General Social Survey 2014 Cross-Section and Panel Combined - Instructional Dataset

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This file contains all of the cases and variables that are in the original 2014 General Social Survey, but is prepared for easier use in the classroom. Changes have been made in two areas. First, to avoid confusion when constructing tables or interpreting basic analysis, all missing data codes have been set to system missing. Second, many of the continuous variables have been categorized into fewer categories, and added as additional variables to the file.

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 are designed to be part of a program of social indicator research, replicating questionnaire items and wording in order to facilitate time-trend studies. This data file has all cases and variables asked on the 2014 GSS. There are a total of 3,842 cases in the data set but their initial sampling years vary because the GSS now contains panel cases. Sampling years can be identified with the variable SAMPTYPE.

Data File
Cases: 3,842
Variables: 938
Weight Variable: WTCOMB, WTCOMBNR, FORMWT, OVERSAMP, WTSS
WTCOMB: weight for both cross-section and the panel cases combined, adjusted to the 2014 sampling
WTCOMBNR: weight for both cross-section and the panel cases combined, accounting for non-respondents
Data Collection
Date Collected: 2014
Funded By
National Science Foundation
Collection Procedures
In-person interview of approximately 90 minutes
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
Notes
The following links provide a detailed description of the occupation and industry codes utilized in the 2012 GSS dataset:

Appendix F. Go to page 19 for the 2010 Census occupational categories used in the 2014 GSS.

Appendix H Go to page 12 for the 2007 NAICS/Census industrial categories used in the 2014 GSS.

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