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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 2014 Cross-Section and Panel Combined)


Extra-marital sex by Age


18-2930-4445-5960-7475 or olderMissingTOTAL
Always wrong73.7%
333
77.6%
531
79.2%
565
74.6%
388
81.9%
131

11
77.0%
1948
Almost always wrong13.3%
60
13.0%
89
12.2%
87
15.2%
79
13.1%
21

2
13.3%
336
Sometimes wrong9.7%
44
7.0%
48
6.5%
46
6.7%
35
3.1%
5

1
7.0%
178
Not wrong at all3.3%
15
1.3%
9
1.1%
8
1.7%
9
1.3%
2

0
1.7%
43
Don't know0.0%
0
0.7%
5
0.8%
6
1.0%
5
0.0%
0

0
0.6%
16
No answer0.0%
0
0.3%
2
0.1%
1
0.8%
4
0.6%
1

0
0.3%
8
Missing23134736523310901285
TOTAL 100.0%
452
100.0%
684
100.0%
713
100.0%
520
100.0%
160

14

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Extra-marital sex by Worship attendance


Less than once a yearOnce a yearSeveral times a yearOnce to three times a monthNearly every weekEvery week or moreMissingTOTAL
Always wrong69.0%
566
68.5%
237
78.4%
210
79.4%
300
86.7%
98
89.1%
539

9
77.1%
1950
Almost always wrong16.6%
136
19.1%
66
13.4%
36
11.6%
44
11.5%
13
7.1%
43

1
13.4%
338
Sometimes wrong11.1%
91
9.0%
31
4.5%
12
7.1%
27
1.8%
2
2.5%
15

1
7.0%
178
Not wrong at all2.6%
21
2.3%
8
3.0%
8
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
1.0%
6

0
1.7%
43
Don't know0.5%
4
1.2%
4
0.7%
2
0.5%
2
0.0%
0
0.3%
2

2
0.6%
14
No answer0.2%
2
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
1.3%
5
0.0%
0
0.0%
0

0
0.3%
7
Missing4521461371765633101298
TOTAL 100.0%
820
100.0%
346
100.0%
268
100.0%
378
100.0%
113
100.0%
605

13

2530



Extra-marital sex by Political ideology


Extremely liberal or liberalSlightly liberalModerateSlightly conservativeConservative or extremely conservativeMissingTOTAL
Always wrong63.5%
258
66.9%
188
77.5%
734
83.3%
295
89.1%
425

58
77.1%
1900
Almost always wrong20.7%
84
21.7%
61
12.6%
119
9.0%
32
6.5%
31

12
13.3%
327
Sometimes wrong12.1%
49
9.3%
26
6.4%
61
6.2%
22
3.4%
16

6
7.1%
174
Not wrong at all2.5%
10
1.4%
4
2.0%
19
1.4%
5
0.8%
4

0
1.7%
42
Don't know1.0%
4
0.0%
0
1.0%
9
0.0%
0
0.2%
1

2
0.6%
14
No answer0.2%
1
0.7%
2
0.5%
5
0.0%
0
0.0%
0

0
0.3%
8
Missing18514752716723501261
TOTAL 100.0%
406
100.0%
281
100.0%
947
100.0%
354
100.0%
477

78

2465



Extra-marital sex by Race


WhiteBlackOtherTOTAL
Always wrong76.7%
1456
81.4%
307
72.9%
196
77.0%
1959
Almost always wrong14.4%
273
8.0%
30
13.4%
36
13.3%
339
Sometimes wrong6.6%
125
7.7%
29
9.7%
26
7.1%
180
Not wrong at all1.4%
27
1.9%
7
3.0%
8
1.7%
42
Don't know0.6%
11
1.1%
4
0.4%
1
0.6%
16
No answer0.4%
7
0.0%
0
0.7%
2
0.4%
9
Missing9691851441298
TOTAL 100.0%
1899
100.0%
377
100.0%
269

2545



Extra-marital sex by Religion


ProtestantCatholicJewishNoneOtherMissingTOTAL
Always wrong82.8%
911
82.2%
500
57.4%
27
62.8%
340
74.2%
173

9
77.1%
1951
Almost always wrong11.0%
121
11.3%
69
23.4%
11
19.8%
107
12.0%
28

3
13.3%
336
Sometimes wrong4.4%
48
5.3%
32
14.9%
7
12.4%
67
10.3%
24

1
7.0%
178
Not wrong at all0.9%
10
0.7%
4
2.1%
1
3.7%
20
3.4%
8

0
1.7%
43
Don't know0.5%
5
0.5%
3
2.1%
1
1.1%
6
0.0%
0

0
0.6%
15
No answer0.5%
5
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.2%
1
0.0%
0

2
0.2%
6
Missing5733211726311401288
TOTAL 100.0%
1100
100.0%
608
100.0%
47
100.0%
541
100.0%
233

15

2529



Extra-marital sex by Sex


MaleFemaleTOTAL
Always wrong74.2%
873
79.4%
1086
77.0%
1959
Almost always wrong15.4%
181
11.5%
158
13.3%
339
Sometimes wrong7.6%
89
6.6%
90
7.0%
179
Not wrong at all2.2%
26
1.2%
17
1.7%
43
Don't know0.5%
6
0.7%
10
0.6%
16
No answer0.2%
2
0.5%
7
0.4%
9
Missing5877111298
TOTAL 100.0%
1177
100.0%
1368

2545



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 2014 GSS. There are a total of 3,842 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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