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Quickly view trends and compare user responses over time with the new GSS Data Explorer visualization feature.

Access and Analyze GSS Data

Since 1972, the General Social Survey (GSS) has been monitoring societal change and studying the growing complexity of American society. GSS Data Explorer, from NORC at the University of Chicago, makes it easier than ever to use the data collected by the GSS.

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How the GSS Data Explorer Works

On this site, you can explore and analyze the GSS data you need, create data visualizations, and generate custom extracts to analyze in your statistical program.

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Search Variables

Explore GSS questions, variables, and publications by subject, year, or keyword.

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Analyze Data

Conduct basic analyses without the need for statistical software.
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View Trends

Quickly view key trends and compare user responses over time with the new visualization feature.

Extract Data

Extract GSS data that can be read into statistical software packages including STATA, SAS, SPSS, and R. Or, download the entire dataset, without creating an account.

Save Projects

Save selected variables, analyses, and visualizations to access later or share with colleagues or students. (Account Required) 

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Available GSS Data

The GSS dataset contains more than 5000 variables with data on a wide range of subjects:

Learn more about the GSS, including its history, principal investigators, and other related surveys, at NORC’s main GSS website.

How GSS Can Help You

The GSS has been a reliable source of data to help researchers, students, and journalists monitor and explain trends in American behaviors, demographics, and opinions. GSS Data Explorer offers an easier way to explore, analyze, extract, and share GSS data.

Researchers

GSS Data Explorer offers a comprehensive dataset for all years of the GSS, with tools that help you explore and save variables and analyze data online before extracting it for use in your statistical software package.

Instructors

The GSS is a major teaching tool at colleges and universities. GSS data is used by 400,000 students each year. GSS Data Explorer allows you to select only the data you need for courses. You can save and name multiple projects, share projects with students, and review work in progress.

Journalists

The GSS is frequently referenced in leading publications, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Associated Press. GSS Data Explorer allows you to view the range of subjects and questions asked in the GSS, and find reports written about key trends and emerging themes.