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Table 3 Homeowners’ assessments of residential sprinkler systems (RSS)

From: Public opinion concerning residential sprinkler systems for 1- and 2-family homes

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When evaluating the benefits vs. costs of having a home fire sprinkler system, which of the following comes closest to your thoughts on the issue? N = 976 N = 1357  
 Benefits strongly outweigh the costs 46 % 12 % p < 0.05
 Benefits somewhat outweigh the costs 31 % 34 % p = NS
 Costs somewhat outweigh the benefits 12 % 37 % p < 0.05
 Costs strongly outweigh the benefits 11 % 17 % p < 0.05
Now imagine you decided to move and buy or build a new home. Would you want a home fire sprinkler system in that house? N = 976 N = 1357  
 Yes 75 % 30 % p < 0.05
 No 5 % 17 % p < 0.05
 Not Sure 20 % 53 % p < 0.05
Would you be willing to pay the increased amount [dollar amount provided based on square footage of current home] for a home fire sprinkler system in a new house the size of your current home? N = 921 N = 1254  
 Yes 70 % 40 % p < 0.05
 No 12 % 28 % p < 0.05
 Not Sure 18 % 33 % p < 0.05
Do you support or oppose local laws that require new homes to have home fire sprinkler systems? N = 976 N = 1357  
 Very much support 27 % 4 % p < 0.05
 Somewhat support 21 % 15 % p < 0.05
 Neither Support nor Oppose 33 % 46 % p < 0.05
 Somewhat oppose 10 % 18 % p < 0.05
 Very much oppose 8 % 16 % p < 0.05
 Mean score, with 1 = very much oppose and 5 = very much support 3.5 2.7 p < 0.05