General Social Survey, 1990

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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 18.
  3) There should be no laws forbidding the distribution of pornography.
  8) Don't know

Category Frequency Percentage Cumulative Percentage Z-Score
There should be laws against the distribution of pornography whatever the age. 365 40.6% 40.6% -.77
There should be laws against the distribution of pornography to persons under 18. 471 52.4% 93% .28
There should be no laws forbidding the distribution of pornography. 50 5.6% 98.6% 1.32
Don't know 13 1.4% 100% 6.55

Variable Comparisons


Age (I-AGE)

18-29 30-44 45-59 60-74 75 and older TOTAL
There should be laws against the distribution of pornography whatever the age. 27.4%
49
36.6%
121
38.7%
60
56.0%
94
62.1%
41
40.6%
365
There should be laws against the distribution of pornography to persons under 18. 67.0%
120
59.2%
196
52.3%
81
32.1%
54
30.3%
20
52.4%
471
There should be no laws forbidding the distribution of pornography. 4.5%
8
3.6%
12
8.4%
13
9.5%
16
1.5%
1
5.6%
50
Don't know 1.1%
2
0.6%
2
0.6%
1
2.4%
4
6.1%
4
1.4%
13
TOTAL 100.0%
179
100.0%
331
100.0%
155
100.0%
168
100.0%
66

899


Worship attendance (I-ATTEND)

Less than once a year About once or twice a year Several times a year About once a month Nearly every week Once a week or more TOTAL
There should be laws against the distribution of pornography whatever the age. 24.1%
49
32.4%
36
34.3%
37
32.9%
25
45.9%
61
60.2%
150
40.7%
358
There should be laws against the distribution of pornography to persons under 18. 66.0%
134
62.2%
69
57.4%
62
57.9%
44
48.9%
65
34.9%
87
52.4%
461
There should be no laws forbidding the distribution of pornography. 7.4%
15
2.7%
3
7.4%
8
7.9%
6
5.3%
7
4.4%
11
5.7%
50
Don't know 2.5%
5
2.7%
3
0.9%
1
1.3%
1
0.0%
0
0.4%
1
1.3%
11
TOTAL 100.0%
203
100.0%
111
100.0%
108
100.0%
76
100.0%
133
100.0%
249

880


Education (I-EDUC)

Less than high school High school Junior college Bachelor's degree Graduate degree TOTAL
There should be laws against the distribution of pornography whatever the age. 52.1%
100
39.4%
188
26.5%
13
39.2%
49
27.3%
15
40.6%
365
There should be laws against the distribution of pornography to persons under 18. 40.1%
77
54.3%
259
69.4%
34
52.0%
65
63.6%
35
52.3%
470
There should be no laws forbidding the distribution of pornography. 4.2%
8
5.5%
26
2.0%
1
8.0%
10
9.1%
5
5.6%
50
Don't know 3.6%
7
0.8%
4
2.0%
1
0.8%
1
0.0%
0
1.4%
13
TOTAL 100.0%
192
100.0%
477
100.0%
49
100.0%
125
100.0%
55

898


Gender (I-GENDER)

Male Female TOTAL
There should be laws against the distribution of pornography whatever the age. 32.7%
132
47.1%
233
40.6%
365
There should be laws against the distribution of pornography to persons under 18. 59.2%
239
46.9%
232
52.4%
471
There should be no laws forbidding the distribution of pornography. 6.4%
26
4.8%
24
5.6%
50
Don't know 1.7%
7
1.2%
6
1.4%
13
TOTAL 100.0%
404
100.0%
495

899


Religion (I-RELIGION)

Protestant Catholic Jewish None Other TOTAL
There should be laws against the distribution of pornography whatever the age. 46.1%
261
38.9%
82
20.0%
3
21.5%
17
8.3%
2
40.8%
365
There should be laws against the distribution of pornography to persons under 18. 48.2%
273
55.5%
117
53.3%
8
65.8%
52
75.0%
18
52.3%
468
There should be no laws forbidding the distribution of pornography. 4.8%
27
4.3%
9
20.0%
3
8.9%
7
16.7%
4
5.6%
50
Don't know 0.9%
5
1.4%
3
6.7%
1
3.8%
3
0.0%
0
1.3%
12
TOTAL 100.0%
566
100.0%
211
100.0%
15
100.0%
79
100.0%
24

895


Political ideology (I-POLITICS)

Liberal and extremely liberal Slightly liberal Moderate, middle of the road Slightly conservative Conservative Extremely conservative TOTAL
There should be laws against the distribution of pornography whatever the age. 25.7%
29
31.1%
38
39.1%
118
42.2%
68
57.8%
74
58.8%
20
40.3%
347
There should be laws against the distribution of pornography to persons under 18. 60.2%
68
59.8%
73
55.0%
166
55.3%
89
39.1%
50
35.3%
12
53.3%
458
There should be no laws forbidding the distribution of pornography. 13.3%
15
6.6%
8
5.0%
15
2.5%
4
2.3%
3
5.9%
2
5.5%
47
Don't know 0.9%
1
2.5%
3
1.0%
3
0.0%
0
0.8%
1
0.0%
0
0.9%
8
TOTAL 100.0%
113
100.0%
122
100.0%
302
100.0%
161
100.0%
128
100.0%
34

860


Race (I-RACE)

White Black Other TOTAL
There should be laws against the distribution of pornography whatever the age. 42.0%
313
34.3%
37
32.6%
15
40.6%
365
There should be laws against the distribution of pornography to persons under 18. 51.4%
383
56.5%
61
58.7%
27
52.4%
471
There should be no laws forbidding the distribution of pornography. 5.2%
39
6.5%
7
8.7%
4
5.6%
50
Don't know 1.3%
10
2.8%
3
0.0%
0
1.4%
13
TOTAL 100.0%
745
100.0%
108
100.0%
46

899

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