Introduction to GSS

A brief overview of how to use the General Social Survey as publicly available data

The General Social Survey (GSS) is the most widely used national survey of the U.S. other than the Census. It has been collected since 1972 and contains thousands of various variables about demographics, social, and political life. The data is free to download and use. This brief tutorial shows you how to search for variables of interest and gather the data.

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Daniel Davis, PhD
Daniel Davis, PhD

Dr. Davis earned his PhD in Sociology at the University of California San Diego (UCSD). He teaches research methodology courses for the sociology departments at San Diego State University as well as UCSD. Davis is the author of a book and multiple articles on higher education, organizations, and work. His Curriculum Vitae and more information can be found at

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  The General Social Survey (GSS)
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