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General Social Survey, 1978

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • National Opinion Research Center
Other Title
  • Version 3 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • National Science Foundation
Free Keywords
abortion; capital punishment; drug use; economic conditions; education; employment; environmental attitudes; family life; government programs; health care; housing; immigration; labor unions; marriage; military service; national identity; religion; social inequality; social mobility; terrorism; unemployment
  • Abstract

    The General Social Survey (GSS) conducts basic scientific research on the structure and development of American society with a data-collection program designed to both monitor societal change within the United States and to compare the United States to other nations. Begun in 1972, the GSS contains a standard 'core' of demographic, behavioral, and attitudinal questions, plus topics of special interest. Many of the core questions have remained unchanged since 1972 to facilitate time-trend studies as well as replication of earlier findings.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1978
  • Collection date: 1978
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
All noninstitutionalized, English and Spanish speaking persons 18 years of age or older, living in the United States. Smallest Geographic Unit: census region
Collection Mode
  • computer-assisted personal interview (CAPI), face-to-face interview, telephone interview

    Please note that NORC may have updated the General Social Survey data files. Additional information regarding the General Social Surveys can be found at the General Social Survey (GSS) Web site and the Roper Center Web site.

2016-06-30 The study metadata has been updated.2015-11-12 The study metadata has been updated. Funding insitution(s): National Science Foundation.
This study is freely available to ICPSR member institutions via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 35307 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR35307.v2

Update Metadata: 2016-06-30 | Issue Number: 1 | Registration Date: 2016-06-30

National Opinion Research Center (2014): General Social Survey, 1978. Version 3. Version: v3. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.