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Nebraska Annual Social Indicators Survey, 2017




Smyth, J., & Witt-Swanson, L. (2020, August 6). Nebraska Annual Social Indicators Survey, 2017.


The Nebraska Annual Social Indicators Survey (NASIS) aims to survey Nebraskans to create current, topical information about Nebraskans (ages 19 and older) and to monitor change in quality of life. The survey covers topics including environment, housing, health, Nebraska legislature, recreation, education, family life, among others. A set of core questions are repeated each year, and additional questions are purchased by those interested in gathering additional data. The 2017 NASIS gauges opinions about engineering, immigration, human rights, natural resources, youth and community, sex offenders, 4-H, youth and community.

The ARDA has added six additional variables to the original data set to enhance the users' experience on our site.

Data File

Cases: 1232
Variables: 317
Weight Variable: HWAT, REG_WT, PWEIGHT

The data were weighted in three ways: the number of adults living in the household, non-response by state region, and poststratification weights on age, gender and state region. The first weight (HWAT) was used to adjust for within-household selection probability and the poststratification weights (PWEIGHT) were applied to better resemble the population.

Data Collection

July 28, 2017 - October 10, 2017

Original Survey (Instrument)

NASIS 2016-17 Methodology Report

Funded By

Department of Sociology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Bureau of Sociological Research and other state agencies, private non-profit agencies and other university departments.

Collection Procedures

The NASIS for 2017 was conducted using a mail survey. Nebraska households with a known postal address were sampled. The adult (age 19 or older) in the household, with the next birthday after July 1, 2015 was asked to complete the survey.

Sampling Procedures

The sample for the 2016-2017 NASIS was purchased by Survey Sampling International, LLC (SSI). On June 15, 2017, a total 5,400 cases were provided to BOSR by SSI. The BOSR added two experiments in the survey to test the effects of monetary incentives and longer versus shorter cover letters. The sample was randomly assigned to receive one or the other. Half of the surveys also came with $1, while the other half had no incentive included. A total of 1,232 surveys were completed.

Principal Investigators

Bureau of Sociological Research at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln: Dr. Jolene Smyth, Director; Lindsey Witt-Swanson, Assistant Director

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