SGI-USA Membership Survey, 1997

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HOWINVLV

Which one of these statements best describes how you got involved in SGI-USA (NSA) [Specified information not available]?
  1) I had heard and read enough about SGI to know that I wanted to get involved.
  2) I got acquainted with one or more SGI members who impressed me so much that I decided to get involved.
  3) Almost by chance, I was invited to an SGI meeting, was immediately impressed, and got involved.
  4) I got involved reluctantly to please someone else, but then I saw what chanting could do, so I got involved.
  5) I was curious, so I tried practicing, liked the results, and got involved.
  6) Other (Describe)

Category Frequency Percentage Cumulative Percentage Z-Score
I had heard and read enough about SGI to know that I wanted to get involved. 21 5.3% 5.3% -1.98
I got acquainted with one or more SGI members who impressed me so much that I decided to get involved. 75 18.9% 24.2% -1.31
Almost by chance, I was invited to an SGI meeting, was immediately impressed, and got involved. 42 10.6% 34.8% -.65
I got involved reluctantly to please someone else, but then I saw what chanting could do, so I got involved. 70 17.7% 52.5% .01
I was curious, so I tried practicing, liked the results, and got involved. 128 32.3% 84.8% .67
Other (Describe) 60 15.2% 100% 1.34

Variable Comparisons


Age (I-AGE)

Less than 25 25-39 40-49 50-64 65 + TOTAL
I had heard and read enough about SGI to know that I wanted to get involved. 0.0%
0
4.6%
5
6.1%
8
5.6%
5
5.7%
2
5.4%
20
I got acquainted with one or more SGI members who impressed me so much that I decided to get involved. 12.5%
1
14.8%
16
15.3%
20
22.2%
20
31.4%
11
18.3%
68
Almost by chance, I was invited to an SGI meeting, was immediately impressed, and got involved. 0.0%
0
13.9%
15
11.5%
15
6.7%
6
14.3%
5
11.0%
41
I got involved reluctantly to please someone else, but then I saw what chanting could do, so I got involved. 0.0%
0
14.8%
16
23.7%
31
14.4%
13
11.4%
4
17.2%
64
I was curious, so I tried practicing, liked the results, and got involved. 37.5%
3
33.3%
36
35.1%
46
32.2%
29
20.0%
7
32.5%
121
Other (Describe) 50.0%
4
18.5%
20
8.4%
11
18.9%
17
17.1%
6
15.6%
58
TOTAL 100.0%
8
100.0%
108
100.0%
131
100.0%
90
100.0%
35

372


Education (I-EDUC)

High school or less Some college Trade school, or junior college Bachelor's degree Graduate or professional degree TOTAL
I had heard and read enough about SGI to know that I wanted to get involved. 9.3%
5
3.0%
3
6.6%
5
4.3%
4
6.0%
4
5.4%
21
I got acquainted with one or more SGI members who impressed me so much that I decided to get involved. 25.9%
14
21.0%
21
10.5%
8
15.2%
14
25.4%
17
19.0%
74
Almost by chance, I was invited to an SGI meeting, was immediately impressed, and got involved. 1.9%
1
8.0%
8
15.8%
12
14.1%
13
11.9%
8
10.8%
42
I got involved reluctantly to please someone else, but then I saw what chanting could do, so I got involved. 11.1%
6
26.0%
26
21.1%
16
14.1%
13
11.9%
8
17.7%
69
I was curious, so I tried practicing, liked the results, and got involved. 37.0%
20
29.0%
29
32.9%
25
34.8%
32
28.4%
19
32.1%
125
Other (Describe) 14.8%
8
13.0%
13
13.2%
10
17.4%
16
16.4%
11
14.9%
58
TOTAL 100.0%
54
100.0%
100
100.0%
76
100.0%
92
100.0%
67

389


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Married Living with a partner Divorced/Separated Widowed Single Other (please specify) TOTAL
I had heard and read enough about SGI to know that I wanted to get involved. 7.5%
12
6.5%
2
4.1%
3
0.0%
0
3.0%
3
0.0%
0
5.1%
20
I got acquainted with one or more SGI members who impressed me so much that I decided to get involved. 14.3%
23
16.1%
5
24.7%
18
21.1%
4
21.2%
21
28.6%
2
18.7%
73
Almost by chance, I was invited to an SGI meeting, was immediately impressed, and got involved. 9.9%
16
16.1%
5
11.0%
8
15.8%
3
9.1%
9
14.3%
1
10.8%
42
I got involved reluctantly to please someone else, but then I saw what chanting could do, so I got involved. 21.7%
35
9.7%
3
15.1%
11
15.8%
3
18.2%
18
0.0%
0
17.9%
70
I was curious, so I tried practicing, liked the results, and got involved. 34.2%
55
32.3%
10
30.1%
22
26.3%
5
32.3%
32
28.6%
2
32.3%
126
Other (Describe) 12.4%
20
19.4%
6
15.1%
11
21.1%
4
16.2%
16
28.6%
2
15.1%
59
TOTAL 100.0%
161
100.0%
31
100.0%
73
100.0%
19
100.0%
99
100.0%
7

390


Race (I-RACE)

White Black Asian/Pacific Islander Latino/Hispanic Other (please specify) TOTAL
I had heard and read enough about SGI to know that I wanted to get involved. 1.9%
3
5.4%
3
11.6%
10
0.0%
0
7.3%
4
5.3%
20
I got acquainted with one or more SGI members who impressed me so much that I decided to get involved. 20.6%
33
25.0%
14
15.1%
13
9.1%
2
12.7%
7
18.2%
69
Almost by chance, I was invited to an SGI meeting, was immediately impressed, and got involved. 13.1%
21
12.5%
7
8.1%
7
9.1%
2
7.3%
4
10.8%
41
I got involved reluctantly to please someone else, but then I saw what chanting could do, so I got involved. 18.1%
29
16.1%
9
15.1%
13
31.8%
7
14.5%
8
17.4%
66
I was curious, so I tried practicing, liked the results, and got involved. 35.0%
56
26.8%
15
27.9%
24
45.5%
10
34.5%
19
32.7%
124
Other (Describe) 11.3%
18
14.3%
8
22.1%
19
4.5%
1
23.6%
13
15.6%
59
TOTAL 100.0%
160
100.0%
56
100.0%
86
100.0%
22
100.0%
55

379


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
I had heard and read enough about SGI to know that I wanted to get involved. 3.2%
4
6.2%
16
5.2%
20
I got acquainted with one or more SGI members who impressed me so much that I decided to get involved. 16.1%
20
19.8%
51
18.6%
71
Almost by chance, I was invited to an SGI meeting, was immediately impressed, and got involved. 8.1%
10
11.7%
30
10.5%
40
I got involved reluctantly to please someone else, but then I saw what chanting could do, so I got involved. 15.3%
19
18.3%
47
17.3%
66
I was curious, so I tried practicing, liked the results, and got involved. 36.3%
45
31.1%
80
32.8%
125
Other (Describe) 21.0%
26
12.8%
33
15.5%
59
TOTAL 100.0%
124
100.0%
257

381


Household income (I-INCOME)

< $20,000 $20,000 - $30,000 $30,000 - $40,000 $40,000 - $50,000 $50,000 - $60,000 $60,000+ TOTAL
I had heard and read enough about SGI to know that I wanted to get involved. 7.9%
9
5.7%
5
3.1%
2
2.6%
1
5.3%
1
2.9%
1
5.3%
19
I got acquainted with one or more SGI members who impressed me so much that I decided to get involved. 17.5%
20
19.3%
17
18.8%
12
13.2%
5
15.8%
3
20.6%
7
17.9%
64
Almost by chance, I was invited to an SGI meeting, was immediately impressed, and got involved. 9.6%
11
11.4%
10
6.3%
4
13.2%
5
26.3%
5
8.8%
3
10.6%
38
I got involved reluctantly to please someone else, but then I saw what chanting could do, so I got involved. 15.8%
18
21.6%
19
18.8%
12
18.4%
7
15.8%
3
14.7%
5
17.9%
64
I was curious, so I tried practicing, liked the results, and got involved. 33.3%
38
28.4%
25
37.5%
24
36.8%
14
15.8%
3
32.4%
11
32.2%
115
Other (Describe) 15.8%
18
13.6%
12
15.6%
10
15.8%
6
21.1%
4
20.6%
7
16.0%
57
TOTAL 100.0%
114
100.0%
88
100.0%
64
100.0%
38
100.0%
19
100.0%
34

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