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The GSS panel data originally sampled in 2010 are now available with all three waves.


The cross-section and the panel data are merged in the GSS 2014 merged data file, which is available for download.


​​Now accepting ​​proposals for questions or short modules to be included in the 2018 GSS. The deadline is June 30th, 2016.

2018 Call for Modules1/4/2016No
The GSS​​ Cross Sectional Cumulative Data File (1972-2014) now includes updated Occupational and Industry codes for every year 1972-2010. Individual year files have also been updated. Various other fixes are also included

The 2016 GSS Newsletter is now available​​

2016 GSS Newsletter8/5/2016Yes

​​General Social Survey (GSS)- National Death Index (NDI) extended and updated dataset allows researchers to better understand how social factors —ideas, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors —affect health. The GSS-NDI dataset is a joint project of the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, and NORC at the University of Chicago. As Peter Muennig at the Mailman School notes, it is "the first dataset that links a wide array of American's ideas, attitudes, and beliefs over many decades to their longevity."

The GSS-NDI dataset links records from the 1978-2010 GSSs to NDI death records through 2014. The GSS-NDI dataset contains 44,174 total records, of which 12,558 have been classified as deceased. It also contains information on cause of death. The National Institutes of Health funded the GSS-NDI project. The original linked GSS-NDI was released in 2011 and has been utilized in over 70 papers.

The new dataset and related documentation may be accessed at


​​​​The new 2016 GSS data set is now available as part of the cumulative data file (1972-2016). The data files can be downloaded at the Get Data page. For the new Key Trends, highlighting 2016 findings, click here​.​


The 2017 GSS Newsletter is now available. Read it here

The 2016 GSS has been updated with corrections and updates to postsecondary education variables.

Get the Data9/29/2017Yes

NORC at the University of Chicago announces that Rene Bautista, Ph.D., has been selected as the next Director of the General Social Survey (GSS), upon Tom W. Smith's planned retirement in August, 2019. Dr. Smith will continue to serve as the GSS Director through the completion of the current grant, with Dr. Bautista serving as co-Director.

Dr. Bautista is a Senior Research Scientist in NORC's Statistics and Methodology Department, with substantial experience developing and implementing major NORC and other surveys, as well as leading methodological research over the past decade. Dr. Bautista, who earned his Ph.D. at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, has published scholarly work in peer-reviewed journals and books, and is a frequent presenter in major national and international conferences on survey methodology. He holds an academic appointment as affiliate faculty at the University of Chicago Harris Graduate School of Public Policy and at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Survey Research and Methodology Program, and serves as Associate Editor of Public Opinion Quarterly, the flagship journal of the American Association for Public Opinion Research. 

Read More10/25/2017Yes

​The GSS is now accepting proposals for new questions or modules to be added to the 2020 General Social Survey.

Call for Proposals for the 2020 GSS10/2/2018Yes

​The new 2018 GSS data set is now available as part of the cumulative data file (1972-2018). You can download the data from the Get the Data page. For the new Key Trends, highlighting 2018 findings, click here​.​