GSS Quick Tables: Other Policy Issues

GSS Quick Tables provides a simplified user interface for generating crosstabulations based on user-selected variables. Quick Tables provide a pulldown selection interface to the popular SDA program.


Alternative Title General Social Survey: Other Policy Issues by Background Variables
Subject attitudes, policy, trend
Abstract The GSS contains a standard 'core' of demographic, behavioral, and attitudinal questions, plus topics of special interest. Many of the core questions have remained unchanged since 1972 to facilitate time-trend studies as well as replication of earlier findings. The GSS takes the pulse of America, and is a unique and valuable resource. It has tracked the opinions of Americans over the last four decades. Quick Tables provides a simplified user interface for generating crosstabulations. 1972-2008 General Social Survey Cumulative File The National Data Program for the Social Sciences has been conducted since 1972 by NORC, A Social Science Research Center at the University of Chicago, with the support of the National Science Foundation. This program has had two main goals: *To conduct basic scientific research on the structure and development of American society. *To distribute up-to-date, important, high-quality data to social scientists, students, policy makers, and others. This research is carried out by a data collection program designed to both monitor social change within the United States and to compare the United States to other nations. Data on social change in the United States is collected as part of the General Social Survey (GSS). The GSS has been conducted almost annually since 1972. It is the only full-probability, personal-interview survey designed to monitor changes in both social characteristics and attitudes currently being conducted in the United States. Hundreds of trends have been tracked since 1972. In addition, since the GSS adopted questions from earlier surveys, trends can be followed for up to 70 years. Among the topics covered are civil liberties, crime and violence, intergroup tolerance, morality, national spending priorities, psychological well-being, social mobility, and stress and traumatic events. Altogether the GSS is the single best source for sociological and attitudinal trend data covering the United States.
Creator NORC
Discipline Sociology
Contributor SDA at Berkeley
Type Database, list/table
Resource Type Data for Online Analysis, Data Source, Repackaged/Simplified Data Sets
Language English
Education Level Undergraduate (Lower Division), Undergraduate (Higher Division), High School, Graduate/Professional
Access Rights Free Access

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