General Social Survey, 2004

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Some people say that it is better for a country if different racial and ethnic groups maintain their distinct customs and traditions. Others say that it is better if these groups adapt and blend into the larger society. Which of these views comes closer to your own?
  1) It is better for society if groups maintain their distinct customs and traditions
  2) It is better if groups adapt and blend into the larger society
  8) Don't know
  9) No answer

Category Frequency Percentage Cumulative Percentage Z-Score
It is better for society if groups maintain their distinct customs and traditions 554 45.6% 45.6% -.56
It is better if groups adapt and blend into the larger society 615 50.6% 96.1% .15
Don't know 28 2.3% 98.4% 4.38
No answer 19 1.6% 100% 5.09

Variable Comparisons


Age (I-AGE)

18-30 31-44 45-64 65+ TOTAL
It is better for society if groups maintain their distinct customs and traditions 56.9%
153
48.1%
165
43.6%
188
27.9%
48
45.6%
554
It is better if groups adapt and blend into the larger society 39.8%
107
47.5%
163
52.7%
227
68.0%
117
50.5%
614
Don't know 1.9%
5
2.6%
9
2.1%
9
2.9%
5
2.3%
28
No answer 1.5%
4
1.7%
6
1.6%
7
1.2%
2
1.6%
19
TOTAL 100.0%
269
100.0%
343
100.0%
431
100.0%
172

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Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
It is better for society if groups maintain their distinct customs and traditions 44.0%
236
46.8%
318
45.6%
554
It is better if groups adapt and blend into the larger society 53.0%
284
48.7%
331
50.6%
615
Don't know 1.7%
9
2.8%
19
2.3%
28
No answer 1.3%
7
1.8%
12
1.6%
19
TOTAL 100.0%
536
100.0%
680

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Education (I-EDUC)

Less than high school High school Associate/Junior college Bachelor's Graduate TOTAL
It is better for society if groups maintain their distinct customs and traditions 38.5%
52
44.2%
269
46.2%
48
45.8%
114
59.2%
71
45.6%
554
It is better if groups adapt and blend into the larger society 53.3%
72
53.1%
323
52.9%
55
48.2%
120
37.5%
45
50.6%
615
Don't know 6.7%
9
1.5%
9
0.0%
0
3.2%
8
1.7%
2
2.3%
28
No answer 1.5%
2
1.2%
7
1.0%
1
2.8%
7
1.7%
2
1.6%
19
TOTAL 100.0%
135
100.0%
608
100.0%
104
100.0%
249
100.0%
120

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Political ideology (I-POLITICS)

Table contains all missing data


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Married Widowed Divorced Separated Never married TOTAL
It is better for society if groups maintain their distinct customs and traditions 43.2%
278
33.8%
27
44.3%
81
45.2%
19
55.8%
149
45.6%
554
It is better if groups adapt and blend into the larger society 52.8%
340
63.8%
51
51.4%
94
52.4%
22
40.4%
108
50.6%
615
Don't know 2.3%
15
2.5%
2
2.7%
5
2.4%
1
1.9%
5
2.3%
28
No answer 1.7%
11
0.0%
0
1.6%
3
0.0%
0
1.9%
5
1.6%
19
TOTAL 100.0%
644
100.0%
80
100.0%
183
100.0%
42
100.0%
267

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Race (I-RACE)

White Black Other TOTAL
It is better for society if groups maintain their distinct customs and traditions 45.3%
440
44.8%
74
50.6%
40
45.6%
554
It is better if groups adapt and blend into the larger society 51.0%
496
50.9%
84
44.3%
35
50.6%
615
Don't know 2.2%
21
3.0%
5
2.5%
2
2.3%
28
No answer 1.5%
15
1.2%
2
2.5%
2
1.6%
19
TOTAL 100.0%
972
100.0%
165
100.0%
79

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Religion (I-RELIGION)

Protestant Catholic Jewish None Other TOTAL
It is better for society if groups maintain their distinct customs and traditions 40.7%
256
43.4%
125
53.1%
17
57.6%
98
59.1%
55
45.5%
551
It is better if groups adapt and blend into the larger society 55.2%
347
53.5%
154
37.5%
12
39.4%
67
36.6%
34
50.7%
614
Don't know 1.9%
12
2.8%
8
3.1%
1
2.9%
5
2.2%
2
2.3%
28
No answer 2.2%
14
0.3%
1
6.3%
2
0.0%
0
2.2%
2
1.6%
19
TOTAL 100.0%
629
100.0%
288
100.0%
32
100.0%
170
100.0%
93

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