Catalog of Holdings

Study Report

Study Number: SA-003-027-1-1-United States-ROPER-1972

Subject Area: Attitudes Toward Self and Society

Bibliographic Citation: General social surveys, 1972-2008 cumulative file and 2008 individual year survey.  [machine-readable data file] / Davis, James A.  [principal investigator(s)] / Storrs, CT: Roper Center for Public Opinion Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: GSS 72-08

Date Accessioned: 7/23/2009

Number of Files Received: 9

Comments: Data exists in SPSS portable (version 14) and raw ASCII formats. They can be found under \Data folder on the GSS 72-08 CD-Rom. Visit GSS web site for more information. GSS 1972-2008 can be downloaded from GSS website.

Access Status: Access limited to UW-Madison campus

Date Ordered: 7/13/2009

Documentation: Codebook is in PDF format. Weights description is in a Microsoft Word document. There is a text file on column locations for the raw ASCII data file.

Abstract: 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 26 General Social Surveys into a single file containing data from 1972 to 2008. The 2008 survey was composed of permanent questions that appeared on each of the previous surveys, 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 2008 GSS included 11 topical modules: self-employment; preparedness for terrorism; global economics; sexual orientation; Jewish identity; firearms; clergy/congregant contacts; knowledge about and attitudes towards science; religious trends, repeating a number of items from earlier GSSs; social inequality; and sexual behavior continuing the series started in 1988. The International Social Survey Program (ISSP) modules included in the 2008 survey were religion and sports/leisure. The sports/leisure module is a new ISSP topic. It contains measures on leisure time activities, self-actualization, preferred leisure activity, time pressures, favorite sport/physical activity to take part in, favorite nonsports game, evaluation of the value of sports, TV viewing of sports, and group memberships. The GSS is switching from a repeating, cross-section design to a combined repeating cross-section and panel-component design. The 2006 GSS is the base year for the first panel. A sub-sample of 2000 GSS cases from 2006 was selected for reinterview in 2008 and again in 2010 as part of the GSSs in those years. The 2008 GSS consists of a new cross-section of about 2000 plus the 2006 reinterviews. The 2006 GSS was the first having a Spanish version and using bilingual interviewers. For 2006 only the core content funded by the basic NSF grant was fielded in Spanish. Starting in 2008, all sections are translated and administrable in Spanish.

Media/File Reports:

7390 (CD-Rom)
7392 (CD-Rom)
7393 (CD-Rom)
9002 (USB Flask Drive)
9003 (USB Flask Drive)
9004 (SSCC network drive)