Subset of the 2010 General Social Survey for the "Politics, Social Issues, Family, and Religion" Learning Module

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The General Social Surveys (GSS) have been conducted by the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) annually since 1972 except for the years 1979, 1981, and 1992 (a supplement was added in 1992), and biennially beginning in 1994. The GSS is designed as part of a program of social indicator research, replicating questionnaire items and wording in order to facilitate time-trend studies. This subset of the 2010 GSS was created for users of the "Politics, Social Issues, Family, and Religion" learning module and features measures on religious attendance, political views, social attitudes, and family life.

Data File
Cases: 4,901
Variables: 11
Weight Variable: WTCOMBNR
Data Collection
Date Collected: 2010
Funded By
National Science Foundation
Collection Procedures
In-person interview (approximately 90 minutes long)
Sampling Procedures
NORC has introduced an innovative approach to demographic sampling frame construction and sample design for NORC's program of face-to-face surveys from 2004 onward. The important changes from previous GSS designs are: (i) the construction of a new list-assisted sampling frame for 72 percent of the population; (ii) an increase in the size of the certainty stratum (the proportion of the population covered by certainty area selections); (iii) designation of new primary sampling units (PSUs) for the certainty stratum; (iv) designation of new secondary sampling units (SSUs) for the remaining "urban" areas; and (v) designation of larger SSUs for the remaining areas.
Principal Investigators
Tom W. Smith
Peter V. Marsden
Michael Hout

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