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Extra-marital sex (Demographic Patterns)

What is your opinion about a married person having sexual relations with someone other than the marriage partner? Results weighted by WTCOMBNR (General Social Survey 2010 Cross-Section and Panel Combined)


Extra-marital sex by Sex


MaleFemaleTOTAL
Always wrong76.5%
1148
82.3%
1412
79.6%
2560
Almost always wrong13.3%
199
11.2%
193
12.2%
392
Sometimes wrong7.2%
108
3.7%
63
5.3%
171
Not wrong at all1.7%
25
1.3%
23
1.5%
48
Dont know0.7%
11
1.1%
19
0.9%
30
No answer0.6%
9
0.3%
6
0.5%
15
Missing7579271684
TOTAL 100.0%
1500
100.0%
1716

3216



Extra-marital sex by Political ideology


Extremely liberal or liberalSlightly liberalModerateSlightly conservativeConservativeExtremely conservativeMissingTOTAL
Always wrong65.0%
333
70.9%
271
82.6%
935
85.5%
365
86.9%
472
81.3%
104

80
79.4%
2480
Almost always wrong18.6%
95
21.5%
82
9.8%
111
9.8%
42
7.9%
43
10.2%
13

6
12.4%
386
Sometimes wrong10.0%
51
5.2%
20
4.8%
54
3.7%
16
3.3%
18
7.0%
9

5
5.4%
168
Not wrong at all4.5%
23
1.0%
4
1.5%
17
0.2%
1
0.4%
2
0.8%
1

1
1.5%
48
Dont know0.4%
2
1.3%
5
1.1%
13
0.5%
2
0.7%
4
0.8%
1

3
0.9%
27
No answer1.6%
8
0.0%
0
0.2%
2
0.2%
1
0.7%
4
0.0%
0

0
0.5%
15
Missing2672175922432526401635
TOTAL 100.0%
512
100.0%
382
100.0%
1132
100.0%
427
100.0%
543
100.0%
128

95

3124



Extra-marital sex by Age


18 to 29 years old30 to 44 years old45 to 59 years old60 to 74 years old75 years or olderMissingTOTAL
Always wrong82.3%
483
79.4%
683
78.1%
740
79.5%
442
79.7%
189

22
79.6%
2537
Almost always wrong11.1%
65
10.9%
94
13.9%
132
12.1%
67
13.5%
32

1
12.2%
390
Sometimes wrong5.1%
30
7.4%
64
4.9%
46
5.0%
28
1.3%
3

0
5.4%
171
Not wrong at all1.0%
6
1.0%
9
1.9%
18
2.7%
15
0.0%
0

0
1.5%
48
Dont know0.5%
3
0.9%
8
1.0%
9
0.5%
3
1.7%
4

2
0.8%
27
No answer0.0%
0
0.2%
2
0.2%
2
0.2%
1
3.8%
9

0
0.4%
14
Missing37844246227210601660
TOTAL 100.0%
587
100.0%
860
100.0%
947
100.0%
556
100.0%
237

25

3187



Extra-marital sex by Region


NortheastMidwestSouthWestMissingTOTAL
Always wrong72.5%
382
80.7%
556
82.0%
1028
79.6%
593

1
79.6%
2559
Almost always wrong15.9%
84
13.2%
91
10.4%
131
11.5%
86

0
12.2%
392
Sometimes wrong7.0%
37
3.5%
24
4.9%
62
6.4%
48

0
5.3%
171
Not wrong at all1.5%
8
1.5%
10
1.6%
20
1.3%
10

0
1.5%
48
Dont know2.8%
15
0.9%
6
0.3%
4
0.7%
5

0
0.9%
30
No answer0.2%
1
0.3%
2
0.7%
9
0.4%
3

0
0.5%
15
Missing31836262238101683
TOTAL 100.0%
527
100.0%
689
100.0%
1254
100.0%
745

1

3215



Extra-marital sex by Religion


ProtestantCatholicJewishNoneOtherMissingTOTAL
Always wrong85.3%
1336
79.4%
638
63.9%
39
68.4%
357
72.8%
177

13
79.7%
2547
Almost always wrong8.9%
139
11.6%
93
32.8%
20
18.2%
95
17.3%
42

3
12.2%
389
Sometimes wrong3.2%
50
6.3%
51
3.3%
2
10.0%
52
6.2%
15

1
5.3%
170
Not wrong at all1.2%
19
1.4%
11
0.0%
0
2.7%
14
1.2%
3

1
1.5%
47
Dont know0.8%
12
1.1%
9
0.0%
0
0.8%
4
1.6%
4

2
0.9%
29
No answer0.7%
11
0.2%
2
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.8%
2

0
0.5%
15
Missing7684403228714301670
TOTAL 100.0%
1567
100.0%
804
100.0%
61
100.0%
522
100.0%
243

20

3197



Extra-marital sex by Race


WhiteBlackOtherTOTAL
Always wrong79.5%
1954
82.2%
347
76.5%
260
79.6%
2561
Almost always wrong12.9%
318
7.6%
32
12.4%
42
12.2%
392
Sometimes wrong5.0%
124
5.9%
25
6.8%
23
5.3%
172
Not wrong at all1.3%
32
2.8%
12
1.2%
4
1.5%
48
Dont know0.9%
22
1.2%
5
1.2%
4
1.0%
31
No answer0.3%
7
0.2%
1
2.1%
7
0.5%
15
Missing12692401741683
TOTAL 100.0%
2457
100.0%
422
100.0%
340

3219



Extra-marital sex by Church attendance


Less than once a yearOnce a yearSeveral times a yearOne to three times a monthNearly every weekOnce a week or moreMissingTOTAL
Always wrong70.9%
652
73.2%
317
80.8%
282
81.7%
437
86.7%
104
87.9%
532

235
78.5%
2324
Almost always wrong16.0%
147
15.7%
68
12.0%
42
12.9%
69
8.3%
10
6.9%
42

14
12.8%
378
Sometimes wrong9.1%
84
6.9%
30
2.9%
10
4.3%
23
4.2%
5
2.5%
15

6
5.6%
167
Not wrong at all2.2%
20
2.5%
11
2.3%
8
0.6%
3
0.0%
0
0.8%
5

2
1.6%
47
Dont know1.1%
10
0.9%
4
1.7%
6
0.6%
3
0.0%
0
1.3%
8

0
1.0%
31
No answer0.8%
7
0.7%
3
0.3%
1
0.0%
0
0.8%
1
0.5%
3

1
0.5%
15
Missing4952501612518931001556
TOTAL 100.0%
920
100.0%
433
100.0%
349
100.0%
535
100.0%
120
100.0%
605

258

2962



Notes

The General Social Surveys (GSS) have been conducted by the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) annually since 1972, except for the years 1979, 1981, and 1992 (a supplement was added in 1992), and biennially beginning in 1994. The GSS are designed to be part of a program of social indicator research, replicating questionnaire items and wording in order to facilitate time-trend studies. This data file has all cases and variables asked on the 2010 GSS. There are a total of 4,901 cases in the data set but their initial sampling years vary because the GSS now contains panel cases. Sampling years can be identified with the variable SAMPTYPE.