuse to sell to someone because of their race or color. Which law would you vote for?
  0) Inapplicable
  1) A homeowner can decide for himself whom to sell his house to, even if he prefers not to sell to Negroes/Blacks/African-Americans.
  2) 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
Inapplicable 1163 32.7% 32.7% -1.17
A homeowner can decide for himself whom to sell his house to, even if he prefers not to sell to Negroes/Blacks/African-Americans. 583 16.4% 49.1% -.23
A homeowner cannot refuse to sell to someone because of their race or color. 1695 47.6% 96.7% .71
Neither 98 2.8% 99.4% 1.64
Don't know 17 .5% 99.9% 6.32
No answer 3 .1% 100% 7.26

Variable Comparisons


Age (I-AGE)

18-29 years old 30-44 years old 45-59 years old 60-74 years old 75 years and older TOTAL
Inapplicable 32.5%
187
34.4%
335
33.4%
337
31.2%
207
26.9%
82
32.5%
1148
A homeowner can decide for himself whom to sell his house to, even if he prefers not to sell to Negroes/Blacks/African-Americans. 13.4%
77
14.3%
139
15.0%
151
18.9%
125
29.2%
89
16.5%
581
A homeowner cannot refuse to sell to someone because of their race or color. 51.7%
298
48.0%
468
49.2%
496
45.6%
302
39.7%
121
47.8%
1685
Neither 2.3%
13
2.8%
27
2.1%
21
3.3%
22
3.3%
10
2.6%
93
Don't know 0.2%
1
0.5%
5
0.4%
4
0.6%
4
1.0%
3
0.5%
17
No answer 0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.5%
3
0.0%
0
0.1%
3
TOTAL 100.0%
576
100.0%
974
100.0%
1009
100.0%
663
100.0%
305

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Worship attendance (I-ATTEND)

Never Several times a year or less 1-3 times a month Every week or nearly every week More than once a week TOTAL
Inapplicable 34.1%
252
34.2%
381
33.6%
182
30.1%
257
30.3%
90
32.8%
1162
A homeowner can decide for himself whom to sell his house to, even if he prefers not to sell to Negroes/Blacks/African-Americans. 15.8%
117
16.2%
180
14.9%
81
18.2%
156
15.8%
47
16.4%
581
A homeowner cannot refuse to sell to someone because of their race or color. 46.4%
343
47.1%
525
48.5%
263
48.2%
412
50.2%
149
47.7%
1692
Neither 2.8%
21
2.2%
24
2.4%
13
3.0%
26
3.0%
9
2.6%
93
Don't know 0.8%
6
0.3%
3
0.4%
2
0.5%
4
0.3%
1
0.5%
16
No answer 0.0%
0
0.1%
1
0.2%
1
0.0%
0
0.3%
1
0.1%
3
TOTAL 100.0%
739
100.0%
1114
100.0%
542
100.0%
855
100.0%
297

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Education (I-EDUC)

Left high school High school Junior college Bachelor Graduate TOTAL
Inapplicable 34.0%
164
31.5%
554
37.3%
113
33.6%
220
31.0%
112
32.7%
1163
A homeowner can decide for himself whom to sell his house to, even if he prefers not to sell to Negroes/Blacks/African-Americans. 15.6%
75
18.0%
317
16.8%
51
12.8%
84
15.2%
55
16.4%
582
A homeowner cannot refuse to sell to someone because of their race or color. 45.2%
218
46.9%
824
43.2%
131
51.1%
334
51.8%
187
47.6%
1694
Neither 3.5%
17
3.1%
54
2.0%
6
2.4%
16
1.4%
5
2.8%
98
Don't know 1.7%
8
0.3%
6
0.7%
2
0.0%
0
0.3%
1
0.5%
17
No answer 0.0%
0
0.1%
2
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.3%
1
0.1%
3
TOTAL 100.0%
482
100.0%
1757
100.0%
303
100.0%
654
100.0%
361

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Gender (I-GENDER)

Male Female TOTAL
Inapplicable 33.8%
531
31.8%
632
32.7%
1163
A homeowner can decide for himself whom to sell his house to, even if he prefers not to sell to Negroes/Blacks/African-Americans. 19.0%
298
14.3%
285
16.4%
583
A homeowner cannot refuse to sell to someone because of their race or color. 44.1%
692
50.4%
1003
47.6%
1695
Neither 2.5%
40
2.9%
58
2.8%
98
Don't know 0.4%
7
0.5%
10
0.5%
17
No answer 0.1%
1
0.1%
2
0.1%
3
TOTAL 100.0%
1569
100.0%
1990

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Race (I-RACE)

White Black Other TOTAL
Inapplicable 32.4%
896
33.8%
166
33.6%
101
32.7%
1163
A homeowner can decide for himself whom to sell his house to, even if he prefers not to sell to Negroes/Blacks/African-Americans. 18.6%
514
7.1%
35
11.3%
34
16.4%
583
A homeowner cannot refuse to sell to someone because of their race or color. 46.3%
1282
53.0%
260
50.8%
153
47.6%
1695
Neither 2.2%
62
5.5%
27
3.0%
9
2.8%
98
Don't know 0.4%
10
0.6%
3
1.3%
4
0.5%
17
No answer 0.1%
3
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.1%
3
TOTAL 100.0%
2767
100.0%
491
100.0%
301

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Region (I-REGION)

Northeast Midwest South West TOTAL
Inapplicable 33.2%
202
33.1%
260
33.5%
441
30.6%
259
32.7%
1162
A homeowner can decide for himself whom to sell his house to, even if he prefers not to sell to Negroes/Blacks/African-Americans. 15.5%
94
15.0%
118
16.9%
222
17.6%
149
16.4%
583
A homeowner cannot refuse to sell to someone because of their race or color. 45.7%
278
49.9%
392
46.1%
607
49.4%
418
47.6%
1695
Neither 4.8%
29
1.4%
11
3.0%
39
2.2%
19
2.8%
98
Don't know 0.7%
4
0.5%
4
0.5%
7
0.2%
2
0.5%
17
No answer 0.2%
1
0.1%
1
0.1%
1
0.0%
0
0.1%
3
TOTAL 100.0%
608
100.0%
786
100.0%
1317
100.0%
847

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Religion (I-RELIGION)

Protestant Catholic Jewish None Other (specify) TOTAL
Inapplicable 32.0%
583
32.8%
276
43.5%
27
33.5%
195
31.3%
76
32.6%
1157
A homeowner can decide for himself whom to sell his house to, even if he prefers not to sell to Negroes/Blacks/African-Americans. 18.1%
329
15.9%
134
16.1%
10
14.3%
83
11.1%
27
16.4%
583
A homeowner cannot refuse to sell to someone because of their race or color. 46.6%
848
47.6%
400
40.3%
25
49.7%
289
53.5%
130
47.7%
1692
Neither 2.8%
51
3.0%
25
0.0%
0
1.9%
11
3.7%
9
2.7%
96
Don't know 0.4%
8
0.5%
4
0.0%
0
0.7%
4
0.4%
1
0.5%
17
No answer 0.1%
1
0.2%
2
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.1%
3
TOTAL 100.0%
1820
100.0%
841
100.0%
62
100.0%
582
100.0%
243

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Political ideology (I-POLITICS)

Liberal Moderate Conservative TOTAL
Inapplicable 32.8%
315
32.1%
422
33.4%
384
32.7%
1121
A homeowner can decide for himself whom to sell his house to, even if he prefers not to sell to Negroes/Blacks/African-Americans. 11.6%
111
17.0%
224
20.2%
232
16.5%
567
A homeowner cannot refuse to sell to someone because of their race or color. 52.5%
505
47.8%
628
43.7%
503
47.8%
1636
Neither 2.5%
24
2.7%
35
2.3%
26
2.5%
85
Don't know 0.6%
6
0.3%
4
0.3%
4
0.4%
14
No answer 0.0%
0
0.2%
2
0.1%
1
0.1%
3
TOTAL 100.0%
961
100.0%
1315
100.0%
1150

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