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Table 2

Study respondents' perceptions and attitudes about sanitation behaviors and infrastructure

StatementsDisagree n (%)Neither n (%)Agree n (%)
Most people in this community do not have a toilet. 812 (47.9) 359 (21.2) 525 (31.0) 
People think those who have a toilet in their house are modern. 884 (52.1) 391 (23.1) 421 (24.8) 
Many people think it is too expensive to have a toilet in their house. 548 (32.3) 571 (33.7) 577 (34.0) 
In this community, it is acceptable to defecate in the open. 1,260 (74.3) 312 (18.4) 124 (7.3) 
It is embarrassing when people can see others defecating in the open. 117 (6.9) 196 (11.5) 1,383 (81.6) 
Most people feel ashamed to not have a toilet in their house. 234 (13.8) 483 (28.5) 979 (57.7) 
Many people do not want to build a toilet in their house because it smells. 1,353 (79.8) 292 (17.2) 51 (3.0) 
It is not a problem defecating on the beach or in a river. 1,120 (66.1) 432 (25.5) 143 (8.4) 
Most people in this community would not mind if their daughters married a person who did not have a toilet in his house. 507 (29.9) 760 (44.8) 429 (25.3) 
Babies' feces do not spread disease. 1,341 (79.1) 279 (16.5) 75 (4.4) 
Many people believe that women do not need privacy to defecate. 1,447 (85.4) 159 (9.4) 90 (5.3) 
In most families, men are the ones who decide whether or not to build a toilet in the house. 357 (21.0) 591 (34.8) 748 (44.1) 
There is no relationship between defecating in the open and people having diarrhea. 1,252 (73.9) 362 (21.4) 81 (4.8) 
StatementsDisagree n (%)Neither n (%)Agree n (%)
Most people in this community do not have a toilet. 812 (47.9) 359 (21.2) 525 (31.0) 
People think those who have a toilet in their house are modern. 884 (52.1) 391 (23.1) 421 (24.8) 
Many people think it is too expensive to have a toilet in their house. 548 (32.3) 571 (33.7) 577 (34.0) 
In this community, it is acceptable to defecate in the open. 1,260 (74.3) 312 (18.4) 124 (7.3) 
It is embarrassing when people can see others defecating in the open. 117 (6.9) 196 (11.5) 1,383 (81.6) 
Most people feel ashamed to not have a toilet in their house. 234 (13.8) 483 (28.5) 979 (57.7) 
Many people do not want to build a toilet in their house because it smells. 1,353 (79.8) 292 (17.2) 51 (3.0) 
It is not a problem defecating on the beach or in a river. 1,120 (66.1) 432 (25.5) 143 (8.4) 
Most people in this community would not mind if their daughters married a person who did not have a toilet in his house. 507 (29.9) 760 (44.8) 429 (25.3) 
Babies' feces do not spread disease. 1,341 (79.1) 279 (16.5) 75 (4.4) 
Many people believe that women do not need privacy to defecate. 1,447 (85.4) 159 (9.4) 90 (5.3) 
In most families, men are the ones who decide whether or not to build a toilet in the house. 357 (21.0) 591 (34.8) 748 (44.1) 
There is no relationship between defecating in the open and people having diarrhea. 1,252 (73.9) 362 (21.4) 81 (4.8) 
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