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Sexual fidelity (Demographic Patterns)

Have you ever had sex with someone other than your husband or wife while you were married? Results weighted by WTCOMB (General Social Survey 2014 Cross-Section and Panel Combined)


Sexual fidelity by Age


18-2930-4445-5960-7475 or olderMissingTOTAL
Yes1.8%
9
8.5%
57
15.8%
106
19.2%
79
10.1%
15

0
11.0%
266
No17.9%
91
63.0%
422
69.8%
469
71.5%
294
83.1%
123

6
58.1%
1399
Never married80.1%
406
26.9%
180
11.6%
78
5.8%
24
2.7%
4

1
28.7%
692
Dont know0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.1%
1
0.0%
0
0.0%
0

0
0.0%
1
No answer0.2%
1
1.6%
11
2.7%
18
3.4%
14
4.1%
6

3
2.1%
50
Missing17636040634012201404
TOTAL 100.0%
507
100.0%
670
100.0%
672
100.0%
411
100.0%
148

10

2408



Sexual fidelity by Worship attendance


Less than once a yearOnce a yearSeveral times a yearOnce to three times a monthNearly every weekEvery week or moreMissingTOTAL
Yes12.4%
102
11.1%
36
8.3%
21
7.6%
26
13.7%
13
11.9%
69

0
11.1%
267
No51.5%
422
49.7%
161
58.9%
149
61.6%
210
61.1%
58
69.1%
400

5
58.0%
1400
Never married34.1%
280
36.4%
118
32.4%
82
28.4%
97
17.9%
17
17.1%
99

0
28.7%
693
Dont know0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
1.1%
1
0.0%
0

0
0.0%
1
No answer2.0%
16
2.8%
9
0.4%
1
2.3%
8
6.3%
6
1.9%
11

3
2.1%
51
Missing4521691532117435801417
TOTAL 100.0%
820
100.0%
324
100.0%
253
100.0%
341
100.0%
95
100.0%
579

8

2412



Sexual fidelity by Political ideology


Extremely liberal or liberalSlightly liberalModerateSlightly conservativeConservative or extremely conservativeMissingTOTAL
Yes12.1%
44
11.1%
29
11.1%
103
8.1%
28
12.4%
55

8
11.0%
259
No51.8%
189
52.9%
138
56.8%
529
62.0%
214
66.1%
293

42
58.1%
1363
Never married35.6%
130
33.7%
88
29.6%
276
26.7%
92
18.7%
83

24
28.5%
669
Dont know0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.1%
1
0.0%
0
0.0%
0

0
0.0%
1
No answer0.5%
2
2.3%
6
2.4%
22
3.2%
11
2.7%
12

1
2.3%
53
Missing22616854317727001384
TOTAL 100.0%
365
100.0%
261
100.0%
931
100.0%
345
100.0%
443

75

2345



Sexual fidelity by Race


WhiteBlackOtherTOTAL
Yes12.2%
216
10.1%
35
5.4%
16
11.0%
267
No62.1%
1104
42.0%
145
52.5%
156
58.1%
1405
Never married23.4%
416
46.4%
160
39.4%
117
28.6%
693
Dont know0.1%
1
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
1
No answer2.3%
40
1.4%
5
2.7%
8
2.2%
53
Missing10902171161423
TOTAL 100.0%
1777
100.0%
345
100.0%
297

2419



Sexual fidelity by Religion


ProtestantCatholicJewishNoneOtherMissingTOTAL
Yes12.6%
130
9.8%
57
10.8%
4
11.4%
59
6.8%
16

1
11.1%
266
No64.6%
667
59.0%
343
59.5%
22
44.6%
231
56.8%
133

9
58.1%
1396
Never married20.0%
206
28.9%
168
27.0%
10
43.1%
223
35.5%
83

3
28.7%
690
Dont know0.1%
1
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0

0
0.0%
1
No answer2.7%
28
2.2%
13
2.7%
1
1.0%
5
0.9%
2

4
2.0%
49
Missing6393482828811101414
TOTAL 100.0%
1032
100.0%
581
100.0%
37
100.0%
518
100.0%
234

17

2402



Sexual fidelity by Sex


MaleFemaleTOTAL
Yes14.0%
156
8.6%
112
11.1%
268
No52.4%
584
62.9%
821
58.1%
1405
Never married31.3%
349
26.3%
344
28.6%
693
Dont know0.0%
0
0.1%
1
0.0%
1
No answer2.2%
25
2.1%
28
2.2%
53
Missing6507721422
TOTAL 100.0%
1114
100.0%
1306

2420



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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