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The Most Interesting Survey in the World: the General Social Survey (1972 - 2012)


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Did you know that you can get access to a lot of data from NORC's General Social Survey (University of Chicago alumna here!) and play around with it online? Go forth and seek truths in survey research like Nate Silver!

Definitely worth clicking through and playing with...

The General Social Survey is the most frequently cited social science dataset (except for the U.S. Census). More than 14,000 academic papers, books, and dissertations are based on this biennial, 90-minute survey, conducted since 1972.[1]

Until now, exploring this dataset required painstaking downloads, codebooks, and installed software. Now anyone can play around with it online in Statwing.

We took a subset of the American GSS and created a quiz based entirely off of novel findings from our analysis of that data.

There are many fascinating interactive questions on their website. I could lose a day in there!

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