GSS Data Explorer

Research Tool
​​“The GSS [General Social Survey] gathers data on contemporary American society in order to monitor and explain trends and constants in attitudes, behaviors, and attributes. Hundreds of trends have been tracked since 1972. In addition, since the GSS adopted questions from earlier surveys, trends can be followed for up to 80 years. The GSS contains a standard core of demographic, behavioral, and attitudinal questions, plus topics of special interest. Among the topics covered are civil liberties, crime and violence, intergroup tolerance, morality, national spending priorities, psychological well-being, social mobility, and stress and traumatic events. Altogether the GSS is the single best source for sociological and attitudinal trend data covering the United States. It allows researchers to examine the structure and functioning of society in general as well as the role played by relevant subgroups and to compare the United States to other nations.” With GSS Data Explorer, you can search, analyze, and visualize GSS survey data. If it feels a bit overwhelming, the Key Trends section is an easy way to explore findings for major issue areas like gender & marriage, current affairs, civil liberties, politics, working life, and religion & spirituality. Requires creating an account.