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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 18.
  3) There should be no laws forbidding the distribution or 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. 775 39% 39% -.82
There should be laws against the distribution of pornography to persons under 18. 1125 56.6% 95.5% .33
There should be no laws forbidding the distribution or pornography. 67 3.4% 98.9% 1.48
Don't know 19 1% 99.8% 7.22
No answer 3 .2% 100% 8.37

Variable Comparisons


Age (I-AGE)

18-29 years old 30-44 years old 45-59 years old 60-74 years old 75 years and older TOTAL
There should be laws against the distribution of pornography whatever the age. 23.3%
83
34.7%
212
38.1%
212
53.7%
165
65.6%
101
39.0%
773
There should be laws against the distribution of pornography to persons under 18. 71.6%
255
61.5%
376
58.5%
325
39.4%
121
29.2%
45
56.6%
1122
There should be no laws forbidding the distribution or pornography. 4.2%
15
2.8%
17
2.9%
16
4.6%
14
3.2%
5
3.4%
67
Don't know 0.8%
3
1.0%
6
0.5%
3
1.3%
4
1.9%
3
1.0%
19
No answer 0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
1.0%
3
0.0%
0
0.2%
3
TOTAL 100.0%
356
100.0%
611
100.0%
556
100.0%
307
100.0%
154

1984


Worship attendance (I-ATTEND)

Less than once a year About once or twice a year Several times a year 1-3 times a month Nearly every week Weekly or more TOTAL
There should be laws against the distribution of pornography whatever the age. 25.8%
154
29.7%
77
39.5%
90
32.5%
90
50.9%
56
59.9%
306
39.0%
773
There should be laws against the distribution of pornography to persons under 18. 68.7%
411
68.0%
176
57.5%
131
64.6%
179
40.0%
44
36.0%
184
56.7%
1125
There should be no laws forbidding the distribution or pornography. 4.3%
26
2.3%
6
2.2%
5
2.5%
7
7.3%
8
2.5%
13
3.3%
65
Don't know 1.2%
7
0.0%
0
0.9%
2
0.4%
1
0.9%
1
1.2%
6
0.9%
17
No answer 0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.9%
1
0.4%
2
0.2%
3
TOTAL 100.0%
598
100.0%
259
100.0%
228
100.0%
277
100.0%
110
100.0%
511

1983


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. 55.4%
170
38.8%
378
34.4%
62
32.4%
113
29.2%
52
39.0%
775
There should be laws against the distribution of pornography to persons under 18. 38.1%
117
56.8%
554
63.3%
114
63.9%
223
65.7%
117
56.6%
1125
There should be no laws forbidding the distribution or pornography. 4.6%
14
3.4%
33
1.1%
2
2.9%
10
4.5%
8
3.4%
67
Don't know 2.0%
6
0.8%
8
0.6%
1
0.9%
3
0.6%
1
1.0%
19
No answer 0.0%
0
0.2%
2
0.6%
1
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.2%
3
TOTAL 100.0%
307
100.0%
975
100.0%
180
100.0%
349
100.0%
178

1989


Gender (I-GENDER)

Male Female TOTAL
There should be laws against the distribution of pornography whatever the age. 27.4%
234
47.7%
541
39.0%
775
There should be laws against the distribution of pornography to persons under 18. 66.5%
568
49.1%
557
56.6%
1125
There should be no laws forbidding the distribution or pornography. 4.4%
38
2.6%
29
3.4%
67
Don't know 1.3%
11
0.7%
8
1.0%
19
No answer 0.4%
3
0.0%
0
0.2%
3
TOTAL 100.0%
854
100.0%
1135

1989


Religion (I-RELIGION)

Protestant Catholic Jewish None Other TOTAL
There should be laws against the distribution of pornography whatever the age. 47.4%
485
36.7%
183
17.9%
7
20.8%
69
32.2%
29
39.0%
773
There should be laws against the distribution of pornography to persons under 18. 49.9%
510
57.9%
289
74.4%
29
73.2%
243
58.9%
53
56.7%
1124
There should be no laws forbidding the distribution or pornography. 2.0%
20
4.6%
23
5.1%
2
4.8%
16
5.6%
5
3.3%
66
Don't know 0.5%
5
0.8%
4
2.6%
1
1.2%
4
3.3%
3
0.9%
17
No answer 0.3%
3
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.2%
3
TOTAL 100.0%
1023
100.0%
499
100.0%
39
100.0%
332
100.0%
90

1983


Region (I-REGION)

Northeast Midwest South West TOTAL
There should be laws against the distribution of pornography whatever the age. 33.1%
111
40.7%
187
44.2%
336
32.5%
141
39.0%
775
There should be laws against the distribution of pornography to persons under 18. 59.7%
200
56.7%
261
51.8%
394
62.2%
270
56.6%
1125
There should be no laws forbidding the distribution or pornography. 4.8%
16
2.4%
11
3.0%
23
3.9%
17
3.4%
67
Don't know 2.1%
7
0.2%
1
0.8%
6
1.2%
5
1.0%
19
No answer 0.3%
1
0.0%
0
0.1%
1
0.2%
1
0.2%
3
TOTAL 100.0%
335
100.0%
460
100.0%
760
100.0%
434

1989


Race (I-RACE)

White Black Other TOTAL
There should be laws against the distribution of pornography whatever the age. 39.0%
563
33.7%
94
44.2%
118
39.0%
775
There should be laws against the distribution of pornography to persons under 18. 57.7%
833
57.3%
160
49.4%
132
56.6%
1125
There should be no laws forbidding the distribution or pornography. 2.6%
38
7.9%
22
2.6%
7
3.4%
67
Don't know 0.5%
7
0.7%
2
3.7%
10
1.0%
19
No answer 0.1%
2
0.4%
1
0.0%
0
0.2%
3
TOTAL 100.0%
1443
100.0%
279
100.0%
267

1989

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