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Cumulative Data Set (cross-sectional samples from all years)

GSS 1972-2018 Cross-Sectional Cumulative Data (Release 3, May 27, 2020)

GSS 1972-2018 Cross-Sectional Cumulative Data (Release 3, May 27, 2020) - With GSS Codebook

The cumulative data file is also available via SDA​, The Roper Center​, ICPSR​, and the GSS Data Explorer​.​ ​The 2018 GSS data file is newly released, and may not be available from all sources yet. We expect it to be available at all listed sites and archives in the near future. 

Download Individual Year Data Sets (cross-section only)​

​* Only year-specific variables are included in the yearly data files.

1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978
1980 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
1990 1991 1993 1994 1996 1998
2000 2002 2004 2006 2008
2010 2012 2014 20162018

General Social Survey (1978-2010) was linked to death records from the National Death Index (NDI). The indicator of possible vital status as of 2014 (variable name: DEATH) is now part of the GSS data you can download from the links above. However, because of the potential for deductive disclosure, in order to obtain more specific information, researchers need to complete a formal application to work with the GSS "sensitive" or restrictive data. Please refer to “Obtaining GSS Sensitive Data Files”.



The SPSS student version, which can handle up to 50 variables and 1500 cases, cannot open the GSS data files.

Please note that there are three missing values in the data:

  • IAP: Inapplicable. Respondents who are not asked to answer a specific question are assigned to IAP.
  • DK: Don't know
  • NA: No answer​​