General Social Survey 2008 Cross-Section and Panel Combined

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A farmer thinks that the vegetables on her farm are not getting enough water. Her son suggests that they use water from the nearby ocean to water the vegetables. Is this a good idea?
  0) Inapplicable
  1) Yes, because there is plenty of ocean water.
  2) Yes, because ocean water has many natural fertilizers.
  3) No, because ocean water is too salty for plants grown on land.
  4) No, because ocean water is much more polluted than rainwater.
  8) Don't know
  9) No answer

Category Frequency Percentage Cumulative Percentage Z-Score
Inapplicable 1538 43.2% 43.2% -.99
Yes, because there is plenty of ocean water. 34 1% 44.2% -.46
Yes, because ocean water has many natural fertilizers. 44 1.2% 45.4% .06
No, because ocean water is too salty for plants grown on land. 1683 47.3% 92.7% .59
No, because ocean water is much more polluted than rainwater. 147 4.1% 96.8% 1.12
Don't know 84 2.4% 99.2% 3.22
No answer 29 .8% 100% 3.75

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
Yes, because there is plenty of ocean water. 1.6%
9
0.8%
8
0.9%
9
0.9%
6
0.7%
2
1.0%
34
Yes, because ocean water has many natural fertilizers. 2.3%
13
1.6%
16
0.9%
9
0.8%
5
0.3%
1
1.2%
44
No, because ocean water is too salty for plants grown on land. 45.5%
262
48.2%
469
50.6%
511
46.5%
308
39.3%
120
47.3%
1670
No, because ocean water is much more polluted than rainwater. 7.1%
41
3.6%
35
4.0%
40
3.3%
22
2.6%
8
4.1%
146
Don't know 2.4%
14
2.3%
22
1.4%
14
2.4%
16
5.6%
17
2.4%
83
No answer 0.5%
3
0.4%
4
0.8%
8
0.9%
6
2.6%
8
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
Yes, because there is plenty of ocean water. 1.1%
8
1.2%
13
0.9%
5
0.7%
6
0.7%
2
1.0%
34
Yes, because ocean water has many natural fertilizers. 1.5%
11
1.8%
20
0.9%
5
0.8%
7
0.3%
1
1.2%
44
No, because ocean water is too salty for plants grown on land. 47.9%
354
48.5%
540
47.2%
256
48.2%
412
39.7%
118
47.4%
1680
No, because ocean water is much more polluted than rainwater. 4.6%
34
3.9%
43
4.6%
25
3.0%
26
6.4%
19
4.1%
147
Don't know 2.4%
18
2.1%
23
2.4%
13
2.1%
18
3.4%
10
2.3%
82
No answer 0.9%
7
0.6%
7
0.7%
4
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
Yes, because there is plenty of ocean water. 2.1%
10
1.0%
18
0.3%
1
0.8%
5
0.0%
0
1.0%
34
Yes, because ocean water has many natural fertilizers. 2.9%
14
1.2%
21
1.3%
4
0.6%
4
0.3%
1
1.2%
44
No, because ocean water is too salty for plants grown on land. 40.0%
193
46.6%
819
53.1%
161
49.8%
326
51.0%
184
47.3%
1683
No, because ocean water is much more polluted than rainwater. 6.8%
33
5.0%
88
4.0%
12
1.2%
8
1.7%
6
4.1%
147
Don't know 6.0%
29
2.3%
40
0.3%
1
1.4%
9
1.4%
5
2.4%
84
No answer 0.8%
4
0.7%
13
1.3%
4
0.6%
4
1.1%
4
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
Yes, because there is plenty of ocean water. 1.1%
17
0.9%
17
1.0%
34
Yes, because ocean water has many natural fertilizers. 1.3%
20
1.2%
24
1.2%
44
No, because ocean water is too salty for plants grown on land. 50.7%
795
44.6%
888
47.3%
1683
No, because ocean water is much more polluted than rainwater. 2.9%
45
5.1%
102
4.1%
147
Don't know 2.0%
31
2.7%
53
2.4%
84
No answer 0.6%
10
1.0%
19
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
Yes, because there is plenty of ocean water. 0.7%
18
3.1%
15
0.3%
1
1.0%
34
Yes, because ocean water has many natural fertilizers. 0.7%
20
3.3%
16
2.7%
8
1.2%
44
No, because ocean water is too salty for plants grown on land. 50.4%
1395
32.6%
160
42.5%
128
47.3%
1683
No, because ocean water is much more polluted than rainwater. 2.6%
71
12.4%
61
5.0%
15
4.1%
147
Don't know 1.7%
47
4.3%
21
5.3%
16
2.4%
84
No answer 0.7%
18
1.0%
5
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
Yes, because there is plenty of ocean water. 0.5%
3
1.1%
9
1.1%
15
0.8%
7
1.0%
34
Yes, because ocean water has many natural fertilizers. 1.0%
6
1.7%
13
1.4%
19
0.7%
6
1.2%
44
No, because ocean water is too salty for plants grown on land. 44.7%
272
48.0%
377
47.4%
624
48.4%
410
47.3%
1683
No, because ocean water is much more polluted than rainwater. 5.4%
33
3.4%
27
4.8%
63
2.8%
24
4.1%
147
Don't know 5.1%
31
1.3%
10
2.3%
30
1.5%
13
2.4%
84
No answer 1.5%
9
0.8%
6
0.6%
8
0.7%
6
0.8%
29
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 43.5%
791
43.8%
368
32.3%
20
41.4%
241
47.7%
116
43.3%
1536
Yes, because there is plenty of ocean water. 0.7%
13
1.2%
10
3.2%
2
1.0%
6
1.2%
3
1.0%
34
Yes, because ocean water has many natural fertilizers. 1.2%
21
1.3%
11
0.0%
0
2.1%
12
0.0%
0
1.2%
44
No, because ocean water is too salty for plants grown on land. 48.2%
878
45.2%
380
50.0%
31
49.0%
285
41.6%
101
47.2%
1675
No, because ocean water is much more polluted than rainwater. 3.6%
66
4.4%
37
4.8%
3
4.6%
27
5.3%
13
4.1%
146
Don't know 2.3%
42
3.0%
25
6.5%
4
1.2%
7
2.5%
6
2.4%
84
No answer 0.5%
9
1.2%
10
3.2%
2
0.7%
4
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
Yes, because there is plenty of ocean water. 1.0%
10
1.1%
15
0.5%
6
0.9%
31
Yes, because ocean water has many natural fertilizers. 2.2%
21
1.1%
15
0.7%
8
1.3%
44
No, because ocean water is too salty for plants grown on land. 45.5%
437
47.2%
621
50.7%
583
47.9%
1641
No, because ocean water is much more polluted than rainwater. 4.2%
40
4.5%
59
3.5%
40
4.1%
139
Don't know 2.4%
23
1.9%
25
1.7%
20
2.0%
68
No answer 0.7%
7
1.1%
14
0.4%
5
0.8%
26
TOTAL 100.0%
961
100.0%
1315
100.0%
1150

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