General Social Survey, 2004

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GENEEXPS

For the following pair of questions, please circle the letter of the one that comes closer to your opinion: 1) Genes play the major role in determining people's personality. 2) It's people's experiences in life that determine their personality.
  1) Genes play the major role in determining people's personality
  2) It's people's experiences in life that determine their personality
  8) Don't know
  9) No answer

Category Frequency Percentage Cumulative Percentage Z-Score
Genes play the major role in determining people's personality 588 24.7% 24.7% -.79
It's people's experiences in life that determine their personality 1723 72.3% 97% .05
Don't know 51 2.1% 99.2% 5.08
No answer 20 .8% 100% 5.91

Variable Comparisons


Age (I-AGE)

18-30 31-44 45-64 65+ TOTAL
Genes play the major role in determining people's personality 18.0%
97
22.7%
159
27.8%
226
31.4%
102
24.6%
584
It's people's experiences in life that determine their personality 80.6%
435
74.6%
522
69.9%
568
60.9%
198
72.5%
1723
Don't know 1.1%
6
1.9%
13
1.7%
14
5.5%
18
2.1%
51
No answer 0.4%
2
0.9%
6
0.6%
5
2.2%
7
0.8%
20
TOTAL 100.0%
540
100.0%
700
100.0%
813
100.0%
325

2378


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
Genes play the major role in determining people's personality 21.9%
238
27.0%
350
24.7%
588
It's people's experiences in life that determine their personality 75.6%
823
69.6%
900
72.3%
1723
Don't know 2.2%
24
2.1%
27
2.1%
51
No answer 0.3%
3
1.3%
17
0.8%
20
TOTAL 100.0%
1088
100.0%
1294

2382


Education (I-EDUC)

Less than high school High school Associate/Junior college Bachelor's Graduate TOTAL
Genes play the major role in determining people's personality 29.2%
79
26.4%
322
23.0%
45
19.3%
86
22.6%
56
24.7%
588
It's people's experiences in life that determine their personality 68.3%
185
71.3%
870
74.0%
145
76.6%
341
73.0%
181
72.3%
1722
Don't know 2.6%
7
1.8%
22
2.0%
4
2.0%
9
3.6%
9
2.1%
51
No answer 0.0%
0
0.6%
7
1.0%
2
2.0%
9
0.8%
2
0.8%
20
TOTAL 100.0%
271
100.0%
1221
100.0%
196
100.0%
445
100.0%
248

2381


Political ideology (I-POLITICS)

Liberal Moderate, middle of the road Conservative TOTAL
Genes play the major role in determining people's personality 23.6%
65
26.2%
106
25.4%
104
25.3%
275
It's people's experiences in life that determine their personality 73.9%
204
70.5%
285
69.7%
285
71.1%
774
Don't know 1.4%
4
2.2%
9
3.4%
14
2.5%
27
No answer 1.1%
3
1.0%
4
1.5%
6
1.2%
13
TOTAL 100.0%
276
100.0%
404
100.0%
409

1089


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Married Widowed Divorced Separated Never married TOTAL
Genes play the major role in determining people's personality 24.7%
303
36.6%
56
25.2%
92
26.9%
21
20.8%
116
24.7%
588
It's people's experiences in life that determine their personality 72.1%
886
58.8%
90
71.2%
260
71.8%
56
77.2%
431
72.3%
1723
Don't know 2.1%
26
3.9%
6
2.7%
10
0.0%
0
1.6%
9
2.1%
51
No answer 1.1%
13
0.7%
1
0.8%
3
1.3%
1
0.4%
2
0.8%
20
TOTAL 100.0%
1228
100.0%
153
100.0%
365
100.0%
78
100.0%
558

2382


Race (I-RACE)

White Black Other TOTAL
Genes play the major role in determining people's personality 24.1%
460
27.9%
86
24.9%
42
24.7%
588
It's people's experiences in life that determine their personality 72.6%
1383
70.5%
217
72.8%
123
72.3%
1723
Don't know 2.5%
47
1.0%
3
0.6%
1
2.1%
51
No answer 0.8%
15
0.6%
2
1.8%
3
0.8%
20
TOTAL 100.0%
1905
100.0%
308
100.0%
169

2382


Religion (I-RELIGION)

Protestant Catholic Jewish None Other TOTAL
Genes play the major role in determining people's personality 25.6%
319
24.6%
137
20.5%
9
25.1%
86
18.8%
34
24.7%
585
It's people's experiences in life that determine their personality 70.6%
881
73.2%
408
77.3%
34
73.8%
253
77.9%
141
72.4%
1717
Don't know 2.6%
33
1.6%
9
2.3%
1
1.2%
4
2.2%
4
2.1%
51
No answer 1.2%
15
0.5%
3
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
1.1%
2
0.8%
20
TOTAL 100.0%
1248
100.0%
557
100.0%
44
100.0%
343
100.0%
181

2373

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