General Social Survey, 1978

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PORNLAW

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. 661 43.1% 43.1% -.78
There should be laws against the distribution of pornography to persons under eighteen. 743 48.5% 91.6% .32
There should be no laws forbidding the distribution of pornography. 111 7.2% 98.9% 1.42
Don't know 16 1% 99.9% 6.91
No answer 1 .1% 100% 8.01

Variable Comparisons


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. 23.3%
104
40.7%
174
50.8%
159
63.1%
152
71.4%
70
43.2%
659
There should be laws against the distribution of pornography to persons under eighteen. 68.4%
305
53.2%
227
41.9%
131
23.2%
56
20.4%
20
48.5%
739
There should be no laws forbidding the distribution of pornography. 7.4%
33
5.6%
24
6.7%
21
11.6%
28
4.1%
4
7.2%
110
Don't know 0.9%
4
0.5%
2
0.3%
1
2.1%
5
4.1%
4
1.0%
16
No answer 0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.3%
1
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.1%
1
TOTAL 100.0%
446
100.0%
427
100.0%
313
100.0%
241
100.0%
98

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Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
There should be laws against the distribution of pornography, whatever the age. 33.7%
217
49.9%
444
43.1%
661
There should be laws against the distribution of pornography to persons under eighteen. 55.1%
354
43.8%
389
48.5%
743
There should be no laws forbidding the distribution of pornography. 10.3%
66
5.1%
45
7.2%
111
Don't know 0.9%
6
1.1%
10
1.0%
16
No answer 0.0%
0
0.1%
1
0.1%
1
TOTAL 100.0%
643
100.0%
889

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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. 52.6%
247
41.9%
337
40.5%
17
27.8%
42
25.8%
16
43.1%
659
There should be laws against the distribution of pornography to persons under eighteen. 37.9%
178
51.4%
413
47.6%
20
62.9%
95
58.1%
36
48.5%
742
There should be no laws forbidding the distribution of pornography. 7.4%
35
6.0%
48
11.9%
5
9.3%
14
14.5%
9
7.3%
111
Don't know 2.1%
10
0.6%
5
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
1.6%
1
1.0%
16
No answer 0.0%
0
0.1%
1
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.1%
1
TOTAL 100.0%
470
100.0%
804
100.0%
42
100.0%
151
100.0%
62

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Race (I-RACE)

White Black Other TOTAL
There should be laws against the distribution of pornography, whatever the age. 45.1%
613
28.5%
45
18.8%
3
43.1%
661
There should be laws against the distribution of pornography to persons under eighteen. 46.8%
635
63.3%
100
50.0%
8
48.5%
743
There should be no laws forbidding the distribution of pornography. 7.0%
95
7.0%
11
31.3%
5
7.2%
111
Don't know 1.0%
14
1.3%
2
0.0%
0
1.0%
16
No answer 0.1%
1
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.1%
1
TOTAL 100.0%
1358
100.0%
158
100.0%
16

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Religion (I-RELIGION)

Protestant Catholic Jewish None Other TOTAL
There should be laws against the distribution of pornography, whatever the age. 47.8%
468
40.6%
156
34.5%
10
15.1%
18
35.3%
6
43.1%
658
There should be laws against the distribution of pornography to persons under eighteen. 45.1%
442
51.6%
198
37.9%
11
67.2%
80
64.7%
11
48.6%
742
There should be no laws forbidding the distribution of pornography. 5.7%
56
7.0%
27
24.1%
7
17.6%
21
0.0%
0
7.3%
111
Don't know 1.2%
12
0.8%
3
3.4%
1
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
1.0%
16
No answer 0.1%
1
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.1%
1
TOTAL 100.0%
979
100.0%
384
100.0%
29
100.0%
119
100.0%
17

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Political party (I-PARTYID)

Democrat Independent Republican Other TOTAL
There should be laws against the distribution of pornography, whatever the age. 42.6%
258
37.7%
209
52.4%
187
60.0%
6
43.2%
660
There should be laws against the distribution of pornography to persons under eighteen. 50.6%
306
51.2%
284
40.9%
146
30.0%
3
48.4%
739
There should be no laws forbidding the distribution of pornography. 5.5%
33
9.7%
54
6.4%
23
10.0%
1
7.3%
111
Don't know 1.2%
7
1.4%
8
0.3%
1
0.0%
0
1.0%
16
No answer 0.2%
1
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.1%
1
TOTAL 100.0%
605
100.0%
555
100.0%
357
100.0%
10

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Region (I-REGION)

Northeast Midwest South West TOTAL
There should be laws against the distribution of pornography, whatever the age. 40.3%
135
43.8%
194
46.8%
235
38.5%
97
43.1%
661
There should be laws against the distribution of pornography to persons under eighteen. 52.8%
177
48.8%
216
45.0%
226
49.2%
124
48.5%
743
There should be no laws forbidding the distribution of pornography. 6.9%
23
6.3%
28
6.6%
33
10.7%
27
7.2%
111
Don't know 0.0%
0
1.1%
5
1.4%
7
1.6%
4
1.0%
16
No answer 0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.2%
1
0.0%
0
0.1%
1
TOTAL 100.0%
335
100.0%
443
100.0%
502
100.0%
252

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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. 30.1%
72
33.5%
171
41.7%
148
63.5%
268
43.2%
659
There should be laws against the distribution of pornography to persons under eighteen. 56.1%
134
57.5%
294
51.0%
181
31.3%
132
48.5%
741
There should be no laws forbidding the distribution of pornography. 12.6%
30
7.8%
40
5.6%
20
4.7%
20
7.2%
110
Don't know 1.3%
3
1.0%
5
1.7%
6
0.5%
2
1.0%
16
No answer 0.0%
0
0.2%
1
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.1%
1
TOTAL 100.0%
239
100.0%
511
100.0%
355
100.0%
422

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