*** New data release ***
GSS 1972-2021 Cross-Sectional Cumulative Data (Release 1a, Nov. 8, 2021)
The Cumulative Data File is also available via SDA, The Roper Center, ICPSR, and the GSS Data Explorer.
Only year-specific variables are included in the yearly data files.
GSS 2014 merged with all cases and variables (Release 10, March 2018)
GSS 2012 merged with all cases and variables (Release 10, March 2018)
GSS 2010 merged with all cases and variables (Release 8, March 2018)
GSS 2008 Cross-Section and Panel Merged (Release 6, March 2018)
GSS 2016-2020 Panel (Release 1, May 2021)
GSS Panel 2010-Sample Wave 3 (Release 6, March 2018)
GSS Panel 2008-Sample Wave 3 (Release 6, March 2018)
GSS Panel 2006-Sample Wave 3 (Release 6, March 2018)
Many researchers will find the "long" format easier to work with. Here is a Stata
do file to convert the "wide" data we provide to "long" format. We thank Jeremy Freese for the do file. Please note this do file works with the panel data released in 2018 only.
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”.
Please note that there are three missing values in the data:
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