General Social Survey, 1976

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Which of these statements comes closest to your feelings about pornography laws?
  1) There should be laws against the distribution of pornography whatever the age.
  2) There should be laws against the distribution of pornography to persons under eighteen.
  3) There should be no laws forbidding the distribution of pornography.
  8) Don't know
  9) No answer

Category Frequency Percentage Cumulative Percentage Z-Score
There should be laws against the distribution of pornography whatever the age. 599 40% 40% -.72
There should be laws against the distribution of pornography to persons under eighteen. 745 49.7% 89.7% .16
There should be no laws forbidding the distribution of pornography. 121 8.1% 97.7% 1.04
Don't know 31 2.1% 99.8% 5.44
No answer 3 .2% 100% 6.32

Variable Comparisons


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
There should be laws against the distribution of pornography whatever the age. 31.2%
209
47.0%
390
40.0%
599
There should be laws against the distribution of pornography to persons under eighteen. 56.5%
378
44.2%
367
49.7%
745
There should be no laws forbidding the distribution of pornography. 10.5%
70
6.1%
51
8.1%
121
Don't know 1.6%
11
2.4%
20
2.1%
31
No answer 0.1%
1
0.2%
2
0.2%
3
TOTAL 100.0%
669
100.0%
830

1499


Age (I-AGE)

18-30 31-44 45-59 60-74 75+ TOTAL
There should be laws against the distribution of pornography whatever the age. 17.7%
75
34.7%
125
46.8%
152
59.3%
162
72.3%
81
39.9%
595
There should be laws against the distribution of pornography to persons under eighteen. 68.8%
291
58.3%
210
43.7%
142
28.6%
78
19.6%
22
49.8%
743
There should be no laws forbidding the distribution of pornography. 12.1%
51
6.4%
23
5.8%
19
9.9%
27
0.9%
1
8.1%
121
Don't know 1.2%
5
0.3%
1
3.7%
12
2.2%
6
6.3%
7
2.1%
31
No answer 0.2%
1
0.3%
1
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.9%
1
0.2%
3
TOTAL 100.0%
423
100.0%
360
100.0%
325
100.0%
273
100.0%
112

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Education (I-EDUC)

Less than high school High school Associate/Junior college Bachelor's Graduate TOTAL
There should be laws against the distribution of pornography whatever the age. 49.1%
259
37.8%
275
20.8%
5
32.9%
50
16.4%
10
40.1%
599
There should be laws against the distribution of pornography to persons under eighteen. 39.8%
210
53.3%
388
66.7%
16
55.3%
84
68.9%
42
49.6%
740
There should be no laws forbidding the distribution of pornography. 7.4%
39
7.3%
53
12.5%
3
10.5%
16
14.8%
9
8.0%
120
Don't know 3.4%
18
1.6%
12
0.0%
0
0.7%
1
0.0%
0
2.1%
31
No answer 0.4%
2
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.7%
1
0.0%
0
0.2%
3
TOTAL 100.0%
528
100.0%
728
100.0%
24
100.0%
152
100.0%
61

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Race (I-RACE)

White Black Other TOTAL
There should be laws against the distribution of pornography whatever the age. 41.5%
565
25.6%
33
11.1%
1
40.0%
599
There should be laws against the distribution of pornography to persons under eighteen. 49.2%
669
52.7%
68
88.9%
8
49.7%
745
There should be no laws forbidding the distribution of pornography. 7.3%
99
17.1%
22
0.0%
0
8.1%
121
Don't know 1.9%
26
3.9%
5
0.0%
0
2.1%
31
No answer 0.1%
2
0.8%
1
0.0%
0
0.2%
3
TOTAL 100.0%
1361
100.0%
129
100.0%
9

1499


Religion (I-RELIGION)

Protestant Catholic Jewish None Other TOTAL
There should be laws against the distribution of pornography whatever the age. 43.4%
413
39.7%
155
25.9%
7
16.7%
19
26.7%
4
39.9%
598
There should be laws against the distribution of pornography to persons under eighteen. 47.1%
448
52.3%
204
59.3%
16
58.8%
67
60.0%
9
49.7%
744
There should be no laws forbidding the distribution of pornography. 6.5%
62
7.4%
29
11.1%
3
21.9%
25
13.3%
2
8.1%
121
Don't know 2.6%
25
0.5%
2
3.7%
1
2.6%
3
0.0%
0
2.1%
31
No answer 0.3%
3
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.2%
3
TOTAL 100.0%
951
100.0%
390
100.0%
27
100.0%
114
100.0%
15

1497


Political party (I-PARTYID)

Democrat Independent Republican Other TOTAL
There should be laws against the distribution of pornography whatever the age. 43.8%
275
33.1%
183
45.2%
140
0.0%
0
40.0%
598
There should be laws against the distribution of pornography to persons under eighteen. 47.8%
300
53.9%
298
45.5%
141
75.0%
3
49.6%
742
There should be no laws forbidding the distribution of pornography. 6.8%
43
9.9%
55
7.1%
22
25.0%
1
8.1%
121
Don't know 1.6%
10
2.5%
14
2.3%
7
0.0%
0
2.1%
31
No answer 0.0%
0
0.5%
3
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.2%
3
TOTAL 100.0%
628
100.0%
553
100.0%
310
100.0%
4

1495


Region (I-REGION)

Northeast Midwest South West TOTAL
There should be laws against the distribution of pornography whatever the age. 32.9%
112
45.0%
191
41.8%
201
37.4%
95
40.0%
599
There should be laws against the distribution of pornography to persons under eighteen. 56.5%
192
45.5%
193
46.2%
222
54.3%
138
49.7%
745
There should be no laws forbidding the distribution of pornography. 8.8%
30
7.8%
33
8.3%
40
7.1%
18
8.1%
121
Don't know 1.5%
5
1.7%
7
3.3%
16
1.2%
3
2.1%
31
No answer 0.3%
1
0.0%
0
0.4%
2
0.0%
0
0.2%
3
TOTAL 100.0%
340
100.0%
424
100.0%
481
100.0%
254

1499


Worship attendance (I-ATTEND)

Never Less than once a month Less than once a week Weekly or more TOTAL
There should be laws against the distribution of pornography whatever the age. 28.9%
56
30.1%
172
38.2%
113
59.2%
255
39.9%
596
There should be laws against the distribution of pornography to persons under eighteen. 53.1%
103
60.9%
348
50.7%
150
32.5%
140
49.7%
741
There should be no laws forbidding the distribution of pornography. 16.0%
31
7.0%
40
6.8%
20
7.0%
30
8.1%
121
Don't know 2.1%
4
1.6%
9
4.1%
12
1.4%
6
2.1%
31
No answer 0.0%
0
0.4%
2
0.3%
1
0.0%
0
0.2%
3
TOTAL 100.0%
194
100.0%
571
100.0%
296
100.0%
431

1492

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