GSS 2008 Subset Description
The General Social Survey (GSS) conducts basic scientific research on the structure and development of American society with a data-collection program designed to both monitor social change within the United States and to compare the United States to other nations. The GSS data sets contain a standard ‘core’ of demographic and attitudinal questions, plus topics of special interest, representing the population of American adults, 18 years of age or older. Many of the core questions have remain 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 is the only survey that has tracked the opinions of Americans over an extended period of time. The GSS is also a major teaching tool. There are over 14,000 research uses such as articles in academic journals, books, and Ph.D. dissertations based on the GSS and about 250,000 students annually who use it in their classes. More information about the GSS and its original data sets can be found through their web site http://www.norc.org/GSS+Website/.
Here we have extracted 115 variables from the original GSS survey 2008 and recoded the data for use with a standard spreadsheet program such as Excel as well as the online stats package StatCrunch.
Description of the GSS 2008 (short) Data Set
The GSS 2008 (short) data set is a subset of the original data set, recoded for StatCrunch use. The data set consists of two files, gss2008-short.xls and gss2008-short-2.xls, with a total of 115 variables and 2024 cases. Blank entries denote missing values.
Variables in Data File gss2008-short.xls
Variables in Data File gss2008-short-2.xls