Custom Tables: Instructions
The Custom Tables function allows you to compare answers to a particular survey question across categories of another.

For example, you can ask questions such as:

  • Are women more likely to vote Democrat than men?
  • How do levels of church attendance vary across levels of income?
  • Are Catholics more likely than Protestants to belong to a union?
  • Constructing a Table

    To create a table, follow these steps:

  • Select a survey question as the row variable. Its categories will make up the rows of your table.
  • Select another survey question as the column variable.
  • Check a box to indicate whether you want to percentage by column or by row (explained below)
  • Click on the Go! button to view your table
  • Note: Tables quickly become difficult to read and interpret as the number of categories increase. The Custom Tables feature will only produce tables with variables that have nine or fewer categories.

    Sample Tables

    SEX by RELIMPRT (Column Percentaging)

     Yes, doNo, do notDon't knowMissingTOTAL
    Male45.4%
    1890
    58.6%
    1054
    52.5%
    31
    053.6%
    2975
    Female54.6%
    2276
    41.4%
    744
    47.5%
    28
    055.0%
    3048
    Missing000477477
    TOTAL100%
    4166
    100%
    1798
    100%
    59
    05546

    When using column percentaging, percentages should be read from top to bottom. In the above table, we can see that of those who believe religion is important, 45.4% are male and 54.6% are female. Of those who do not think religion is important, 58.6% are male and 41.4% female.


    SEX by RELIMPRT (Row Percentaging)

     Yes, doNo, do notDon't knowMissingTOTAL
    Male63.5%
    1890
    35.4%
    1054
    1.0%
    31
    0100.0%
    2975
    Female74.7%
    2276
    24.4%
    744
    0.9%
    28
    0100.0%
    3048
    Missing000477477
    TOTAL75.1%
    4166
    32.4%
    1798
    1.1%
    59
    05546

    With row percentaging, read percentages from left to right. In this table, we can see that 63.5% of males think that religion is important and 35.4% say religion is not important. With 74.7% saying "Yes," females are more likely to view religion as important.

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