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 societal change within the United States and to compare the United States to other nations.

Announcements





GSS Update

 

Call for proposals to add questions to GSS 2016

 

The GSS 1972-2012 cumulative data file is updated to Release 5. The GSS 2012 merged file is also updated to Release 4. Please go to the Download page.

 

The first two waves of the GSS panel data for the 2010-sample are now linked in single file.

 

The complete three waves of the GSS panel data for the 2008-sample are now linked in single file.

 

The Codebook for the GSS 1972-2012 is now available.  

 

Design variables are now attached to GSS data files. Please refer to the documentation for more information.

 

The GSS panel data files (2006-sample and 2008-sample) are updated to Release 2.

 

For those who have funds to support paid supplements to the GSS, see "Guidelines for Paid Supplements to the GSS".

 

 

GSS 1978-2002 has been linked to the National Death Index. The data file and documentation are packaged in single zip file.

 

GSS Panel (2006 sample) Wave 3 is available here. For online analysis, please visit SDA.

 

Newsletter

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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.

 

Data

 

 

Trends

The GSS is widely regarded as the single best source of data on societal trends. The 1972-2012 GSS has 5,545 variables, time-trends for 2,072 variables, and 268 trends having 20+ data points. You can find links to pre-generated trends or create your own tables in and SDA (1972-2012) and NESSTAR (1972-2006). To generate time-trends in SDA  (1972-2012) using its cross-tabulation program, specify the variable you would like to analyze as a "column" variable, and then specify the variable YEAR as the "row" variable, and request percentaging by rows (instead of columns).

Cross-National Data

Cross-national data are collected as part of the International Social Survey Program (ISSP). ISSP was established in 1984 by NORC and other social science institutes in the United States, Australia, Great Britain, and West Germany. The ISSP collaboration has now grown to include 49 nations (the founding four plus Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Estonia, Filand, France, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea (South), Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, the Nethelands, New Zealand, Norway, Palestine, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Swizeland, Taiwan, Turkey, Ukraine, Uruguay, and Venezuela). The ISSP is the largest program of cross-national research in the social sciences. For more information on the ISSP, visit its Web site: www.issp.org

The National Data Program for the Sciences  NORC