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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 2012 Cross-Section and Panel Combined)


Sexual fidelity by Age


18-2930-4445-5960-7475 or olderMissingTOTAL
Yes1.7%
9
11.4%
62
12.9%
62
15.8%
42
15.2%
12

0
9.9%
187
No14.8%
76
61.8%
336
72.0%
347
75.5%
200
79.7%
63

5
54.2%
1022
Never married83.5%
430
24.4%
133
12.2%
59
6.4%
17
3.8%
3

0
34.1%
642
Dont know0.0%
0
0.2%
1
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0

0
0.1%
1
No answer0.0%
0
2.2%
12
2.9%
14
2.3%
6
1.3%
1

0
1.8%
33
Missing42478184460723602892
TOTAL 100.0%
515
100.0%
544
100.0%
482
100.0%
265
100.0%
79

5

1885



Sexual fidelity by Worship attendance


Less than once a yearOnce a yearSeveral times a yearOne to three times a monthNearly every weekEvery week or moreMissingTOTAL
Yes11.3%
66
6.1%
15
7.4%
15
11.8%
37
8.1%
6
9.2%
43

4
9.7%
182
No46.1%
269
48.6%
119
54.0%
109
51.1%
160
64.9%
48
68.4%
318

3
54.4%
1023
Never married41.5%
242
44.5%
109
37.6%
76
34.5%
108
27.0%
20
18.9%
88

1
34.2%
643
Dont know0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.2%
1

0
0.1%
1
No answer1.0%
6
0.8%
2
1.0%
2
2.6%
8
0.0%
0
3.2%
15

0
1.8%
33
Missing93239628941511077902921
TOTAL 100.0%
583
100.0%
245
100.0%
202
100.0%
313
100.0%
74
100.0%
465

8

1882



Sexual fidelity by Political ideology


Extremely liberal or liberalSlightly liberalModerateSlightly conservativeExtremely conservative or conservativeMissingTOTAL
Yes10.3%
30
8.7%
20
8.2%
56
13.3%
37
10.0%
32

13
9.7%
175
No49.7%
144
51.5%
119
53.0%
363
51.3%
143
68.3%
218

40
54.7%
987
Never married39.7%
115
39.4%
91
36.9%
253
33.3%
93
19.4%
62

30
34.0%
614
Dont know0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.4%
1
0.0%
0

0
0.1%
1
No answer0.3%
1
0.4%
1
1.9%
13
1.8%
5
2.2%
7

6
1.5%
27
Missing457311106541957902831
TOTAL 100.0%
290
100.0%
231
100.0%
685
100.0%
279
100.0%
319

89

1804



Sexual fidelity by Race


WhiteBlackOtherTOTAL
Yes10.5%
145
11.0%
31
4.3%
10
9.9%
186
No56.8%
782
42.6%
120
53.9%
124
54.3%
1026
Never married31.0%
427
44.3%
125
39.1%
90
34.0%
642
Dont know0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.4%
1
0.1%
1
No answer1.6%
22
2.1%
6
2.2%
5
1.7%
33
Missing22554222532930
TOTAL 100.0%
1376
100.0%
282
100.0%
230

1888



Sexual fidelity by Religion


ProtestantCatholicJewishNoneOtherMissingTOTAL
Yes12.4%
97
6.9%
32
0.0%
0
8.5%
35
11.2%
23

0
9.9%
187
No61.1%
479
52.9%
244
76.0%
19
39.8%
163
57.6%
118

3
54.3%
1023
Never married25.0%
196
38.2%
176
24.0%
6
50.2%
206
28.3%
58

0
34.1%
642
Dont know0.1%
1
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0

0
0.1%
1
No answer1.4%
11
2.0%
9
0.0%
0
1.5%
6
2.9%
6

0
1.7%
32
Missing14416696454819502917
TOTAL 100.0%
784
100.0%
461
100.0%
25
100.0%
410
100.0%
205

3

1885



Sexual fidelity by Sex


MaleFemaleTOTAL
Yes11.9%
105
8.1%
81
9.8%
186
No50.4%
446
57.7%
580
54.3%
1026
Never married36.6%
324
31.8%
320
34.1%
644
Dont know0.1%
1
0.0%
0
0.1%
1
No answer1.0%
9
2.4%
24
1.7%
33
Missing134515852930
TOTAL 100.0%
885
100.0%
1005

1890



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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