General Social Survey 2008 Cross-Section and Panel Combined

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H2OLIFE

Now, we are going to do some more detailed questions on science and technology. Scientists and educators are interested in how familiar adults are with the things being taught in today's schools. Many of these questions are likely to concern things that weren't taught or emphasized when you were in school. What property of water is most important for living organisms?
  0) Inapplicable
  1) It is odorless.
  2) It does not conduct electricity.
  3) It is tasteless.
  4) It is liquid at most temperatures on Earth.
  8) Don't know
  9) No answer

Category Frequency Percentage Cumulative Percentage Z-Score
Inapplicable 1538 43.2% 43.2% -.96
It is odorless. 97 2.7% 45.9% -.59
It does not conduct electricity. 89 2.5% 48.4% -.21
It is tasteless. 96 2.7% 51.1% .16
It is liquid at most temperatures on Earth. 1346 37.8% 89% .54
Don't know 364 10.2% 99.2% 2.05
No answer 29 .8% 100% 2.42

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 40.6%
234
43.1%
420
41.4%
418
45.2%
300
48.9%
149
43.1%
1521
It is odorless. 3.3%
19
2.0%
19
3.2%
32
2.9%
19
2.3%
7
2.7%
96
It does not conduct electricity. 4.0%
23
3.1%
30
2.3%
23
1.1%
7
1.6%
5
2.5%
88
It is tasteless. 3.0%
17
3.1%
30
2.8%
28
1.8%
12
2.6%
8
2.7%
95
It is liquid at most temperatures on Earth. 41.7%
240
40.0%
390
39.9%
403
34.8%
231
24.6%
75
38.0%
1339
Don't know 6.9%
40
8.3%
81
9.5%
96
13.3%
88
17.7%
54
10.2%
359
No answer 0.5%
3
0.4%
4
0.9%
9
0.9%
6
2.3%
7
0.8%
29
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 41.5%
307
42.0%
468
43.2%
234
44.2%
378
48.5%
144
43.2%
1531
It is odorless. 2.7%
20
3.1%
34
2.4%
13
2.9%
25
1.3%
4
2.7%
96
It does not conduct electricity. 2.2%
16
2.8%
31
2.8%
15
2.1%
18
3.0%
9
2.5%
89
It is tasteless. 2.4%
18
2.0%
22
4.1%
22
3.4%
29
1.7%
5
2.7%
96
It is liquid at most temperatures on Earth. 41.0%
303
38.7%
431
38.4%
208
36.4%
311
30.6%
91
37.9%
1344
Don't know 9.3%
69
10.6%
118
8.9%
48
10.1%
86
13.8%
41
10.2%
362
No answer 0.8%
6
0.9%
10
0.4%
2
0.9%
8
1.0%
3
0.8%
29
TOTAL 100.0%
739
100.0%
1114
100.0%
542
100.0%
855
100.0%
297

3547


Education (I-EDUC)

Left high school High school Junior college Bachelor Graduate TOTAL
Inapplicable 41.3%
199
43.1%
758
39.6%
120
45.6%
298
44.6%
161
43.2%
1536
It is odorless. 5.4%
26
3.0%
52
3.0%
9
1.4%
9
0.3%
1
2.7%
97
It does not conduct electricity. 1.7%
8
3.5%
61
2.3%
7
1.5%
10
0.8%
3
2.5%
89
It is tasteless. 3.7%
18
2.8%
49
3.3%
10
2.3%
15
1.1%
4
2.7%
96
It is liquid at most temperatures on Earth. 24.7%
119
36.2%
636
45.2%
137
43.7%
286
46.5%
168
37.8%
1346
Don't know 22.0%
106
10.7%
188
5.9%
18
5.0%
33
5.3%
19
10.2%
364
No answer 1.2%
6
0.7%
13
0.7%
2
0.5%
3
1.4%
5
0.8%
29
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 41.5%
651
44.6%
887
43.2%
1538
It is odorless. 1.4%
22
3.8%
75
2.7%
97
It does not conduct electricity. 1.9%
30
3.0%
59
2.5%
89
It is tasteless. 2.7%
42
2.7%
54
2.7%
96
It is liquid at most temperatures on Earth. 43.7%
686
33.2%
660
37.8%
1346
Don't know 8.2%
129
11.8%
235
10.2%
364
No answer 0.6%
9
1.0%
20
0.8%
29
TOTAL 100.0%
1569
100.0%
1990

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Race (I-RACE)

White Black Other TOTAL
Inapplicable 43.3%
1198
43.4%
213
42.2%
127
43.2%
1538
It is odorless. 2.5%
68
4.3%
21
2.7%
8
2.7%
97
It does not conduct electricity. 2.5%
69
3.3%
16
1.3%
4
2.5%
89
It is tasteless. 2.4%
66
3.7%
18
4.0%
12
2.7%
96
It is liquid at most temperatures on Earth. 39.4%
1089
30.3%
149
35.9%
108
37.8%
1346
Don't know 9.4%
261
13.6%
67
12.0%
36
10.2%
364
No answer 0.6%
16
1.4%
7
2.0%
6
0.8%
29
TOTAL 100.0%
2767
100.0%
491
100.0%
301

3559


Region (I-REGION)

Northeast Midwest South West TOTAL
Inapplicable 41.8%
254
43.8%
344
42.4%
558
45.0%
381
43.2%
1537
It is odorless. 3.1%
19
1.8%
14
3.3%
43
2.5%
21
2.7%
97
It does not conduct electricity. 2.1%
13
2.8%
22
2.1%
28
3.1%
26
2.5%
89
It is tasteless. 2.3%
14
1.7%
13
3.7%
49
2.4%
20
2.7%
96
It is liquid at most temperatures on Earth. 36.7%
223
38.7%
304
37.6%
495
38.3%
324
37.8%
1346
Don't know 12.7%
77
10.7%
84
10.2%
134
8.1%
69
10.2%
364
No answer 1.3%
8
0.6%
5
0.8%
10
0.7%
6
0.8%
29
TOTAL 100.0%
608
100.0%
786
100.0%
1317
100.0%
847

3558


Religion (I-RELIGION)

Protestant Catholic Jewish None Other (specify) TOTAL
Inapplicable 43.5%
791
43.8%
368
32.3%
20
41.4%
241
47.7%
116
43.3%
1536
It is odorless. 3.0%
54
3.3%
28
1.6%
1
2.1%
12
0.8%
2
2.7%
97
It does not conduct electricity. 2.2%
40
2.4%
20
4.8%
3
2.9%
17
3.7%
9
2.5%
89
It is tasteless. 2.9%
53
3.1%
26
1.6%
1
1.7%
10
2.1%
5
2.7%
95
It is liquid at most temperatures on Earth. 37.1%
676
34.2%
288
45.2%
28
46.0%
268
32.1%
78
37.7%
1338
Don't know 10.7%
195
12.1%
102
11.3%
7
5.3%
31
11.9%
29
10.3%
364
No answer 0.6%
11
1.1%
9
3.2%
2
0.5%
3
1.6%
4
0.8%
29
TOTAL 100.0%
1820
100.0%
841
100.0%
62
100.0%
582
100.0%
243

3548


Political ideology (I-POLITICS)

Liberal Moderate Conservative TOTAL
Inapplicable 44.0%
423
43.0%
566
42.4%
488
43.1%
1477
It is odorless. 3.0%
29
2.5%
33
2.7%
31
2.7%
93
It does not conduct electricity. 2.2%
21
2.7%
35
2.6%
30
2.5%
86
It is tasteless. 3.0%
29
2.7%
36
2.4%
28
2.7%
93
It is liquid at most temperatures on Earth. 38.9%
374
37.0%
486
40.1%
461
38.6%
1321
Don't know 8.1%
78
11.3%
149
9.1%
105
9.7%
332
No answer 0.7%
7
0.8%
10
0.6%
7
0.7%
24
TOTAL 100.0%
961
100.0%
1315
100.0%
1150

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