Single-Item Measures


Obesity, Attitudes about

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Obese people should be allowed to park in handicapped spaces and have other special accommodations. (OBSEPARK)
  TOTAL %
1) Agree 89 19.1
2) Disagree 311 66.7
3) It depends 53 11.4
4) Dont Know/No answer 13 2.8
TOTAL466100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Regional Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Movie theaters and airlines should be required to provide some seats larger than normal to accommodate obese people. (OBSESEAT)
  TOTAL %
1) Agree 329 70.6
2) Disagree 105 22.5
3) It depends 17 3.6
4) Dont Know/No answer 15 3.2
TOTAL466100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Regional Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Obese people should be allowed to park in handicapped spaces and have other special accommodations. (OBSEPARK)
  TOTAL %
1) Agree 160 15.8
2) Disagree 730 72.1
3) It depends 107 10.6
4) Dont know/No answer 16 1.6
TOTAL1,013100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Regional Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Movie theaters and airlines should be required to provide some seats larger than normal to accommodate obese people. (OBSESEAT)
  TOTAL %
1) Agree 665 65.6
2) Disagree 262 25.9
3) It depends 31 3.1
4) Dont know/No answer 55 5.4
TOTAL1,013100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Regional Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Carol is a substantially overweight White woman. She has lost weight in the past but always gains it back again. Setup to personality, character and behavior questions--What percent of the persons behavior is influenced by the genes they inherit, and what percent is influenced by their learning experience? The higher the number, the more you think the behavior is influenced by learning and experience; the lower the number, the more you think it is influenced by genes. (GENENVO1)
  TOTAL %
1) 100% genes 164 6.9
2) 42 1.8
3) 43 1.8
4) 39 1.6
5) 124 5.2
6) 42 1.8
7) 60 2.5
8) 55 2.3
9) 44 1.8
10) 248 10.4
11) 196 8.2
12) 126 5.3
13) 54 2.3
14) 74 3.1
15) 239 10
16) 77 3.2
17) 102 4.3
18) 155 6.5
19) 75 3.1
20) 107 4.5
21) 100% environment 288 12.1
98) Dont know 14 0.6
99) No answer 14 0.6
TOTAL2,382100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Do you think most obese people are seriously overweight mainly because of bad diet and exercise habits, or are they seriously overweight mainly because of things they cant control such as their inherited metabolism? (RSNOBESE)
  TOTAL %
1) Because of bad diet and exercise habits 235 50.4
2) Because of things they cant control 100 21.5
3) Both 103 22.1
4) It depends 15 3.2
5) Dont Know/No answer 13 2.8
TOTAL466100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Regional Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Obese people should take responsibility for their own health and lose weight. (OBSERESP)
  TOTAL %
1) Agree 359 77
2) Disagree 46 9.9
3) It depends 55 11.8
4) Dont Know/No answer 6 1.3
TOTAL466100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Regional Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Do you think most obese people are seriously overweight mainly because of bad diet and exercise habits, or are they seriously overweight mainly because of things they cant control such as their inherited metabolism? (RSNOBESE)
  TOTAL %
1) Because of bad diet and exercise habits 568 56.1
2) Because of things they cant control 212 20.9
3) Both (volunteered) 183 18.1
4) It depends (volunteered) 18 1.8
5) Dont know/No answer 32 3.2
TOTAL1,013100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Regional Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Obese people should take responsibility for their own health and lose weight. (OBSERESP)
  TOTAL %
1) Agree 812 80.2
2) Disagree 77 7.6
3) It depends 103 10.2
4) Dont know/No answer 21 2.1
TOTAL1,013100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Regional Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Obese people face a lot of discrimination these days. (OBSEDISC)
  TOTAL %
1) Agree 357 76.6
2) Disagree 85 18.2
3) It depends 10 2.1
4) Dont Know/No answer 14 3
TOTAL466100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Regional Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Obese people face a lot of discrimination these days. (OBSEDISC)
  TOTAL %
1) Agree 766 75.6
2) Disagree 176 17.4
3) It depends 25 2.5
4) Dont know/No answer 46 4.5
TOTAL1,013100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Regional Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Are you in favor of or against public funding of: programs to prevent obesity? (FNDOBSTY)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly in favor of 294 20
2) In favor of 615 41.9
3) Neither in favor of nor against 264 18
4) Against 224 15.3
5) Strongly against 70 4.8
TOTAL1,467100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Are you in favor of or against public funding of: programs to prevent obesity? (FNDOBSTY)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly in favor of 294 19.8
2) In favor of 615 41.4
3) Neither in favor of nor against 264 17.8
4) Against 224 15.1
5) Strongly against 70 4.7
8) Dont know 18 1.2
9) No answer 0 0
TOTAL1,485100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Try to imagine actually doing the following things, and indicate how much money someone would have to pay you, (anonymously and secretly) to be willing to do each thing. For each action, assume that nothing bad would happen to you afterwards. Also assume that you cannot use the money to make up for your action. Make cruel remarks to an overweight person about his or her appearance [Moral Foundations Sacredness Scale-Short Version] (MFSS17)
  TOTAL %
-1) Refused 25 1.6
1) $0 (Id do it for free) 38 2.5
2) $10 13 0.9
3) $100 51 3.4
4) $1,000 63 4.2
5) $10,000 72 4.7
6) $100,000 50 3.3
7) $1 million dollars or more 99 6.5
8) Never for any amount of money 1,107 72.9
TOTAL1,518100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Online


New technologies make it possible to discover many things about the unborn early in the pregnancy. For each of the following test results I read, please tell me which statement on this card best describes your feelings. Just call off the letter. A test reveals . . . b. the baby will have a genetic tendency toward obesity -- being overweight. (See note 4 on the ARDA summary page) (TOBESE)
  TOTAL %
1) Serious enough to have an abortion 36 1.7
2) Serious enough to strongly consider an abortion 61 2.9
3) Serious enough to give a little consideration to an abortion 84 4
4) Not a consideration, you would definitely not consider an abortion 1,906 91.3
TOTAL2,087100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Other
Mode: In-Person


SubCategories [ Back to Top ]
Accommodations: This question type asks the respondent their opinion about accommodations that might be made for obese people.
Causes of Obesity: Questions that ask the respondent their opinion regarding potential causes of obesity.
Face Discrimination?: Does the respondent believe that the obese face discrimination?
Favor Funding: Does the respondent favor funding for program designed to reduce obesity?
Personal Attitude: This question type asks how the respondent feels about obese people.

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