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Widerman, Michael W. "Extramarital Sex: Prevalence and Correlates in a National Survey." The Journal of Sex Research 34 (1997):167-174. JSTOR. UPenn, Philadelphia. 7 Apr. 2008. Keyword: effects of extramarital sex.
Michael Wiederman has put together a thorough survey of extramarital sex among married Americans. What's interesting about this survey is that he prefaces it by giving the different results of various other surveys that have been conducted throughout various times in the twentieth century. In a 1948 survey sociologists found that one-third of men and one-fifth of women have had extramarital sex. A recent survey in 1990 showed that that number had climbed to one-half for men and almost the same for women. 1.5% of those surveyed admitted to having extramarital sex in the past year. Wiederman notes that a problem with these surveys is people's honesty or lack thereof in answering questions. For example, when a spouse is in the room with someone taking a survey the person is much more likely to lie about having an extramarital affair. The same result occurs when a random stranger is in the same room as someone taking the survey. A 1994 phone survey showed that 19% of men and 15% of women have had extramarital sex. For men, the incidence of extramarital sex was pretty constant throughout the span of their lives (e.g. 60 year olds had as much extramarital sex as 20 year olds). However, for women the incidence peaked around the age of 40. Black and Hispanic women had noticably higher rates than white women. Men are much more likely than women to have an extramarital affair. Thus, Wiederman's own findings that 21% of men and 11% of women have had extramarital sex is not far from any data already collected. Additionally, he found that men peaked at 60-69 years of age (34%) and women peaked at 40-49 years (19.3%).
This survey is relevant to The Graduate because of Mrs. Robinson's seemingly endless desire to sleep with Benjamin Braddock. She is certainly somewhere around 40 years old since actress Anne Bancroft was 37 when the movie was released. The affair between her and Benjamin is the pillar on which the entire movie is founded. If it weren't for this affair Mike Nichols' commentary on society's unrest in the 1960s would be much too mainstream and blatantly obvious. The affair between a suburban socialite and young college graduate is an unlikely storyline, yet Nichols was able to produce a meaningful social commentary with a unique set of circumstances.
Industry Surveys. Now accessed through Market Insight. Click on Industry. Select an industry from the drop down menu and click on Go. Scroll to S&P Industry Survey. Based on Global Industry Classification Standards. For more information, click on Tools, Help, Reference. Scroll to Industry Classifications.
The conceptual integration of planning and sustainability: an investigation of planners in the United States
Edward J Jepson Jr
Received 30 July 2002; in revised form 6 January 2003
Abstract. The author reports the results of a survey of more than five hundred local planners in the United States. The purpose of the survey was to measure the extent to which an ecological definition of sustainable development is reflected in planners' views and opinions. Through statistical and other quantitative analyses of the results of the survey, it was found that the conceptual integration of sustainability is most related to the planners' academic background, the state public policy context in which they work, and their general level of support for the concept. Although there is much consistency between planners' views and sustainability there remain several areas of conceptual conflict, primarily in relation to nonurban issues (that is, agriculture and natural open space) and private market forces that affect the use of land.
This Pew Research Center Report states that twice as many Americans cited the internet as their primary source of political news and information for the 2006 midterm elections as opposed to the 2002 midterm election. One of the most useful tables in this report shows the percentages alloted to television, newspapers, radio, internet and magazines from 1992 to 2006, outlining the increasing presence of the internet while noting it still falls behind TV, newspapers and radio as a primary information source in 2006. 31% of Americans (totaling more than 60 million people) say they were online during the campaign season "gathering information and exchanging views via email" and the report calls this group "campaign internet users."
71% of campaign internet users cited convenience as a major reason they get political news online. On one hand, the highest percentage of campaign internet users are younger adults who seem to be the most flexible and eager adopters of new technology and internet activism. On the other hand, I wonder if the fundamental importance of convenience could (does) undermine the ability of cyber-activity to translate into voter turnout?
© 2007 SAGE Publications
Measuring Residents' Opinions Using Survey Data
Daniel Monroe Sullivan
Portland State University, Oregon
Qualitative studies have focused on the proponents and the opponents to gentrification but have not provided a clear picture of the opinions of a truly representative sample of residents. This article uses probability sampling and a large sample size to examine residents in two gentrifying neighborhoods in Portland, Oregon. The results suggest that the majority of residents-including owners and renters, Whites and minorities, newcomers and longtime residents, those college educated and not-like how their neighborhood has changed and think it will improve even more in the future. However, regression analysis reveals that renters and longtime Black residents are less likely to view these changes positively.
Key Words: gentrification • survey methods • race • social class • homeownership