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Folic Acid

Some health experts recommend that women take 400 micrograms of the B vitamin folic acid, for which of the following reasons....*

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  Total
Respond.#
Make strong bones Prevent birth defects Prevent high bp Other Do not know
N % C.I.(95%) N % C.I.(95%) N % C.I.(95%) N % C.I.(95%) N % C.I.(95%)
TOTAL 2,273 237 10.7 9.3-12.3 1,066 41.8 39.4-44.2 69 3.7 2.8- 4.9 293 14.8 13.0-16.7 608 29.0 26.7-31.4
GENDER
Male 848 81 9.5 7.5-12.0 279 30.2 26.9-33.8 38 4.8 3.3- 7.0 144 18.7 15.7-22.1 306 36.7 32.9-40.6
Female 1,425 156 11.9 10.0-14.0 787 53.1 50.1-56.1 31 2.6 1.7- 4.1 149 10.9 9.2-12.9 302 21.5 19.1-24.1
RACE
White 1,671 142 8.5 7.1-10.1 865 48.0 45.3-50.8 52 3.5 2.6- 4.8 181 12.2 10.4-14.3 431 27.7 25.2-30.4
African American 492 80 16.4 12.9-20.7 158 28.7 24.2-33.6 11 2.2 1.2- 4.1 93 20.5 16.3-25.3 150 32.2 27.3-37.6
Other 90 13 10.7 6.0-18.4 32 32.2 22.5-43.8 6 12.1 5.3-25.3 18 19.5 11.3-31.4 21 25.5 16.3-37.5
HISPANIC
Yes 66 8 9.3 4.5-18.2 23 28.4 17.9-41.9 3 8.9 2.8-25.0 12 16.3 7.5-31.8 20 37.2 23.9-52.8
No 2,205 229 10.8 9.4-12.4 1,043 42.4 40.0-44.9 66 3.5 2.6- 4.6 281 14.7 12.9-16.7 586 28.6 26.3-31.0
AGE
18-24 346 28 8.3 5.6-12.2 155 39.7 34.1-45.7 10 4.5 2.3- 8.5 62 19.0 14.6-24.3 91 28.5 23.2-34.4
25-34 879 88 10.6 8.5-13.2 478 48.1 44.3-51.9 21 3.1 1.9- 5.0 87 11.5 9.0-14.5 205 26.7 23.3-30.5
35-44 1,048 121 12.4 10.3-15.0 433 37.6 34.4-40.9 38 3.7 2.6- 5.3 144 14.9 12.5-17.6 312 31.4 28.1-34.8
EDUCATION
Less Than H.S. 205 28 14.1 9.4-20.5 57 26.7 20.4-34.2 9 4.1 2.0- 8.2 32 16.0 10.8-23.1 79 39.2 31.6-47.3
H.S. or G.E.D. 711 86 12.2 9.8-15.2 254 31.8 28.0-36.0 22 3.6 2.2- 5.8 111 17.2 14.0-20.9 238 35.2 31.0-39.6
Some Post-H.S. 619 49 7.2 5.2- 9.9 297 43.7 39.1-48.3 18 4.5 2.6- 7.8 89 16.1 12.7-20.3 166 28.5 24.4-33.1
College Graduate 738 74 11.0 8.6-14.1 458 59.1 54.9-63.2 20 3.0 1.7- 5.0 61 9.7 7.4-12.6 125 17.2 14.3-20.5
HOUSEHOLD INCOME
Less than $15,000 240 40 16.4 11.5-22.7 78 30.8 24.0-38.5 9 4.5 2.0-10.1 35 13.3 8.6-19.9 78 35.0 27.7-43.1
$15,000- $24,999 390 45 11.4 8.3-15.5 157 35.9 30.6-41.7 12 3.7 2.0- 6.8 62 17.9 13.6-23.2 114 31.0 25.8-36.8
$25,000- $34,999 323 38 12.1 8.5-17.0 131 36.9 30.9-43.4 12 3.1 1.6- 5.7 39 12.8 9.0-17.9 103 35.1 28.7-42.0
$35,000- $49,999 410 33 7.4 5.1-10.6 188 39.8 34.5-45.4 13 3.3 1.7- 6.0 73 20.8 16.3-26.3 103 28.6 23.4-34.5
$50,000+ 747 64 9.1 7.0-11.8 442 55.6 51.5-59.7 14 2.5 1.4- 4.7 66 11.4 8.6-14.8 161 21.3 18.2-24.8
COUNTY/REGION**
Appalachia I 138 15 11.3 6.5-18.9 70 45.7 36.3-55.4 5 4.1 1.6- 9.9 12 10.8 5.7-19.4 36 28.1 19.8-38.4
Appalachia II 266 28 11.9 7.9-17.6 142 48.8 41.6-56.1 10 5.4 2.5-11.4 32 13.5 9.1-19.4 54 20.4 14.9-27.3
Appalachia III 168 15 7.7 4.4-13.1 73 36.5 28.1-45.9 4 3.1 1.1- 8.0 23 18.1 11.0-28.3 53 34.6 26.4-43.9
Catawba 161 16 9.9 5.9-16.2 66 41.9 33.4-50.9 6 4.7 1.9-11.3 23 12.5 8.1-18.9 50 31.0 23.5-39.7
Edisto Savannah 181 17 9.5 5.6-15.6 80 40.1 31.8-49.0 8 4.1 1.8- 9.0 22 16.6 10.0-26.2 54 29.7 22.1-38.6
Low Country 96 7 7.1 3.2-15.0 42 38.4 27.3-50.9 2 1.2 0.3- 4.9 19 21.9 13.2-33.9 26 31.4 20.4-45.0
Palmetto 361 38 11.8 8.2-16.7 178 43.9 37.9-50.0 12 3.9 1.8- 8.3 45 15.1 11.0-20.6 88 25.2 20.2-31.1
Pee Dee 172 17 9.9 5.8-16.2 83 40.3 32.1-49.1 3 3.8 1.0-12.8 18 11.7 7.0-18.9 51 34.3 26.1-43.6
Trident 319 36 10.4 7.2-14.8 151 42.9 36.9-49.1 9 3.7 1.7- 7.6 43 15.9 11.2-22.0 80 27.2 21.9-33.3
Upper Savannah 103 14 13.9 8.0-23.0 43 35.9 26.2-46.9 3 3.4 1.0-10.4 11 13.6 7.1-24.3 32 33.2 23.6-44.4
Waccamaw 169 14 9.7 5.4-16.9 84 39.2 31.2-47.9 5 3.6 1.3- 9.5 28 16.2 10.8-23.4 38 31.3 22.5-41.8
Wateree 120 17 15.0 8.8-24.4 49 38.8 29.4-49.1 1 0.8 0.1- 5.2 15 12.4 7.3-20.3 38 33.0 23.4-44.3

* This question was asked only of respondents who reported as aged between 18 and 44.

#Use caution in interpreting cell sizes less than 50. N = Cell Size, % = Percentage, C.I.(95%) = Confidence Interval (at 95 percent probability level).
Percentages are weighted to population characteristics.

** Appalachia I: Anderson, Oconee
Appalachia II: Greenville, Pickens
Appalachia III: Cherokee, Spartanburg, Union
Catawba: Chester, Lancaster, York
Edisto Savannah: Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Calhoun, Orangeburg
Low Country: Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton, Jasper
Palmetto: Fairfield, Lexington, Newberry, Richland
Pee Dee: Chesterfield, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Marion, Marlboro
Trident: Berkeley, Charleston, Dorchester
Upper Savannah: Abbeville, Edgefield, Greenwood, Laurens, McCormick, Saluda
Waccamaw: Georgetown, Horry, Williamsburg
Wateree: Clarendon, Kershaw, Lee, Sumter

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