Simple Visualizations from the General Social Survey

This page has graphs showing the rates of certain opinions held by various demographic groups over time.  All data are from the General Social Survey and were downloaded, analyzed, and visualized by Sara Sanders in January 2015.  Not every question was asked in every year, so the range of time covered in these visualizations may differ.

Attitudes on Homosexuality

These graphs show the percent of each demographic group that answered the question, “…sexual relations between two adults of the same sex– do you think it is always wrong, almost always wrong, wrong only sometimes, or not wrong at all?” with “not wrong at all.”

Positive Attitudes on Homosexuality by Age Group, 1976-2012

 

Positive Attitudes on Homosexuality by Gender, 1976-2012 Positive Attitudes on Homosexuality by Race, 1976-2012

Attitudes on Discrimination

Discrimination Due to Racial Difference

These graphs show the percent of each demographic group that agreed that racial differences are mainly due to discrimination from 1988-2012.

Q: On the average (Negroes/Blacks/African-Americans) have worse jobs, income, and housing than white people.  Do you think these differences are….?

A:  Mainly due to discrimination

Racial Differences are Due to Discrimination, by Race, 1988-2012

Racial Differences are Due to Discrimination, by Gender, 1988-2012 Racial Differences are Due to Discrimination, by Age Group, 1988-2012

Other Factors of Discrimination

The following graphs show the percent of demographic groups that believe there should not be laws against interracial marriage.

Q:  Do you think there should be laws against marriages between (Negroes/Blacks/African-Americans) and whites?

A: No

Opinion that Interracial Marriage should be Legal by Age Group, 1980-2000

Opinion that Interracial Marriage should be Legal by Gender, 1980-2000 racmar-race

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