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General social surveys, 1972-2004 [electronic resource].

Davis, James A. (James Allan), 1929-2016 [Browse]
Data file
Ann Arbor, MI : Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [producer and distributors], 2005.
Extent of collection: 1 data file + machine-readable documentation (PDF) + SPSS setup file.
Restrictions note:
Use of these data is restricted to Princeton University students, faculty, and staff for non-commercial statistical analysis and research purposes only.
Summary note:
The General Social Surveys (GSS) were designed as part of a data diffusion project in 1972. The GSS replicated questionnaire items and wording in order to facilitate time-trend studies. This data collection includes a cumulative file that merges all data collected as part of the General Social Surveys from 1972 to 2004. The 2004 survey was composed of permanent questions that appeared on each previous survey, rotating questions that appeared on two out of every three surveys (e.g. 1973, 1974, 1976), and a small number of occasional questions that occurred in a single survey. The GSS included 12 topical modules: computer and internet use, negative life events, religious transformations, daily religious experiences, an experiment on measuring immigration status, altruism, an experiment on measuring alcohol consumption, attitudes towards guns, social networks and group memberships, sexual behavior and genetic testing and the role of heredity, stress and violence in the workplace. The International Social Survey Program (ISSP) modules included in the 2004 survey were: national identity and globalization, and citizenship. The national identity and globalization module was based upon the 1995 ISSP national identity module. The citizenship module was new for the 2004 data. It included questions regarding civic and political participation, social welfare policies, efficacy, misanthropy, international organizations, political parties, political corruption, and the working of democracy. Additional questions sought the respondent's opinion on topics such as the environment, foreign relations, society, the economy, leisure activities, familial relations, health care, and personal philosophy. The GSS also included several questions intended to obtain demographic information from the respondents.
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  • Title from title screen (viewed on February 7, 2006).
Type of data:
Extent of collection: 1 data file + machine-readable documentation (PDF) + SPSS setup file.
Time and place of event:
  • Dates of collection: 1972-2004, February, March, and April of 1972-1978, 1980, 1982-1991, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, and 2004.
  • Time period: 1972-2004.
Geographic coverage:
Geographic coverage: United States.
Funding information:
  • Funding agency: National Science Foundation.
  • Grant number: SBR-96-17727.
System details:
  • Mode of access: World Wide Web.
  • Data format: Logical Record Length with SPSS setup files, and SPSS portable file.
Methodology note:
  • Sample: National Opinion Research Center national probability sample. For the 2004 survey, a new sample frame based on the 2000 United States Census was implemented. Block quota sampling was used in 1972-1974 and for half of the 1975 and 1976 surveys. Full probability sampling was employed in 1977, 1978, 1980, 1982-1991, 1993-1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, and in half of the 1975 and 1976 surveys. Also, the 2004 survey had subsampled nonrespondents.
  • Universe: all noninstitutionalized English-speaking persons 18 years of age or older, living in the United States.
Cite as:
Davis, James A., Tom W. Smith, and Peter V. Marsden. GENERAL SOCIAL SURVEYS, 1972-2004 [CUMULATIVE FILE] [Computer file]. ICPSR04295-v1. Chicago, IL: National Opinion Research Center [producer], 2005. Storrs, CT: Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, University of Connecticut/Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributors], 2005-09-02.
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  • dataset 1972-2004.
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