Part of the series: How to research stuff.
The GSS is a huge collection of data on the demographics and attitudes of non-institutional adults (18+) living in the US.1 The data were collected by NORC via face-to-face, 90-minute interviews in randomly selected households, every year (almost) from 1972–1994, and every other year since then.
You can download the data and analyze it in R or SPSS or whatever, but the data can also be analyzed very easily via two easy-to-use web interfaces: the UC Berkeley SDA site and the GSS Data Explorer.2
- “Non-institutional” means: not in the military, not in jail or prison, and not in a nursing home. Another limitation of the data is that only English-speakers were interviewed until 2006, when Spanish-speakers were added to the target population. For further details on the data collection, see the GSS Codebook. [↩]
- In the future, check here to see whether Berkeley has added newer data files. [↩]