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GSS ~ U.S. Sociological and Attitudinal Trend Data, 1972 - 2021

The General Social Survey (GSS) "takes the pulse of America" on a vast number of topics, with national-level data collected beginning in 1972 to present. A great resource for any discipline!

To identify variables for the entire dataset and/or specific years:

Options for Analyzing GSS Data: 

Use SDA to analyze data online analysis with no need for downloading or special software:

  • Use the SDA 4.0 online analysis tool. For help using SDA 4.0, check out these SDA 4.0 video tutorials.
  • Check out the "Quick Tables" options, which allow you to produce simple tables using a pre-selected subset of variables. 
  • Conduct simple bivariate analyses using the GSS Explorer Tabulations feature. 

Download data for analysis in statistical software (e.g., SPSS, SAS, Stata, R): 

  • Download GSS Data directly from the GSS website (available in SAS, SPSS, or Stata format). Single year and multi-year (panel) data available. 
  • Download the entire GSS (available in SPSS or Stata format) via GSS Explorer.
  • Create customized data extracts containing just the variables you need (available in Excel, SPSS, SAS, Stata, DDI, and R format) via GSS Explorer.
  • Download the entire dataset, pre-constructed subsets, or create customized subsets of the data using SDA 4.0. For help using SDA 4.0, check out these SDA 4.0 video tutorials.