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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 WTCOMB (General Social Survey 2012 Cross-Section and Panel Combined)


Extra-marital sex by Age


18-2930-4445-5960-7475 or olderMissingTOTAL
Always wrong83.6%
478
79.1%
682
78.9%
704
77.0%
448
85.8%
175

18
79.9%
2487
Almost always wrong9.3%
53
12.2%
105
12.8%
114
13.7%
80
8.8%
18

3
11.9%
370
Sometimes wrong4.9%
28
6.4%
55
5.8%
52
6.4%
37
2.0%
4

1
5.7%
176
Not wrong at all1.6%
9
1.2%
10
1.0%
9
1.2%
7
0.5%
1

2
1.2%
36
Don't know0.3%
2
0.7%
6
1.1%
10
0.7%
4
2.5%
5

2
0.9%
27
No answer0.3%
2
0.5%
4
0.3%
3
1.0%
6
0.5%
1

0
0.5%
16
Missing36946243329211101667
TOTAL 100.0%
572
100.0%
862
100.0%
892
100.0%
582
100.0%
204

26

3112



Extra-marital sex by Worship attendance


Less than once a yearOnce a yearSeveral times a yearOne to three times a monthNearly every weekEvery week or moreMissingTOTAL
Always wrong70.4%
679
76.9%
317
79.8%
268
80.0%
377
83.2%
104
92.0%
750

10
79.9%
2495
Almost always wrong16.5%
159
14.3%
59
13.4%
45
11.7%
55
10.4%
13
5.2%
42

0
11.9%
373
Sometimes wrong9.4%
91
6.1%
25
4.8%
16
5.1%
24
3.2%
4
2.1%
17

0
5.7%
177
Not wrong at all1.7%
16
1.9%
8
0.6%
2
1.9%
9
0.0%
0
0.1%
1

2
1.2%
36
Don't know1.2%
12
0.2%
1
0.9%
3
0.6%
3
3.2%
4
0.4%
3

2
0.8%
26
No answer0.7%
7
0.5%
2
0.6%
2
0.6%
3
0.0%
0
0.2%
2

1
0.5%
16
Missing5512271562586142901682
TOTAL 100.0%
964
100.0%
412
100.0%
336
100.0%
471
100.0%
125
100.0%
815

15

3123



Extra-marital sex by Political ideology


Extremely liberal or liberalSlightly liberalModerateSlightly conservativeExtremely conservative or conservativeMissingTOTAL
Always wrong63.9%
305
73.2%
243
81.7%
928
81.7%
357
89.5%
562

111
79.6%
2395
Almost always wrong18.0%
86
17.2%
57
11.4%
129
12.6%
55
6.1%
38

8
12.1%
365
Sometimes wrong12.2%
58
7.5%
25
4.7%
53
5.3%
23
2.5%
16

3
5.8%
175
Not wrong at all2.5%
12
0.6%
2
1.4%
16
0.2%
1
1.0%
6

1
1.2%
37
Don't know2.1%
10
1.5%
5
0.5%
6
0.2%
1
0.6%
4

2
0.9%
26
No answer1.3%
6
0.0%
0
0.4%
4
0.0%
0
0.3%
2

5
0.4%
12
Missing27021161426027201627
TOTAL 100.0%
477
100.0%
332
100.0%
1136
100.0%
437
100.0%
628

130

3010



Extra-marital sex by Race


WhiteBlackOtherTOTAL
Always wrong79.5%
1866
84.2%
401
75.6%
238
79.8%
2505
Almost always wrong12.5%
294
8.6%
41
12.1%
38
11.9%
373
Sometimes wrong5.3%
125
5.0%
24
9.2%
29
5.7%
178
Not wrong at all1.2%
28
0.6%
3
2.2%
7
1.2%
38
Don't know0.9%
21
1.1%
5
0.6%
2
0.9%
28
No answer0.6%
14
0.4%
2
0.3%
1
0.5%
17
Missing12852291691683
TOTAL 100.0%
2348
100.0%
476
100.0%
315

3139



Extra-marital sex by Religion


ProtestantCatholicJewishNoneOtherMissingTOTAL
Always wrong86.1%
1263
82.2%
613
63.3%
38
67.0%
394
72.0%
193

4
79.9%
2501
Almost always wrong8.5%
125
10.7%
80
23.3%
14
18.5%
109
15.7%
42

3
11.8%
370
Sometimes wrong3.7%
54
4.8%
36
8.3%
5
10.2%
60
8.2%
22

0
5.7%
177
Not wrong at all0.5%
8
1.2%
9
0.0%
0
2.2%
13
2.6%
7

2
1.2%
37
Don't know0.9%
13
0.4%
3
3.3%
2
1.4%
8
1.1%
3

0
0.9%
29
No answer0.3%
4
0.7%
5
1.7%
1
0.7%
4
0.4%
1

1
0.5%
15
Missing7593853037213301679
TOTAL 100.0%
1467
100.0%
746
100.0%
60
100.0%
588
100.0%
268

10

3129



Extra-marital sex by Sex


MaleFemaleTOTAL
Always wrong76.3%
1096
83.0%
1409
79.9%
2505
Almost always wrong14.6%
210
9.5%
162
11.9%
372
Sometimes wrong6.3%
91
5.1%
86
5.6%
177
Not wrong at all1.6%
23
0.8%
14
1.2%
37
Don't know0.8%
11
1.0%
17
0.9%
28
No answer0.4%
6
0.6%
10
0.5%
16
Missing7928911683
TOTAL 100.0%
1437
100.0%
1698

3135



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 2012 GSS. There are a total of 4,820 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.




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