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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 WTCOMBNR (General Social Survey 2010 Cross-Section and Panel Combined)


Sexual fidelity by Sex


MaleFemaleTOTAL
Yes12.5%
112
9.4%
97
10.8%
209
No50.7%
456
59.8%
618
55.6%
1074
Never married35.4%
318
29.0%
300
32.0%
618
Dont know0.2%
2
0.0%
0
0.1%
2
No answer1.2%
11
1.7%
18
1.5%
29
Missing135916102969
TOTAL 100.0%
899
100.0%
1033

1932



Sexual fidelity by Political ideology


Extremely liberal or liberalSlightly liberalModerateSlightly conservativeConservativeExtremely conservativeMissingTOTAL
Yes12.9%
42
11.4%
26
10.6%
74
12.0%
29
9.0%
27
6.6%
5

5
10.9%
203
No44.2%
144
48.9%
112
55.0%
382
57.7%
139
70.3%
211
67.1%
51

36
55.7%
1039
Never married40.5%
132
38.0%
87
33.4%
232
28.6%
69
18.0%
54
26.3%
20

24
31.8%
594
Dont know0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.7%
2
0.0%
0

0
0.1%
2
No answer2.5%
8
1.7%
4
1.0%
7
1.7%
4
2.0%
6
0.0%
0

0
1.6%
29
Missing452369102842849311602886
TOTAL 100.0%
326
100.0%
229
100.0%
695
100.0%
241
100.0%
300
100.0%
76

65

1867



Sexual fidelity by Age


18 to 29 years old30 to 44 years old45 to 59 years old60 to 74 years old75 years or olderMissingTOTAL
Yes2.5%
12
8.8%
48
13.9%
67
20.9%
69
13.8%
13

1
10.8%
209
No19.5%
94
59.3%
322
71.6%
346
71.8%
237
78.7%
74

1
55.5%
1073
Never married78.0%
376
30.6%
166
12.6%
61
4.5%
15
1.1%
1

0
32.0%
619
Dont know0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.2%
1
0.0%
0
1.1%
1

0
0.1%
2
No answer0.0%
0
1.3%
7
1.7%
8
2.7%
9
5.3%
5

0
1.5%
29
Missing48576192649725002919
TOTAL 100.0%
482
100.0%
543
100.0%
483
100.0%
330
100.0%
94

2

1932



Sexual fidelity by Region


NortheastMidwestSouthWestTOTAL
Yes10.6%
33
9.1%
39
13.3%
99
8.3%
37
10.8%
208
No53.7%
167
61.2%
262
54.6%
407
53.5%
239
55.6%
1075
Never married33.1%
103
28.5%
122
30.3%
226
37.4%
167
32.0%
618
Dont know0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.3%
2
0.0%
0
0.1%
2
No answer2.6%
8
1.2%
5
1.6%
12
0.9%
4
1.5%
29
Missing53262411316802967
TOTAL 100.0%
311
100.0%
428
100.0%
746
100.0%
447

1932



Sexual fidelity by Religion


ProtestantCatholicJewishNoneOtherMissingTOTAL
Yes11.7%
100
8.0%
41
15.2%
5
12.8%
46
9.4%
16

1
10.8%
208
No61.4%
523
54.1%
276
66.7%
22
44.2%
159
54.7%
93

2
55.7%
1073
Never married24.8%
211
36.3%
185
12.1%
4
42.5%
153
35.9%
61

4
31.9%
614
Dont know0.2%
2
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0

0
0.1%
2
No answer1.9%
16
1.6%
8
6.1%
2
0.6%
2
0.0%
0

0
1.5%
28
Missing14837356045021402942
TOTAL 100.0%
852
100.0%
510
100.0%
33
100.0%
360
100.0%
170

7

1925



Sexual fidelity by Race


WhiteBlackOtherTOTAL
Yes11.0%
160
14.2%
37
5.7%
12
10.8%
209
No61.2%
893
31.4%
82
46.9%
99
55.6%
1074
Never married26.4%
385
52.9%
138
45.0%
95
32.0%
618
Dont know0.1%
2
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.1%
2
No answer1.4%
20
1.5%
4
2.4%
5
1.5%
29
Missing22664003022968
TOTAL 100.0%
1460
100.0%
261
100.0%
211

1932



Sexual fidelity by Church attendance


Less than once a yearOnce a yearSeveral times a yearOne to three times a monthNearly every weekOnce a week or moreMissingTOTAL
Yes12.6%
73
10.5%
31
12.1%
25
8.1%
24
12.5%
10
8.2%
28

18
10.6%
191
No48.2%
280
51.5%
152
54.4%
112
54.6%
161
61.3%
49
70.3%
241

79
55.3%
995
Never married38.2%
222
36.6%
108
31.6%
65
33.9%
100
26.3%
21
20.7%
71

32
32.6%
587
Dont know0.0%
0
0.3%
1
0.0%
0
0.3%
1
0.0%
0
0.0%
0

0
0.1%
2
No answer1.0%
6
1.0%
3
1.9%
4
3.1%
9
0.0%
0
0.9%
3

3
1.4%
25
Missing83438730449212857102716
TOTAL 100.0%
581
100.0%
295
100.0%
206
100.0%
295
100.0%
80
100.0%
343

132

1800



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.