Since 1972, the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago has been surveying U.S. residents about a number of policy issues and social trends as part of the General Social Survey (GSS). Survey topics range from participation in organized religion, attitudes toward freedom of speech and other civil liberties, and ideas about gender roles. On this website, visitors can download survey data from the GSS through the Get the Data tab. Alternatively, visitors can also explore the survey data in the GSS Data Explorer. Here, visitors can search data by variables; however, visitors need to pay a fee in order to view the results of many of these variables. That said, visitors can check out a number of detailed GSS trend reports for free. To do so, select the Media Room tab in the GSS Explorer page. From here, visitors can view a number of detailed reports that provide GSS data relating to select themes over time. For example, the Psychological Well-Being report allows visitors to view how survey respondents assessed the happiness of their marriage and job satisfaction (among other questions) every year between 1972 and 2014.
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